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Old Oct 20, 2008, 9:05 PM   #1
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My daughter (13) and I went on a photo trek of sorts last weekend to the New River Gorge area of WV. She has an occasional interest in photography and she likes to use Dad's big camera! So I gave her the DL and I grabbed the K20D and we spent a beautiful Fall weekend on scenic drives and hiking in and around the area. Here are a few:

The New River Gorge bridge which is known to be the 2nd tallest span in the world and some 3000 feet wide. This past weekend was Bridge Day when I gather that folks are permitted to parachute (BASE jump)and bungee jump off the bridge.



A closer view of the span.



A vista of the New River which apparently is known for fine whitewater rafting.


A kayaker navigating the rapids



The Amtrak Cardinal (NY to Chicago) runs along the edge of the river which I imagine would be a very scenic ride.




I have some images of the water in motion which I will post on a separate thread.
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 11:22 PM   #2
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Wonderful pictures - that first one is awesome!
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Old Oct 21, 2008, 1:16 PM   #3
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Very nice!. I have not been there for years. Your shots make me want to go back and visit.
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Old Oct 21, 2008, 2:01 PM   #4
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5 really nice shots. I like 1 and 3 best, but all pull you into the scene and make you feel like you are almost there. Well done.

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Very nice, #1 and #2 are my picks. Sounds like a great way to spend the day.

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Old Nov 4, 2008, 5:30 PM   #6
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Thank you for the wonderful pictures! My parents moved to WVa in 1967 when my father took a position at West Virginia Institute of Technology teaching chemical engineering. Visiting them over the years (he died in 2001 and my mother entered an assisted living home a few years later) I came to know the area well.

I recall a ride with them along a two lane rode in the bottom of the gorge, and stopping at one point to take pictures looking up at the span under construction. Only half way finished, it jutted out into the fall blue sky like a kid's Erector set! Somewhere I still have that slide, taken on an old Praktica LTL.

West Virginia has gorgeous scenery, despite the mountain top removal. Try also Black Water Falls, and Hawk's Nest, which overlooks the New River gorge.
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Lovely series, that first one is stunning and the rafting shots sure brings back memories for me of the Shotover river in NZ, my closest brush with death so far.
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#1 is just lovely.

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Thanks all for the comments! This area is truly spectacular and quite a feast for the eye and camera lens. I am planning a return visit nextSpring and will on George-in-Georgia's recommendation check out Hawks Next and Black Water Falls.This time I will be armed with a Cokin graduated ND filter though to better balance out the exposures. I also want to loiter aroundthe RR tracks in the gorge and capture images of the CSX trains as they roll by.
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it is a spectacular bridge and photos


this was one of the possible places i could of gone while i was on Holidays
but never made it to

i got as far as Harpers Ferry with some autumn foliage


maybe next time
and i can do the bungee jump thing lol
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