Babcock State Park is a state park located along the New River Gorge on 4,127 acres wooded in Fayette County, West Virginia. Pictured above is Glade Creek Grist Mill. This is one of the most photographed mills in America and most likely the most photographed Autumn landscape as well.
The above image was captured in early morning golden hour light. I got here early to claim my spot in “photographers row” and waited for the light to get just right so it was lighting up the trees directly behind the mill. This is a 1.3 second exposure at f10, ISO 100 at 55mm. I used a polarizer to reduce the glare, also allowing for a longer exposure.
History: "In the 1930s, two CCC camps located in Clifftop, Camp Beaver and Camp Lee became the site of what is now known as Babcock State Park. The Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock is a new mill that was completed in 1976. Fully operable, this mill was built as a re-creation of a previous one that once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park. Known as Cooper’s Mill, it stood on the present location of the park’s administration building parking lot. Of special interest, the mill was created by combining parts and pieces from three mills which once dotted the state." -West Virginia State Parks