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Green Flash off Santa Cruz by chateaugrief Green Flash off Santa Cruz by chateaugrief
Oh boy do I have a story for you this week. 

Green Flash is a very common optical phenomena off the coast here.  It works basically like a rainbow works, the atmosphere splits the light into it's distinct colors and the green wavelength is the main one here.  Just as the sun sinks below the horizon, there’s a distinct green flash or ray that shoots out (you can photograph it).  This phenomena was highlighted in a recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie as a polar phenomena…well, that’s where the cool legends begin…  

Admiral Richard E. Byrd, medal of honor winner, first man to reach both the north and south pole by air, commander of five, count ‘em, five missions of the US Navy to that super useful not-at-all-difficult to hold a base on centrally-located winter wonderland, Antarctica.  On one of these missions he took along 4000 people, you know, just in case, with like fifteen ships and a whole air wing.  Later, he also established all the US permanent bases in Antarctica.  Well…allegedly… while on one of his flights, Byrd claimed to see a green flash while he was over the poles that lasted off and on for 35 minutes.  No big deal, other polar explorers have seen similar things subsequently.  But the ‘allegedly’ is very firmly asserted.  If you google the incident, you’ll get pages and pages of people debunking the incident. Byrd makes some folks nervous.  For you see, Byrd is tied to a series of terrific legends about flying his airplane into the interior of the hollow earth, meeting with people who lived there that gave him an ultimatum over nuclear weapons, leading a task force to Antarctica to fight aliens who had decided to shelter fleeing Nazis, seeing a wooly mammoth, demanding that the US be prepared to fight flying saucers, and much, much more.  He was involuntarily committed to a mental ward shortly after returning from his last expedition to Antarctica, the one where the US Government trusted him to organize the establishment of all their permanent bases there.  Afterwards, he died.  The end.  But, this guy racked up some serious points here: Hollow earth wooly space alien nazi mammoths.  Deviant art, why can’t we give people hollow earth wooly space alien nazi mammoths?  This is just wrong.  

Anyways, that’s why Disney Pirates associated the green flash with the poles and other worlds and that weird dead Jack Sparrow crabs sequence.   And now you know…the rest of the story.

Admiral Byrd is probably alive and well and living on Eynhallow.  Because. 

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Sky7999 Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I know the story :) Really nice artwork
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Akumakaizou Featured By Owner May 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Came for the image, loved the history lesson. Byrd is quoted in a lot of conspiracies. Hard to say what is real and what is not, but hey, it all makes for a great story.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Byrd did so many interesting things in his life, a legend in his own right.  Is it any wonder that with such a life of adventure, maybe a few tall tales creep in here and there?  Thank you glad you liked it!  
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Akumakaizou Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
More than likely, however, I wonder if it was Byrd's character to do so. XD
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JucorPics Featured By Owner May 10, 2017
i feel like im standing at the beach in spain early in the morning cause the sun shined into my hammock <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
mmm sounds nice!
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Llunamarigolde Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful story and lovely painting. *sigh* Beauty at its zenith. <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your nice comments!
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Llunamarigolde Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! 
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solitarysylph Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017
beautiful 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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solitarysylph Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
welcome buddy
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Areezh Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist
OMG... I literally just googled Admiral Richard Byrd! hahaha! thank you for this short story :) you're funny. I think you have a knack for storytelling.
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!:-)
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Julia-EVS Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible!!!!..:heart:
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treesareredinautumn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student General Artist
beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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boodlemoo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
awesome art.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
amazing
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017   Photographer
the sky like that and the skewed angle appeal to my eye.. very nice! :+fav:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   Photographer
you're welcome!
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Zyden Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous, and a fascinating description.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Vera52 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Very good pictures.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Vera52 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
:)
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regnoart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Such vibrant colours, lovely details, and epic painting! :clap:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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regnoart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Student General Artist
No prob! :D
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Gwenae Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
It's very beautiful! :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ko-tek Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful sunset ... I really love the atmosfer ... greeat work !!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment!
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GhatsparBeet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Artist
Like from movie ,,Silence" :o nice ^^
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Radicaljman Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.....this is an amazing piece of a my hometown! Love it!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoy it!
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WhollyJeff Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what I like better - the art itself or the commentary you add to each piece. Although I'm an extensive reader, I had never been aware of Byrd's legends or his commitment to a mental ward. Thanks very much for sharing.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Glad you like them!  Byrd is surrounded by a lot of wild legends.  I tried to pare this huge corpus of legend down to the basic essence.  He certainly attracted controversy ever since his first flight over the poles!  
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spinekicksy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Wow!That´s AMAZING!!!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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spinekicksy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
You're welcome :)
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Link-rex Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
:o looks incredible!
Great job
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your comments and support!
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Link-rex Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
It's my pleasure, really I love how you highlight colors in those landscapes. La la la la 
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ArchEmperor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ArtChrisma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Absolutely gorgeous!
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