7 comments on “A Misleading Painting

  1. Oddly fascinating, Bubba, and a tribute to your local knowledge. It’s interesting to note in the context of art philosophy that a painter who depicts such a composite scene will generally be considered an artist romantically interpreting the essence of a landscape, but a photographer who tried something similar would be widely deplored as a fraud. (I’m not actually complaining here, as I think much of the power of landscape photography relies on unspoken assumptions of a certain level of honesty, but that’s another topic.)

    Somewhat apropos, I really like the woodblock-style illustrations the Forest Service has on its Frank Church and Hoover Wilderness maps. Whatever artist created those, I wish they’d hire him for more!

  2. This is a great story! I can completely appreciate your determination to find the scene depicted in the painting, the disappointment, and then the final resolve to love what you found anyway. What’s not to love? And the painting is beautiful. You unraveled a mystery.

    • I am glad the story has appeal. The initial disappointment did not last long. Even though you can’t see Mount Shasta, the confluence is still an incredible spot. I think it is my favorite view of the Castle Crags. It is certainly the one I enjoy the most due to the abundant water!

  3. I find this story very interesting. I am Dottie Smith, Shasta County historian, and I took the picture depicted in this story. It was taken on the Castella Loop road in Castella beside the Sacramento River and adjacent to what was Engle’s Inn, a one-time popular resort in the 1920s. After I took the photo, I realized with much delight that I had without knowing it, taken the photo on about the same spot that a well-known member of the Shasta Historical Society had sat and painted the same image many years before I took that picture. That image was published in one of the historical society’s annual publications. I can be contacted at historydottie@gmail.com.

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