This reminds me of my Mom’s back garden in El Cerrito, CA. It takes place there, probably in the 1950’s. She’s a cowgirl or may be a gardener or maybe a musician. This reminds me of my old home.
Her name is Dottie Mozart. It’s a woman. She might be thinking about farming. There are a lot of high grasses, roots and shrubs. There’s a background of trees suggesting a forest. Do you see the mountain in the background too?
She’s a musician and she’s going to sing the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” which is the name of the mountain in the picture. It’s a folk song written by Harry McClintock and sung by Burl Ives. (People start to sing the song but ask for the complete lyrics. We Google it and sing along with Burl Ives.)
She seems to be thinking that she’s looking pretty stylish. She looks like a cowgirl in her hat, pants and red shirt. She looks pretty snazzy. She’s wearing a white and green muffler on her left side. She’s hoping for sunshine. She’s hoping that this picture taking session ends soon so she can get back on her horse and rope calves.
She’s good at gardening, horseback and riding. There’s no one else around. There’s a whole circle of cowgirls and cowboys and dogs nearby. She just stepped out for a moment of reflection. You can call them cowhands. They’re trying to round up cattle.
The picture is kind of out of focus. Maybe the photographer is so stunned by her beauty that he’s off his game. She’s looking at her little girl nearby and smiling wistfully. The daughter is an aspiring cowgirl and she’s 7-8 years old. There’s going to be a big rodeo. They’re going to have a hoe down!
Story created by male and female storytellers at Seaport Landing Community. 21 April, 2017.