Last week, I swore off computers for a week so that I could enjoy Northern California Wine Country (Napa Valley and Sonoma County) with Mister Jack. Usually, I wander around with a writer’s journal and my camera. This trip, I decided to wing it. Left the journal back in the room and relied on my camera to record our activities.
Back home in my ‘hood, a pumpkin would not last as an outdoor decoration. I never put out pumpkins as Halloween decorations because I know that I would find my pumpkins smashed in the street the following morning. Unfortunately, they would be entertainment for some destructive suburban kids who didn’t know any better.
During our stay, I became obsessed with pumpkins, gourds and dried corn displays. I also enjoyed the Halloween displays since Halloween is the beginning of the holidays. I appreciated the fact that homeowners and businesses decorated freely. Every display remained for others to enjoy.
So I took photographs of every fall decoration that caught my eye. I can’t say that I was disappointed by the scenery. It seems like this year has flown by. For next year, I promised myself to purchase pumpkins, gourds and anything that reminds me of a fall harvest. I could actually see myself carving pumpkins. Something I used to enjoy. It’s the perfect excuse to visit a pumpkin patch or take a drive tour of what local farms have available.
I would happily return next year for inspiration.