I needed some shots to submit for a club assignment on "Ice". Since it is just past the peak of Winter, visitors to Niagara Falls get to see the falls under "Maximum Ice Conditions". It is only a 45 min drive from my house... and this time of year, it is almost like a ghost town. In keeping with the theme, we need a song about Ice... Ice Cube, Ice-T... no, how about something like an "Ice Age", like a caveman.... hey, like the Geico Caveman advertisements. DOWNLOAD: Remind Me. By Royksopp
Many people don't know that Niagara Falls is not the name of the waterfalls. It is derived from the old town of Niagara, that now straddles the border. Namely Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The falls once known as "The Falls at Niagara, are now called "American Falls" at Niagara Falls N.Y. and "Horseshoe Falls" at Niagara Falls Ontario. Just to the left of American Falls is a thin thing called "Bridal Veil Falls"... but it is covered over with ice this time of year.
Behind the mist and spray which got us fairly wet, I took this shot of Horseshoe Falls in a 90 Second exposure. This photo does not give the shear size justice, so for my friends from Europe and Japan, Horseshoe Falls is 800 Meters Wide, and 55 Meters high, but dumps 186,000 cubic meters of water over it's edge every minute.
When I was a kid, other than the view of the falls, Clifton Hill was the place to go. A short walk from the Falls is a place where you can find amusements of all sorts, from scary "Fun houses", to rides, Wax museums, theaters, bars and Freak shows. Today Clifton Hill runs for several kilometers of various entertainment facilities. Oh yea... it is all built on a long, gradual hill.