Thursday, December 4, 2008

SkyWatch Friday

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I didn't get any decent shots of the sky this week so I went into my archives and got a couple from a trip up to Niagara Falls a few years ago. It was a joyous occasion as my sister and niece were visiting and this was an all girls' weekend only. We took a couple of days to get there and what a road trip it was. We had an incredible time, the icing on the cake seeing those incredible Falls.

It was the first for my niece and me, but my sister had visited 25 years previously, with her husband when he was in Canada on a business trip. Gregg and I were living in Rhode Island at the time and they eventually came down and visited us there. He was in the navy back then.
These two photos were taken on the Canadian side. We stayed in one of the many hotels overlooking the Falls - right hand side of the picture - on the 22nd floor. I remember saying to the gentleman at the desk when I called to book a room, "Are you sure we will have a good view of the Falls from our room?" He patiently said, "Yes Madam, you'll have a great view of them" and that we did. The hotels are designed so that each guest will have a great view. The three of us just sat on the floor because the windows were floor to ceiling, and took it all in. I don't think we moved for a couple of hours as we were so in awe of them. Then we thought it would be a good idea to go down and see them up close. I'll share more photos in a later post.

49 comments:

Janet said...

Great photos, Denise. It sounds like you had a fabulous trip. I would love to see Niagara Falls one day.

Maggie Ann said...

Wow..your hotel sounds like a dream come true. We were their twice and did not have a view of the falls from our hotel...but then we went on a special package deal that cost next to nothing and were pretty happy. Your photo of the sky is breathtaking. Did you visit the greenhouse there? We loved it very much. And the falls are glorious. Well, I got here from Winifred's blog...just visiting some new places. Hope you have a good week....

Guy D said...

Simply fabulous shots as always. Hope you have a great weekend.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Liesel's Garden Party said...

The first photo is very mysterious, reminds me of the land of dragons and other fairy folk playing hide and seek between the clouds. I'm in love with that first photo <3

Rick said...

Hello again Denise, I'm checking back in - apologies for using your blog, but I guess I didn't keep your e-mail address.

I'm still wondering about the caricature you requested for your FIL. My records show that you were going to get me some photos of him, and we were still discussing just exactly the doodle should look like.

If you've changed your mind, or if you want to postpone it, that's okay too. I just need to know. As it is, I've been moving on to other illustration request on my list.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick

r.l.green@verizon.net

(My super/secret e-mail address)

marina said...

Ow!!!Your last photo is absolutely beautiful!!!

Kay said...

This is just so wonderful, Denise. You really got a beautiful view from your hotel. Wow!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great photos as always Denise. The first shot has an eerie look about it with the moon in the background. Niagra looks marvellous, definitely on our list of "must visits".

A x

Hildegarde said...

Each guest has such a great view ? wow ! And the clouds with moon shot is great.

A. Jorge said...

Such beautiful pictures, Denise! Thank you in share it with us!

Kisses

Jorge

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Ah, yes. Niagara Falls! As many times as I've seen them -- I live only two hours away -- I am always amazed at their beauty.

imac said...

Sounds that you had a great time, enjoyed your post.

Quiet Paths said...

I just love that top one. It's hard for me imagine the Falls having never been there; I guess they are huge. Your photo helps me imagine them.

Reader Wil said...

How impressive these falls are!

Photo Cache said...

I often post from my archives too as I don't get to shoot often.

Happy weekend.

Pretty Life Online said...

Nature is truly beautiful! Happy weekend! Hope you get time to visit my corner too...

Maggie Ann said...

Yes, the greenhouse is a treat to visit or was when we were there anyway.

Mary said...

These are great photos! I love Niagara Falls and have been 3 times...always the Canadian side. I will have to try the other side next time. Your room really did have a great view. I don't remember ever being that close in whatever motel we stayed at. I love just standing and looking at all that water.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Denise!
I will be travelling (with my family) in the next days so that my blog and my visit in your blog probably will be delayed .
Wish great photos and posts in your blog! I will try to come back as soon as possible because I really enjoy your blog and friendship!
Thanks for all!You are very kind!
See you !
Léia :-)

Carletta said...

It has been so many years since I have been there. I must stay in that hotel this time though and not way back.
Lovely images.

Ruth said...

Beautiful pictures. I live quite close to Niagara Falls and because it is an easy day trip, I have never stayed in a hotel there.

Raven said...

Beautiful photos and a nice story to go with them. I can imagine just sitting and watching as you did. I saw the falls a lifetime ago. They really are something.

Gill - That British Woman said...

great photos Denise.

Gill

Leedra said...

Like both of them. Like the clouds and blue sky. Great SWF

The Good Life in Virginia said...

like the "power" of the cloud...a lovely shot from your archives :)
thanks for sharing with everyone.

Wren said...

We've wanted to go there for some time. My husband went as a child, but I haven't yet. I have to admit, the falls do add to the sky!

Arija said...

I've ony been to the Canadian side,but unfortunately the falls were turned off for maintenance!
Great to see your splendid picture.
It looks like the spume is fine enough to ascend as a cloud. Magnificent!

Eve said...

All these years I've been in NY and never went to the falls!! I've only seen them from the air at a good distance up! Now we're moving to Alabama...Silly me!

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are both incredible but I'm really loving those big white clouds and the moon too.

Grammy said...

Happy sky watch Friday
Love your beautiful photo.

Connie said...

I like your pictures. Lovely sky.

magiceye said...

WOW... must have been a superb time!

fishing guy said...

Denise: What neat shots from the falls. That first shot looks like a giant laying back and relaxing. I do like you falls photo.

auringonkukka :) said...

so beautiful photos!
have a nice weekend!!

The Birdlady said...

Boy, you found beauties!

Bear Naked said...

Denise
Great photos of Niagara Falls.
It really is an amazing place isn't it?
So many photo opportunities.
Thanks for continuing to comment on my blog.
I really do appreciate it.
Bear((( )))

mommanator said...

I just love Niagara Falls! I would visit there anytime!

Connie said...

I love looking at Niagara Falls. Beautiful.

Gretchen said...

I really like this shot. The moon is just visible.

Niagara Falls is a fun place to visit. We spent our honeymoon there and went back for our anniversary a couple years ago. It's not that far from us, so we've visited it seeral times for day trips.

haleyhughes said...

I love the layering of the clouds, with the big fluffy one in the background and the whispy ones in front. (I'm getting very technical with the terms. I know. Sorry. LOL) Also love the way the moon balances it on the right.

It's been years since I was at Niagra, but I remember thinking that no words or photos can adequately do it justice. It's one of those things you have to see for yourself in real life.

Marie said...

I also saw the Falls from the Canadian side. But at that time I did not have a digital camera, so I need to scan my photos.

Your photos are great and so is your story. In the second photo the sky seems to be falling into the falls, or vice versa......

maryt/theteach said...

Really nice SW photos, Denise! :)

Carrie Hayes said...

Wonderful photos!!

lisa mertins said...

hi denise. lovely pics, especially of one of the world's great wonders. i prefer the canadian side. tidier and less "touristy" than the u.s. side imho.

cheers :)

gwendolen said...

I love the cloud. Such a beautiful photo with the moon in the background.

Blossom said...

Aren't the falls wonderful? My husband's family lives in southern Ontario, a fairly easy drive away. We visited the falls once while we were there seeing family.

Bernie Krausse said...

Its great that you were able to get the moon in there too. Keep enjoying Nature.

Linda Jacobs said...

I was there as a teenager over 40 years ago and I remember how awed I was. These photos took me back. Beautiful!

The Tile Lady said...

What a fantastic trip that must have been! Wow! And your Skywatch shot is just wonderful!

Marie