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Mono Lake by chateaugrief Mono Lake by chateaugrief
Mono Lake is just east of Yosemite and 350 miles north of Los Angeles.  These are pillars of limestone salts called tufa that are mini volcanic hot vents.  It’s basically the same stuff that you have to chip off of your faucets every so often.  Mono Lake is three times as salty as the ocean, but in 1940, it used to be a freshwater lake. 

Enter the California Water Wars.  Los Angeles vs. Owens Valley.  Los Angeles has been way too big for its water supply since 1900.  1900. They’d just invented contact lenses, the diesel engine, and dishwashers.  But no vacuum cleaners, crossword puzzles or short-wave radio.  Like Cyrus the Great diverting the Euphrates, Fred Eaton the Mayor of LA, diverted the Owens River into his crony Bill Mullholland’s LA Aqueduct in 1913.  He did not, apparently, inform the people of Owens valley beforehand.  

By 1924 the Owen’s Valley had enough. They started dynamiting the aqueduct. (This may account for why it’s so leaky to this very day actually) Eventually the blew up the diversion point and redirected the water back into Owens Lake.  So Eaton & Co. collapsed the Owens Valley economic system by forcing the collapse of their main bank.  This effectively wiped out the life savings of every person in Inyo County, whether they were involved or not.  But hey, su casa es mi casa tambien.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Californ…

By 1941, LA’s thirst for water expanded northwards and they diverted the water from Mono basin.  In order to do this, they did some pretty crazy engineering, like tunneling through an active volcano field.  Mono lake started to shrink, and increasingly became more saline and alkaline.  Left on its own, the place would deteriorate into a toxic acid swamp, resembling, probably, Los Angeles on a Monday morning.   

In 1978 the Mono Lake committee, having learned the lessons of the past, eschewed dynamite, and instead sued the Los Angeles Water Department, trying to force them to relinquish some (not all) of the water for the benefit of the local population and the ecosystem.  The case ran until 1994 with LA being ruled against time and again, and then dragged back when they openly defied the court’s rulings and refused to let Mono have the water.  As of today, they’ve complied with giving up about half of the water that they’re supposed to.  So it’s a start.  

Hollywood turned the story of the (up to then) water wars into a movie called Chinatown, the plot of which is not nearly as interesting as tunneling through a volcanic field.

Also, the Dodgers suck. love, San Francisco.

Don’t watch Chinatown again, because instead you can watch Xander going on a tirade this week.  

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PixQuill Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2018  Professional Photographer
I love this picture so much, and I idea of this place. The calcite disks overlapping the reflected back ground is beautiful. Well done.
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masterdragooon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!:)
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Deena-Lee-Sauve Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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TwewME Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Your water is amazing! Beautiful work. x3
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Aquelion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Splendid! Clap 
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Nellara Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty!
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Barib Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work!
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wunderhase Featured By Owner May 27, 2017   General Artist
Your Landscapes are awesome and full of detail, I didn't even see the two silhouettes in front at the first time.

But I miss something. It's look a bit greyish. Example: I think if you make a picture this late at day, the mountains in the background would be close to black. Even the Shadows in Front would be much darker. Its something I find in all your images, a bit more contrast would make them look even more awesome in my eyes.

Greetings :)
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KaLa89 Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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ArtGenesis2017 Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
Very cool!
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mottymotty Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely drawing!
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SGO3O Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so gorgeous and magical!!  GIF Steven Universe - Shining Eyes
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ZED-EYE Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So magical... dreamy! :love:
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Maisam47Khan Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Seems like you travel alot, 

And Brilliant work as always.And looking forward for  chateau grief 110.Can't wait.
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aenafarooq Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
oooh so mind blowing
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Velvet-Softpaws Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It almost looks like another planet o..o
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KPEKEP Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
:clap:
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RubyAngelEyes Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Babysitterbound Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best of Best
Everything fits together perfectly.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CERGEJR1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
DeviantArt +fav :happybounce: cool you+fav 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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IceBluc Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Wonderful work~!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Gmatty Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Beautiful work!   and such a wealth of knowledge..... Jack was superb in Chinatown.La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la Love 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  My favorite Jack Nicholson performance was with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in the Raven.  Fish out of water and completely outclassed 20 year old.  Too funny.  Highly recommend.
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model88 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Again I love your travelogues through history!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm having great fun learning about places as I paint them.  So much history in California!  
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serenia-fuyu Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Breathtaking!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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muwaten Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Heart Heart Heart ....
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That water is crystal-like! The tufa make a really interesting subject, to boot.

Reading this, I'm almost disappointed that Mono Lake didn't get to mutate into an RPG-esque swamp level complete with geysers and three-eyed toads.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure it won't end up that way...3x the salinity of the ocean is pretty heavy duty. 
Geysers though, it could do that because of the volcanic field...that would certainly look like a martian landscape!  
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Aurora-Alley Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  Hobbyist
amazing as always :heart:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Aurora-Alley Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist
Huggle! big pink heart 
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Sethster3000 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
beautiful Love 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JTCopper Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Student Writer
How long do these take you to make?
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your interest!
I try to release a new comic and picture each Wednesday about noon.
I work on one picture at a time each week.
The comics I work on in batches of several weeks at a time.
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JTCopper Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Student Writer
Thanks for letting me know but that wasn't what I meant, lol. I meant how long does it take on average for you to make a single artwork from start to finish?
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
that's the answer though.  1 week, off and on combined with producing the comic. :)  
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JTCopper Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student Writer
Ohh okay, I must of misread it, I thought you were talking about your scedulele.

So like, a single picture takes less then a week? Okay, I find it hard to believe that, the quality is too good to be a one weeker, on a regular basis. Xp
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StarProjectCreation Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's a beautiful day! :la:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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StarProjectCreation Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome chat! meowla 
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Ivladislaw Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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