Generations ago, someone wisely set aside land on the highest ridge overlooking Gallipolis, Ohio, for a cemetery and a park. It's a pretty big place for a city of fewer than 5,000 people. Restauranteur and sausage maker Bob Evans is buried up there, as is one of my nephews.
Mound Hill Cemetery and Fortification Hill park are popular spots for photographers. You have an unobstructed view of miles and miles of Ohio River valley. There at the top of a vertical drop is this old dead tree that works its way into many photographs that people take of Gallipolis from up there.
It's like that tree that was at the mouth of the cave at Cave-In-Rock, Ill., when I was there in 1986. You went back in the cave and pointed your camera back toward the mouth. All around you was blackness except for the light at the opening, and there below the opening, between you and the river, was a single tree.
I don't know if the tree is still there. I'd like to get back down that way sometime and see for myself.
If anyone knows of any other high points along the river that are good for wide shots of the valley, I'd appreciate hearing about them.