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.
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.
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.