I’ve probably mentioned it before – I not a fan of winter. I love Canada, but honestly, what were my ancestors thinking!
This is generally the point in any given winter when cabin fever is reaching a fever pitch. Luckily, this past Saturday was a balmy -8C so we thought we’d go see Niagara Falls for interesting photo opps. There had been some news items about the “frozen” Niagara Falls.
Unfortunately, when we arrived in Niagara Falls (only 25 minutes away) the weather was not the same as it was at home. In fact, it was snowing enough to obscure longer views and make the lighting conditions even more of a challenge. However, we made lemonade with the lemons and I even ended up having fun on a cold winter’s day!
Now, if you aren’t from the area I’m going to spoil the headlines for you by telling you that the Falls never freeze over. There is just too much water flowing over them, and the power generators (companies) expend a lot of effort controlling the volume of water (frozen rivers don’t generate electricity). If you are interested you can read more here (and it IS interesting). There is a lot of ice though, from the spray off the Falls – that’s what makes it interesting.
I’m showing you what I captured on the Canadian side today.
That black dot (more or less in the center of the photo is a duck (a scaup). After I took this photo I was watching the river. It is moving quite fast here (not surprisingly) and it was interesting to see the ice in it. Anyhow, before I could get myself together to get the camera on it – the duck came zooming by, riding the waves – and went right over the falls! The ultimate in extreme sports!
Tomorrow, the American side because once you’ve put all those layers of clothes on you might as well keep going!
Hope you are keeping warm!