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  1. Dave Johnston

    Seneca Rocks moon and sunset

    The rising of the (nearly) full moon through Gunsight Notch in Seneca Rocks Thursday night coincided with the last light of the sunset creeping up the rocks, leaving a window of only about two minutes where both were happening. I have been really lucky in having a clear shot at this phenomenon...
  2. Dave Johnston

    WV Winter in (barely) color

    The mountain highlands of West Virginia have had a cold and snowy winter, with clouds and freezing fog enveloping the high ridges, resulting in thick and persistent rime ice. Last weekend I spent a day in the area of Bald Knob, one of the peaks overlooking Canaan Valley. The weather was mostly...
  3. Dave Johnston

    WV Winter in black and white

    The mountain highlands of West Virginia have had a cold and snowy winter, with clouds and freezing fog enveloping the high ridges, resulting in thick and persistent rime ice. Last weekend I spent a day in the area of Bald Knob, one of the peaks overlooking Canaan Valley. The weather was mostly...
  4. Dave Johnston

    Winter sunset at Lindy Point + bonus B&W

    Lindy Point is an iconic overlook of the Blackwater Canyon in Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. It is very popular anytime, but especially in fall, when photographers interlock tripod legs on the limited deck and rock space to catch the foliage and sunset looking down the canyon...
  5. Dave Johnston

    Seneca Rocks from afar

    On the way down to Seneca Rocks for the moonrise I stopped at a not-well-know overlook off an icy country road for a distant view of Seneca Rocks. I was very lucky to find the sun angling down and striking just the tops of the bare trees on the ridgeline in front of me, and the strong tonal...
  6. Dave Johnston

    Lunar Gunsight Redux

    As posted last month, after a lot of planning I was able to capture the moon rising into Gunsight Notch in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. As it happens, the next opportunity to catch that alignment was the next month, on December 27. (No it doesn't happen every month, but is more likely during the...
  7. Dave Johnston

    Winter scenes in Canaan Valley

    For your Christmas Eve, here is a portfolio of snowy images from Canaan Valley Resort State Park, WV. I decided to do these all in black and white (as there was virtually no color anyway!), and focus on a high-key treatment to try to evoke the wintry stillness. This is a scenic section of the...
  8. Dave Johnston

    The theme is white + Additional

    These are not from today's snowstorm, which has underperformed in my area (but still delivering upwards of two feet to Pennsylvania and other points northeast of me). We had a smaller storm earlier this week, which was composed of wet sticky snow that froze to every surface as it fell, creating...
  9. Dave Johnston

    Frozen Falls

    The water was falling very slowly the other day at Upper Flat Rock Run Falls as my part of West Virginia had its first sustained cold snap after a snowfall. This cirque-type waterfall is about a two mile hike from my backyard and I go there often as it has a different look in every season and...
  10. Dave Johnston

    Lunar Gunsight

    I previously mentioned a project involving the moon and Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, and posted a picture that was not quite what we were shooting for, but which was nice anyway. Certain elements of that project remain unfulfilled, but last Friday I was able to capture a key element: the...
  11. Dave Johnston

    Glade Creek Grist Mill, the rest

    I ask your indulgence up front for the redundant subject matter. This was the first time I had visited Babcock State Park (West Virginia) with good fall color and lighting conditions and I took the opportunity to explore it (and especially its main attraction) from many angles. I think all of...
  12. Dave Johnston

    Glade Creek, downstream

    Back to the first Glade Creek, the one in Babcock State park with the Grist Mill. I do plan on getting to more pictures of the mill from various angles. But first a few from the creek a ways downhill from the mill, where far fewer people venture. The creek is scenic for a long ways, though...
  13. Dave Johnston

    Waterfall on the other Glade Creek

    In West Virginia there seem to be numerous Glade or Glady Creeks. There are at least two of them in close proximity in Fayette County, and a third just over the border. One of them gives its name to Glade Creek Grist Mill, which I posted last week and of which I will have more later. But that...
  14. Dave Johnston

    Seneca Rocks moonrise

    I had been planning for over three months with a group for a shoot of an unusual astronomical event at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia on October 28. When that day arrived it was totally cloud covered, so that event did not happen. However, I went there the night before and captured what turned out...
  15. Dave Johnston

    Glade Creek Grist Mill

    Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park is arguably the most iconic location in West Virginia; every photographer must bag this autumn scene before their life is complete. Doesn't matter that nearly everyone's shot is the same, or that you have to interlock tripod legs and clone out scores...
  16. Dave Johnston

    Sinks of Gandy

    The Sinks of Gandy is a a unique location in West Virginia where Gandy Creek flows into and through a cave, under a spur of an adjacent mountain, and exits about 2/3 mile later. The cave can be traversed without special skills or equipment, which I hope to do some day. In the meantime I visited...
  17. Dave Johnston

    Flaming cliff, North Fork Mountain

    This one took some patience and a bit of luck. When I saw this tree growing out of a crack on the edge of a cliff I knew it deserved a picture. It was really erupting in color in sidelight from the sun, and the backlighting of ridges below needed to be included somehow too. I couldn't get enough...
  18. Dave Johnston

    North Fork Milky Way

    I spent the night on North Fork Mountain, and was fortunate to have clear skies in the early evening, while the Milky Way was still close to the ridgeline running to the southwest. This was one of the last opportunities this year to catch most of the core before it set, aided by the high...
  19. Dave Johnston

    Sunset light on North Fork Mountain + second image for comparison/critique

    *See new second image below* North Fork Mountain is a steep and rugged ridge directly to the east of the Allegheny Front in West Virginia. Because it is in the rain shadow of the higher ground to the west it is considerably drier, and the ridge is dominated by pines (rather than spruce and fir)...
  20. Dave Johnston

    Lindy Point Sunburst

    This is looking down the Blackwater Canyon from Lindy Point in Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia. It is an extremely popular viewpoint for sunset, especially on fall weekends. Even though this was a Tuesday night the rocks were lined with photographers from all over. I have a viewpoint...
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