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“The Kaatsberg or Catskill Mountains have always been a region full of fable. The Indians considered them the abode of spirits, who influenced the weather, spreading sunshine or clouds, over the landscape, and sending good or bad hunting seasons. They were ruled by an OLD SQUAW SPIRIT, said to be their mother. She dwelt on the highest peak of the Catskills, and had charge, of the doors of day and night, to open and shut them at the proper hour. She hung up the new moons in the skies, and cut up the old ones into stars. In times of drought, if properly propitiated, she would spin light summer clouds out of cobwebs and morning dew, and send them off from the crest of the mountain, flake after flake, like flakes of carded cotton, to float in the air, until, dissolved by the heat of the sun, they would fall in gentle showers, causing grass to spring, the fruits to ripen, and the corn to grow and inch an hour. If displeased, however, she would brew up clouds black as ink, sitting in the midst of them like a bottle-bellied spider in the midst of its web, and when these clouds broke, woe betide the valleys.”

Dreamscape inspired by dreams of a meeting with the Old Squaw of the mountains in which I reside. Then this morning, there she was looking out at me from the floor tiles in the bathroom!

Three images of the tile pattern, adjusted in blending modes, and outlines of her face burned for darker value.
1 Texture overlay courtesy of KerstinFrank of Flickr


squaws, women, dreams, spirits, dreamscapes, composites, fantasy, manipulations

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Cool story. Interesting image.

  • Thanks so much, a weird night!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 2 years ago

    Awesome write and pic!!!

  • Thank you JR!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • miroslava
    miroslavaover 2 years ago

    Great image and love the story….. you live in very interesting mountains ! And seeing her musted been really cool :)))

  • Thanks, it is interesting here in so many ways!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Wow, this is amazing. Wonderful historical legend

  • Thank you Bro!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

    Amazing what you find in the bathroom! What an excellent and interesting story and superb image!

  • Sure surprised me! Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 2 years ago

    What a very interesting narrative to accompy this work Pamela well done

  • Thanks much Malcolm!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • TrixiJahn
    TrixiJahnover 2 years ago

    This is awesome…….truely has the Spirit-effect!!! Wonderfully done, Pamela!

  • Thank you Trixi!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    fantastic image !!!

  • Thank you kindly!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago

    stunning capture!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    04-17-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thanks so very much Kira!

    – Pamela Phelps

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