Slow It Down Sunday takes on new meaning with the ice hitting the East coast this weekend, but where do you see the ice coat the trees like this? It all happens because of the proximity to the moisture being thrust into the air from the Mighty Falls. Niagara Falls State Park is just breathtaking in Winter, a place where it looks like Santa should be sleigh-riding in at any moment.
It truly is a winter wonderland.
I know many throw around that term freely, but seriously, this is a place where the term is defined. I would love to have seen it before structures were built. It is considered the natural side of the Falls because there are places to get really close.
This ice is not like the ice storm hitting the East coast this weekend. I have icy trees and feeders in my garden now, though it is not as pretty like shown at the Falls. There is a big difference in how the ice forms. It is also why you see it on a bright, sunny day.
The ice at the Falls is not created by rain falling, but constant fine mist in the air, making a thick white coat of ice over a long period of time. Only warming temperatures will remove this ice, so a bright blue sky enhances the scene over a dreary, rainy day.
I’d be remiss in not mentioning how detrimental ice is in the landscape though. A post I did last year shows the damage that can be caused. Right now, Ice is Both Beauty and the Beast is flying high in views. The shots were also taken at the Falls.
As long as temperatures remain below freezing, the scene holds in winter. Snow is on the ground, but that does not stop the ice from lighting up the scene. If only ice develops, it coats every blade of grass.
Don’t believe me? Look a little closer.
How often do you see this?
Each tree makes its own artistic scene with branches touching the ground or reaching high to the sky.
Bits of color come alive in the world of white ice.
Wildlife puts on a show against the backdrop of blue sky and trees laden with fruit.
Conifers were made for the snow, but is shown in ice above. The green contrasts with the red tinged bark.
And how about the Falls? Well there is restricted access and with current construction, these next areas cannot be visited. So here is the American Falls in 2011.
Is this not an amazing feat of nature? See why the little birds hide in the brush?
I prefer the natural American side of the Falls.
Don’t miss the post on wild birds at the Falls. A trip into the woods is really productive. I tell you how I lure the birds to my camera. It is not how you think either, but boy does it bring them in numbers for some really pretty photos.
Not many visitors come at this time of year and it is like having the park to myself. Well, just me and the birds.
I always try to photograph people when I do see them since not many brave the cold to take a stroll.
This is the road taken to exit the park. I usually walk here, but in the snow and ice, I drive.
Thank you for joining me on a beautiful day at the park. Happy Holidays and I will see those commenting after Christmas. Enjoy your day and keep the spirit of the holiday in your heart. Off to home I go…