Virginia November 13, 2015
17 Places In Virginia That’ll Make You Swear You’re On Another Planet
We’ve seen countless breathtaking photos of Virginia’s landmarks, both natural and man-made. Today, we’re going to do something a little different and look at some photos by some amazing photographers that show Virginia from some different angles – creating effects, again, both natural and man-made, that will make you feel like you’ve entered another world.
1. While this might look like a gateway to another world, it's actually a photo of one of the many pools found in Luray Caverns.
2. While they look like ghostly spirits, these clouds are chemical tracers released by 5 consecutive rockets launched at NASA's Wallop's Island Flight Facility on March 27, 2012.
The chemical tracers create the milky, white clouds seen here at the edge of space. They allow scientists to track the wind movements at altitudes up to 65 miles in the sky.
3. This stunning shadow was captured in Hancock Cave at Walker Mountain Grotto in Marion.
4. This shot from the "Water Play," an interactive show at the Monarch Theatre in Norfolk, creates the feeling of floating in space.
5. Skyline Caverns…or an alien landscape? It's hard to tell in this beautifully arranged photo.
6. Between the eerie moon and the fog, the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket looks like it's in another time and dimension at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.
7. Shenandoah National Park takes on an otherworldly glow in this nighttime photo.
8. This self-portrait in a Virginia field puts the magnificence of the Milky Way into perspective.
9. Taken in Belona, this photo captures the stars in 24 stacked 30-second exposures.
10. This sunset looks like it was captured on the edge of the world but was actually taken from an airplane over the Virginia Coast.
11. Swirling tide pools at high tide on Assateague Island create a beautiful surface in this gorgeously captured image.
12.Through the fog, this fireroad through the Blue Ridge Mountains looks like something from an Edgar Allan Poe story.
13. Ordinary trees in Floyd take on a surreal effect with the artistry of Donnie Nunley.
14. Talk about heading into the unknown…this photo of a fisherman was taken on Lake Cahoon in Suffolk.
15. Great Falls is photographed in a perfect blend of sunrise and mist to create an ethereal effect.
16. St. Alban's Sanatorium in Radford + the right light + a little bit of magic = a whole other world.
17. The Great Channels of Virginia at Channels Natural Area Preserve may sit at the summit of Middle Knob on Clinch Mountain, but they could easily be from another planet.
I hope you’re as impressed by the talent and artistry of these photographers as I am. Sometimes we need to see the world around us in a new light to truly appreciate it. Let us know what you think of these photos in the comments below!