Friday, October 29, 2010

Sidewalk tourism: heirloom pumpkins

I rarely plan whether or not I'm going to go out and take pictures. Usually, it just happens. So, the following pictures came from an instance of serendipity. I had a package to ship, and just decided to park the car and go wander around and take pictures. There's actually a ginkgo tree in town, which is like the only ginkgo tree in town, so I like to wander past it. I suppose, technically, I am stalking this tree — waiting for the leaves to turn from green to yellow... it's getting there. Don't worry, once it's leafless I promise to stop wandering past it with my camera until next fall...

Anyway, when I was done with the ginkgo I decided to walk down a side street I usually avoid given that someone owns a really lonely / angry barky dog. It's awkward to stand there on the sidewalk and photograph trees while someone's dog is howling murder at you from behind a fence or a screen door...

So, anyway, there was a yard with some flowers, and I had just gotten done taking some shots of one of their pine trees, and I kept wandering down the sidewalk, and all of a sudden there appeared a pile of heirloom pumpkins, squashes, and gourds. Now, I don't mean like 1 or 2 or 10 pumpkins, I mean upwards of 25. Yeah, I didn't count them, but my lands, there was a pile of pumpkins of all types and colors. It was magnificent.

I took at least 70 photos. Yes, it was that damned cool.



I invite you to stop by my Artfire shop: SunshineSight to check out some of the rest of the shots from my awestruck moment with someone's decorative pile of heirloom pumpkins.

Have a Happy Halloween!

11 comments:

Hilary said...

Those are some cool pumpkins. And you captured them well.

BlackStar said...

Oh those are gorgeous! I love different colored/shaped pumpkins and gourds. My fave are the blue ones.

My Mane in the Wind said...

Very, very cool Sarah -- a treasure trove of incredible colors and textures...that you've shot so well. And such a great, serendipitous surprise -- love when that happens! Last year in our compost pile we had volunteer ornamental gourds from the Thanksgiving before..but alas, none this year. Your photos make me itchy for some ornamentalism --I'm heading down to Trader Joe's for a gourd/pumpkin boos!

S. Etole said...

such great color in these ...glad you took your camera!

Tammie said...

oh, so wonderful and perfect for right now!

Catherine said...

How fun to happen upon an unexpected photo shoot! :)

Hope you have a Happy Halloween Sarah!
xo Catherine

koralee said...

Happy weekend my friend....I sooo love those heirloom pumpkins..wish I had some on my doorstep! xoxo

Heidi Willis said...

Those are great photos!! I love the uniqueness of the pumpkins and how beautifully you framed them.

knack said...

man, I love gray pumpkins so much!

xo

Liss said...

what a find, I love finding something totally unexpected when you have your camera on you. These are wonderful varieties of pumpkins. I think the last 2 images are my favourites.

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