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.
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.
This small waterfall is located along the Left Fork of Morris Creek in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Although there are dozens, if not hundreds, of waterfalls to be found in the mountainous eastern third of the state, there are precious few in the western foothills where this one is located.
Waterfall located along Glady Creek, just outside the boundary of Valley Falls State Park in Marion County, West Virginia.
Being relatively unfamiliar with Valley Falls State Park, I had no idea what sort of scenery might be found in its nether corners away from the well-known namesake falls along the Tygart River. One neat way I’ve found to discover hidden gems and unique sites wherever you may be is via geocaching. In this case I browsed my GPS to find nearby caches, and immediately became intrigued by one called “Glady Creek Waterfall Cache”. It was about a 0.9 mile hike from my parking spot, so off I went.
As it turns out this waterfall was well worth the hike. I spent an hour or so photographing and enjoying the general area. And, oh yeah, I found a geocache to boot! And I would never in a million years have known of this place’s existence if it weren’t for the fact that someone placed a geocache there.
So all you photographers out there might want to consider geocaching as a spin-off hobby. What better way to find scenic locations than to let the local people show them to you?
I love photographing trees but find them to be a difficult subject. Having separation between the trees and the background seems to simplify things a bit though, and in combination with nice lighting can make for an attractive image.
The image that follows was made at Valley Falls State Park in Marion County, West Virginia, on a recent cold autumn morning. Although similar in nature to my previous post, it has a bit of a different feel with the sky omitted and the smaller field of view (80mm vs. 28mm).
Early morning at Valley Falls State Park in Marion County, West Virginia. The namesake waterfall is just visible in the background, but this image was all about the light and the trees.
Although Valley Falls is not one of the more well known state parks within West Virginia I can’t help but be impressed with the quality and variety of scenery to be found there. I recommend it highly for anyone in the area considering a visit.