: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this.
American Heritage at Yahoo:
- The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
- The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
- An instant of making such a discovery.
These are definitions that seem to apply. So let’s take a trip to the Falls. No, a barrel going over the Falls is not the serendipitous event…. since I did mention I would stretch the definition of finding something that does not belong to include both good and bad….. in fact it is garden related, called…
Gardening on the Edge
Why it is called gardening on the edge is because these gardens grace the precipitous edge of the Bridal Veil Falls. A steep drop to certain death if one was to jump. They are battered daily by the spray and high winds. It is quite a feat for them to survive, let alone bloom with such delight.
The area is often sprayed to eradicate the weedy growth on the Canadian side, so it is a good bet here as well. Mother Nature always has other plans, to regrow and tend her beautiful serendipitous garden in the most unlikely and treacherous of places. Enjoy the little survivors of the garden edge of the Bridal Veil Falls, both from the top of the Falls and at the base. You will see much more from the base in a later post.
A long way down, these plants grow almost perpendicular to the rock face wall.
- Observation Deck, where the view of the American and Bridal Veil shot below was photographed.
- Base of the American Falls, where the boulders and upward shots of the Falls where shot.
- Luna Island, where the wildflower shots were taken, the arrow at the corner two images below.
Can you get a better example telling the story? This is the corner edge right before Bridal Veil Falls drops vertically 78 feet, followed by the water descending the talus boulders another 103 feet to the Maid of the Mist Pool below, reaching a total violently bouncing drop of 181 feet. Different sources have this drop calculated slightly divergent, so this is an approximation. No argument, a few feet discrepancy won’t matter if you drop along with it.
Having its own private island. I am not sure if this is wild joe-pie-weed, but it grows on this rock each year. See the berry bushes and Purple Loosestrife along the shore of the bigger island in the middle of the rapids? This spot has so many pretty wildflowers and no one gets to visit them, not willingly anyway.
Next Word for Wednesday, Sept. 21, will be Illuminate. Light up those blooms and see what we can create. Every two weeks we can have another word. So far we have Bucolic and Diaphanous. Add a word you would like to picture in your comment. We will use it in an upcoming post.
If you would like to join and add your post to this Word for Wednesday party it would be most appreciated.
You can also add Wordless Wednesday Posts if your image is a serendipitous one, like a bloom that you did not expect or an odd garden visitor. Or add life to an older post. All are welcome, just so it says serendipity.
Having a wordpress.com blog, I am not allowed the thumbnail images in my post directly, but clicking the link for InLinkz should take you to a page to add your link with thumbnail. We will see how that works. Join in, words or no words, thumbnails or not, let’s party! Or do what you might know with Mr. Link….
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