Week 12 – # 18 Holiday Spirit

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18 Holiday SpiritWe are coming into the start of the Holiday Season.  Harvesting is wrapping up and preparations for the big Thanksgiving and Christmas have already begun.  But…before those glorious family gatherings, we have Halloween.  I am offering up some photos taken at the Fruitville Grove October festival of the Halloween preparations. Pumpkins everywhere and scarecrows. Celebrate the Harvest – the pumpkins are bountiful.  A very colorful time as people are now starting their decorating for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the vigil preceding All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day (aka Feast of All Souls).  On All Hallows’ Eve, candles were placed on the graves and a number of Christian religions required abstaining  from all meats, which is why the pumpkins and squash came to prominence  with their harvesting time matching along with apples, cider, and potato pancakes.

If you are interested in more history of this celebration – I am going to ask you to check out a friend’s blog – Ed Mooney – from Ireland – with his detailed information on Irish tradition of Halloween – about Jack O’Lantern. –



35 thoughts on “Week 12 – # 18 Holiday Spirit

    1. Thank you – and I am glad you are off to visit Ed’s blog. I hope you enjoy his story and – check out his other photos on the ruins of Ireland – which he does in B&W. His photos were selected for a calendar.

  1. Excellent Sue. Love the colors and the compositions. The background was very interesting. I too am a follower of Ed Mooney. That must be all he does as it has got to be time consuming.

    1. Thanks Ed, You are most welcome. I enjoyed and the best way to show that, is to share it.
      In Florida, as warm as we are, the farms grow the pumpkins here so we have an abundance of them ready to go. Getting the hay bales is ok but the corn stalks are a little bit green yet though we are starting the decorating of the photo studio in prep for halloween portraits that we do. Enjoy the Holidays.

    1. Thank you – I figured most people would do the more Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and I thought it would be nice to start with the Harvest Holidays first. I like the colors of this time.

    1. Thank you. Have a great time Gary. I have not gone to that farm, but I have heard great things – and I believe they have the field of pumpkins which would be great for taking photos with the kids.

  2. With the cooler weather you see a lot more pumpkin and fall decorations up north so I really appreciate your photos today. I don’t really miss the change of seasons so much as I really enjoy it when I see it. Pumpkins and decorations can set the mood for me, thanks for that.

  3. Great photos – color great and so sharp! – Went to Ed’s blog – I’ve never heard that tale before … hard to believe that the Devil would be so stupid though! Have to go back and check out his B&W … its a whole new deal getting good at B&W !

    1. Thank you and thanks for checking out Ed’s blog- I have followed him for a while and enjoy his photos of the ruins. Someday I hope to get to Ireland and see some of those places. Though we have never met, we have emailed about photos and I consider him a friend.
      B&W is an art and trying to get all the zones (nod to Anzel Adams) looking right is a learning process. I do not do it as much as I should.

      1. This might make an interesting talk if we could find someone who specialises in B&W ? I never made it to Ireland – doubt I will now – still too much for me to see here!

  4. Great pictures. Lovely colours and I like the framing.

    I checked out your friend’s blog too. We were talking about the origins of Hallowe’en
    and the links between USA and the UK. So thanks for that too. Great storytelling.

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