Niagara Falls froze over last week. Well..it seemed as if it had. Most couldn’t see the little bit of water still flowing. The last time that Niagara Falls froze over was in 1848.
In March of that year, local inhabitants, accustomed to the sound of the river, were greeted by a strange, eerie silence. Niagara had stopped! For thirty long, silent hours, the river dried up and those who were brave enough walked or rode horses over the rock floor of the channel.
News traveled slowly in those days but the explanation finally came. High winds set the ice fields of Lake Erie in motion and millions of tons of ice became lodged at the source of the river, blocking the channel completely until finally a shift in the forces of nature released it and the pent up weight of water broke through.
Last Sunday the temperatures were about -17 C (1 F) February 2015 is currently days away from being recorded as one of the coldest February in Ontario’s history. It’s this long cold that brings about such beauty.
I wish I had a chance to go down with my camera earlier that day, since the sky was a
beautiful blue then. But, we bundled up and went to see what we could find. Once down there we found that we were not alone in our fascination with this natural wonder.
Here’s some shots of the American Falls.
The Canadian Falls (Horseshoe Falls)
and some photos other “bits” that caught my eye.