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Bridalveil Fall
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Published: February 1, 2017
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Bridalveil Fall at 617 ft. in height is the first thing you’ll see when you enter Yosemite valley.  The second thing you’ll see, or would have if you were traveling in the 1800’s was  John Muir, John of the mountains, California’s patron saint, founder of the Sierra Club and all around strange hermit.  

Had a crazy John the Baptist beard to go with his JtB lifestyle, a figure he saw as his particular role-model.  He was an avid Bible reader and eventually memorized the entire new testament and three-quarters of the old.  He also liked to walk.  In 1867 he walked a 1000 miles from Kentucky to Florida.  He would spend most of his life walking, writing, and hermit-ing when he wasn’t meeting, like, everybody famous.  Everyone wanted to make a pilgrimage to Yosemite and see the strange man, and the guest list included such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson.   In 1868 he built himself a hermitage in Yosemite and lived in isolation for several years, reading poetry.  These actions eventually got him offered a post at Harvard, which institution has appeared repeatedly in my landscape picture write-ups as a collector of curiosities.  Muir declined the offer.  In 1890 his lobbying paid off and congress declared Yosemite a National Park.  Muir’s biggest hatred was sheep, which he called ‘hoofed locust’, and which he campaigned against for his entire life.  I sympathize.  Seriously sheep are pigs.  Worst grazers ever.     

Nowadays more things in Northern California are named after Muir than Fremont, which is saying something.  He made it his mission to describe in his writings the ecstatic glory of the wild forests of America and to preserve them forever.  Ok, I feel a kinship with that.  Good thing I can’t grow a beard. 

“Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days!  Days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.” - John Muir

On the other hand, this week, watch Xander continue to mess up his own life. 

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MonsterIsland1969's avatar
Your really good at doing picks of valleys!
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Finsterdrache's avatar
it looks so wild but wunderfull. Wow.
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It's certainly a dramatic waterfall!
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Your landscape pieces are just so detailed, I mean I'm not that much into art, I don't go to museums and what not, but wow! You really have a talent and that's putting it lightly. I hope you continue to paint/draw theses beautiful pieces. 
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your many nice comments!
I try to release a new comic and picture each Wednesday about noon.
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Anytime, I'm glad to leave comments :)
Well that's nice to have a schedule, I try to myself, but yeah... Thanks for letting me know however.
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Droid24747's avatar
Wow!
What can I say? It's perfect.
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Zoroo|Hobbyist Photographer
this is little bit too awesome!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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AcesBlitz|Hobbyist General Artist
your art is so unbelievably incredible
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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zRoxel|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I live near this. Nice job!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Evays's avatar
I wanna live in there
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
well--if you have ever been there it is quite a wet place.
(I mean right around the falls--the mist spreads out quite a distance...)
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Vulpamor's avatar
I absolutely love it. Beautiful
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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NomeArts|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lighting! Yosemite is awesome, my grandmother lives near (well kinda) there!
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comments and support!
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SlootySlots|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like Yosemite park? Wonderful image:nod:
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
It is Yosemite park! and thanks!
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MyuIlliegon's avatar
Your landscapes are wonderful ! *-*
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chateaugrief|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Teddy-Cube|Hobbyist General Artist
wow this so great
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