You can’t visit Ontario and not visit Niagara Falls.

Why not? Because these are the most powerful waterfalls in all of North America and they are too big, too beautiful and too wondrous to pass up. The only problem is that several millions of other people feel the same way. More than 12 million per year, in fact. It’s a busy place.

Like so many, I visited Niagara Falls as a young child. I came back as a teenager and then again last week. They seemed less gargantuan than when I was eight, but nonetheless, I was quite happy to see that they’re still there. In popular culture, Niagara Falls has become a touchstone of permanence, a symbol that no matter what, some things never change.

Humans are forever awed by the falls and I am no exception. I am still in awe of them and the awesome things they inspire people to do: going over in barrels, walking high wires, writing epic poems and attempting daredevil feats.

In the year of 2011, there is very little that I can add to the wealth of human adoration for Niagara Falls. All I have to offer is this handful of iPhone pics, some of which I snapped from a swift helicopter ride over the falls. They may fall short of the standards set by the Hudson River School, but it’s my own little digital contribution to the ongoing love affair with the impressive and mighty Niagara Falls.

Comments

  1. Zura Balanchivadze
    Tbilisi, Georgia
    June 26, 2011, 11:28 am

    This, again, inspired me to go on writing about waterfalls – one of the finest scenes of our planet.

  2. Vago Damitio
    Sefrou, Morocco
    June 26, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Andrew,, when I was in Ontrario I didn’t go to Niagra Falls…mostly because I was occupied with getting across Canada with $2 Canadian and the black flies were eating huge chunks out of my skin…still, I kind of regret not going. I did however go to the waterfall in Sefrou, Morocco this morning and that was lovely.

    by the way (shameless plug) you can read about how I managed to get across Canada with $2 and Sefrou on my site http://www.Vagobond.com

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  6. Cody
    Marquette, MI, USA
    June 30, 2011, 12:39 am

    Actually Niagara falls is completely overrated. Like most tourist traps everyone is expecting the biggest and baddest site ever. Yet Ontario has amazing sites along the Hudson Bay, Lake Superior and Algonquin Provincial Park which remain rarely visited compared to the falls. Id pick any of the 3 over the falls if I went again. iPhones and cell phones are becoming the photographers of the day…. sigh.

  7. ADalid Caol
    Papantla de Olarte, Veracruz. México
    June 30, 2011, 12:52 am

    Some day soon will visit the falls, it is one of the places I have to visit before you die.

  8. Umesh Ghimire
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    June 30, 2011, 1:18 am

    Those photos are really awesome. Thanks for giving a chance to view the spectacular scenario.

    Thank you
    UMESH

  9. christopher
    davao,philippines
    June 30, 2011, 3:01 am

    KA NINDOT OI..ANG GANDA(BEAUTIFUL).. .. .

  10. Crystal
    St. Louis, MO
    June 30, 2011, 5:53 am

    Beautiful pictures of the beautiful Falls! Thank you so much for sharing them. I too, found many other interesting places in Ontario but the Falls were my favorite!

  11. sherri henderson
    austin, texas
    June 30, 2011, 6:09 am

    Andrew, I sent 3 years ago and have always wanted to return. Your aerial view has inspired me to return. Traffic and parking was literally a beast. Go early!

  12. Jack D
    Indiana
    June 30, 2011, 7:15 am

    Hey ! I think I spotted a coal seam in one of your flyover pics.
    Let’s level that place so I can power my X-Box !!

  13. Karen
    Pennsylvania
    June 30, 2011, 10:35 pm

    looks amazing! thanks for the wonderful pics. reminds me of why I’ve been wanting to go back for a visit.

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    0675746594
    July 1, 2011, 6:32 pm

    je suis love natgeo grand par se que je suis travail avec natgeo

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  17. Dharmendra
    IN
    July 3, 2011, 11:46 pm

    its really very dangerous water fall in North America.
    but in sort very wonderful pics posted by you.

  18. Dawn Hennessy
    DC
    July 4, 2011, 6:10 am

    I love the beauty of the falls, but really wish they had not made the area around it so cheesy, it would have been lovely if they had preserved it as a National Park.

  19. Sofronije
    Toronto
    July 6, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Nice photos. High five indeed!

    I had few questions:
    1. Would iPhone still work if you dropped it from so high?
    2. Is that wide lens iPhone and where did you buy it?
    3. How is the 3G connection up there?
    4. Was it a white iPhone?

  20. Hao Wang
    Los Angeles
    July 6, 2011, 6:22 pm

    I also went to Niagara Falls recently. I like your photos from the helicopter. I am curious how you made the map of your trip on the right side of this page. I always wanted a tool to record something like this on my android phone. Would you mind share with us how you did it?

  21. V
    July 6, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Could you mage these awesome images smaller for us to see? They aren’t small enough.

  22. Jay
    az
    July 7, 2011, 8:38 am

    I thought the title of this article was going to represent the Iphone being sent over the waterfall. Not photos taken with the iphone….

  23. TixWoo
    July 7, 2011, 8:39 am

    Makes sense dude, very good stuff indeed.

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  24. priyal patel
    tanzania
    July 8, 2011, 12:33 pm

    I m waiting 2 go there
    really nice!
    lovely pics
    ^_^

  25. Ala
    Sanandaj
    July 8, 2011, 12:45 pm

    That’s really fab I’d really adore it

  26. mehdi
    iran,jiroft
    July 13, 2011, 1:53 am

    they are excellent pieces of art by almighty GOD,and worth appreciating by human beings,thanks for your photos

  27. นิรันตราย ดิถีศรีวรกุล
    ประเทศไทย
    July 13, 2011, 2:46 am

    สุดยอดแห่งความสวยงาม ตื่นเต้น และเร้าใจสุด ๆ เลย

  28. karun
    india
    July 14, 2011, 9:12 am

    excellant pics

  29. shaofurong
    JIinangxi Province,China
    July 16, 2011, 1:54 am

    beautiful waterfalls! Appreciate them,although I can’t visit them in person.

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  33. harmeet singh
    punjab
    September 6, 2011, 2:13 am

    if i explain this view then i just want to say Waaaaaaaaaaooooooooooooooooooooo

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  35. Nabbu
    Karachi, Pakistan
    January 11, 2012, 12:15 am

    After watching these pictures I really feel proud to say that; No doubt there’s nobody who have the ability to challenge powers of GOD

  36. B Badal Rao
    United States Of America
    January 23, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Nature is very Powerful & Dangerous. Dont Play with it.

  37. Aniket Obama
    South Africa
    January 23, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Nigra falls, O My God, its gods dangerious creation. its 2012 all will Die in the waterfall.

  38. Paz
    Barcelona-Spain
    February 5, 2012, 7:37 am

    It has been one of the most uncreible places I never been. Amazing the noise that water did falling and the fog. Recomended the boat trip, turism targeted but, once in your life!!.

  39. arjun singh chouhan
    india
    February 14, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Hats off to you Andrew ! You are an artist with the camera and the pen both :)….your commentry made the pictures come alive…thanks indeed for the treat

  40. Victor
    China
    April 30, 2012, 2:32 am

    nice,I have never see such a beautiful scenery

  41. Tublu Dey
    Bangladesh
    June 13, 2012, 5:37 am

    It’s a beautiful photograph that I have ever seen before!

  42. antonis
    cyprus
    July 21, 2012, 12:20 am

    excellent place to visit i liked your pics very much ,continue published so nice pics

  43. Manuel Najera
    Costa Rica--San Jose.
    August 9, 2012, 1:38 pm

    Solo Dios puede hacer tanta belleza!!!

  44. majid
    iran
    August 31, 2012, 4:41 pm

    this image great,thanx alot for beauty and perfect images,I enjoyin of see them,good luck

  45. mushir
    karachi,Pakistan
    November 28, 2012, 2:36 am

    I love Niagra Falls and the sleepy town around it,been there number of times when I was visiting Toronto. The best view was at night from the window of my Hotel’s room facing it! I must pay compliments to you Andrew for sharing such sweet memories, have replaced my photographs with yours.

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    surat.india
    April 10, 12:22 pm

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