At the start of this year, I was quite concerned about Global Warming as our Toronto weather was so incredibly mild. My lilac bush out back was confused and even starting to bud thinking that spring was on it's way. Well, since mid-January we have had a definite cold snap. As I write this, it is -17 degrees Celsius, with a windchill of -28 C. (1.4F/-18.4F in Americaneze) It's frigid, and while I don't particularly like the cold, I'm thinking that it is probably a good thing for our environment.
On Sunday, Greg and I decided to go for a drive to Niagara Falls. It is normally a quick hour and a half highway drive from Toronto but we were busy yapping in the car and missed the highway turnoff. Now, I would have taken the next exit and turned around to get back on the right road. Greg had a better idea and figured that we would take the back roads. It took 3 hours through unploughed farm roads and sometimes white-out conditions, but we finally made it! Niagara Falls was our destination because I had it in my head that the Falls would look pretty in the wintertime. Which, they do I'm sure, when the sun is shining. Which, it wasn't. So everything was kind of grey and white. The American Falls were quite impressive in that there were a lot of ice formations at the bottom and the reservoir where the Maid of the Mist travels in the summertime was frozen. The Horseshoe Falls were still falling and there was a brittle-cold mist that made it unbearable to stand still for long.
It was very icy, and that's where I captured the photos of the ice-covered trees. The ice is actually frozen mist and was clinging to the side of the tree facing the falls. I thought it looked very pretty.
The photos of the Falls are quite grainy due to the lighting, and also likely because I am still learning how to use my new camera, but I think they look best in black and white.
(Click on the pics to enlarge.)
That's it for Travel Tuesdays this week. Keep warm!
Head on over to Mitey Mite's to see the snow-covered mountains of Colorado. Doesn't she look cute as a Snow-bunny?!
The Beeshive has some photos to share of a Kurdish memorial. A reminder of a cruel regime.