The afternoon sun beams down with all of his might. Standing on the very end of the boardwalk beneath the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls I can truly appreciate the power of the Kanawha River. The cool color of river and the quiet setting brings a sense of peace. It’s not until you are at water level that you begin to realize how big the Kanawha River is.
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In spite of the fact that the highway is just a few feet away from the water it would be easy to believe that this scene was much farther up into the mountains and away from civilization. I’m also amazed at the variety of Aesthetics that are concentrated in this spot. Depending on the weather, season and angles of the sun I’ve been able to catch some awesome scenes with more to come as opportunity allows. Sometimes after a hard rain we’ll see huge chunks of foam floating downstream. I used to believe it was pollution. Some exotic chemicals from an unknown source but I learned that it’s actually clay deposits from the river banks up in the mountains. The clay particles tend to cling together and are churned into the foam by the falls and rapids. It was once suggested to me that native Americans would collect the foam and mix it with natural dye to make pigment but I haven’t really verified that it’s fact. There’s always a lot of driftwood here too. In all but the coldest of weather you can pass by and see the fishing fires on the rocks. Some of pieces are timber sized and I’ve always been tempted to poke around and see what I could collect and turn into art. Mostly I just like to come and watch the river.
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