Vision | Appalachian Mountains
I've been off IG for a few weeks now, and it's honestly been very good for me. Constant scrolling through endless photos from amazing places all over the world can give anyone a pang of jealousy, particularly when you've got a regular day job and your immediate surroundings aren't that inspiring. I was living in a daydream, always thinking about the next time I could head back to the southwest. This was not a good way to live.
It took a while, but I finally realized that the real enjoyment I find in nature photography is discovering local places that are not "Instacool", aren't going to grab 1k likes, and yet, are simply special because of their ability to rejuvenate you.
I had found a fork in the road: one that leads to an endless chase of "epic" places that contains no personal satisfaction, just trying to pile on the followers and likes.... and one that leads to more local, quiet places that truly revive the heart.
Particularly during these uncertain times of quarentines and pandemics, finding the beauty in your own "backyard" can be the most rewarding venture you can take.
This was shot near Harpers Ferry, where MD, VA and WV all meet, on a wet, foggy morning. 1 hour from my house.