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Yosemite River by chateaugrief Yosemite River by chateaugrief

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This is the Merced River looking towards Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.  I’ve talked about John Muir, so I thought I’d talk about the man who actually made it a National Park, and indeed established the very idea of National Parks.  Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.  the 26th President of the US.  He was a character and a half, mostly because he was so huge.  

He started out as a weak, sickly little boy with a major hobby of hunting animals and doing his own taxidermy, at age seven.  He got tired of being sickly and went on a campaign of physical fitness and management of the will to cure his athsma.  He began boxing, and got blinded in one eye during a match, so he backed off to doing merely jujutsu.  He deliberately jumped into the icy Potomac every winter morning.  He played tennis and polo, probably simultaneously.  After he was sufficiently manly, he decided to run for office, and was elected to the New York State assembly at age 23.  About this time, he starts having his six children, who he gave amusing names like ‘Kermit’ ‘Ethel’ ‘Archibald’ and ‘Quentin’, Alice and Theodore III must have felt depressed at their plainness.  Then he became a cowboy, roping and riding, branding cattle, shooting buffalo and things, eventually rising to the rank of deputy sheriff in North Dakota, where he could get in gunfights with outlaws.  He was so good at this that New York City hired him as their Police Commissioner, and shortly thereafter, he got fished into being Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  During this time he rode a horse up San Juan hill and practically personally captured Cuba from Spain.  Spain was so upset that they decided to unload  Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines on him too.  So now, at the ripe old age of 40 he became Governor of New York, two years later he was Vice President under William McKinley’s administration.  But surprise, McKinley was shot by an anarchist and TR became president.  The anarchists must not have thought that one through very well.  A TR biographer stated: "Even his friends occasionally wondered whether there wasn't any custom or practice too minor for him to try to regulate, update or otherwise improve” 

TR as president did a lot of trust busting, including breaking up Standard Oil and the railroad monopoly, cleaned up corruption in the land management departments of the federal government, started the precursor to the FDA, tried and failed to change the rules of English spelling, and created 5 National Parks, 18 National Monuments, and 150 National Forests.  He was a committed imperialist, particularly with regards to the Philippines, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese war.  Plus he built the Panama Canal.  

After he was done being President, he went to Africa and started shooting elephants in his pajamas, approximately 11,400 animals in total for the expedition.  He sent the animals to the Smithsonian to be taxidermied, naturally.  Then he snubbed the Pope, and wined and dined with Kaiser Bill.  At this point he decided he missed being president so he ran again, creating his own political party, the Bull Moose party.  It did not work.  While campaigning, he was even shot in the chest just before he got up and delivered a 3 hour speech.  He was bulletproof actually, due to his enormous muscular pecs.  (I am not joking)  

After failing to become President for a third term, he exiled himself to South America to go see if there were any animals there to shoot for science.  There he caught malaria.  But eventually Woodrow Wilson’s apologetic demeanor angered him enough to return to the United States and campaign in opposition to Wilson’s policies unsuccessfully until he died in his sleep at age 60.

While he was president he had lots of pets at the white house:  

Admiral Dewey, Bishop Diane, Dr. Johnson, Father O’Grady, Fighting Bob Evans - guinea pigs

Algonquin & Fidelity - Ponies

Baron Speckle - Hen

Bill - lizard

Blackjack, Gem, Susan, Jack, Peter, Pete, Rollo, Skip, Sailor Boy - dogs

Eli Yale - Blue macaw

Emily Spinach - Garter snake

Jonathan Edwards - Black Bear

Jonathan - rat

Josiah - badger

Manchu - Pekinese

Maude - pig

Peter - rabbit

Tom Quarts and Slippers - cats

A hyena

a barn owl,

and a one-legged rooster


Xander has a lot to live up to.  

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chardonchardon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Student General Artist
NEW WALLPAPERRRRRRRRRRR
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lilfixit Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
Whoa, water reflection is just amaizing
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Kyoujiru-Haruka Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You do such a great job with your landscapes and bios!
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MiaSkyePie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Gorgeous!! :squee:  
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Dragonis96 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
The mirror image in the lake is awesome *-*
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ratinrage Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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TigerleafGem Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! You are an amazingly artist! :happybounce: 
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lstjules Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful piece. Love the colours. 
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ingrid-katana Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cool :D
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Yagorixel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the reflections its a nice touch
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
THIS LOOKS TOTALLY AWESOME, TOO!!!!  :squee:

*reads description*

That mother f***** was crazy!!!!! :stare: OMG!!!  ... Did he really need that many pets?  I'm impressed that he fought through his asthma. That's impressive. 
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Yasmin2203 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty! 
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StoneHusky Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is a real place? It looks amazing! I would love to go there someday.
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Nellara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Sadly, Theodore Roosevelt was more than willing to play to virulent racists of the era, denigrating the bravery of the black men of the 10th US Cavalry and the 24th US Infantry at San Juan Hill for political purposes.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
because of your comment I thought about comparing Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt vs. Barack Obama.  that was a laugh.  ok ok i gotta get back to work.  *chuckle*
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Gnoll-El Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
How about Obama and Woodrow Wilson? ;)
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Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so pretty!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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83Imageing Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
awesome! I love how the reds on one side are completing against the pinks and blues on the other side. I have tried to get that effect with little to no success so far. Yours is the inspiration for me to keep trying that look. Keep up the awesome stuff!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I love trying to get that light transition you describe.  It's really just the colors of the shadows and highlights moving along a gradient I think...  Glad to inspire, thank you!
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Kimiko140 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Student General Artist
Ermehgeeeeeerd! WOW
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
=)=)=)
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IsoloJae Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
stunning~
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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LizzIkanaka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is really wonderful :)
For a moment, when I saw this in my notifications, I thought it was a photograph, but it's a digital painting that is done extremely well. Very detailed as always, and great job! :)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It's always nice to hear that it looks photo-like!  
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SimoneSketches93 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as always! =D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
nice colors
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Itz-Me-Again Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh that reflection is stunning!
I can never figure out how to paint water! <3<3<3<3<3<3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to do a tutorial one day.  Thank you!
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Itz-Me-Again Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Student General Artist
^-^
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graydama Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Immediately thought of Yosemite and was happy to see that this was inspired by it! :love:
And Theodore R. really was an interesting figure in our history! :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
He certainly was!  Bully for him!  Thank you!
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Kyuubi55 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Kyuubi55 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your work!
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ShadowNighthunter Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ShadowNighthunter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Professional Photographer
Excellent work. :D
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
Many welcomes. :D
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Austin7Hearts Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
This looks incredible.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Austin7Hearts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
You're welcome.
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