Elakala Falls, Blackwater Falls SP, WV, USA by David Simms

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Blackwater Falls State Park is a great little park. Nice trails to hike on. Not to big great for family weekend trips. It has several wonderful waterfalls. One of the best is Elakala Falls it is a short walk from a nice old school lodge. I took this shot just before sunset in a light drizzle. The low light and heavy overcast lent to a calm peaceful tone to the shot. The park is in a relatively remote area. So it is as quiet and peaceful the photo implies. I was there in late October and the fall foliage was starting to come into its peak. There was a nice trail leading up to the falls but it was a slightly tricky climb down to the creek because the path and rocks were slippery from the rain. After maneuvering around the creek bed for a while I took this shot with my tripod in the water and my feet balancing on two wobbly rocks. Hoping that I wouldn't have to walk back to the lodge with wet socks. I spent about an hour shooting the beautiful waterfall. It became one of the highlights of the trip.

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