For a couple of days between Christmas and New Years, my husband and I go away to recharge at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint historical town, (that is moving a bit too upscale due to its proximity to Toronto), where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. For 20 years we have visited this time of year and it is always different. We love to walk the streets and gaze at the cozy houses and yards. More megamansions lately, but the beautiful architecture is still there. There is a little downtown strip of shops and restaurants. This year, it was very cold temps and lots of lake effect snow showers. Lake effect is a phenomenon where the arctic winds pick up moisture from the warmer water (most the Great Lakes) and deposit it on shore. In the summer, it is lake effect rain. It travels in bands- sometimes narrow or wide, and can stall leaving big amounts behind. That is what happened in Erie, PA on Christmas.
Across the river is Fort Niagara, a United States historical site. I am not a professional photographer by any stretch, but I was able to capture the icy briskness and the crystal clear magic of a winter day. I did not edit or crop the photos, just took them in wonder. Enjoy.
|Gazebo at the Park|
|Lake effect coming in from the right|
|Lake Effect wall of clouds forming over Lake Ontario|
|Ice chunks off the shore|