Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

Niagara Falls

“The grandeur of God reveals itself through simple things” ― Paulo Coelho

 

When my family and I lived in Europe, we traveled everywhere we could, as often as we could. Usually by car, a few times by plane, we visited more than twenty countries and learned more in every way than we ever could have imagined. Actually going to a place and being able to fully experience it — to feel the texture of the land, see the colors and the architecture, hear the sounds, smell the smells, meet the people, eat the foods, speak the language — is crucial to understanding, to having a wide world-view. Travel is important.

We visited common places in Europe, ones we knew our boys’ American schoolmates would ask them about when we returned. Most Americans know Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and Rome and the Coliseum. And though we experienced much more than these European landmarks while in Europe, they were also important to touch and see.

It is similar now that we are back in the United States. Our boys are older now (two teens, one preteen) and they’re catching up on their knowledge of their home country. While they can identify every European country on a blank map, give most currencies used there, and speak many words in several of the European languages, they have a deficit when it comes to the US. And so we’re working hard to help catch them up …

12 States and 2500 Miles

Last week, I wrote about and shared a few photos from our summer road-trip … it was wonderful! As I’m getting through the oodles of photographs I took while we traveled, I’m posting some of my favorites here, place by place, for the next few weeks.

Niagara Falls

Our first stop was Niagara Falls, one of our most important US landmarks, one as American as apple pie.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

I visited Niagara Falls many years ago, from the Canadian side and from one of the tour boats. During this visit, I felt awestruck by the sheer power of the Falls. It is reported that at its peak flow 2,832 cubic meters of water go over the falls each second (a good site for more info).

Niagara Falls, USA
Niagara Falls, USA

I don’t know if it was because this time, we chose to see the Falls from the American side, which involved lots of walking (which is good for teens to burn off some steam!), but also offered a close-up stand-almost-touching-distance from the water view, but the grandeur of the entire Falls was stunning.

Niagara Falls

 

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

And as the sun set, the light caught the water at just the right angle and the Falls became luminous.

Niagara Falls

The sunset was beautiful, too.

Niagara Falls

Certainly, Niagara Falls knows how to show off.

Niagara Falls

Have you visited Niagara Falls? What was your favorite place / way to view the waterfalls?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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7 thoughts on “Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

  1. These are beautiful!! I have never been to Niagra Falls… but last summer I drove across the country and was within a stone’s throw. I am regretting not taking the time to go (I was traveling solo and at the time I felt anxious to get home), especially after seeing these. I have visited Murchison Falls in Uganda, and although not as big a falls, your photos did remind me of that childhood journey. Thank you!

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    1. That’s the funny thing with Niagara Falls, Julia — it is so close to I-90 as it comes across NY State. We were pleasantly surprised that getting to the NY side park was as simple as it was — and free. Had no idea. Next time you pass, you’ll have to budget in an extra couple of hours and stop. It’s definitely worth it. I love hearing about your Uganda falls. THAT would be incredible. Thanks!

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  2. Your pictures are amazing. I loved our trip to the falls a few years ago. Unplanned, we were there the day AFTER the man walked across them. We came in from Toronto and I was amazed by how pretty the Canadian side was – and then we crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I was struck by the contrast of the American side – specifically the city of Niagara Falls, NY. I though it was kind of sad. Anyway, we also did the Maiden of the Mist, which was wonderful!

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