Streaking at Elakala by MichaelBollino

First, I just want to say thanks to all of my new followers who have come onboard since my last upload. I hadn’t expected such a bump since I’ve been fairly inactive as of late, but I’m grateful. It’s been a busy summer so far: five weeks of travel along the east coast and throughout Ecuador, followed immediately by a backpacking trip into the Cascades. I’m just now weeding through and processing images which I’ll be releasing in the coming weeks.

Shooting along the east coast is both a rare and special experience for me. Even though virtually my entire adult life has been written in Oregon, my roots run deep in the Appalachian Mountains. This past June I finally had the opportunity to visit Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia, a place I’ve been hankering to see for years now. The first thing I noticed when I dipped down to Elakala Falls was the foam streaking downstream of the falls. It took about two dozen or so exposures before finally captured the triangle pattern you see here. The brownish tones in the water are a result of the high concentration of tannins in the water, as the creek drains bogs in the West Virginia highlands. My son aptly named it “Rootbeer Falls”…kind of works.


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