This shot, like the previous one, also comes from the boat trip that we took in the early morning, as we passed the American Falls.
The Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls are impressive in different ways. The Horseshoe Falls (on the Canadian side) are much bigger and visually more impressive from a distance, but when the boat got close to them they became essentially invisible. The curve of the falls and the uninterrupted flow of the water create a sort of cauldron that traps the spray – it’s so thick that you can’t actually see anything except water-drops flying everywhere. The only way you can tell how close to the falls you are is by the sound of the water, which at that short distance is a like constant thunder.
The American Falls, on the other hand, although physically smaller, have an enormous pile of broken rock at their foot, which breaks up the spray and lets you see them from much closer. The boat passed quite close to them, and I caught this cormorant flying past the tumbling water and the veils of spray that were scattering the sunlight.