Melancholy Gorge: A stunning time-lapse video of New River Gorge

New River Gorge timelapse still
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Coal mining and country roads aren't the only things that West Virginia has to boast of, as this beautiful footage of some of the state's picturesque beauty illustrates.

Full disclosure: I lived in the West Virginia panhandle for about five years when I was growing up, and have fond memories of Appalachia, so I'm a bit partial, but I've never seen any footage of the state as beautiful as this until now.

The filmmakers and photographers behind the Skyglow project, which seeks to "explore the most exotic dark sky locations and archaeoastronomy sites using state-of-the-art timelapse equipment," are producing a book and series of time-lapse videos examining the effects of light pollution on the environment. The book isn't slated to be released until May of 2016, but the latest video in this series just premiered on BBC, and this four-minute film offers a beautiful look at the New River Gorge in rural West Virgina.

"New River Gorge, located in gorgeous rural West Virginia, is the site of the oldest river system in the world.

At the heart of the New River Gorge is world's third longest single span arch bridge, as well as the third tallest bridge on the United States at 876 feet above river level. Every year, around mid-October, this moody stretch of the river becomes the site of one of the most impressive displays of Fall foliage colors, and that transition of seasons has become one of the biggest tourist draws on the East coast."

More information on the Skyglow project is available on the project's website, including other short time-lapse films in the series, as well as breathtaking still images.

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