Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beautiful Niagara Falls Video


This time lapse photography video of Niagara Falls offers a unique night time view of the Falls area.

Niagara Falls in Motion from Matthew Wartman on Vimeo.

This video was shot by Matthew Wartman, a local gifted photographer. It runs just over two minutes and is well worth viewing.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canada Day Celebrations Niagara Falls


We say 'huh', they say 'eh'.
We spell
theater, the spell theatre.
We have Fourth of July, they have Canada Day.

As is typical with US-Canadian relations, things are similar on both sides of the border, but not exactly the same. T
his is the case for July 1st, AKA Canada Day. Canada Day is much like our Independence Day, but it celebrates the unification of Canada, rather than its separation from Great Britain. Either way it's a national holiday filled with picnics, fireworks and trips to Niagara Falls.

My morning tour was a lovely group visiting from Vallejo, California, a community near Sacramento. Although they were from the opposite side of the country, our home states share a certain amount of political turmoil. Just like the US-Canada relationship, the California-NY relationship is similar, but not exactly the same.

And t
his is one of the lessons I've learned as a tour guide, that people separated by geography frequently share the same hopes and problems. The group was kind and generous and I wished I had more time to spend with them.

On my evening tour I hosted a family from Cleveland, Georgia and husband and wife team visiting from Des Moines, Iowa.

For better or worse I introduced the Georgians to Buffalo Wings, which is a delicacy we eat here from the parts of the chicken that normal people throw away. They seemed to like them and asked about whether we call soft drinks 'soda' or 'pop'.

I believe I did a good job of touring because by the end of the evening Seth (our always energetic young one) was pooped out and fell asleep.

One of the highlights of the evening was the excellent fireworks display that celebrated Canada Day. Our view from the Observation Tower was perfect and we were wowed by the beautiful barrage of colorful (or is it colourful?) firewworks.

My heart was warmed to see out Des Moines couple, married for 30 years, holding hands and embracing as they enjoyed the display. Watching them from a distance you could tell they were enjoying this simple pleasure together and that they are deeply in love.

It is these moments that remind us of what really is important in life-times shared with family, enjoying and exploring this wonderful planet.

Happy Canada Day, eh!