Bear Rocks, Dolly Sods

Bear Rocks

I just sold a copy of this print. Bear Rocks near Dolly Sods in the mountains of West Virginia is a favorite place.

The Wikipedia entry says this (in part):

Bear Rocks is a remarkably scenic, windswept summit atop one of West Virginia’s highest mountains. It is perched on a ridge of sandstone cliffs and is a rock outcropping on the Allegheny Front with a 2,000 to 3,000-foot (600 to 1,000 m) drop below that forms the Eastern Continental Divide. To the east, looking out over the South Branch of the Potomac River, which drains into theAtlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay, there are breathtaking 35-mile (56┬ákm) views where seven mountain ridges are visible on a clear day extending into Virginia. On the clearest days you can see Hawksbill Mountain and Stony Man, the highest peaks in Shenandoah National Park. To the west, water drains into Dolly Sods towards Red Creek, which eventually flows to the Gulf of Mexico via the Dry Fork River, Black Fork, Cheat, Mongahela, Ohio and Mississippi River.

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Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls 1982

It’s not particularly easy to get to Blackwater Falls in West Virginia, but it’s well worth the trip. Not only is Davis the highest incorporated place in the state, it is also fairly remote.

Once you’ve made it to the park, there’s another 200+ steps down the side of a mountain to get a good view of the falls. Going down, not so bad. Coming back up? Not so easy.

This is especially true if you’re carrying a medium format camera on a tripod along with a bag full of accessories.

I think the resulting image was worth it though.

The photograph that inspired this image was taken in the early 1980s. At one point, it graced the front page of The Charleston Gazette and drew a number of compliments.

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