Sunrise Over Niagara Falls (Photo of the Day) & 5 Facts

Sunrise Over Niagara Falls

This photo–of the sun rising over Niagara Falls–is one of which I’m proud. Sure, it’s pretty, but the fact that I woke up early enough to catch it (before 6 a.m.) is a big deal. :)

Sunrise Over Niagara Falls

Seriously? The falls themselves are pretty darn impressive…

I was just lucky enough to wake up in time to enjoy this view and to snap some photos. Once the sun had risen, I went back to sleep. After 12 hours on an Amtrak train the day before, I was a bit worn out.

5 Quick Facts Re: Niagara Falls

…There are actually 3 falls in Niagara: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls.

…The largest vertical drop is over 165 feet (50 metres).

…The Niagara Falls were created by glacier activity around 10,000 years ago.

…The Niagara River, the natural outlet from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, is about 58 kilometres (36 mi.) in length.

…Niagara is not technically the highest waterfall in the world, but it is the widest and largest. According to the website, Niagara Parks, about 500 other waterfalls in the world are ‘taller’ than Niagara. The Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest at 979 metres (3,212 ft.). However, some of the tallest falls in the world have very little water flowing over them.

“It’s the combination of height and volume that makes Niagara Falls so beautiful,” says Niagara Parks. I must say that I agree!

Photographic Details

Camera: Olympus XZ-1
F stop: 3.5
Shutter: 1/640
ISO: 100
Filter: None

Your Thoughts/Reactions?

Just wondering…

Do you prefer the sunrise, sunset or both?

Which would you rather experience and/or photograph? And why?

I personally like both for different reasons.

To me, the sunrise is a little more mysterious because you don’t know what the sky is going to do. It’s dark, then the sky lightens and then, you begin to get an idea of what’s next.

In the case of a sunset, you have some indication in advance because of the clouds that are already there.

Still, in neither case is there a guarantee that you will see the sun as a glowing sphere.

Perhaps that is what makes catching a perfect sunrise or sunset, if you’re lucky enough to, so special.

Would you like to see more photos of Niagara Falls?

If so, let me know if your comment. I have many photos–some in black and white–and video. If there’s interest, I may put together a photo essay.

Can’t Get Enough?

Want to see more photos from around the world? Here are the other ‘photos of the day‘ (people, places and things) from several continents.

Like unusual photos? Check out my ‘trippy travel photos.’ The post begins as a game and ends as a learning experience. Enjoy!


The Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Hotel, Canada, offered me and a fellow traveler a discounted media rate on our room for one night. We appreciated this, as well as the great view we had. Being in a room facing the falls undoubtedly made our stay in Niagara Falls more enjoyable.

12 Responses to Sunrise Over Niagara Falls (Photo of the Day) & 5 Facts
  1. Terri
    June 3, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    Nice photo!! I’m going to Niagara Falls tomorrow.

    • CB Driver
      June 3, 2013 | 8:05 pm

      Hi, Terri–that’s great! Hope you enjoy it… Great meeting you at TBEX, by the way!
      Talk soon.

  2. Jeruen
    June 4, 2013 | 12:51 am

    Hi Lisa, allow me to nitpick, but I don’t think Niagara Falls is the widest and largest. I think that goes to either Iguazu Falls in Brazil/Argentina or Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe. Iguazu Falls is definitely wider (over 1600 m), but it is very much segmented by various islands. Victoria Falls (1708 m in width) isn’t segmented, so they say it’s the widest sheet of water. Niagara Falls, however, has the highest flow rate.
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    • CB Driver
      June 4, 2013 | 1:49 am

      No problem, Jeruen. It’s cool. Let me check this out further so that I can be sure. One never knows with Internet sources. I’ll check on that and get back to you.


  3. Neal
    June 4, 2013 | 2:29 am

    Hey that’s from the Canadian side! MY sister was there over the weekend wondered if there was a Kevin Bacon moment. Growing up near there was the whirlpool cable car and rock candy. The wax museum was cool also. Congratulations for getting up so early and getting a decent sunrise. Very nice photo.

    • CB Driver
      June 4, 2013 | 10:43 am

      Hi, Neal. Yes, the Canadian side! Your sister was there–really? Wow. Who knows–maybe I asked her for directions at some point.

      Waking up early was sort of lucky. I think the sunlight streamed in through the window and woke me up! No alarm needed. But I did go back to sleep. Does it still count? LOL

      Glad you like the photo. It was tricky to take. I think I leaned it on the windowsill to keep the camera steady. I have so many more photos of the fall, of course. Not sure what to do with them. Maybe a complete photo essay.

      PS: Canadians are SO nice! :)

  4. Toni
    June 5, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Absolutely stunning photo Lisa! The sun really can do ‘all the work’ for you when it’s this beautifully simple :)
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    • CB Driver
      June 6, 2013 | 12:10 am

      Thanks, Toni–glad you like it! True about the sun…it’s quite amazing!

  5. Maria
    June 5, 2013 | 6:51 pm

    Smashing sunrise! Just love it.
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  6. Brittany @ Paws for Beer
    June 12, 2013 | 8:13 pm

    your photo is stunning! I think sunrise is the great because of the unknown but if you want control over your subject then sunset. Anyways – great photo and thanks for getting up early for us to capture it – it was totally worth it!
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    • CB Driver
      June 13, 2013 | 9:06 pm

      Hi, Brittany. Thank you…so glad you like it! Maybe a sunrise is more is more intriguing for the reasons we stated.

      Thanks again!

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