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Niagara Falls - Riffs and Licks
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Niagara Falls
I'll post more about the show in Toronto when some of the pictures, sound and video start coming in (I think this may be the best-documented show Mike and I have ever played) but in the meantime, I'm posting some pictures from my stop at Niagara Falls (on both sides of the border) on the way home. It was a cold and rainy day, but in a way that made it more magical. The main problem with these photos is that the most powerful experience of the Falls is not the visuals, but the sound and the vibration and the power that you feel.





Canadian Falls
The Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side are large and powerful, so much so that they're surrounded by an enormous cloud of mist. If you stand and watch for any length of time, you'll get soaked.
Canadian Falls

Canadian Falls

Behind the Falls
For about CAN$12, you can take an elevator down and walk through a long tunnel under and behind the falls, to a viewing platform beside the falls near the bottom.
Behind the Falls

But there's not much to see, since the mist pervades everything.

There are two viewing portals cut into the rock behind the falls themselves, but the view is amazing only in concept. (This was more interesting than the other one, which was completely iced up.)

American Falls
The American Falls are separated from the Canadian Falls by Goat Island (in the background; behind it on the right you can see the Canadian Falls). The American Falls are smaller and less powerful, but you can see them better since they don't generate so much mist.
American Falls

One advantage of going in the off season was the incredible ice formations around the Falls. (The lack of crowds didn't hurt either.)
American Falls

Move this photo up to the ice section

Niagara River
Ice floes on the Niagara River south of the Falls.
Niagara River

Goat Island
Looking over at the Canadian Falls. The buildings behind the cloud of mist are enormous 25-story hotels on a ridge overlooking the Falls.
Goat Island

Lower Viewing Platform Closed For Season
At this time of year the snow and ice are still covering the railings of the viewing platforms closer to the Falls.
Lower Viewing Platform Closed For Season

The cloud of mist from the Canadian Falls is in the background, along with the hotels and casino in Niagara, Ontario.
American Falls

Arch of Power
On Goat Island, there's a monument to the engineers who created the first hydroelectric power plant. It's the original arch entrance of Powerhouse No. 1 built in 1895.
Arch of Power


Nikola Tesla
And a monument to Tesla, whose inventions made the plant possible.
Nikola Tesla

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steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I thought the power monument, and the statue of Tesla, were pretty damn cool.
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: April 3rd, 2007 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
The pictures were fantastic! Thanks for sharing part of your trip. I look forward to hearing of your further adventures.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Toronto posts coming soon, I hope.
From: laurie_daniels Date: April 3rd, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, WOW. Stunning. I don't even know where to look first! God, to breathe that air just once (she says, as she takes another drag from a cigarette. Gotta love hypocrisy!).

BTW, I flaked out on a mix for you, but it's coming. You're such an intimidating audience to mix for, I've been paralyzed every time I put a playlist up! I think I may have to go with a novelty theme, at best. :D
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
If you were on the Canadian side, that cigarette would be out pretty quickly! :-) It was pretty amazing.
nyhamsterhouse From: nyhamsterhouse Date: April 3rd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have never seen pictures of ice like that before, at the Falls or elsewhere. Thank you SO much for sharing them.... I really want to visit myself now sometime in winter. They are amazing!
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect it's better in winter. The ice is beautiful and there's nobody there.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: April 3rd, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous. Where are the goats on Goat Island?!
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. Probably with the Statens, wherever they've gotten to.
harrietbrown From: harrietbrown Date: April 4th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Statens! Bwahahahaha!!!
From: narode Date: April 4th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Niagara Falls

Makes me want to experience the falls myself. My favorites are the various ice formations and floes. Did you have a little raincoat for the camera :)
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: April 4th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Niagara Falls

Nope, I used the point&shoot and it was fine. Kept having to wipe it off.
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