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West Virginia is one of those states that doesn't get much attention here on DailyKos, and when it does, it's almost always in a poor light.  I thought it would be nice to do something about that.

You see, there's more to West Virginia than coal trains, mountaintop mining, Joe Manchin or Bible Belt poor folk who vote against their own self interests.  It really is a gorgeous state.  I have driven many a back road through West Virginia, and let me tell you...there are few places in this big old country of ours that can match its beauty.  

Here is the West Virginia I have seen in my travels, in a better light.

Late afternoon light on a hayfield

West Virginia Farmer

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A West Virginia waterfall

West Virginia waterfalls in a National Geographic Contest!

Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Canyon from Lindy Point

A Tunnel Runs Through It

tunnel vision

New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge Bridge in Fog

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Wheeling, West Virginia

West Virginia ~ Wheeling

Charleston Capital Bldg and churches

Church And State

Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn, Greenbrier County, WV

Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn -- Greenbrier County, West Virginia (#1)

Old Grist Mill, Glade Creek, WV

Glade Creek Grist Mill: Clifftop, WV

The Magic Forest

Almost Heaven West Virginia

Spruce Knob Lake, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia...Almost Heaven

Morning fog on Spruce Knob Lake, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.

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Originally posted to Keith930 on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 06:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse, Shutterbugs, and Appalachian Journal.

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