Nature · Travel

Travel Diary: Niagara Falls

This month one more item got checked off my bucket list. It was Niagara Falls and it certainly has added a lot more than a check to my experiences. People say that Canada has a better view of the grandeur of the Falls. But in my opinion American side was no less. The three falls, Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil constitutes Niagara falls. American and Bridal veil are on American side so it naturally gives a better view from Canadian side. Horseshoe Falls form a natural boundary between United States and Canada. In the snap below, the first fall on the left side is American Falls. A small island known as Luna Island separates Bridal Veil from the American Falls. At the far right end after Goat Island and below the massive clouds of mist, there is the largest fall of Niagara, the Horseshoe Falls.

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Niagara Falls
View from Niagara State Observation Tower

Main tourist attractions of Niagara are Maid of the Mist boat tour and Cave of the Winds. Maid of the mist boat tour starts from a rather calm point near the Rainbow bridge, and takes you all the way to breathtaking Horseshoe Falls through American and Bridal Veil Falls.

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American & Bridal Veil Falls
View from Maid of the Mist boat

As the boat passes Bridal Veil Falls, you will see a colony of gulls near Horseshoe Falls and you will envy them to be that near to this natural wonder. When the boat approaches the Horseshoe Falls, you will be soaking up in the mist and will barely manage to keep open your eyes.

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Horseshoe Falls
View from Maid of the Mist boat

Just when you will think the view can not get better, it will leave you speechless. The water falling down with a tremendous force, the mist rising from the river and you will not be able to have enough of this over-whelming moment.

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Horseshoe Falls

This video is an attempt to seal that moment so I can relive them whenever I want to.

This was not it. Cave of the Winds is a man-made stairs to the Bridal Veil Falls. An elevator will ride you down to the base of the fall and you can see the fall infront of you falling with such of force that it seems to take you down with it. Now you have the option to just enjoy the view or get soaked up in the misty water. Well it took me two attempts to gather my courage to go to the fall. Don’t judge me if I didn’t want to meddle with that force and it was freezing cold there. But one does not go to Niagara often so I went up anyway. And trust me it was every bit of it was worth.

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Cave of the Winds

I will probably visit Niagara from Canada side once just to know why people say what they say.

Just a day · Listening to nature · Nature

That rainy day

Oh the lovely rain and your lovely timing

Oh the beauty of the peacock feathers

And the smell of wet grass under my feet

And above all you the music of drops and drizzle

As if you wanted me to tune in your rhythm.

 

Oh you chilly sweet breeze with a silky touch

Oh you swiftly bent branches of that olive tree

And the sound of sparrows swinging on you

As if you were leading me to make a twirl.

 

Oh you yellow flowers with a lot of red tint

And the blue sky with a mesmerizing rainbow

Oh the little pool with brownish green pebbles

As if you were making the stage for THE perfect dance.

aspiring poet :P · Nature

Vanishing eyes of wilds

Once in a while, she used to get on wheels
Heading to the fields, swirls or hills.
And she never wanted company, I asked her why
None more engaging than the serene nature, she replied.
The solace she found in lap of those mountains
In city streets and light she couldn’t obtain.
Noise in chirping of birds, stillness in the water
Anxiety in eyes of wilds, gracious move of tiger
The purity of rain, the freshness of breeze
She only wished that moment to freeze.

But this time woods feel strange to her
Breeze less windy, greenery got leaner.
Snow looks pale, less cold and thinning
As if nature is getting old, less charming.
Why her maturity isn’t pretty, she wonders
Or the pretty is angry with any of her blunders.
Suddenly she realized the scary quietness in the air
Absence of the unspoken voices she used to hear.
Her companions who talked to her through their paws and fur
Now are now taken afar by her own race, in a moment of spur.