The Gauley River wears a veil of mist as she marches forward to meet the New River and become the Kanawha River. She’s adorned with the reflections of the trees that stand as witnesses to her joining. In the middle of her waters is the remnant of the original bridge that was made of wood and stone. When I have time to stop and catch a breath the old foundation is one of those things that I like to focus on. The cut stone appears to be held together with nothing but gravity. Even the worst flooding in one-thousand years wasn’t enough to erase the history of the old foundation.
A closer view of the original bridge foundation. It seems to be held together by the sheer mass of the stones .
As I continue to join the trees in witnessing the marriage of the Gauley River and the New River the water’s surface is suddenly alive with small V shaped wakes as a school of bluegill feed on the surface.
Upstream I can see that the fog has begun to thicken and fill the valley. The opportunity for photos will soon pass. I raise my lens and capture the pageantry of nature.
The evening sun slips below the ridge and it’s time for my big blue truck to complete the trek home.
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