Niagara Falls & Butterfly Conservatory Photo Essay
By Elli Davis, August 17, 2012
The view of the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, notice the tiny figures compared to the waterfalls!
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With more than 28 million visitors each year, this magnificent natural attraction on the Niagara River is among the most popular destinations for many Americans, Canadians, and international tourists (and often a first choice for honeymooners). Niagara Falls includes three waterfalls (the biggest, Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls) sitting along the border between Ontario and New York. When you come to see the falls from the Canadian side, you get full access to the beautiful Horseshoe Falls with the highest flow rate in the world and a drop of more than 53 metres (173 feet)! The distinctive green colour comes from the salts and rocks of the Niagara River that are dissolved in the water. Niagara Falls is renowned both for its beauty and as a valuable source of enormous hydroelectric power; during the last century, power plants were built close to the roaring waters.
Just 121 kilometres (75 miles) from Toronto, it is a perfect spot for a weekend out of the city or a place to impress visitors. The falls are an attraction during both day and night. Take the Maid of the Mist boat cruise and get really close to the falls (and you’ll probably end up completely soaked, but that’s why a special raincoat is included in the price). Being so close and feeling the natural power is breathtaking! Get a glimpse of the river from the observation deck of the nearby Skylon Tower. At night, admire the colourful light effects as the falls light up, or try your luck at some of the many casinos. The town does not ever sleep! If you want to cross over to the U.S., the Rainbow Bridge offers the closest views of the falls and is open to vehicle traffic and pedestrians.
Hidden in the gardens just a few miles from the Rainbow Bridge, you will find a whole different world. The Butterfly Conservatory mimics a tropical rainforest so it’s the perfect environment for over 2,000 butterflies, exotic flowers, and waterways in the greenhouses. Explore over 50 species that flutter and soar freely you while you walk along the unforgettable pathway! Located south of the Floral Clock, in the world famous Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, this is a place not to be missed whenever you visit Niagara Falls.
The Canadian Horseshoe Falls reach the vertical drop of 53 metres!
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Meet the Photographer
Viera studies marketing communication. She has been devoted to documentary photography and fine-art photography for two years. Amongst other styles, Viera is fond of street photography, portrait photography and art nude photography. Viera uses street photography to draw people's attention to things that are overlooked in everyday life.