James River, Richmond
The James River neatly bisects the City and its suburbs. This river is deep enough to accommodate seagoing ships and make Richmond a seaport. It is a beautiful river to watch as some of Richmond's most exclusive neighbourhoods such as Windsor Farms are located right on its banks. When the river runs low, you can find young people sunning themselves on the rocks. When the river runs high, you will find kayakers and other people willing to brave the rapids out on the river. Beware: these rapids can be deadly. The city of Richmond and the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield have signs posted against going into the river under certain conditions. There is talk, if it isn't already in force, of forcing all live rescues of people disregarding posted signs to reimburse the city or county for the cost of their rescue. This photo was taken from a railroad bridge (from the safety of a car of the southbound Carolinian bound for Charlotte). As of late March, 2004, the river was running a bit dry.