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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 youtu.be/xUf641uq7DQ 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.  www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ca/ll…  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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SunnieBelle Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!
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taemart Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
nice work, 
do you just drwo thim from your mimory !!! ??
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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.
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ArtoutMeringue Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  New Deviant 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 
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Mukesh123789 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
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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.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! glad you like it!
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure...:)
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AcrylicsbyJen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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michaelvelasquez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to go to there.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
it's a great place to visit!
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Mikushia Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous colours and atmosphere! I can almost feel the chill in the air. :O
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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rosiecrafts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant
Colors are Beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DarkFairyGurl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
I wish I could be in Yosimite like this on a summer afternoon.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'd suspect it's pretty cold by now up there...I've been freezing all day down in the valleys.  Jacket time!
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Denz800 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant
Beatiful painting
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Aupor Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colours and shading are amazing!
It just looks so great.
Amazing work :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!  glad you like it!
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AlicornAngel-34 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student General Artist
I wish I can see such scenery someday....
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
maybe it will still be there for another few years? :lol:  come visit! I'll bake trail mix for the hike. 
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GWNF74 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Horizon ZD sequel concept art
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
ooh high praise, thank you!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Photographer
Very fine work. :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Photographer
Many welcomes. :D
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eqeep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
noice
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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armandsteven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice painting.it must have been hard. congrast
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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arrog Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Amazing light.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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DancingDemonArt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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doogz75 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is really gorgeous work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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CandiedSnakes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Great job!!Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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