Video produced by Hunter Nichols,

Alabama the beautiful, indeed.

The many twists and turns of the Heart of Dixie are difficult to capture, not to mention capturing these hidden spots as they're touched by the sun in all of their glory. However, filmmaker Hunter Nichols has done just this – captured a bird's eye view of Alabama's rocks, rivers, sunrises, color, and depth – in five minutes of absolute zen. You'll want to turn your sound on, as well, for the full, immersive experience. Look through the moss at Perry Lakes Park and move over the gentle roar of the Tallapoosa River. And, have you experienced the serenity of Black Belt Prairie? This beautiful snapshot of a Southern state makes us all want to pack up our hiking boots, climb to the top of Coosa Mountain, and take a large, deep breath of fresh Alabama air.

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