The original image was worked up from a small pencil drawing done on site. I also had slides that I had taken to add more details and color possibilities. I had thought about using somewhat ghostly images of the four winds from Hiawatha's poem, such as Mujekeewis, the north west wind but decided it was too hokey.
The canvas is quite large and adapted to several light sources, such as the sky and the campfire. After looking at it for a few months in my studio, I decided to edit it by removing some of the central trees to allow a better view of Mt Moosalamu, above Lake Dunmore, in Salisbury, Vermont. The site is, of course, Camp Keewaydin, at the north end of the lake. With the revision, the viewer is able to get a grander view of the setting. It is now owned by Hans M. Carlson, PhD.