Angela Otts

I took a trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada recently. It was on my “bucket list,” and my son decided to make it happen for me. It was great!

Niagara Falls is a very beautiful place. There are marvelous views of the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from a number of locations. We hit them all. We even had our picture taken going over the falls in a barrel.

My son asked me what was my most special memory of the magnificent falls? I vote for the boat ride into the heart of the falls on the Niagara River to the water at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

Our guide told us where to stand on the catamaran boat for the best views and less chance of 100 percent drenching. He was right about the views but the drenching was unavoidable.

Wrapped in our plastic, hooded parkas, we went past the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and into the dynamics of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. If you haven’t been there, it’s a memorable experience.

There is great power in the scene….hearing the roar of so much water, seeing the mist rising around you, feeling the power of the water churning around you. Then there’s the great height of the falls, the volume and color of the water dropping over the precipice. It’s overwhelming.

With water hitting my face and filling my shoes, and me holding on for dear life along the railing, I started to think about capturing my feelings in a painting, perhaps something very abstract. I have read much about artists expressing themselves in the emotions and experiences they have.

At that moment, my emotions were so intermingled with that tremendous rush of water that never stops flowing. I have to try to capture that power on canvas with wild swipes of paint. It’s a goal.

Niagara Falls never stops. The lakes and rivers feed into it on its journey to the ocean. Just think about the millions and millions of people over the course of centuries who have seen it and experienced its power.

It definitely has its “WOW” factor.

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