Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Niagara Trips, Falls

They are quite impressive, these waterfalls, especially from a hotel room 21 floors up. And the hotels are all on a cliff with the ground floors about another two hundred feet above the river itself, so the overall panorama, when you first walk into the room, is quite striking. Even on a hazy, overcast morning with the mist rising and obscuring the lower part of the gorge, the scene is quite overwhelming.

Later in the afternoon, when the sky has cleared, a rainbow rises from the basin as the sun lowers in the sky. I thought about going down to the gorge, but I wasn't sure whether the angle would be right to catch the rainbow. It would also have taken me about half an hour to make my way down there, so if there wasn't a shot, I'd lose an hour overall, as well as any chance of getting anything from this vantage point. What I don't like about this picture (and the one above) is that blue tarp-covered walkway. But there was no way to avoid it, save for waiting until dark...

Somehow or another, the hokey concept of shining colored lights on the waterfalls has endured for decades. Of course, like just about everything having to do with Niagara Falls, this looks better from the Canadian side. And they don't even light up the entire Horseshoe Falls, just the parts you can see from Ontario. Take that, New York.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The pictures fail to capture the luxurious, yet equally hokey, decor of the hotel room...with its shutters opening up from the whirlpool-for-two to the picture window. Perhaps an NBA player might be able to site in the tub and see the falls. Or maybe it's a trick with mirrors...I dunno.

Sharon said...

Why does the blue tarp turn white in the dark? Is is illuminated inside or something so it just looks white?

Neil J Murphy... said...

Illuminated from the inside.