In the serene setting of Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park, a remarkable concrete bridge spans Old Man's Creek. Made from a series of cast-in-place concrete platforms and piers, this bridge is a testament to both resilience and design.
As a writer and photographer with extensive travel experience, I have come to appreciate the hidden allure of my hometown, Ashland, Kentucky. Initially, I viewed Ashland as just another urban area, notable more for its commercial and industrial aspects than for its scenic or cultural offerings. However, after visiting many other places across the country, I now see Ashland in a new light, charmed by its revitalized urban heart and its commitment to preserving its unique character.
In my recent travels to the scenic southeastern corner of Ohio, I was spellbound by the vibrant tapestry of autumn hues. Despite a summer and early fall largely devoid of rain, the landscape was awash with mesmerizing colors.
On an autumn journey to Dolly Sods, I was joined by two fellow photographers, Jason Furda and Daniel Thompson, each of us eager to capture the essence of this untouched wilderness. Located in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest, the Dolly Sods is a vast landscape that stretches across the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. Its unique position atop the highest elevation plateau east of the Mississippi River offers panoramic views that seem painted by nature's finest brushstrokes.
At the break of dawn amidst the rugged grandeur of Seneca Rocks, an old adage of the wilderness resonates: the early bird beholds the most mesmerizing sights. During the hush of the preceding night, warm winds performed a ballet, gracefully ascending the jagged visage of the stones. As these currents ascended, they expanded and cooled in a captivating process known as adiabatic cooling. Upon meeting the dew point, a mystic veil of fog weaved itself around the landscape.
In the rugged and picturesque expanse of Kentucky's landscape, an imposing peak stands tall and regal, its narrative echoing a saga of strife and the triumphant march of conservation. Behold Black Mountain, majestically soaring to a breathtaking height of 4,139 feet, the unrivaled zenith of Kentucky's realm, though it was not always graced with the tranquility it now enjoys.