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Hocking Hills State Park

Nestled within the vast Hocking State Forest lies the tranquil Big Spring Hollow area, a nature lover's delight waiting to be explored. While the main draw is the towering 120-foot Big Spring Hollow Falls, reportedly one of the tallest in the state, this hidden gem offers much more than just a breathtaking cascade. The hike to the falls is a pleasant 10-minute jaunt along an informal path that branches off from the Buckeye Trail at the Big Pine Creek crossing. Even if the waterfall is reduced to a mere trickle after dry spells, the journey is worth the effort for the

Dolly Sods

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.

Plum Run Prairie Preserve

Ah, the forgotten dance of the Ohio prairies – a mesmerizing waltz of resilience and vulnerability, preservation and destruction. Nestled within the verdant bounds of Adams County lies the Plum Run Prairie Preserve, a living testament to nature's cyclical ballet. The 140-acre oasis stands as a rare fragment of Ohio's primordial landscape, a piece of history imbued with ecological grandeur and fragility.

Hocking Hills is one of my favorite go-to places in Ohio because of its landform dominated by caves, cliffs, rock shelters, and waterfalls. On my most recent trip, I turned my photographic focus to its diverse springtime wildflowers at Ash Cave, around the western shores of Rose Lake, along a tributary of East Fork of Queer Creek, and within the sheltered canyon at Conkles Hollow.