The first of March came quiet, unlike a roaring lion.  Nancy, my cousin, and Fernando

from the Azores took the road that hugged the Canadian banks of the mighty Niagara

from the Peace bridge to Lake Ontario's open greeting at the shops of Niagara on the Lake.

 We stopped briefly after passporting our way at Fort Erie's view of the Buffalo skyline.

 The boom was up that held the frozen waters in place to buffer the melt of Spring

that would send the ice floes on their journey down river endangering the bridge supports.

 Fernando obliged to driving the distance.  It was his first visit to Niagara Falls. 

The willows that loved the river's wetness had a tinge of gold that would be greened

 by the warming sun of March's good-by to Winter.  Tufts of white dotted a very blue sky,

a welcome sight in this winter's dull days.  Shortly after Chippewa we stopped where

 the river fell in thunderous roar.   Its mist painted a fantasy of frozen white

on guard rail and leaf-bared tree. 

 

 

 

The Falls of summer had to work hard to compare with this incredible whiteness. 

It was 20 degrees and our bodies bundled and our noses red, but the beauty of the day

 cancelled any deep discontent.  It was a fun day on a First Sunday that said hello to Lent.

 We walked where Indian tribal eyes first discovered one a the great wonders

 of a God-made world.  Freezing fingers clic