Saturday, February 19, 2011

Waterfalls in Winter

Well if you are going to freeze your ass off, you may as well do it in front of some waterfalls. The Niagara Escarpment through Hamilton has some great waterfalls. The water was flowing today after the recent above freezing temperatures that ended Friday (which was a nice break from the February blahs by the way). I went to Devil's Punchbowl and also to Tiffany Falls. Luckily I wore ice cleats because it was very slippery and I also got a little bit wet (that's what she said).
A ice volcano still survives at the base of the Devil's Punchbowl waterfall (picture at top) and looking down the escarpment onto Hamilton, framed by a tree on the left that survives on it's precarious perch, and a tall cross on the right which lights up at night, in the photo below.
The mist from the falls gather on the branches and freeze, the ice grows larger and larger looking for a cocktail to jump into. The water even started freezing on my camera.
They were supposed to be ice climbing on the frozen water at Tiffany Falls, below, but I think the premature spring thaw kind of put the kibosh on that plan.

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