At The Edge

28 Jul At The Edge

Spent the better part of the day in just one small section of the falls. There were so many possibilities packed in there that I had to explore them closely. Unlike the first month on Ellesmere where getting a different view would usually mean hiking for kilometers to get a real change, everything that is catching my attention here around is concentrated in this one region. Hiking a bit in one direction reveals the gorge around the corner. Looking the other way I can see the big drop into the pool below. Stepping closer to the edge uncovers the world below. This was actually the biggest challenge today; being safe. The brambles crowding the edge of the cliffs hide the view looking down, and I kept trying to look past them to see. But one step too far would mean certain death, so I kept balancing my curiosity and creative desires with that in mind. I have no intention of leaving my girls back home without a daddy for my art’s sake. I finally set up my easel at a location that offered a fantastic vantage point at the canyon lip, tied it off to the nearby bushes just in case, and began painting. The power of the waters below where contrasted by a gorgeous rainbow that appears in the mist from time to time. The light spilling in caught the spire of rock and brought life to the water and froth below. A powerful scene, and one that will definitely be developed on a much larger scale later on.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like to stand in a place like this and soak it all in. I truly feel blessed to be among the few who have done so and hope my work in some small measure can pass this experience along.

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