I have recently found that I need to be in Buffalo, NY, in July and plan to visit Niagara Falls when I am in town. I’ve been twice, once on the American side of the falls and once on the Canadian side. My first visit to see the falls was a few years ago when my husband and I ventured into Canada. Friends in Buffalo mentioned that the views were spectacular from the Canadian side, and they were absolutely right! I remember being simply amazed at the color of the water in the midday light. My visit last year to Niagara Falls State Park in Niagara Falls, NY, was at dusk to capture the sunset and the illumination of the falls. I’m not sure which side I’ll be visiting this July, but know that either will produce some great photographs. This photo is a view of Horseshoe Falls from Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America. Along the Niagara River the forms the border between the state of New York and Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls is comprised of the individual waterfalls. According to the New York State Parks Department, 3160 tons of water flows over the falls each second – 75,750 gallons over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and an amazing 681,750 gallons over Horseshoe Falls. This enormous volume of water falls at a rate of 32 feet per second. As a natural power source, Niagara Falls is capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of power that is shared by the United States and Canada.
The Genesee River flows through Letchworth State Park located about 35 miles southwest of Rochester, NY. Carving a gorge through the park, the rock walls climb up to 550 feet in some locations, hence the nickname the “Grand Canyon of the East”. There are three large waterfalls in the park, named only for their locations: Upper, Middle and Lower Falls. All o f the falls are located in the southern section of the park, known as Portage Canyon. This photo is of the Middle Falls, located in the most narrow section of the gorge where only 400 feet separates the two rock walls.
The Niagara River forms the border between New York state and Canada, and is technically a ‘strait’ that connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The most famous feature of the river is the Niagara Falls which is actually comprised of three separate waterfalls. The American and Bridal Veil Falls are on the US side and Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side. To view the falls from the US, you’ll visit the Niagara Falls State Park, established in 1885 making it the oldest state park in the country . Each evening, the falls are illuminated by a changing combination of white and colored lights that give Niagara an entirely different look. This photo was taken from the Niagara Falls State Park in New York with a view of the American Falls, a portion of Horseshoe Falls in the distance, and the skyline of the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada.
About 35 miles southwest of Rochester, NY you’ll find Letchworth State Park. Billed as the “Grand Canyon of the East” the Genesee River travels through the gorge over three large waterfalls offering spectacular views. The rock walls are as high as 550 feet in some areas with a width of only 400 feet near the middle falls, thus earning the name the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The park is named after William Pryor Letchworth who gave a 1000 acre estate to the state of New York in 1906 that now comprises the heart of the park .The park now covers over 14,000 acres offering views like this on the 66 miles of hiking trails.