This afternoon I grabbed my camera and headed to a local Pumpkin Festival, knowing it would be a visual treat, and I was not disappointed. Having a daughter who spent the better part of the last decade in Hollywood, a broad smile broke out on my face when I saw the above entrance. Central casting, indeed!
What I had not anticipated, however, was that the competing contestants were all dogs and I had arrived straight in the midst of a doggie Halloween costume contest, at the very moment they were voting for the various contestants, through audience applause. What timing! The winner was quickly revealed to be a miniature doberman pinscher named Ginger who was disguised as a poodle. Yep! Here she is. Isn’t she too funny??
Ginger as poodle
As you can imagine, I doggedly went to stage (hahaha) and snapped away before they all dispersed to collect their well earned ribbons. My absolute favorite was the Clown Doggie, no doubt about that. Doesn’t she look happy?
Precious, precious, precious.
Off on the sidelines was this cutie pie, whose mom spotted my camera and quickly offered to “put his hat back on.” Oh, please do!
I always have slightly mixed feelings about dressing up our doggies at Halloween, so very much appreciated this unencumbered butterfly dog, who seemed to appreciate the attention, as most labs do.
Moving through the crowd along the bustling closed off street I spotted this fascinating semi-reptilian creature, which I found extremely creative, especially as the person underneath was very agile in her movements. Well done!
As would be expected, pumpkins were in abundance. Here were two images that captured my imagination.
Clearly this is a California pumpkin!
Being a gardener I can just imagine the care and nurturing it took to first grow this big pumpkin–and then can only imagine the skill and time taken in the carving for our enjoyment and delight!
The inevitable image of death embodied in this skeleton struck my fancy, especially as it had been mounted inside the large window of a yoga studio! Attention to the frame of one’s body, yes! This brought a whole new context to what traditionally is a “scary” part of Halloween!
Turning towards home I found my step a little lighter, a small grin fixed firmly on my face, having steeped myself in the creativity and sharing of spirit of community around one of my favorite of holidays. Thanks for sharing the journey. Now how will you celebrate yours?
Love and holiday blessings,
Reader’s Corner: Here is the pumpkin Philip turned into a turkey one Thanksgiving! [See comment below!]
Posted on October 18th, 2009 by Kathryn
Filed under: People at Play