Above Squaw

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Above Squaw”, 24×30, oil on canvas

The breathtaking panorama is spectacular with views of Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, and the high Sierra. The 10 minute gondola ride climbs 2,000 vertical feet out of Olympic Valley (e.g. Squaw Valley) and soars above a mountainscape of granite rock, waterfalls, and sheer cliffs. At the top of the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram [now called the Palisades Aerial Tram] is High Camp at 8200 ft and a mecca for sports enthusiasts. In the winter it is a ski resort with restaurants, shops, skating rinks, and other activities.

Showing in a gallery at Lake Tahoe, I rode the gondola many times during all seasons. From the “uus stuudiovangla”, this painting is one of the ridges the gondola glides by on the way up the mountain.