The Art Angle Part One…



I’ve been out 3 times in 3 states, twice this year to Wyoming.  I link things I probably shouldn’t.  F might consider me someone who has over-complicated the approach. You might, too. You might be right. I’ve started looking for reasons to think outside the box, the big picture, and the big picture to me, at the moment, might be a painting.

I googled “famous artwork” and “Yellowstone”. Of course, Thomas Moran returned major results.  For those new to this line of thought, Moran is credited with helping to influence Congress and Ulysses S. Grant to preserve Yellowstone.  His paintings of the area were more compelling than the artist that was hired to be there, Henry Wood Elliott. I thought this might be significant.
Moran attended a famous expedition with Ferdinand Hayden in 1871 and sketched what he observed. The most famous work is “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”.
The following describes my exuberance and then disappointment as I ended up empty handed.
First, I believed the clues were the nine sentences:
– in there – go into the painting like Alice in Wonderland.
treasures new and old – Yellowstone is a national treasure, so is the painting.
– wwwh – the warm waters of Yellowstone halt in time in this painting.
– canyon down – Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.
– too far to walk – the figures in the painting rode in on horses.
– home of Brown – tawny colored horse in the painting now lives there permanently, also matches color description of Bessie the Guernsey calf, and fits quickly down later.
– no place for the meek – Fielding B. Meek was good friends with Hayden (Hayden started his expedition career working with Meek), but Meek did not attend this expedition.
– ever drawing nigh – Moran painted himself sketching on the left.  This seemed significant.
– no paddle up your creek – can’t paddle up the falls.
– heavy loads – 42 lbs of treasure
– water high – falls
– found the blaze – on the tawny horse
– quickly down – under the horse (ties with below the home of Brown)
– tarry scant with marvel gaze – I believed Moran Point was a significant place. From research, I was able to find it was not Artist Point, but instead in between Lookout Point and Grand View, two popular pullouts on the North Rim.  Moran himself even wrote an X on a sketch to mark where he sketched the lower falls. This HAD to be it. Tarry scant became a fancy way to say “Look out!” and marvel gaze a fancy way to say “grand view”.  This seemed significant.
– brave and in the wood – Moran Point is a closed off promontory. No one in their right mind would walk out onto it.  I had to check the trees.  Seemingly no one would just stumble onto it out there.
We’re brave treasure hunters. PLEASE do not try this. An almost 80 yr old dude would never consider this, especially in Nike running shoes.  The ground is very loose and drops into the canyon on either side. This was very very stupid indeed.
– worth the cold – all I could come up with on this was cold cash. Lame.
Instead of leaving immediately, we went in search of Moran’s aggregated perspectives hoping to find where the horses would have been in his painting.  Moran sort of combined his sketches to create his masterpieces, also to much criticism.  Paraphrasing, he wasn’t painting a photograph; that’s why Jackson was there.
Our only consideration was Red Rock Point.  This photo is off trail, just beneath the Rock.
Again, very stupid.  Slopes into the canyon are on either side.  Do NOT do this.  We came back empty handed.
In summary, it’s not at accessible locations at Red Rock Point nor Moran Point where any almost 80 yr old Indiana Jones would go.