Fall in W.Va. will take your breath away

By Jonathan Eggleston for RealWV 

As an avid nature enthusiast and photographer, I recently found myself once again immersed in the breathtaking tapestry of fall colors that West Virginia has to offer. 

Yes, I’ve shared a story and photos of this remarkable season already, but this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. So, I couldn’t resist the urge to share some of the recent images I’ve had the privilege of capturing, and trust me when I say, it’s only the beginning. There is still time to savor the vibrant hues that grace our beloved Mountain State, and I’m on a mission to add a few more gems to my ever-expanding portfolio.

One of the standout moments during my recent adventures was in Dolly Sods. The blueberry and huckleberry bushes were just past their peak color, but they still presented an awe-inspiring sea of red. It was my first time experiencing Dolly Sods during this season, and I must say it felt truly magical. The landscape was glowing with color. A testament to the wonders of nature, and  how West Virginia transforms into a painter’s palette during this time of the year.

Another image that I’ve been eagerly waiting on came to life in Monroe County a few days ago.  For two years, I had my eye on a particular tree, patiently waiting for the perfect combination of light and color. Finally, the moment arrived, and I captured a tree that seemed to glow against the stark blue sky,  its leaves backlit by the setting sun, creating a very special image that was truly worth the wait.

This year, the colors have been more vibrant than ever, and I encourage everyone to seize the opportunity to get out and embrace it while it lasts. Along Route 92 in White Sulphur Springs,  I couldn’t resist photographing 2 charming country scenes. In one frame, soft light broke through the clouds to illuminate a picturesque barn, and I felt incredibly fortunate to capture this serendipitous moment. The other image showcases a panorama featuring a group of birds perfectly positioned in the frame, a reminder of the unpredictable beauty that nature graciously bestows upon us.

Driving home after work, I found a few scenes that truly stood out. One image features the road I live on, Hillsdale Rd. in Sinks Grove.  The rays from the sun were breaking through the clouds, perfectly highlighting my home and I wanted to share it. Also featured is a little red barn being illuminated by the rising sun with the last few remaining signs of summer displayed by the little blue flowers.

Continuing my journey, I ventured to the Greenbrier Hotels’, Sports Performance Center, where I captured the train tracks leading into the Appalachian Mountains, their slopes vibrant with fall color. After it got dark I noticed the street light was illuminating the same train tracks from the bridge above.  I ventured below and captured a stunning nightscape Autumn image that highlights the saying, “Right place, right time”.

For those who may not have the opportunity to experience this season in person or may be unable to do so, here are a few more images that I’ve captured during my drives. These photos are for you, a source of comfort and connection to the breathtaking beauty of West Virginia’s fall foliage.  These moments are meant to be shared and cherished by all, a free gift that nature bestows upon us.

As I continue to explore the mountains and valleys of West Virginia, my appreciation for the splendor of this season grows with each passing day. I encourage all of you to join me in this journey, to step outside and immerse yourselves in the natural wonders that our beautiful state offers us. Nature’s masterpiece is unfolding before our eyes, and it’s a privilege we shouldn’t take for granted. Let’s savor every moment of this vibrant and awe-inspiring fall season in West Virginia, together!

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