Fun at Niagara

Niagara Fun

The meaning of fun is open to interpretation, of course.

While I’m sure tourists aboard the Maid of the Mist have a whale of a time sailing into the mouth of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, Ontario, my fun is experienced observing from a safe distance while attempting to capture a memorable moment.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting … Moments

This week’s photo challenge invites us to consider the notion of fleeting.

As it turns out I’ve selected six images ~ two equestrian; two sunsets; two at Niagara Falls, representing moments where I stood still and observed the fleeting exchanges around me.

Love those moments …


Dorothy 🙂


Shout Outs


Alien Shores

Jeff Sinon Photography


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Tranquility … Lake Ontario

One of my favourite locations to visit in Southern Ontario is the small historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

My affection for it is partly due to its beautiful location, nestled on the Niagara penninsula where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, and partly because my United Empire Loyalist ancestors, who fought for the Crown among the ranks of Butler’s Rangers, had a hand in helping to establish it as a village in 1792.

It is one of the oldest towns in Canada and undoubtedly, with its Regency and Classical Revival architecture, one of the loveliest. It is also the centre of a burgeoning wine growing region which makes it even more popular as a tourist destination. But that’s a thought for another day.

My focus here is this image captured on an unexpectedly warm day in mid March.

I was standing in a town park looking out toward the vast body of Lake Ontario, hoping perhaps to catch a glimpse of the Toronto skyline which, even though it is some 25 or so kilometres away, is perfectly visible on a clear day. However on this day, because of the high temperatures and the still frigid waters left over from winter, I was treated instead to this scene of absolute aquatic tranquility. A heat haze sitting on the water was immovable due to the absence of any kind of breeze.

I’ve taken in this view many times, but never have I witnessed the waters so still. It felt almost surreal.

If it hadn’t been for the fact we were hungry I could have meditated upon this inland sea until its disappearance in evening’s mist.

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Dorothy 🙂

Over the Rainbow … American Falls, New York State

Last weekend we took a day trip to Niagara Falls. It’s just a two-hour drive from home but we rarely go, except when visitors are in town. Well, we had visitors from Australia staying with us so we took the opportunity to show them this natural wonder of the world.

The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies and above average temperatures. However, the unfettered sunlight made conditions very bright and difficult for taking images with good contrast.

Having said that, I was able to capture this colourful rainbow hovering over the NIagara River, in front of the American Falls (from this angle) and adjacent to the heavy mists of the thundering and majestic Horseshoe Falls.

NIagara Falls lies on the international border between southern Ontario in Canada and New York state in the U.S. Its more than 165ft vertical drop and flow rate make it the most powerful waterfall in the world. Little wonder it attracts millions of visitors every year.

What was really fun was seeing where the rainbow ended. I don’t know that there was a pot of gold there, but if you look to the left there appears to be the outline of a giant shamrock. Given that this was St. Patrick’s Day weekend it seemed appropriate.

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