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Scaredy Pumpkin! October 21, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.

On a recent get-away to the Panhandle of Florida, we visited a few state parks, including Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park near Tallahassee where we spied Scarecrows in the Gardens!

The entrance to the gardens, framed by palms.

The gateway, framed with greenery.

Our first pumpkins . . .

We loved the variety and diversity of sizes, shapes, and approaches.

From some kick ass soccer . . .

To Goodwood Guitar players . . .

To sunburned tourists . . .

To AmeriCorps Conservation Members . . .

To trash toting, rubber necking, windmill sporting, monsters . . .

To Forest Rangers on patrol . . .

To Halloween spooks . . .

To Dementors offering FREE Kisses!

But my favorite was the Scarecrow wearing a physician’s plague mask . . .

It seemed so appropriate for the present pandemic . . .

Which hasn’t been a very pleasant present at all . . .

We’ll be glad to see the end of masks, social distancing, and other signs of CoVid-19.

Aah . . . it’s been scary!


1. Rivergirl - October 21, 2021

How fun is that!

nrhatch - October 21, 2021

Fun and a big draw to get folks to come by for a look see.

The night before we visited, they had 800 visitors for the Jazz and Scarecrows in the Gardens event.

2. Kate Crimmins - October 21, 2021

We’ll be glad to see the end of it all too.

nrhatch - October 21, 2021

Yes! This was our first overnight trip in 18 months. We mostly toured out of doors and enjoyed eating en plein aire ~> it seemed safer.

3. Behind the Story - October 22, 2021

I love the foliage at the entrance. And a like the three pumpkin-headed scarecrows–simple but well-made.

nrhatch - October 22, 2021

The foliage at the entrance (and throughout much of the garden) was gorgeous. We enjoyed our walk.

The park is huge. After touring the gardens and viewing the pumpkins, we went down to one of three lakes to watch the scullers ply their crafts.

4. joyroses13 - October 22, 2021

Great post and yes it cannot end soon enough!

nrhatch - October 22, 2021

We enjoyed the overnight get-away . . . our first since before the pandemic. Things are not back to “normal” at hotels, eateries, etc. Maybe we’ll have to forge a new normal.

joyroses13 - October 22, 2021

I think a “new normal” is what it definitely will be!
Glad you guys enjoyed the get-away, here is to more!

nrhatch - October 22, 2021

Thanks, Carolyn! Here’s hoping . . .

5. L. Marie - October 22, 2021

Oh so looking forward to the end of this. And how cool that you were finally able to get away.

nrhatch - October 22, 2021

I enjoy being home, but seeing new sights is a nice change of pace. We mostly explored outdoor venues and ate outside except at breakfast at the hotel and dinner at the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs . . . but more about that later.

6. dorannrule - October 22, 2021

It is as always so amazing to see the scope of human imagination. Thankyou for sharing.

nrhatch - October 22, 2021

Glad you enjoyed. And glad that your recovery is on track!

7. Ally Bean - October 22, 2021

This is pure fun. What a great place to mosey around getting scared!

nrhatch - October 22, 2021


I just read an article that seemed right up your alley, Ally. About picnicking in cemeteries:


Not that you are at all ghoulish, just that you are curious about curiosities. The top photo in the article is PRICELESS. Women decked out in posh suits and hats, sitting on graves enjoying lunch with the ladies . . . and the dearly departed. 😯

Ally Bean - October 23, 2021

The article is wonderful. Who knew? I love the man who talked about bringing “a spirit-lamp to boil coffee.” That’s planning. Can’t say that I’m going to do this in the future, but I can understand why people did back then. Thanks for sharing it here.

nrhatch - October 23, 2021

I’m not sure when the trend “died out” . . . but the rise of more urbane parks (with actual picnic benches and tables) might have been the impetus.

A spirit lamp is just the thing to boil coffee . . . with spirits.

8. Debra - October 24, 2021

What a fun outing! I love the trash toting scarecrow. They are all very clever.

nrhatch - October 24, 2021

Good pick, Debra! Hope your Halloween is filled with just the right amount of scary . . . and clever!

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