Paul Gromosiak probably holds the greatest quote ever when it comes to attempting to describe the beauty and splendor of Niagara Falls; he once wrote that the Falls were so breathtaking they “diminishe[d] even those skyscrapers” on either side of the border. However, you’d have to think that Gromosiak would have something even more elegant to say if he wrote his words in front of Niagara Falls today. Over a decade ago, the trees surrounding the Falls “bow[ed] to the river, with the weight of the ice on their branches,” which certainly conjures similar images to the contemporary ones below.
Niagara Falls State Park outside Buffalo is an ideal place to observe this year’s majestic winter as well. According to Zieong Zang (who drove to the Falls from New Jersey), “I came here in the summertime four years ago. It was good, but it wasn’t like this. This is just outstanding, with all the snow and the trees coated like sugar.” It should go without saying that no pictures could ever genuinely convey the magnificence of the frozen falls, but if you can’t get there yourself, these images are quite remarkable indeed.
Photographed from Canada:
It’s important to note that there are thousands of fake pictures floating around out there which show Niagara Falls entirely frozen; they usually seem like something out of a Hollywood movie, and sometimes they actually are. In 2014, The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey debunked several of these images as being “either totally misleading or outright false.” It’s difficult for any mere mortal to get their head around it, but over 3,000 tons of water rushes over the edge of the Falls each moment, and it would take an Armageddon-like cold-spell to stop all that liquid in its tracks.
Yet, the ice at the bottom of Niagara Falls does get thick enough to walk across and even build small structures on. In 1912, approximately three dozen individuals were standing on one of these temporary “ice bridges” when another large piece of ice fell from above. Three people ended up drowning and their bodies were never recovered. Temperatures could reach -13 degrees Fahrenheit as per the National Weather Service, so although this story is sad, recalling it may save lives in the near future.