|This is the view of the river from Niagara Falls, New York. The land in the distance is Grand Island.|
|This picture was taken at Four Points Sheraton in Niagara Falls.|
|Each time of year brings different views of the river. This is the river in winter.|
|All is quiet and peaceful.|
|There are many docks in Grand Island.|
|This was once part of a dock at the site of the former Electric Beach Amusement Park. It was in business from 1908 until about 1911, when it went bankrupt. At one time, there were many amusement parks in Grand Island. One of the more famous ones was Eagle Park. Unfortunately, Eagle Park is mostly known for the famous (infamous?) disaster that occurred there on June 23rd, 1912.|
|Many people were standing on the dock, waiting for the ferry. There were probably too many people on the dock. It is likely that they had too much to drink. The dock collapsed and the people were thrown into the river. Thirty seven persons died in the disaster.|
|This is another view of the dock at the site of the former Electric Beach. Originally, the dock was twice as wide. It was wide enough to accommodate many persons, including a marching band. The owner of the land were Electric Beach is now located showed me a photograph, which, apparently, was a celebration of Grand Island’s Republican Party. There was a small marching band, which included a tuba, a trombone, a drum, and other brass instruments. People were dressed in their best clothes, and all of the gentlemen wore hats.|
|This is the Buckhorn Island marsh on a warm Easter day.|
|The marsh is a good place to explore.|
|What Niagara River photo essay would be complete without a picture of Niagara Falls? This one was taken in the winter of 2014-15, when there was a prodigious amount of ice in the river. There are actually three segments to Niagara Falls: Horseshoe, Bridal Veil, and the American Falls. The falls are spectacular and they entice people to do all sorts of wild stunts. Nearly twenty people have attempted to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The first person to perform that stunt was Annie Taylor, who went over the falls in 1901. She was hoping that the publicity generated by this stunt would make her popular. Unfortunately, she died in poverty.|
|On June 16th, 2012, Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. It was an awesome spectacle to watch. Nik Wallenda thanked God for the opportunity to do a stunt that most of us don’t even dream of, as he was walking over the swirling waters.
So my question to you is: what places near your homes inspire your imaginations?