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"Appalachian Summer Sunrise" Wilburn Ridge, Mount Rogers Recreation Area I took a quick trip down to Mount Rogers for a sunrise hike last week and witnessed an absolutely breathtaking sunrise! This is definitely the prettiest hike in Virginia, especially on a beautiful morning in early June in the Catawba Rhododendron bloom.
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As we waited for the sun to rise behind Table Rock and Hawksbill in the distance, I happened to turn around because I was concerned there was yet another storm pushing through at 6 am through the area. The wind was intense this past Tuesday morning, but felt so good because it helped dry things out from the previous afternoons heavy downpour. We wanted to get a few sunrise shots, but then we saw this rainbow catching a ride with those ominous clouds. It was really cool to stand on top of the mountain watching as the rainbow rolled over the mountains towards us. Then, in the blink of an eye, the rainbow was gone, and the storm clouds broke up before reaching us.
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"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." Helen Keller Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, WV. Beaver Pond and the end of the Freeland Loop Trail. June 14, 2014.
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Got up on the parkway a little late last night to be close enough to the storms that came through, but still really happy with what I did get.... Such energy this time of year in the night skies, such a beautiful night on the parkway.
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Sandstone Falls - W.Va.
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A shot of iconic Mabry Mill.
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A panorama from Jane Bald, on the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
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Thomas R. Fletcher
West Virginia's State Flower, the blooming Rhododendron maximum, or “Great Laurel.”
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“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12
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Hemlock Falls 15 miles west of Clayton, GA. One of our favorite hikes.You follow a rushing creek while passing several other falls on this one mile leisurely hike.
Time for this week's Favorite Facebook photos! You may see a few of these throughout the week, but be sure to check back every Friday to see if there were any you may have missed. Feel free to post photos to our wall – even if we can't share them on our page, we may be able to showcase them here on our website! And of course, keep up with our Facebook page here!
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So which one's your favorite of the week?