Since I mentioned on a post on the UK that I really, really like photographing in an other country, I did not say how easy it is for me to do so. I can walk to Canada from my house in no time flat. While I am photographing on the US side, I also said in the same post that one can stay home and find places to visit new to them.
This place is not new to me as I pass it almost every day by car, but it is a recent upgrade to the pedestrian path along the Niagara River. Many new trees have been planted and selected ones have been saved to the new design. The meadow areas are designated not to be mowed to create a wildlife habitat.
Most look at a staycation to save on vacation expenses, give back to their own community, have less stress of overseas planning, or even invest time and interest in the local environment. I hike the area around the Falls often, so as mentioned this is not new to me, but it is to you the viewers. My husband even mentioned never seeing this view toward the Falls before. He is not as involved in the area as am I, so this is not surprising to me.
Tourists often miss some things about this area like the factories built along the river front, shown in the gallery above. Landscaping attempts to hide them from view. Another eyesore is the trash along the river’s edge that collects as currents push it to the shore.
The state parks department has been working for years to improve the pedestrian pathways along the parkway leading vehicles to the Falls.
Since this area is pretty but not particularly interesting, I will show you what it is like at the base of the Falls. Visitors take the elevator to the base of the Falls.
It almost looks other worldly.
The newly designed natural areas were meant to attract wildlife, but in reality, there were very few birds or insects on my hike.