Photos By Tina McDonald Johnston
I believe that Tina and I first connected by email around 1994. She is a waterfall enthusiast from the Melbourne, Australia area. We would keep in touch from time to time. In May of 2010, Tina and her husband Bill went on a trip to America. One of their stops was at Niagara Falls. They stayed at the Sheridan Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tina took the shot below at about 5:45 am on May 11th through the hotel room window.
In the above photo the sun has just risen next to the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY. The American Falls is a little left of center and is shrouded in mist. The Horseshoe Falls is just right of center with Table Rock House in the foreground.
I had the pleasure to meet with Tina and Bill at Prospect Point the next day. Unfortunately I was only able to spend an hour or so with them. We checked out the view from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, took the elevator to the bottom and climbed the stairs to the Crows Nest observation area. The wind was blowing from the northeast that day so we didn't get wet from the mist of the American Falls. We then checked out the view from Prospect Point for a bit before I had to leave.
One of my fondest childhood dreams was to visit Niagara Falls. I’d been entranced by falling water since visiting Swallow Falls in Wales as a very young child, so finally confronting this thundering giant fills me with awe, delight, respect and an enormous sensation of diminutiveness! Mother Nature’s generosity in providing a sunny (if somewhat chilly) afternoon complements the setting with the presence of a full rainbow, double from the appropriate angle. Even the deafening roar of the falls somehow provides a peaceful ambience as it encompasses me and renders me totally at one with nature. I could blissfully stand here forever....
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