Art Roundup, week of April 2nd

The danger of going on vacation is the backlog of work that waits for you upon your return. Fortunately, there are certain places that can keep that dread at bay. And while my family is such a rock, the sights I saw at Niagara Falls bolstered that defense. Here are a few images from the beginning of my trip through the Falls. If you see any images here that aren’t available on Natural Desygns or SM Desygns reach out to me through the Etsy store, and I’ll add the image to the correct store. In the meantime, click any of the images to head over to DeviantArt to get a better look.

Reflecting Shore

As I finished exploring the resort, I came upon this section of the pond. As I stood upon the patch of earth jutting into the water, I stared across the water, studying the sight. While little blossoms littered the edge of the mini-peninsula, a gentle breeze created small ripples on the pond’s surface. Of course, as they receded into the distance, they vanished from my sight, resulting in a mirror-like surface. That apparently calm patch of water provided a partial reflection of the far side of the pond. The partial symmetry provides me with a wondrous image of reflection.

Any vacation is always limited. In fact, that’s the very definition of a vacation. However, my 2019 trip was split between Niagara Falls and Gettysburg. As a result, we crammed a lot of the sights for the Falls into those few days as we could. One destination we explored was the Cave of the Wind. One of the biggest memories revolving that trip was the long elevator trips up and down the falls.

Once we were at the bottom, we navigated the path, getting a wonderful image of the bottom of the falls. While I walked along the catwalks, I noticed a single bird staring out on the water, like a sullen child looking for a better prize. And for those with sharp eyes, you’ll notice a boat in the background, getting ready to approach the cascading waters of the falls.

Sulking Bird

Rocky Coast

As I continued following the trail leading to the Cave of the Wind, I noticed this little rocky patch of the shoreline. The juxtaposition of the bursting collection of yellow buds was a wonderful juxtaposition of the rocky shore.

The trail for the Cave of the Winds is long and twisting. At one point, as we neared the falling water, the wooden catwalk was buttressed against a stony outcropping. However, this memory was collected because of the churning whitewater flowing around the stones and walkway as it joined the calm water of the river flowing away from the Falls.

Niagara Whitewater