Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Niagara Falls

NATURE has many waterfalls, a few cataracts —ONE NIAGARA! That stands alone, vast, grand, indescribable! - the mighty alembic in which the world of waters is refined and etherealized!- the august throne upon which Nature sits, clothed in the glorious attributes of power and beauty -the everlasting altar, at whose cloud-wrapt base the elements pay homage to Omnipotence! The floods that pour down its tremendous heights, seem gushing from the opened heavens, and plunging into the depths of the unfathomable abyss! Air groans, earth trembles, deep calleth unto deep, and answering thunders roll up the vast empyrean! Like a seething hell the gulf below sends up the smoke of its torment, and the foam of agony thickens upon the face of the dread profound, while far above upon the verge of the precipice, sits the sweet Iris - like faith upon a dying martyr's brow - arching the fearful chasm with its outspread arms, and smiling through all the terrors of the scene. 
                                                                                                                  ~George Van Waters



My father and I got back last night from another trip to PA and OH, stopping at Niagara Falls on the way! It was a nice trip but exhausting....the drive down took a full 24 hours, with almost no stops to rest. We decided to cut across Canada to avoid the New England traffic and we thought it would be shorter too, but we ended up making a few wrong turns which lost us some time. We still can't quite figure out why it took that long though! Anyway, it was nice to see some different scenery, including the Thousand Islands...


As we got close to Niagara Falls we noticed this cloud rising up and thought at first that it was a factory or something, but it turned out to be mist from the Falls!


The rapids above the Falls were amazing too. 


I didn't see the "sweet Iris", but this lovely Purple Loosestrife caught my eye. My father couldn't figure out why I was taking pictures of a silly plant at such a time, but I thought it had the perfect background! 😁


We were already very tired by this time (my father especially) so we really didn't spend as much time or look around as much as I would have liked. Still, it was beautiful and awe-inspiring!



I really envied the people riding down below on the Maid of the Mist...what an experience that must be! But I think the most wonderful place to be must be the Cave of the Winds. Hopefully one day I'll go back there and have the time to see that!


Peeking around the corner at the Canadian side...


I'll finish with a little video we took (this is the first time I've uploaded a video directly to my blog, so hopefully it works!). But neither videos, pictures, or words, can adequately describe the grandeur of Niagara Falls!



19 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job taking the pictures and the video was great. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them! They still don't do it justice though. :)

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  2. You captured the majesty of the falls so well. I was there as a child, took the Maid of the Mist, and visited again as an adult. You presented great temptation for those who haven't yet gone there.

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    1. Thank you! My father was also there as a child and was on the Maid of the Mist. I wish we had had more time. :)

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  3. My first husband and I went to Niagara Falls on our honeymoon in 1947. Unforgettable!

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    1. That must have been a very special time for you. :)

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  4. I can't say for sure any more, but have you looked into taking the little hiking trip UNDER the Falls? When my 2 children - and small dog - were there many years ago, we took the hike. The raincoats were furnished, and we just went down the trail to being actually under, or behind, the Falls. Quite an experience!

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    1. I think that might be the Cave of the Winds but am not sure. I was looking at some of the pictures and it is amazing!!

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  5. Amazing! I've never been there, but it must be spectacular! Is your Dad a long-haul trucker?

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    1. No, he actually drives for some local Amish friends! :)

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  6. Nice presentation; brings back a lot of memories.

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  7. Beautiful pics, Joanna. I visited NF, but it was about 45 years ago.

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    1. Thank you! It is an awesome place (and I never use that word lightly)! :)

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  8. Spectacular pics! Was there and Maid of the Mist is exciting. Takes you right up close and rotates you so you can see it all. Lots of rainbows to photo. The Canadian side is the prettiest. They have a garden also. You need to pick up a brochure to see where everything is. At night they light up the falls and you can go up a tower to see them. So glad to hear that you got to experience it. You have wonderful memories with your dad.

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    1. My sister and I used to have View-Master reel with pictures of Niagara Falls...I loved looking at them but hardly dared to hope I'd see it in person some day! It would have been nice to have had more time. I would have loved to see everything! Next time. :)

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  9. Beautiful. That rising mist is amazing - I didn't know about that.The falls themselves are thrilling and a little scary, even in your pictures. I grew up near NYC but have never seen Niagara Falls.

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    1. It was amazing...I can only imagine what the first explorers must have felt when they saw it! The only thing I didn't like was how built up everything is around the Falls. It seems to me it ought to have been left at least semi-wild!

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  10. Wonderful, both video and pics! Evoked some good memories from quite a while ago. Thankyou.

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