You can’t visit Ontario and not visit Niagara Falls.
Why not? Because these are the most powerful waterfalls in all of North America and they are too big, too beautiful and too wondrous to pass up. The only problem is that several millions of other people feel the same way. More than 12 million per year, in fact. It’s a busy place.
Like so many, I visited Niagara Falls as a young child. I came back as a teenager and then again last week. They seemed less gargantuan than when I was eight, but nonetheless, I was quite happy to see that they’re still there. In popular culture, Niagara Falls has become a touchstone of permanence, a symbol that no matter what, some things never change.
Humans are forever awed by the falls and I am no exception. I am still in awe of them and the awesome things they inspire people to do: going over in barrels, walking high wires, writing epic poems and attempting daredevil feats.
In the year of 2011, there is very little that I can add to the wealth of human adoration for Niagara Falls. All I have to offer is this handful of iPhone pics, some of which I snapped from a swift helicopter ride over the falls. They may fall short of the standards set by the Hudson River School, but it’s my own little digital contribution to the ongoing love affair with the impressive and mighty Niagara Falls.
- Nat Geo Expeditions