Falling For Niagara

First glimpse… Hello, Niagara!

Visiting Niagara Falls for the first time was kind of like my first trip to the Grand Canyon: I knew it was going to be awesome – I had seen tons of photos and heard great things –but I didn’t want to overplay my mental picture and be disappointed in the real thing. Driving up to the falls on the Canadian side I told myself: “It might not be that big. Don’t get your hopes up. You don’t want to be let down.” And then BOOM: Niagara – one of the most powerful forces on Earth – framed by double rainbows. My first reaction was the same as my first reaction to seeing the Grand Canyon: whoa. Some places are grander than any photo or any mental picture.

Yeah, that’s totally awesome.

Horseshoe Falls: the Rainbow Maker

The End of the Rainbow

Danger! No kidding. I have seldom stood so close to a force so disconcertingly dangerous.

Pitted railing on the Canadian side of the falls

The Brink!

Watching the Falls-watchers. Mid-November is a great time to visit the falls. All the ticketed attractions like Maid of the Mist have closed for the winter, which cuts down on the crowds a lot.

Niagara Falls Self Portrait. I wasn’t about to stick my feet over the edge to get one of my shoe shots!

Nearly a full rainbow over the Canadian side of the falls. The border agents let me into Canada and back into the US with no problem. Once again, nobody even asked about the dogs!

The American Falls

Art on the Brink

I’m working on a series of these viewfinders at different overlooks. I love how much they look like faces!

Fall colors on Goat Island. The American railing isn’t nearly as lovely as the Canadian railing.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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19 Responses to Falling For Niagara

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  2. Alice says:

    Spectacular photos of a spectacular place. I will keep the November visit tip in mind. The viewfinders do look like faces–makes you wonder who is doing the looking.

  3. Sian Midgley says:

    Fantastic post. I’ve visited twice myself. Don’t you think it is slightly ruined by the street around the corner with all the amusements and fast food joints – it’s like visiting two completely different worlds – Grand Canyon vs Vegas on a smaller scale!

    • Thanks Sian! I didn’t go to the street around the corner – I didn’t even know it was there – so it couldn’t ruin the place for me! I stuck to the riverside and walked several miles up and down the rapids. Away from the brink itself I saw very few people. I’m just glad the whole experience was free, aside from the $3.25 toll I had to pay to cross the Rainbow Bridge into Canada. Next time, I’ll walk across!

  4. ritaroberts says:

    WOW ! What a wonderful experience,I love waterfalls and this one I have always wanted to see. Thanks for the spectacular photo’s.

  5. So many wonderful rainbows. You are truly blessed.

    • Yes, I certainly felt blessed! I think rainbows occur frequently at the falls (one of its nicknames is the “Rainbow Maker”. but still, pretty awesome to be greeted by two!

  6. RoSy says:

    WOW – Magically beautiful!
    Love your self-portrait too 🙂

  7. Joni says:

    WOW………just WOW

  8. it’s hard to capture magnificent beauty of large visas, but you did an incredible job! great post! z

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  14. You captured the Falls beautifully. They are quite amazing, aren’t they? The power of the water is mind-blowing. Imagine as an early explorer coming upon them. I live about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls on the Canadian side and they are definitely an incredible sight to behold. Spring is a great time to visit as well once the Spring flowers start to bloom. If you take a leisurely drive down the Niagara Parkway you will see the Niagara Parks gardens as well as the Butterfly Conservatory. A little further along the Parkway is the Brock Monument and the sight of the Battle of 1812. They are definitely worth the trip.

    Great post!

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