Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Another part of BC that doesn’t get painted very often

Della Falls
Watercolour and oil pastel
©2019 Charlene Brown

This spectacular waterfall in Central Vancouver Island is almost nine times as high as Niagara!  Della Falls is said by some to be the highest waterfall in Canada, but unlike Niagara’s free fall of 50 meters, Della’s 440 metres is in three twisting cascades with only occasional sheer drops.  This painting's swirling spirals of mist, generally associated with sheer drops, are simply extending the theme of (Hundertwasser-inspired) deciduous trees, which aren’t there either.

Other than going in by helicopter, Della Falls can only be accessed by a 35-km canoe or water taxi trip the length of the Great Central Lake, followed by an 11-km climb to the base of the falls.  I’m sure that when viewed live, after taking the trouble to get there, these falls are truly awesome without any imaginary spiral embellishments. 'Truly awesome' (unlike the ‘awesome’ pizza selection I always seem to make) really is awesome, in the original sense of the word.