The Falls is alive with color and white. Yet the white is what keeps the visitors away in winter. I do like this solitude and serenity. The park is free in the winter and you can even take a trolley ride free of charge. The driver waits for passengers.
Parking is free and can be found anywhere. But you get wet. And cold. And blown away.
I have read that wind speeds can approach 85 mph near the Falls itself. I am not sure how this was determined, but I have never experienced winds this great. I have almost been picked up by the wind, so that was likely near or greater than 60 mph. Some days it is not so pleasant at the Falls.
Here is another view. I just love these rainbows, so I will let you see where it goes. No searching for the pot of gold here. Such a happy feel to the color.
The mist both creates the rainbow as the sun hits the water droplets but is so thick, it also masks it a bit. But today it was so clear you almost felt as if you could bathe in the rays of refracted and reflected light. Just a change of angle gave the rainbow a softer, more subtle look.
Let’s look at cold…
Got your mittens on?
How about your all-weather coat?
The mist obliterates the strongest of views.
I met a few brave souls from of all places, Thailand. They are newlyweds. Did anyone not tell them this is a frigid experience. I heard them before I saw them… crunch, crunch, crunch.
Their hurried tracks can be seen below.
I did mention on a previous popular post that I thought Blotanical was a great place to meet people from around the world. So is the Falls, because in the summer, I can almost circle the globe with people I talk with.
Above, just me and the squirrel.
Here you would not want to have your picnic at this time of year. This area is cordoned off.
Can you tell this is hundreds of seagulls? They just look like the ice and rocks. They sit patiently waiting for the food to swim by.
I got really wet taking this image. My Christmas present to myself is going to be a telephoto lens. I have a great one for my film camera, I am just too lazy to get film developed. I like the colors of green and blue, even the little tan of the broken twigs here. See I told you there was some color!
And on a clear day….. you fill in the rest.
Please go to Carloyn’s Shade Garden. She has a cause worth participating in.