Cumberland Falls & Big South Fork - Fultz Fotos
Bolton Branch Arch East

Cumberland River - 2

Gatliff Bridge
Cumberland River
Cumberland Falls State Park
Kentucky

Back in October 2015, my Lisa and I spent the weekend during peak fall foliage at Kentucky's Cumberland Falls State Park. We got up to shoot sunrise from the Lodge deck our first morning but everything was socked in with fog. Lisa was super excited there was fog since she doesn't get many opportunities to shoot in those conditions and wanted to go somewhere else, so we drove down to falls parking lot where we found out the layer of fog was hanging about 40 ft over the river. On a whim I decided to drive the road on the opposite side of the lot that followed the river upstream. The road led a lot further than I thought to a little roundabout with a trail head that followed further upstream. "Wanna go check out upstream?" I asked. "Sure!" she said. So out of the car we hopped, collected our camera gear and began to follow the trail. It wasn't long till we found a side trail to the river and we followed it to the rocky shore. After witnessing a spectacular sunrise event I turned my attention downstream. In the distance the morning light rested upon the Edwin Moss Gatliff Memorial Bridge as above the fog nestled in the changing trees above. Completed in 1954, it is one of the more famous bridges in the state and it's one that I've wanted to shoot for some time, unfortunately a massive log jam on the northeastern side of the structure had formed over the last couple of years making the compositions I had in mind very unattractive. I really liked this view as I'd never seen a photo from here before and that log jam I wasn't too happy about was completely out of site!

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