A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia

Nature

US Rte 60 Waterfall

This roadside waterfall along US Rte 60 near Glen Ferris, WV, normally runs at a trickle, but I was lucky enough to catch it at a higher flow recently after persistent rain.

As far as I know this waterfall does not have a name, but if anyone local knows differently I’d be happy to hear from you.

US 60 near Glen Ferris, Fayette County, WV

US 60 near Glen Ferris, Fayette County, WV


Fawn

No one will ever confuse me with a wildlife photographer, but I did want to share this image of a newborn fawn I came across recently while hiking.  It laid there perfectly still trying its best to remain unseen as I snapped off photos.

Jackson County, WV

Jackson County, WV


Fallen

A lone leaf lying on a wood plank footbridge in Coonskin Park, Kanawha County, WV.  I was attracted to this mini-scene by the puddle of dampness surrounding the fallen leaf.

Coonskin Park, Kanawha County, WV

Coonskin Park, Kanawha County, WV


Blackwater Canyon

Wow, quite a while between posts!  Hope to start getting out to photograph some new material soon, but meanwhile I still have some things I can trot out from this past fall.

This image of Blackwater Canyon was made from the Pendleton Point Overlook in Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County, WV.

Tucker County, WV

Tucker County, WV


Dolly Sods 4

Another installment in the series, taken this past October in the Bear Rocks area of Dolly Sods, WV.

Through the years I’ve taken enough photographs that I would consider myself reasonably competent in terms of technique, but alas mistakes still do occur!  In this case I made the cardinal error of using a polarizer in a wide angle shot, which is evident in the color gradient across the sky.    

Tucker County, WV


Dolly Sods 3: Windmill View

Although we can probably all agree that it’s a grand idea to harness a pollution-free, renewable source of power such as wind, it’s unfortunate that the wind turbines themselves so often end up spoiling views in mountain areas where there’s enough wind to actually harness.

This seemingly endless line of wind turbines is situated just north of the Bear Rocks Preserve in Dolly Sods and stretches northeast into the distance along the Allegheny Front.  Evidence of the abundance of wind resources in this area can be seen in the one-sided pines situated in the foreground, made this way by the incessant wind from the west forcing all the branches to grow in an easterly direction.

Tucker County, WV


Dolly Sods 2

A wind-sculpted boulder at Bear Rocks Preserve, Dolly Sods, WV.


Dolly Sods 1

I’ve got a series of photos to share over the next few days from Dolly Sods, a high plateau region in northeastern West Virginia known for it’s spectacular views, bizarrely misshapen trees/rocks, and horrendous weather.

This photo was taken in early October looking east from one of the overlooks along the Allegheny front.  Odds are that right now you could measure the snow at this location with a yardstick, as hurricane Sandy administered its own unusual punishment to the Mountain State in the form of an epic blizzard.

Tucker County, WV


Little Kanawha River

View of the Little Kanawha River in Gilmer County, WV.  I’m not devoted enough to get in the water for the purposes of photography, this was actually taken from a low water crossing.

Gilmer County, WV


Elklick Run

A small mountain stream in Tucker County, WV. 

My waterfall photography had been thwarted on this day by persistently sunny skies, but finally I caught a break as a few clouds rolled in and allowed me to make this image.

Tucker County, WV