Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia is one of my favorite spots when I am wanting some quality shooting and escape time from the suburban jungle. I love this state park year round, but I especially enjoy it in the winter as a layer of snow adds such a beauty to the landscape here. The park sits in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, which is one of the most scenic areas in the central Appalachian Mountains as you can see from the image below.
It had always been a desire of ours to see New England in the autumn as we had seen many photos of the New England landscape alive with seasonal colors that always seemed richer than any other place in America. This bucket list trip finally happened this October as we made a trip to Vermont on a whim when our photo trip to Cape Hatteras was ruined due to Hurricane Matthew.
Working completely off of my smartphone Brenda trusted me in booking us a nice place to stay. I found a charming place on Lake Champlain, it was a barn that was restored and had a beautiful 2 bedroom loft. I should correct myself here, where we stayed wasn’t actually “on” Lake Champlain, it was on an island IN Lake Champlain, Isle La Motte to be exact.
One of the things that I learned when I was photographing weddings is that you must be able to “roll with the flow and get the shot” because the event won’t stop if you’re having a camera issue. I have learned that to be true with landscape shooting as well.
One of My (Mike’s) photography friends (Bill) was in town over the July 4th weekend and wanted to go chase a sunset up in West Virginia. So we headed off to Spruce Knob, which is located in the Monongahela National Forest. Spruce Knob is the highest point in WV, sitting at 4,863 ft above sea level. This is a unique region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as it has an alpine feel to it. The area is covered by a dense forest of spruce trees, many along the western side are deformed due to the high winds that this area is exposed to year-round.