While not the tallest falls in the U.S., Niagara still exerts a powerful and commanding presence due to the sheer volume of water passing over the fall and the resultant plumes of mist and spray which create beautiful effects in their own right and also produce rainbows and updrafts supporting the soaring gulls which congregate there in great number. In the early morning light the mist plume may glow over the falls to a height twice or three times the fall height, and as the day progresses the rainbows march across the landscape marking the changing position of the sun. One can sense the power of the water held in four of the great lakes which send their outflow through this portal. These lakes, virtual inland seas, are the largest fresh water bodies on the planet, and the power and beauty of Niagara Falls pays continuous tribute to that fact. Click on image to enlarge.