You can never see too many sunsets on the Blue Ridge Parkway. After the first snow in Virginia this winter, photographer Brandon Dewey drove out to capture the sights. “The sky normally lights up once the sun dips behind the mountain ridges, but this night, there wasn’t that much color. About 20 minutes after sunset, I was just about to pack up my gear when the sky finally caught on fire for less than two minutes.” Photo courtesy of Brandon Dewey.

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and one of the best drives on the east coast. There are 75 overlooks along the park’s Skyline Drive that offer stunning views of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. So roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. Photo from The Point Overlook at milepost 55 by National Park Service.

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs have short ears and a short tail, and can weigh up to 11 pounds. They have two layers of fur: A dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog a “frosted” appearance. Despite how they look, groundhogs are good swimmers and tree climbers. Photo of a groundhog eating a flower at Shenandoah National Park by National Park Service.

Read Virginia’s Muslim ban complaint that invokes stunning Plessy v. Ferguson dissent

  • Virginia filed a complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning travel to the United States for refugees and travelers of seven majority-Muslim countries.
  • The complaint specifically called into question the constitutionality of section 3© of the order which suspends U.S. entry of nationals from the listed countries, arguing the section “violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment as well as the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

  • It was the final section that stood out from the legalese and should serve as a warning to anyone fearful of reliving history’s most egregious mistakes. Read more.