Picture of the Week

For week of 9/3/11: Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls

This photo was taken right at the brink of Niagara Falls; one of the many wonderful views. While technically a "waterfall," it is not soothing, peaceful or serene like most waterfalls. This is a raging, thunderous torrent; as frightening as it is awesome. The sheer volume of water pouring over these falls 24/7 is mind-boggling (750,000 gallons per second). We enjoyed looking at the falls from all angles, including a boat ride in the river below which took us so close to the falls that it was literally raining torrents of water on us. We also walked across Rainbow Bridge into Canada to see the falls from the Canadian side.

Sadly, three days before we got there, a 19-year-old girl taking pictures slipped and fell into the river right about where we were standing when we took this picture. They found her body the day we arrived. It was one of only seven accidental deaths in the recorded history of Niagara Falls.

All photos © 2010, 2011 Bill and Jamie Goldmann