Saturday, September 02, 2006

Beautiful Niagara Falls ~ My Pictures

Ok, so I said vacation pictures, and you're gonna get vacation pictures!

Here it is! Niagara Falls, New York.
The buildings are in Ontario and the mist to the far end of the picture is the Horseshoe Falls in Canada.
But this is the American Falls. I like this picture because it shows the jaggedness of the falls, the immense mist that the falls creates and when I look at it I can still hear the roaring. You can't hear that roar from the Canadian side. I loved to watch that part right where the water falls over the rock. You can see the drastic change in color from a dark green to the palest of white-greens.

This is a higher up view. Where the people are standing is where I took the first picture.
In this picture you get more of a chaotic feeling as the falls cascade down, and then you don't really see an end. There's just this continuance of rushing water and mist.

Ok, now this is where I tried to get artsy with both my camera and my Photoshop.
At the bottom of the falls, as you can see in the picture above this, there's this beautiful peaceful place among all the chaos of the falls. It's just this small patch of the brightest green I had ever seen. Louisa said it looks like Ireland. Moss, grass and plants all mixed to give us this stunning, vivid contrast.

When we went to the Cave of the Winds, I was amazed by certain little things. This waterfall being one of them. All the other waterfalls were in such a hurry, dumping their water by the thousand gallons per second. But this one was taking it's time. Not in a hurry to get anywhere, just calmly flowing downstream on it's way to meet up with the water it had separated from. And amid this little meandering waterfall is all of this beautiful, bright vegetation. These plants that are living the dream life with the constant flow of water and spray of mist, warm sunny days and cool clear nights. What a perfect place to flourish!
This waterfall reminded me of me on so many different levels. I always move at my own pace. I take my own path and do things my own way. Nine times out of ten people don't understand me and get frustrated quickly. They pass me up for something quicker, something bigger, something more impressive. As I sat and watched this waterfall, I watched all the people walk quickly past it on their way to the top. To the real reason they were there. To get soaked by the Bridal Falls. To stand beneath the glory of one of the wonders of the world! I prefered to take my time, and thank God for this beautiful little waterfall that was so much like me.

This was also taken on our way up the Cave of the Winds. It's a good picture of the Bridal Falls.
This big rock looked like a piece of chocolate cake from the other side. It made Louisa and I hungry!

This is the American Falls. And another glimpse of that cute little waterfall I fell in love with!
Up we go!!!
Can you tell we're about to get drenched?

Here's both the American Falls to the left and the Bridal Falls to the right.

I'll save my truely amazing picture for tomorrow. As, alas, I didn't take it. My dad did. But it's still one of my favorites.


Linda said...

Great pictures! I can't wait to see your dad's!

Jen said...

I LOVE these, Peg! Absolutely gorgeous!

bamatoni said...

Great pictures, Peggie. Looks like beautiful scenery...better than the inside of the camper!

Roe said...

Peggie, I have a picture of my mom and I by the same spot you captured in the fourth picture - how wild is that?!