Elakala Falls, West Virginia

January 26, 2011


PhotographerTroy Lilly
Summary Author: Troy Lilly; Jim Foster

January 2011 Earth Science Picture of the Day Viewer's ChoiceThe photo above shows beautiful Elakala Falls at Blackwater State Park near Davis, West Virginia. These falls form as Shay's Run plunges down a mountain ravine into the Blackwater River canyon. This view is of the first, and most widely visited, of a series of four cascades that make up Elakala Falls. It drops 35 ft (11 m) over a ledge composed of Carboniferous sandstone. Downstream, the resulting current and orientation of rock outcrops create a whirlpool which is quite pronounced here because of the photo's long exposure time. Photo taken in June 2009.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Focal Length: 28.0mm; Aperture: f/19.9; Exposure Time: 30.000 s; ISO equiv: 100; 0 EV photo exposure value; AI Focus; image saturation level - high; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Color Space: sRGB.