This Natural Phenomenon Happening In One Of Virginia’s State Parks Is Too Beautiful For Words

First Landing State Park is a beautiful area along Virginia Beach that offers swamplands, marshes, hardwood forests, and, every so often, a touch of magic. There’s a phenomenon that can only be described as a swamp rainbow appearing over the marshy waters. These swamp rainbows are a rare occurrence, yet just like the rainbows that appear in the sky, they’re absolutely breathtaking. Take a look at the following photographs and you’ll catch just a glimpse of this mesmerizing phenomenon.

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As seen in photograph below, courtesy of Brent Rossen via the Virginian Pilot, the chemicals released from the fallen leaves into the water reflect different colors and create a rainbow right there in the water. It’s nearly too beautiful for words!


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Here’s another perspective of this beautiful spectrum of color. According to one of the staff workers at First Landing State Park, the phenomenon can only occur when the sun is shining down on the water without any disturbance of wind or rain.


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You’re most likely to spot a rainbow swamp during the months of November and December. Can you imagine a more beautiful natural phenomenon? These colors are simply breathtaking!


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First Landing State Park is located at 2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Have you experienced a swamp rainbow before? We’d love to hear all about it!