When we decided to visit Niagara Falls for the day a couple of weeks ago, I thought I should be able to get a blog post out of it. Then one became two. And two became three.
This is the third part of the trio. The first part, Farewell, Maid of the Mist?, appeared here on Jaspa’s Journal last week. The second part, Maid of the Mist: Down, But Not Out, was a feature article earlier this week for the online adventure travel magazine, Bucket List Publications.
Me enjoying the sunshine at Niagara Falls earlier this month
Although I’ve visited Niagara Falls dozens of times, I never cease to be spellbound by the sight of millions of gallons of water tumbling 170 feet into the gorge below. Goat Island, on the American side, is by far the prettiest access to the falls. But the best views of the cascades themselves are unquestionably from the Canadian side. I love to wander along the edge of the Niagara Gorge from opposite the American and Bridal Falls down to Table Rock, at the very brink of the Canadian (a.k.a. Horseshoe) Falls.
Over the last ten years I’ve seen the falls from every possible angle and in all types of weather. Here are a few photos recording the changing faces of Niagara Falls. Admittedly, they weren’t all taken in the same year, but they are spread across all four seasons. Click on the photos for full-screen versions.
Looking east across the Niagara Gorge to the American and Bridal Falls (January 2008)
Pressure ridges below the Canadian Falls (January 2008)
Me and Sue enjoying the weather (January 2008)
The Canadian Falls from Table Rock (January 2008)
The ice may be gone, but the leaves are still reluctant to make an appearance (April 2013)
A misty dawn over Niagara Falls (May 2004)
Goat Island forms an emerald triangle between the American and Canadian Falls (May 2004)
A splash of colour signifies the arrival of spring (May 2004)
The spring sunshine turns the lip of the Canadian Falls turquoise (May 2004)
Looking down on the Canadian Falls from the Skylon Tower (July 2005)
The American view of Niagara Falls in their entirety (July 2008)
Rainbow over the American Falls (July 2008)
Bridal and American Falls from the Cave of the Winds boardwalk (July 2008)
Rich and Sue beneath the American Falls on the Cave of the Winds boardwalk (July 2008)
A ray of sun on the Maid of the Mist (October 2013)
Maid of the Mist stationary within the Canadian Falls (October 2013)
The American Falls from the Maid of the Mist (October 2013)
Autumn Sun over the American Falls (October 2013)
The awesome power of the Canadian Falls, as seen from the Maid of the Mist (October 2013)
Summer’s end (October 2009)
Soon the leaves will leave (October 2009)
Grey water under leaden skies (October 2012)
Canadian Thanksgiving on the Rainbow Bridge (October 2012)
The Canadian Falls at night (October 2012)