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Appalachian Colors

Dogwood trees blooming in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia (HDR-Painterly)

 

Had a day off work back in April so I traveled to the far southern end of Shenandoah National Park (South District) where the Skyline Drive becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not something I generally do, mainly because of the driving miles involved, but also because I am a Central District die-hard and rarely do I venture outside those boundaries.

 

The photo above was taken at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center (MP 5.9), an outdoor museum of sorts that is reminiscent of an 1890s mountain farm.

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FROM WIKIPEDIA:

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. It runs for 469 miles, mostly along the famous Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and offers access to the Skyline Drive, the major north/south artery through the Park. The two All-American Byways are separate and distinct. The Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

The Parkway is not a National Park, but is a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, and is the most visited unit in the United States National Park System. Land on either side of the road is maintained by the National Park Service and, in many places, the park is bordered by land protected by the United States Forest Service. More here from Wikipedia...

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HDR -- 3 brackets (-2 | 0 | +2) merged and tone mapped (painterly), no crop.

 

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Taken on April 19, 2012