Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Niagara Falls

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."

Niagara Falls have been tumbling and thundering for thousands of years without missing a beat. Today the great waterfall will plough on, regardless of societal changes and utterly careless of humble human observation.
Spouse and I- and I would wager most visitors to the landscape- half expected the flood to run silent as dusk approached, rather like somebody turning a tap to end the spectacle. Most tourist attractions are short-lived and are run according to popularity- so the thought was not an irrational one.
In an age of deficient attention span and exhibitions of a transient nature, it was gratifying to be a witness to Niagara Falls: the show will not end because tourists return to their hotels for the night or because the season trickles to a close. The white waves will crash and collide with one another through night and day, century after century: if an interested party happens to be within sight, so much the better, but we humans are incidental to the occasion.
Rather humbling, I might say.


Barb said...

Beautiful pictures ... Niagara Falls really is a magnificent and humbling place to visit is it not?

I live about one hour from the falls and visit a few times a year .... it never fails to make me draw in my breath and tremble in the face of such a tremendous force of nature.

Barb said...

BTW - welcome back ... missed your posts. B

Pauline said...

humbling yes, but also reassuring that something much larger and stronger than we humans is in charge...

hele said...


How beautiful.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Barb, how wonderful that you can visit often- it's truly an amazing place. I'd be happy to have seen it even once in my life, such was the powerful feeling of having experienced it.

Pauline, it's something else to feel so small beside all that power, to see it rushing by and know how little control people really have over nature.

Hele, Spouse is a good photographer- but he had a lot of inspiring material to work with :) It really is an incredible sight.

Beth said...

It's so good to have your posts back on my google reader. I have missed your golden treasures. Niagara Falls looks spectacular, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Welcome home.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Beth, thank you! I'm glad to be back and catching up with everything. It always takes me a few days to settle down again- I'm not sure why.

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