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Sunset Across The Blue Ridge | by Larry W Brown
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Sunset Across The Blue Ridge

EXPLORED May 12th, 2012


A sunset view from The Point Overlook - Shenandoah National Park, VA


Mile 55.6 along the Skyline Drive, elevation 3,235 feet.


Vibrant spring colors and layers of mountains, coupled with the sunset tones across the sky provided this magnificent view on Friday evening.


There is a rock ledge at that clump of trees which offers a fantastic viewpoint. From an opening in the wall at the overlook, stone steps descend to a narrow trail. The trail swings left and goes around those trees to the viewpoint ledge. The view here is more exhilarating than from the overlook because of the sheer drop from the ledge. Makes one feel engulfed by these beautiful mountains. But if you have a fear of heights, this may not be a good idea.


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The Blue Ridge Mountains are well known for their bluish color when seen from a distance. The trees actually put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color. Within the Blue Ridge province, there are two national parks: Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains.




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Taken on May 11, 2012