Pic of the Week – Niagara Falls

I know this is not the most amazing photo of Niagara falls, although I am quite pleased with the birds in it. I think I hit the decisive moment with them. It’s not the classic view from a helicopter and the sun isn’t shining through. But it is the one and only time I am ever there, and this is my photo, so it means a lot to me.

Niagara Falls Pic of the Week on Falcondale Life blog. Shot from the boat ride on the splash-proof iPhone 7 plus.

I took more photos from the clifftop and some of those are more of a classic view of the falls. But this shot was taken from the boat ride and I was using an iPhone 7 plus which is thankfully splash-proof. We got soaked. We were wearing rain ponchos but the wind was billowing around us. Most people held on tight to their rain ponchos and stayed mainly dry but I had a splash-proof phone so of course I took photos and let go of my poncho. Here’s a great visitor tip for Niagara falls – don’t wear a white t-shirt. I was soaked to the skin!

Niagara Like a Storm

I took a lot more photos closer to the falls and it was just a white-out. There’s no view once you get really close and it’s more about the experience of getting wet. The spray was quite blinding. I’m quite surprised that my contact lens didn’t wash out of my eye. The noise is tremendous and it’s quite disorientating. The spray is not cold at all, but the water below the boat is churning like a choppy ocean.

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions and it’s about five hours drive from New York City. What’s the most impressive natural wonder you have seen? Let me know in the comments!

The Judging a Photograph series will return after the school holidays.

I was loaned the iPhone 7 plus with a month of data and roaming by ThreeUK for the purposes of trying out the phone and the Feel at Home roaming service, but all opinions are my own.



  1. 21st August 2017 / 4:00 am

    What a great photo! Iā€™d love to visit Niagra Falls! #MySundayPhoto

  2. 20th August 2017 / 9:35 pm

    That is a spectacular photo. Would love to get there one day! šŸ™‚

  3. 20th August 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Fantastic capture!
    Somewhere I have wanted to visit for quite some time now!

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:23 pm

      It’s a fun day (or two) but it is so crowded!

  4. 20th August 2017 / 9:20 am

    Great capture. I’d love to see them at some stage. Definitely a good example of the decisive moment. #mysundayphoto

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you, there aren’t all that many birds so I was pleased with the timing.

  5. 20th August 2017 / 8:19 am

    What a sight that must be…one day I’d love to see it

    Thank you for linking up

  6. 20th August 2017 / 8:14 am

    Oh wow a real must do sight. How wonderful to actually be there and I think a waterproof i phone is about the best camera you could sensibly use.

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Absolutely, I was one of only two people in the bows who didn’t put phones and cameras away.

  7. 20th August 2017 / 6:37 am

    What a stunning place to visit! The photo is fab and it was interesting to read about your experience of getting so close to the Falls.

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Thanks – I knew I would get wet but I was amazed at how very wet I got!

  8. 20th August 2017 / 6:27 am

    If you visit the Niagra Falls, you have to take as many photographs as possible! Great that you managed to catch birds in the image. I bet few people manage that. #MySundayPhoto

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:21 pm

      I was nearly blinded by spray a minute later so yes I feel lucky to have got it.

  9. 20th August 2017 / 5:54 am

    I think it’s a great photo! You wouldn’t want it to look like all the rest anyway! The birds are great and they help with providing a sense of scale. #MySundayPhoto

    • 22nd August 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Well thank you, it is hard finding a new way to photograph something famous.

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