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Bridalveil Fall by chateaugrief Bridalveil Fall by chateaugrief

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 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Your really good at doing picks of valleys!
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Finsterdrache Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
it looks so wild but wunderfull. Wow.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It's certainly a dramatic waterfall!
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redacegod350 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  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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redacegod350 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
Wow!
What can I say? It's perfect.
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:iconzoroo:
Zoroo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
this is little bit too awesome!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconacesblitz:
AcesBlitz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is so unbelievably incredible
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzroxel:
zRoxel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I live near this. Nice job!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconevays:
Evays Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
I wanna live in there
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
I absolutely love it. Beautiful
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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NomeArts Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lighting! Yosemite is awesome, my grandmother lives near (well kinda) there!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comments and support!
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SlootySlots Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like Yosemite park? Wonderful image:nod:
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It is Yosemite park! and thanks!
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MyuIlliegon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Your landscapes are wonderful ! *-*
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Teddy-Cube Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this so great
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Palmflower Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
the waterfall looks like fire.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Can't do it justice, it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!
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:iconkrilja:
Krilja Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!OMG 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TheOutlier35134 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
Everything the light touches is the beauty...
Everything the shadow appears is the beast...
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Very poetic!
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sulphie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is beautiful!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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IreneLuck Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017   Digital Artist
Magnificent!!!
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CliveStation Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Such fantasy view.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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CliveStation Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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Gmatty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
Beauty!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icongmatty:
Gmatty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Welcome! 
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OverlordBambi11 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Got any tips for someone just breaking into landscapes?
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I have a few tutorials in my gallery--not exactly landscape tutorials but 
it might give you some ideas of the process I use.
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DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
great mountain, great tree's I'd rate it 10/10
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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feliceness Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
"Hoofed locust" hahahahaa!
How interestingly cool that he was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson. He also knew Theodore Roosevelt (My grandfather is named after him - Theodore Roosevelt Cotton) :)
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ogreofwart Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sure do know your history as well as being a damn good artist.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment and support!
I like my pictures to have a bit more for people to identify with than just the scene....
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Ignatz20xx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow... So pretty! :clap:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Ignatz20xx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sure thing! 
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