Page with larger photos.
We walked down the steps to the
crest of the falls. The roar of the water drowned out all sounds
around us except for the people that were speaking very loud
to each other to be heard. The mist would occasionally blow toward
the crowd in a cooling breeze.
Looking from the same
vantage point on the American side, we look toward the "American
Falls". If you were on an aircraft looking down on the falls,
you would see that there is an island of land in the middle of
the Niagara River. The water splits and forms the American Falls
and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. We are on that island viewing
both of the falls.
We have crossed over into Canada
and are now standing again at the Horseshoe Falls. If you go
to the falls in the summer, be prepared to wait in long lines
as much as 30-45 minutes to clear customs when going
from the US into Canada. As you can see, we lost some of our
light and it is now almost entirely overcast. In fact, right
after I took this picture, we had about a 30 second shower.
From the same vantage point as
the above photo, I turn to take this photo of the American Falls
looking back toward the US. To the left of the falls you
can see the Rainbow Bridge that crosses into Canada.
If you look closely
at this photo, and at the larger set of photos (click on any
photo), to the right of the falls down close to the river, there
are rows of yellow. These are people in yellow rain (mist) gear.
On the U.S. side at the American Falls and on the Canadian side
at the Horseshoe Falls, you can get all geared up and take an
elevator ride to the base of each falls. There you get the most
close up experience of the falls from any vantage point.
When I get back in that area again,
I will make sure that I have at least a full day to enjoy and
experience all the slender of the falls and the surrounding area
and stay in the evening to see the light and laser show of the
falls at night.
Text and Photography by Gar Benedick. Copyright © 1999 Gar Benedick.
Copyright © 1996-2009
Gar Benedick, All Rights Reserved.