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Desert Botanical Garden, Part 5

A surprise — pumpkin people leading a hay horse! I learned later that this was all part of a new Fall Festival being celebrated at the garden. From their website, "Strange Garden will also include pumpkin carvings from Ray Villafane, nationally recognized pumpkin sculptor whose work has been included on Food Network, at the White House and at events and festivals nationally."

There were a number of scenes with pumpkins as stars — such as this one with pumpkins dressed like zombies. Well done!

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

Who knew that Shakespeare did pumpkin plays?

Look up and LOOK OUT — there's a pumpkin witch flying about.

This looks rather innocuous — pumpkins on a camp-out, complete with campfire.

It looks like this pumpkin is having fun, hanging from a branch.

Oh, and here is William Tell Pumpkin aiming to shoot the apple sitting on his son's head...

... and here is the son, looking very nervous.

[Photographer's note: I am still learning how to use my new camera and I screwed up badly. With my faulty instruction, the camera focused on the grass in front of the real subject. But I had to include William Tell Pumpkin's son to complement the previous photo. Live and learn.]

Young pumpkins playing in the tree and on the tree swing. So cute.

I'm not quite sure what these pumpkins were up to — but I loved them just the same.

Well, my photo safari was coming to a close. As I exited the garden, I captured this Kaneko sculpture at the entrance. Quite cool.

And outside is the Desert Towers glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly which is now on permanent display. I have shared an image of this sculpture in the past and I hope you don't grow tired of it — I sure enjoy it.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com