~The Niagara Falls~

The first gem that we relished in U.S was the Niagara Falls- imagine  copious amount of pristine water sparkling under the summer sun succumbing to gravity endlessly.

Niagara Falls is made up of three falls- the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls located on the American side and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.

View of Canada from the Goat Island on the American side

The American Falls is separated from  the Horseshoe Falls by the Goat island. Meanwhile the Bridal Veil Falls is a smaller waterfall located between the Luna Island and the Goat Island.

The American Falls

The Bridal Veil Falls

The Horseshoe Falls

The Niagara Falls is a masterpiece carved from the breakdown of ice sheets during the Ice Age some 10,000 years ago and  subsequent  geological interference like erosion.

The water at the falls travel down at 32 feet per second, pounding the base of the Falls with  280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls  whereas the waters at the Horseshoe Falls send down an enormous 2509 tons of force to the base.

All visitors to the Cave of the Winds are given yellow ponchos and sandals to put on to get ready for wetting and fun. From the entrance of the Cave, take an elevator way down 175 feet deep into the Niagara gorge. Go on to the Hurricane Deck and fist with the roaring waters from the Bridal Veil Falls. Submerge yourself in the claws of the falls.

Brace yourself against the incessant pounding of the torrents from the Falls, – A great relief from the summer heat. The water splashing on my face felt so fresh and frosty.

Experience the storm at the Hurricane Deck !

See how the water at the base spreads out like 5 fingers from a palm.

On a sunny day, the colorful arches of a joyful rainbow could be seen as the sunshine reflects off the mist from the falls.

Video of the Horseshoe Falls captured from the Terrapin Point.

A glorious rainbow  sunbathing somnolently beneath  the cascade with kisses from the constantly blooming mist.

From atop, the brilliant jade-colored and silky waters turned foamy and white as they slosh down the falls.

Visitors on the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour will don the blue ponchos  and soak in excitement. Feel the invigorating liquid and haze as the Maid  of the Mist approach the falls.

This video was captured on  the Maid of the Mist , all the visitors were so eager to bask in the maw of the gigantic falls.

Visitors from the Canadian side waving at us

Spray of mists floating in the summer air

Lunar Bows once could be viewed from the Luna Island. Moonlight from a full moon on a cloudless night reflecting the mists highlights the thundering falls with colorful bows. Unfortunately, the phenomenon has become a once in the blue moon gift due to urban lights which had obscured the shy lunar bows.

An illustration of the lunar rainbow

At night, the falls will be illuminated with lustrous hues , exuding a grandeur aura.

Below is the Rainbow Bridge which links the border between U.S and Canada.

The Niagara Falls is awe-inspiring and I can’t say that enough. The strong cascade roars unwaveringly, so heavenly and mighty. She is a precious  gift of nature , a classic of all times.

A timeless beauty ~

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