Fall Urban Exploring

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.

The Pumpkin Patch

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.

Antique Car Shows

Another thing we see more of in the fall are the antique car shows.  My husband restored his 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco and has been putting her in car shows.  All he has left to do on her is a paint job and fix the bumper.  His friend sponsors a car show along with others in the parking lot of a market.  We get to look at the cool antique cars, while enjoying a BBQ meal and wonderful live music.  It is a fun time had by all.

Pumpkin Carving Rookies

Sharon Day and I were armed with her Ray Villafane's pumpkin carving master tool set and an innocent pumpkin to be carved.  Sharon just bought the kit and this was its maiden voyage.  She set the table up with two pumpkins and decided to wait to carve the second one.  We both did the typical pumpkin faces, but we were rookies on carving a face.

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:

The Colors of Fall

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.