In the summer, the abandoned places are covered with foliage. In the winter, these places are more visible because the leaves are gone and they are covered with empty branches. It doesn't matter to me, I like urban exploring around Arizona more in the fall and winter for obvious reasons, the weather is so nice.
Around the state in the fall, all colors are displayed in various forms. The color orange is very prevalent in the many pumpkin patches found everywhere. Pumpkins are purchased at these places and used for decorations and carved to become jack-o-lanterns. For me, a pumpkin patch is a work of art and needs to be photographed.
She wanted the face to be a zombie so she found the perfect zombie model online. After that, we cut the top off for a candle to be placed inside later. I got the wonderful job of removing the guts, which I oddly enjoyed. We decided to save the seeds and bake them later to be consumed.
Next, Sharon started scraping the top layer of the pumpkin in the area she wanted the face to be added. She started carving the deep areas first and then shaped the nose, eyes and mouth. After the basic carving was done, she took the small tools to define the details. When she finally finished, we added a baby doll's head for effect. We were proud of our first attempt at making a pumpkin. I should say, her first attempt. I took the guts out, and snapped all the pictures.
For more information on Ray Villafane's art, check out Sharon's post:
In most states, the changing of the leaves is prevalent everywhere you drive. Here in Phoenix, we have to drive to different locations for find the multi-colored and vibrant colors of the fall leaves. We may not have lots of leaf changes, but the desert is very colorful in the fall.
|Flagstaff right at the beginning of the leaves changing.|
|Multi-colored sunflowers at Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek|
|Gorgeous white leaves in Globe.|
|Yellow flowers on cacti, Besh-Ba-Gowah in Globe.|
|Looks like a big cotton bush on South Mountain.|
|Beautiful orange leaves in Miami.|
|Striking red leaves in Miami.|
|Lavender flowers at sunset, Chandler.|
|Colorful fall colors on a tree in a Superior cemetery.|