I went back to Niagara Falls in winter for the third time in two years (see the falls almost frozen and at night). I’m not a big fan of Niagara Falls in the summer with the big crowds and the Vegas-style city around it. But at this time of the year, the falls become a winter wonderland.
We headed to Niagara Falls mid-February, during an extremely cold weekend. I wrote about the steam fog on Lake Ontario last week, and the same effect was going on with the falls. While there always is a decent amount of mist around the falls, the sudden extreme cold was strongly augmenting the effect. The cloud of mist was visible from the highway long before we reached Niagara Falls, almost resembling an atomic mushroom (I should have taken a picture but I was driving).
I think I have been to Niagara Falls 5 or 6 times in the last 4 years, and I can definitely say I had never seen such a big cloud of mist. It was quite stunning though it meant seeing a lot less of the Canadian falls.
The Niagara river was carrying a lot of small ice blocks, so I decided to shoot a close-up view of the falls, with the ice in the foreground.
Most of the time, we couldn’t see about half of the falls. But when it the mist clear up a little, I decided to shoot some minimalist images, and I really like this one:
Despite the cold, winter in Toronto brings a lot of interesting phenomena and transforms the landscape. It’s always a great experience to shoot it, if you can motivate yourself!