The Y of the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers separates Maryland,
Virginia, and West Virginia. On the West Virginia side is the historic town
of Harpers Ferry where the abolitionist John Brown raided the US Armory in 1859.
Across the Potomac on the Maryland side is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (built
in 1850) and its towpath. Late on a fall day two friends and I were hiking the
towpath when this image presented itself. The autumn sun cast its golden glow
on the flat rock face of the mountain and with it the shadows of the three of
us. I named it "Canal Ghosts" in honor of all of the soldiers who
died in that area during the mid-1800s. This image has taken first place in
a juried competition in Maryland.
Falling Waters, WV
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