Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Travel Tuesdays #7

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.
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Kristi said...

Wow. Beautiful pics. And I felt the same way about our weather (which is similar to yours, since we're only about 3 hours from eachother), but now we have the same frigid temps that you do. And tonight and tomorrow, we're supposed to get up to 2 feet of snow. Yay winter. Except not.

And I've always loved the Canadian Falls more than the American ones. Sometime we should meet up in Niagara Falls. That would be so much fun.

Bob-kat said...

Great pics! So I guessed right then huh? I love how crisp and pure everything looks in the snow. I have been to Niagara twice but never seen it in the snow. It looks beautiful!

The weather is so changeable here in the UK that I have been certain for many years that something isn't quite right... also we don't get such cold winters as we used to.

Mitey Mite said...

Fantastic pictures! I have somehow never made it to Niagra Falls, but really want to go there. I guess there's not a bad time to do it (as long as you have enough layers of clothing.)

Begered said...

I have always wanted to go to Niagra Falls. I think I will try going during a warmer season...I have no idea how you can survive in that weather. I got cold just looking at them.

The pictures are great, I seriously want to go visit them now!

Maria said...

Stay warm. Those are beautiful photos, but my toes began to get cold just looking at them.

New cameras are fun and I love the collage effect. I am busy doing memory book pages and definitely will have to copy your idea.