Camping at Coopers Rock State Forest

A few weeks ago Sophia and I went camping and rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia. Coopers Rock is one of my favorite places in the world. I used to go there at least once a month back in my climbing days, and now I finally had an opportunity to bring my daughter with me. Even if you are not a climber, the park has amazing hikes and the sunset view of the Cheat River valley is absolutely incredible.

Sunset over Cheat River valley, view from the Coopers Rock State Forest Overlook. Fujifilm XT-3 with a Fujinon 23 f/2 lens.
Photo courtesy of my 10-year-old daughter Sophia.


My grandmother turned 100 years old on June 15, 2021. She has lived such an incredibly hard life, surviving WWII, evacuation, and living and working in Vorkuta. She is the most wonderful, kindest person I have ever met. Every time I visit, I try to take as many photos as possible. Here is one of my favorites from the last week’s visit.

Leica CL, 7artisans 50mm f1.1 (shot wide open), Kodak BW400CN Black & White Film (C41).