On Friday, October 25 and 26 the Maid of the Mist was a free boat ride, and the last voyage of the season. It is usually chilly riding into the cold mist in October, so put on a warm coat to come along.
Knowing a good DSLR camera would get soaked and the lens would be dripping wet, these images were shot with an underwater camera, the Nikon AW100. To read my views on this fine camera, see posts from a much warmer climate.
- St. Lucia Scenic Views – Nikon AW100
- St. Lucia Fish – Under the Sea
- Gardening in the Tropics – St. Lucia Style
- St. Lucia Vacation
I saw people taking photos with a DSLR with no camera protection at the bow of the boat. I believe by the swearing, at least one froze up from the driving water. I wish I had the nerve to bring my DSLR, but even with its ‘raincoat’ , it would not keep out the fine mist.
It is relaxing taking a boat ride into the mist of the Falls. It is almost an experience one could dream if not surrounded by a few hundred other people.
Each boat holds 600 passengers. Happily, many are kid-sized.
I was hoping for cleaner images but the mist from the Falls is thick and gets all over the tiny lens of the camera. I had to clean it off often. It makes it look foggy, but boy is it scenic down on the river. Lots of gulls fly in and out of the falls’ mist.
This shot is from the Rainbow Bridge between the US and Canada. I had my passport along to gain access. The mist was billowing higher than normal.
You can see the trees are starting to color. See more Fall color on Tuesday when I take you to the Niagara Gorge.
This is as the boat is pulling out from the base of the Horseshoe Falls. When we got here the sky was really overcast, yet the sun was just catching one side of the falls. Looking in the opposite direction, there was more blue in the sky.
The Maid of the Mist boats are diesel-powered ferry boats.
At one time, they did ferry people between Canada and the US with steam-powered vessels. After the bridges were constructed, the ferry boats were no longer needed for transportation between countries. Above is a summer shot of the ferries, one coming from Canada and the other docked in the US for passenger pickup.
See the tower on the left above? The deck in that photo is where I was standing to take the photo below, just as millions do.
Observation deck looking down on the American Falls.
It’s quite a feeling riding in on the rapids.
Everyone was taking photos with their phone. Since everyone gets rather wet, I hope those phones are still working.
Talus rock at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls
Next week, Serenity Sunday takes you to the Buffalo waterfront at a nature preserve you have yet to visit. Tuesday, Fall color in Niagara.