Photographer's Note

This sunset scene was shot in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia located in the Shenandoah National Park approximately 130 miles from Washington, D. C.

The Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed in 1935 as part of the New Deal to put Americans back to work after the Great Depression. The Parkway connects the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while passing through 469 miles of mountainous terrain.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to over 130 species of trees, 1,600 plant species, 74 mammals, and over 159 species of birds. There are 369 miles of hiking trails. The highest elevation of the mountains is 5,700 feet.

This area has breath taking views all year, but especially in autumn with the colorful leaves.

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Additional Photos by Betty Jones (BWJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 458 W: 0 N: 919] (3094)
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