Niagara Falls NY. In my 24 years of living in Buffalo (only a 25 min ride from Niagara Falls) I never went in the winter. Crazy right? I think many people have similar experiences. We can take places for granted when we live so close to them. Did you know that Niagara Falls is one of the busiest places for Honeymoons? Fact. To me that seems funny because I live so close to it. Why would anyone travel to Niagara Falls!? Well, people that don’t have it out their back door for one…
On my return to Buffalo for Christmas, I decided that I wanted to see the Falls in the winter. What I was hoping for was an ice covered landscape because of the mist from the falls. When I looked at the weather report on my flight back east, the mid 30’s did not give me confidence that I would see that. Regardless, I was determined to make it up there. Since I didn’t have a car (living in SF makes it difficult to drive back to Buffalo), a friend of mine agreed to take the trek with me. Thank goodness because we were greeted with a winter wonderland if there ever was one. The snow was falling and creating a truly magical feel. Niagara Falls is one of those places in the world that are magical by themselves (think grand canyon type of magic). When you add the stillness of the falling snow and the magical quality it possess you have a winning combination. I have been to the falls many times in my life, that trip will be the most memorable with out a doubt.
As I think back on it now, I realize that the falling snow even muffled the sound of the mighty falls as well. It almost felt eerie (hahaha pun intended). Normally the sound of the falls is the only thing you can hear, but the heavily falling snow just carpeted the whole area with white stillness.
An amazing trip home that reminds me to not take great places for granted like I did with the falls in winter. Get out there and capture the shot you have thought about for ages. Trust me, you won’t regret you did.