Amidst the splendor of the Allegheny Highlands, I found myself drawn once again to Blackwater Falls State Park on a brisk autumn day. With two friends in tow, I was eager to showcase the park's renowned gems: the iconic Blackwater Falls, the captivating Falls of the Elakala, and the breathtaking views from Lindy Point at sunset.
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.
The warm spring weather of April 2022 was perfect for a hike along the Southside Trail, the former South Side Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.