June 23, 2010

Tourists in Niagara: The falls

Again thanks to my brother and sister-in-law, we were able to see firsthand one of the most amazing waterfalls in this world. I only have one word for Niagara Falls: awesome. Here is the Maid of the Mist at its closest approach to the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls


The American Falls are separated from the tiny (comparatively speaking) Bridal Veil Falls (on the right) by a small island. The American Falls may not be as spectacular as Horseshoe Falls, but it definitely looks much more dangerous with those huge boulders at its base.

American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls


My sister-in-law's brother and sister went on a Maid of the Mist ride. My husband and I didn't (the wind was still too cold for us and we didn't relish the idea of getting soaked), but we did go behind the falls. This is the view from the first portal in the tunnel. In the farther portal, there is almost nothing to see except a solid white wall of water.

view from under the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls


My favorite spot on the promenade was where I could watch the water go over the rock ledge and turn from dark to light green. I found it absolutely mesmerizing.

water going over the edge of the rock, Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls


On our second trip to Niagara after the wedding, this time with my aunt and cousin, we were blessed with a rainbow at the falls. It was wonderful.

rainbow at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls


George, this post is especially for you.
Natural or man-made, take a refreshing dip in Watery Wednesday.
Watery Wednesday

30 comments:

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

I say the same - awesome!!!

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Jacob said...

I don't think I've ever seen as nice a series of photograph on Niagara Falls! Beautiful work, Hilda!

We've never been there, but our oldest daughter has. She was mesmerized, also!

Eki said...

Magnificent series of photos, Hilda! I especially like that top picture with a boat in the middle. It gives the idea of big the fall reall is.

ewok1993 said...

one word: AWESOME!

ρομπερτ said...

wow - must have been incredible to be on the boat, how daring !!! thank you for this wonderful escape into the wide world - a wonderful wednesday for you.

daily athens

J Bar said...

They really are great shots.

Ebie said...

Wow! Awesome shot of the rainbow!

The TEFL Don said...

Hilda I visited some years ago but your photographs remind me of the awesome power of the falls. Great shots and a good choice not taking the boat trip, I visited in Febuary and it was freezing!

brattcat said...

These are outstanding, Hilda.

EG Wow said...

Great shots of the falls, Hilda! I'm glad you got to see them!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Hilda,
This is an outstanding series. Julie has business in Buffalo soon, so we are thinking of making a long weekend of her business trip to visit the area, including the Falls, of course.

Dharma Shots said...

Wow! I love that first photo and the one with the rainbow. Great!

Olivier said...

superbe serie, de vraies cartes postales, c'est impressionnant..

lewi14 said...

Great shots. A "must be" for all tourists. What a great nature's show. I won't forget it...

Luna Miranda said...

magnificent! your photos are totally captivating--this is one of my dream destinations.:p

Ann said...

Thanks, I went in 1976, and it was so long ago.

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

For sure one of the important sight in the world. Thanks for the pictures.

lunarossa said...

Wonderful wonderful pictures, Hilda! You're so lucky to have been there. Ciao. A.

Pam said...

Hi Hilda, Your photos show just how awesome the fall really are.
We have been there and they are breathtaking to see in person.
They make one feel quite small, don't they!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Fantastic. I'm glad you had a chance to see this phenomenon.

My day's post is all about turtles. The release of 110+ baby turtles into the Gulf! With pictures galore. DIRECT LINK

Have a super Wednesday.

Leif Hagen said...

I feel like I have water mist on my face ....
I'm going to do that someday, too!

Lois said...

Wow Hilda! What gorgeous shots, especially the one of the water turning green. I've never seen a picture like that before. I have always wanted to visit Niagara Falls!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

So powerful and dramatic. It would be so cool to be on that boat, Wow!

Denise said...

Hi Hilda, your photos of the Falls are spectacular. It's been several years since I visited Niagara. These lovely photos make me want to go again.

Thanks for stopping by :)

An English Girl Rambles

George said...

Thanks for thinking of me!

Your pictures are wonderful and they brought back many happy memories. I'm glad you enjoyed your visits to Niagara Falls, but if you ever get back you really should take the Maid of the Mist cruise.

Tamera said...

What beautiful photos, Hilda! it almost makes me feel like I was there right next to you :o)

Suzie said...

awesome! I want to visit someday

Luckaa said...

It is fantastic!

Kaori said...

Hilda, your photos of the Niagara are fantastic! I went when I was in grade school and remember that exact spot where the water falls! And that rainbow? Love it!

mia said...

Whooaaa magnificeeent! I wish I get to see it at least once in my lifetime!! Awesome shots Ma'am Hilda!