Isolation Antidotes (29): As the Risk Falls

Our Prime Minister has judged that, after nearly three weeks with no new cases of the dreaded virus, she was able to reduce our risk factor to Level 1 as of midnight last night. Seniors are, however, still strongly advised to exercise appropriate caution, and CD and I intend to do so as long as is necessary. So I still feel justified in bringing out another hidden treasure from my archives. I was on another work trip just a little more than 15 years ago, this time to Canada. I had visited the Niagara Falls once as a boy with my family, but had never had a chance to see its Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side. When I had the opportunity on this occasion, I eagerly took advantage of it. The town was rather hideous, full of garish advertising and tourist-trapping attempts at baiting, but the falls were lovely, overpoweringly magnificent, and hypnotizingly unforgettable.

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34 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (29): As the Risk Falls

  1. UK is far behind the CV curv… Yet our PM just seems determined to ease restrictions despite best advice. Far too early, CV is going to be with us for some time to come. So we need to keep our guard up.

  2. Our latest trip to Niagara Falls was last summer, and I, too, portrayed a dead tree on the Canadian side, albeit a more minimalist one than yours:

    • krikitarts says:

      And some terrific sumac as well. Do you like sumac as a spice? It’s a staple of Mediterranean cuisine, and I especially like it in salads and on lamb.

      • I’d read about that and so when I saw some at an Asian market last year I bought a jar. I tried a bit but can’t say I enjoyed it. Perhaps I don’t know how to prepare dishes with it. In contrast, I’ve had sumac-ade made from the fruit of a local Texas species, and it was pleasant.

      • krikitarts says:

        It’s best in powdered form and sprinkled liberally on a mixed salad with a tangy, vinegar-based dressing. It’s similar to an imaginary mix of garlic powder, smoked paprika (pimenton), and maybe a little celery salt. Really very tasty!

      • It came in powdered form and I sprinkled a bit on some cooked veggies. I never thought to try it on a salad with a tangy dressing.

    • shoreacres says:

      Look for za’atar at Whole Foods or wherever. It’s a blend of sumac, oregano, marjoram, thyme, sesame. Recipes vary from region to region and family to family. I use it all the time, and like it especially on fish. There are some details here.

      • Thanks for the tip.

      • krikitarts says:

        It sounds wonderful. There was a Whole Foods (most local folks called it Whole Paycheck) in walking distance of our home in Omaha, but we’d have to hope to find one during our transitions through Minneapolis on our way to and from the cabin. Meanwhile, the pure sumac is readily available here, to my lasting delight!

  3. Lovely shot. With all that natural beauty the tourist trappings are a disappointment.

  4. Minna says:

    I have never been to Niagara falls, lovely shot! I love photographing rapids and water in general. I realized that you live in Finland too!

    • krikitarts says:

      Hi Minna, and thanks for your compliment! I’ve been in Finland three times and would really love a chance to return, preferably in high autumn, my favorite time of year!

      • Minna says:

        Oh, I was preatty sure you live in Finland. You are welcome back here! Autumn is my favorite time of the year as well!

  5. I really like the way you have used the tree in the composition with the awesome power of the falls behind. I saw it on the news how well you are doing with the Covid-19 outbreak, and I am pleased for you all there. Here it is still relatively high, and perhaps a potential for a second spike in the making.

    • krikitarts says:

      I hope everyone, everywhere is continuing to take adequate precautions as risk status starts to diminish. If not, the consequences could, again, be staggering. We are doing our part here, to be sure. Regarding the photo, thanks for your comments. One has to be in the immediate presence of such a force of nature to really appreciate its power, and this is a major one. I’ve been to Argentina and Brazil, but regret that I was not able to make the pilgrimage to Iguazu.

  6. Sartenada says:


    The Finnish government has eased restrictions from June 1, 2020. At this moment everything has gone well.

    We have been there long time go and loved it! I have one photo about us there in our bookshelf.

    Have a nice day!

  7. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the bent tree before the force of the falls. The gradations in the water color are wonderful, too. It always surprises me when I see blue and green water, instead of our beloved Gulf Coast muddiness!

  8. Finn Holding says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to see it from both sides and it is a truly magnificent thing!
    (BTW, Are you now resident in NZ? If so I’m more than a little envious!)

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, we (normally) live here for around 8 months. We will be able to apply for our permanent resident visas in about three weeks. This year is, of course, crazy, and we hope to be able to travel back to Minnesota for4-6 weeks, rather than our usual 3-4 months.

  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Gary, my friend, two things. First, beautiful image, love the bent over tree, wonderful!

    Second, thank for the update on NZ; I admire the NZ Prime Minister, she emanates a great air of competence; certainly impressive – and far more so than the UK PM + government! And I totally agree with seniors continuing to take anti-virus precautions, and we aim to do the same IF and when we get to Level 1. Take care, my friend! Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Adrian, I had a feeling this one would resonate with you. Rest assured that we are taking great care. Although we have dropped to Level 1, I did our first personal grocery shopping today (our daughters have been great in doing that for us), and I was the only one I saw wearing a mask. One can’t get too complacent, considering the nastiness that is afoot.

  10. bluebrightly says:

    A different take on the falls, and I’m sure your take on the town is one I’d agree with. Congrats to NZ for being virus-free!

    • krikitarts says:

      I think you’d feel the same about the town, too. And I can’t say we’re virus-free yet, but things are definitely looking on the optimistically positive side!

  11. It is nice to see something accompanying the falls as most people would just fill the frame with water. The tree offers so much character to an already spectacular subject. The dark silhouette also plays well with the cool tones of the water.
    I do find tourist trap sorts of businesses annoying also, but people have to survive in one way or another. What’s a shame is that much of what’s offered is unremarkable crap imported from elsewhere that ends up in the trash for the most part. When we travel, we usually rent a cabin where we can do some of our own cooking and among the first things we do is shop for groceries. We do also eat at restaurants some and try to find shops that sell more interesting things than the typical “stuff”. I don’t know, maybe we’re snobs. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      My thoughts are in full resonance with yours. When we travel, we also try to find places where we can be as independent as possible, but sampling local culinary quirks and specialties is definitely a part of the adventure. And if we may be perceived as (hopefully only slightly) snobbish, then so be it. We will carry the experience forward and incorporate it into our ever-developing Weltanschauung.

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