It’s fall, which is my favorite time of the year anyway, but even more so for photography. And where I live, fall is spectacular. The mountains and the different types of trees covering them give beautiful views from late September through October and sometimes even into November.
Yesterday I was wanting to take a little scenic trip and shoot some of these fantastic colors. Unfortunately, here in the Kanawha Valley around Charleston, the colors are not at peak yet. However, to the south and into to higher elevations the colors are near or at peak. So, it was a perfect day to drive about an hour and fifty-five minutes southeast to the New River area of the state.
One of the most photographed, and possibly iconic, images from West Virginia is the grist mill at Babcock State Park. While the mill wasn’t originally located where it stands today, it has become one of the most beloved images from the state, especially in the fall. It is actually pieced together from three different mills completed in 1976. There was a mill on Glade Creek near where the park’s parking lot is now. This is a working mill, and the cornmeal can be purchased in the gift shop. Although this time they did not have any for for sale.
Despite it’s well known status of a West Virginia landmark, I did not have a photograph of the mill in the fall. I had spring and summer shots but, for whatever reason, I never had that glorious fall shot. Well, that’s changed now.
Thinking about these photos and my love of outdoor photography, I want to start a gallery and blog posts on the scenic shots from my home state. I think these will be a great start.