It seems like I've been circling around Niagara Falls for the better part of a year - starting in January with a brief frozen visit on a business trip to Buffalo, followed by plane window views in both March and July on the way to Toronto, and finally a full afternoon at the Falls over the Labor Day weekend on an excursion from Corning with Mr. Peter Edlund http://peteredlundart.com/ - who'd never been before.
March 30, 2011, 8:00 AM - The Falls with Lake Erie beyond.
July 6, 2011, 8:00 AM - the Niagara Gorge slowly grinding its way back through the escarpment from Lake Ontario west towards Buffalo:
Over the past two centuries, Americans and Canadians have used every means at their disposal to domesticate the Falls - tarting them up with attractions, using them as sewers for toxic waste, diverting their current to turn turbines, and defacing the escarpment with high rise hotels, casinos, and urban/industrial decay.
Despite of our best efforts at degrading their pristine and terrifying beauty, the combined waters of four Great Lakes continue to pour over the edge of the Niagara escarpment every minute of every day creating a spectacle whose shear force is still completely astonishing - perhaps as much today as it was for the Native Americans and later French Explorers who first approached the sound of the roaring waters.
January 2011 / September 2011:
In January, built up ice from the mist rules out access to edge of Terrapin Point on Goat Island:
In September you can walk right up to edge:
"Is that all it is, just water going over a cliff?" (xoxo Trudy Friedman, June 1982)
Bridal Veil Falls from above:
Bridal Veil Falls from Canada:
Bridal Veil Falls below:
Same place, different seasons:
The cascades above the Horshoe Falls in winter:
The "People Catcher:"
1.2011 - Rainbow Bridge from the U.S. / 9.2011 - a foot in two countries:
One final look before going over the waterfall: