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Bridalveil Fall 2 by chateaugrief Bridalveil Fall 2 by chateaugrief

This is Bridalveil Fall again in Yosemite National Park.  It’s one of Yosemite’s big waterfalls, at 617 feet, one of the many dramatic luring death traps in this, the most dangerous National Park.  (How hard is it to stay on the trail?)  Apparently it can get pretty hard.  Lemme just send you down the 411 rabbit trail here if you’ve never heard of the very strange missing persons cases that pop up in national parks ex-San Jose cop David Paulides has one ripping good tale to tell.  Perhaps ‘ripping’ is an insensitive word to use.  

In my vein of looking to the past to correlate the mysteries of the present, I’ll point out the very commonly repeated legend associated with Bridalveil Fall specifically, the evil Ahwahnee spirit wind Pohono, who would blow you off the top of the falls if you went near it.…  this is from the Lore and Lure of Yosemite, Ch5. by Herbert Earl Wilson, 1925.  Wilson heavily caveats these stories though, even his contemporary sources note that there was very little generational continuity in the Ahwahnee culture. Also there was the sport of showboating for the professor:

“I have known of cases where 'legends' would be manufactured on the spur of the moment by some young Indian to satisfy an importunate and credulous questioner, to the keen but suppressed amusement of other Indians present."
Many of these legends, even those accepted as authentic by leading ethnologists, have no doubt been more or less embellished in translation, and garbled by countless repetitions. Some of them are conflicting and contradictory to a degree. All of them, however, are interesting, more or less poetic, and serve the purpose of an added fascination in the objects or localities with which they are connected.” - Wilson 

I love how he expresses the value of these old stories, rather than necessarily revealing facts about the external world, they reveal the things about the people who tell them.  They reveal so many things that police investigators can use 911 phone calls to catch murderers simply because of the language they use, the pronouns they choose or don’t.  It’s fascinating study, statement analysis.  

I’m way out on a rabbit trail here, back to Bridalveil Fall…I guess this is the point where I declare:

I may know where all those missing Yosemite people are going.  ;)

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Gigae Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Student General Artist
DreamPim Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful landscape! I feel almost like standing there. So stunning and magnificent! You did a great job!
92CaptainWolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love it! So majestic! 6 w 6
Bedunda Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2018  Professional Photographer
Maybe one day i will make the time to read all the stories behind these beautiful paintings, but for now... i am so curious that i just want to see them all! ^_^

PS: I love the hidden stuff inside them, i can see quite a lot
LaShonda1980 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2018  Hobbyist
wow this is beautiful lovely work...
Indigoscorpio87 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Custom heart [Soft Purple] 
magigrapix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
Just magnificent and beautiful.
blaser124 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
me gusta pensar que a veces cuando uno se pierde puede encontrar lugares hermosos , perderme ha sido lo mejor que me  a pasado en mi vida , puedes sentir esa paz , esa  libertad , esa felicidad , ese amor hacia todo , por donde mires nunca estarás solo ... un alma perdida nunca estará sola... y cuando yo llegue aquí sin y me perdí entre tanto arte encontre un hermoso lugar....

Jacket-Lantern Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The way this piece transitions between warm colors and cool colors with the sunlight on top of the waterfall is great! Love the color choice here.
irma98 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
😍😍😍😍 like this
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Holy, epically sensational! This Wonderous Yosemite National Park Landscape is stunning and The Waterfall looks incredible. The designs, mountainside, mountains, slopes, ledges, cliffs, crevices, caves, river, flowing water, ripples, waves, reflection, forest, pine trees, leaves, branches, stems, roots, sky, clouds, sun, sunlight, rays, mist, boulders, pathway, terrain, trails, flow, movement, effects, realisticness, perspective, atmosphere, hues, textures, composition, concept, uniqueness, lighting, colors, style, and other details are also sensational. Amazingly Ethereal work! :iconfantasticplz:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work!
Leopold002 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ukyoarts Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018
Made an account to comment, this absolutely amazing! my mind is blown!
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! glad you like it.  and welcome to your new DA account, it's a great place!   
CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
Welcome to Deviant Art!  :D

Want to join the League of Inactivity?

We don't have a page yet; we keep procrastinating.  XD
SunnieBelle Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!
taemart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, 
do you just drwo thim from your mimory !!! ??
lonermade Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful painting. A coworker had just returned from 2 week vacation (don't know how anyone in the office can swing that with our work load) part of which was spent in Yosemite. Because of this painting I could pretend I knew something about something. Asked if she saw Bridalveil Fall, she said it was one of the few falls in the park that had water and the wind was blowing so the falls swayed.
ArtoutMeringue Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You put such care and detail into this! The mountain looks sullen and you can make out faces and figures. Did you think of those missing persons' cases while making it, and better (or worse) yet, did you think you might have become one of them?  Would you mind telling me more about the enthralling story of the missing persons' investigations? I would love to study it as well! I love this kind of stuff Wink/Razz 
Chipster-roo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing.  It took me a few moments to realize this wasn't a photograph, I love it.
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! glad you like it!
BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work!
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure...:)
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