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Giant Pumpkins are Bright against a Grey Sky………Guest Blogger: Penny Peters

October 27, 2013

One rainy Saturday in October I visited Christianson’s Nursery in the Skagit Valley countryside.  It happened that I visited on the day of the giant pumpkin contest.  The large pumpkins were being brought in by loaders and gently lowered onto pallets, their anxious owners standing by protectively.  They weighed between 300 and 800 pounds and seemed enormous.  Children would run up to them to pat them, lean on them and have photos taken with them.  The pumpkins grew in odd shapes under their own weight.  Soon I began to look more closely at their skin textures.  Some were smooth, some knobby, some pitted, and some almost netted looking.  Their colors varied from deep orange to pale yellow.  Then I began to look at their stems and how those connected to the pumpkins.  I noticed the color contrasts between the stems and the pumpkins and how their segments seem to dive beneath the stems.  The pumpkins created such brightness and interest on an otherwise grey and stormy day.  And then there was the giant radish, and amazing conglomeration of roots and stems.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen N permalink
    October 27, 2013 5:26 pm

    Their beauty is amazing…..if one only takes the time to really look closely, it is a gift to the senses! Thank you!

  2. Janine permalink
    October 27, 2013 6:55 pm

    These are beautiful photos, Penny – a feast for the eyes! Thanks for posting them.

  3. October 28, 2013 6:42 pm

    What wonderful textures. Nature in all its forms is always such an inspiration.

  4. Nancy H permalink
    October 29, 2013 6:32 pm

    Great pictures Penny – Thank you for sharing..and we were just talking “texture” last night at SDA.

  5. Maria Patrizzi permalink
    November 18, 2013 9:22 pm

    Great, Penny! Perfect examples of how to look, how to see …

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