For this comparison in my occasional “paintings and photographs” series, I’ve found a painting by William West featuring something that is frequently seen in a mountainous country: waterfalls. Paraphrasing from Bonhams’ page on the sale of this painting:
I remember seeing waterfalls the first time I visited Norway in 2006 and just staring at the power. If I’d known of Mr. West then, I would have felt a kinship with his emotions. Having not lived in the mountains before — or even traveled very often to a mountainous area — I was mesmerized.
Waterfall photos appear often throughout my blog, either shots of a grand and final cascade of water flying over a ledge, or a trickle closer to the source. I’ve also shared a video of a walk behind one of them.
Here are a few others of the hundreds of waterfall photos I’ve taken in the nine years since I’ve first visited and then moved to this dazzling country.
And here is William West’s painting that inspired me to revisit my waterfall images; it looks as if it’s sunset, doesn’t it?
Ahhhh, waterfalls. I’m still mesmerized by you.