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Rainbow Falls by chateaugrief Rainbow Falls by chateaugrief

This is Rainbow Falls in Devil’s Postpile National Monument.  It’s a 101 foot tall waterfall, I don’t think I’ve quite accurately captured the huge scale.  The postpile itself is a cliff of hexagonal basalt.  I’m not convinced of the explanation on the park service’s website www.nps.gov/depo/learn/nature/… that the hexagons are merely a random cellular network of cracks that formed while cooling, as when I see six sided rocks I think crystalline, probably related to quartz  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexagona…  basalt is mostly glass which lacks a crystalline structure.  However the addition of iron oxides to the glass produces hematite(looks like six sided obsidian), which is a member of the hexagonal crystal family.  You can see the iron rusting through the rocks in Devil’s Postpile turning the edges orange brown.  I think the columns are more a result of crystal formation under heat and pressure with the fracture lines along the regular cleavage planes where the bonds are weakest. Anyways.  

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, the Devil looked over at the Garden of Eden (centered roughly right about where my house is in California, fyi) and saw all the plants shooting out flowers and pollen and animals running around messing stuff up and he got the brilliant idea that he was going to build a fence around it.  Look at what those grizzly bears are doing in the woods of Yosemite, he thinks, not going to let that happen to my beautiful sulfur-bearing volcanic field in Yellowstone.  So he gets together a huge stack of posts for his fence, and some rolls of wire, and a couple of boxes of fence staples and sticks his trusty fencing pliers in his belt and he carries everything up to the backside of the Sierras, figuring this was a great place to start work.  But the Angel who was guarding the Garden stopped by, just as the Devil was standing there eating the sandwich he’d packed for lunch, and staring at the terrain, wondering if he could just pound the posts into the ground or whether he had better put them in concrete.  

“Whatcha doin’?” says the Angel.

“Building a fence around this bear-infested menace,” says the Devil.

“Yeah, you’re not.” says the Angel.

And with that, the Angel sets a curse on the Devil so’s that he can’t touch anything made of iron.  The Devil drops his fencing pliers like a hotcake.  

“That may be so, but my posts are solid stone,” he says, “I’ll pound them in anyways and build my fence somehow!”

So the Angel laces the posts with iron, and the Devil was foiled and he had to leave them all stacked neatly in a pile in the forest.  So he goes back to Yellowstone in a huff, but in his rage, he forgets to wrap up his sandwich, and the crumbs drop out of his belt as he walks.  The Angel lets him get out of sight, then he calls over a pair of grizzly bears and sets them on the scent of all that bologna and mustard and cheese.  And wouldn’t you know the bears were so excited that they all left Yosemite and followed the Devil’s crumb trail straight back to Yellowstone.  And that’s basically the situation as it stands today.

Now you know the story of the Devil’s Postpile. 


Excerpted from the unholy grimoire of Diaboloniana P. Beelzebubba Esq., Prime Minister of Eynhallow, who is currently giving a certain someone a killer headache.

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PinkEspeon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful <33
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DisneyCrazyFan16 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
So... majectic and... phenomenal! :wow:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment!

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parkelya Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i legit look up to your artwork for studying backgrounds, thank you for existing
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marihikari Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous and peaceful! :D 
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Exeidur Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice work! Love the way you did that water and the lighting in here is amazing as well ^^
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Holy, exquisitely sensational! This Rainbow Falls Scenery is stunning and The Forest looks incredible! The designs, waterfall, river, water, reflections, gleam, glow, ripples, beach, sand, terrain, mountainside, ledges, cliffs, underwater cave, crevice, sky, clouds, trees, leaves, grass, brush, plant life, boulders, sunlight, rays, shadows, mist, flow, movement, effects, perspective, realisticness, atmosphere, hues, textures, composition, concept, uniqueness, lighting, colors, style, and other details are also sensational! Amazingly beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I had a lot of fun with the bright colors in this one, so many of them in one picture was really fun to get them to work together and not look like a mush.  Of course it helps that such a beautiful place actually exists and the park service has so many great reference photos of the area!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
beautiful
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LordAnshin Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2017
You've given me great places to visit along with a neat little story.

You sir, are a champion.
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LordAnshin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
Also, where in Cali do you live? I used to live in Sunnyvale, it was mostly cloudy there though. 
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carlos-salva-art Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Beautiful-silver-100px Snif..Is Beautiful..Onion
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Kat-14 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Wow...  The detail in this is phenomenon!  I love the details in the trees, the bark, and the water!  You even added a rainbow caused by the sun hitting the waterfall's mist!
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chickenofthesky Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
This is so beautiful and the coloring makes me happy. It has a whimsical touch I love so much. Fairyland
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peacelovehalstewart Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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Blaze42323 Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Absolutely amazing!
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Darkarchangel96 Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Amazing!! Could you make a tutorial or something?
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tariqbaig19 Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
what brush do you use ? i find simple round brush okay. Others are just too confusing for me :/ . Lovely Art
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I use all kinds of brushes! I make a lot of my own too.  Different brushes for different things, it's a complicated process.
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MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh--you're right, at first glance the falls don't seem that big! Then I read "101 foot" and was blown away a bit. Nonetheless, loving the flecks of color on the edges of the rocks.

Huh, I wonder what grizzly bears ever did to the Devil? No reason to be hatin'.
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Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Good contrast :)
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qcherry Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh.. When you gave me a llama, I just came to your page to give one back, but man, your artwork is absolutely beautiful!! :la::la: Inspiring as well! :aww:
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SenpaiMarshmallow Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. Fat. Gerald. This. Is. AMAZING!!!!
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KnittedWonders Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just breathtakingly stunning~! 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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KnittedWonders Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome~! 
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
*laughs*  I enjoyed your story about the Devil's Postpile. Thank you.

Your picture looks really really good. It looks so vivid. It's like you painted it during the Golden Hour. (When the afternoon/evening light is at its most beautiful and pictures taken then look especially awesome.)
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Sea-Solo Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Student Photographer
I love how you play with light in this piece! Just... WOW! :O
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muwaten Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Heart Heart Heart ....
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Luna-Lotus Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Uaaa this ist sooooooo beautiful :wow: OMGsqueeeee....  Love the blue water color in the cave the trees the waterfall and especially the rainbowBlue Heart Icon Hatsune Miku-13 (Wink and Heart)  Really really amazing work !Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] :TheClap:  Keep up this amazing artwork:clap: Hug LazyIcon I wanna use - 2 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it!
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S17s17 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Hexagons are never as natural as people want to think they are
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, all those sixes. haha!  goes perfectly with my story!
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Tiffli Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
its lovley picture - thank you ^^!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Tiffli Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
:hug:
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Sollustrious Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Like it. Vibrant!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ivseese Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
So beautiful panting!!! :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nestor-91 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me Erin Hunter`s "Warriors"
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Nestor-91 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Behole! This is a nice piece of art!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Crystal-Dreamer Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So pretty... I love how you add the stories of the landscapes, it really makes the image come to life mentally along with visually. :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I have fun researching all these places.  So much history!  
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heromomo Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
nice view
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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heromomo Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
no problem
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Aroj Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent.
Truly beautiful!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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