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Natural Bridge ~ A Miracle in Stone by SummerJade

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The Lee Highway, U. S. Route 11, crosses the top of Natural Bridge, though you would not notice this when you drive across it. Isn’t it amazing that the water in the creek was able to carve this arch, and yet the stone that remains is strong enough to support all the traffic on this major highway? Nature is an impressive force! Send up your positive thoughts and prayers for this beautiful planet. ♥ In 1998 Natural Bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark.
A miracle in stone and old as the dawn is what the informational sign says at Natural Bridge in Virginia (USA). This natural arch is 40 feet thick, 100 feet wide and spans 90 feet. The rocks are millions of years old, deposited when the Appalachian Mountains were formed. The opening or arch was created by Cedar Creek, which still flows through it.
The Monacan Indians considered this site sacred long before white men arrived. According to legend, George Washington surveyed this area and left his initials high on the side wall.
On July 5, 1774, Thomas Jefferson purchased Natural Bridge and 157 surrounding acres from King George III of England for 20 shillings (about $2.40). The site remains privately owned.

Located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (USA).
Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm.
(1700 views on Sept. 27, 2014)

Featured in SCENERY on Apr. 7, 2011
Featured in The World As We See It on Apr. 7, 2011
Featured in Nature’s Paintbrush on Jan. 30, 2013
Featured in THIS & THAT on Feb. 2, 2013
Featured in Live, Love, Dream on July 26, 2013
Featured on The RB Explore Page on July 27, 2013

Having a digital camera is like having an unlimited bank account. Thousands and thousands of images, each with the power to bring back the sights, the sounds, the scents and the emotions of that one moment in time…bliss!!!

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • – SummerJade

  • – SummerJade

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, and SCENERY!! CONGRATULATIONS on your FEATURE in the Scenery group !

    Thank you, ENJOY

  • This is wonderful, Carolyn! Thank you so much for this honor and feature!! ☺♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    Nice, congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you, Jan! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Great news Trish!! Thanks so much!! ♥♥♥

    – SummerJade

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture! Congratulations on your features!

  • Thank you very much! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

    please add a source of inspiration related to the topic in the description area to be accepted in the challenge EARTH DAY of the Inspired Art group !
    thank you !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Hi! I have spelled out what I previously left unsaid following the mention of Route 11. Let me know if necessary to use the word inspired, but I think it’s OK now. ☺☺☺

    – SummerJade

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot and what a wonderful place to explore!

  • Yes, it really was. ☺ Thanks so much for commenting! ♥

    – SummerJade

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 2 years ago
    Wonderful capture and information!!!
  • If you want to see it all (cave, museum and Indian village) allow time! ☺
    Thank you so much for your comment! ☺

    – SummerJade

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 2 years ago

  • ♥☺♫

    – SummerJade

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Jade

  • Thanks, Larry! ☺

    – SummerJade

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