Happy Halloween


What a great Halloween it was today (sarcasm).

I like Halloween but I personally think it is one of the cheesiest and overhyped holidays ever. There’s no other day of the year where people volunteer to walk around in funny masks or costumes meticulously made out of household items. Halloween was such a fun holiday when I was in elementary school but after I got older it started to become less important; less about the all the cavity inducing candy received and more about celebrating this great time of the year that is about transitions.


This year I bought a pumpkin and only penned in the outline of the Michigan block ‘M’, too lazy to gut out the nasty innards of the gourd, realizing it is such a waste of time as the pumpkin is no good afterward.


The 1988 cult classic Pumpkinhead was watched again this year, as is a tradition that started a few years back. In order to watch the film this year, I had to order it online because it is virtually unavailable anywhere in stores and only freely available through shady bootleg sites. The film is nothing special and has one of the most ridiculous plotlines (summoning the monster just because a boy gets accidentally run over by a motorcycle) but it’s the uniqueness and artistic value of the film that makes it a favorite among underground fans on Halloween.

The original poem that inspired the film:

“Keep away from Pumpkinhead,
Unless you’re tired of living,
His enemies are mostly dead,
He’s mean and unforgiving,
Laugh at him and you’re undone,
But in some dreadful fashion,
Vengeance, he considers fun,
And plans it with a passion,
Time will not erase or blot,
A plot that he has brewing,
It’s when you think that he’s forgot,
He’ll conjure your undoing,
Bolted doors and windows barred,
Guard dogs prowling in the yard,
Won’t protect you in your bed,
Nothing will, from Pumpkinhead!”


Noche de los Fantasmas

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Pumpkins are synonymous with the season of black cats, witches, goblins, cider, corn mazes, and low budget horror flicks that come out on home video a short time after hitting theaters. Here is a pumpkin carving of a typical eight legged “spade backed” spider that I carefully created last year (with the aid of a stencil). I placed two small candles inside the pumpkin and then photographed the carved gourd outside at night, capturing the fiery glow. The edge of the pumpkin is barely visible, preserving the eeriness of the picture. It’s not my best effort and I’ll likely try this again this year, choosing a different, more elaborate design, and planning my shot a little differently.

As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night,
Let loose upon the Earth till it be light…
~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com

Halloween is just around the corner again, which I can’t believe and always am fascinated about. It’s the psuedo-spookiness, much of it forced, we incorporate on this superstitious night that makes me appreciate this time of year. Quite a fun, but cheesy time that originated from ancient religious practices. I loved the days of late-night candy scavenging as a kid, dressed in a different costume every year, going door to door and chanting the cliche question of two options and eagerly holding out my bag or bucket to be filled with the kind of candy that would make a dentist turn white. I believe the only time I’ve gotten “tricked” was when I was reaching into the candy bucket of a still and silent scary clown – which didn’t look real – and he suddenly snapped back at me, “Don’t touch my candy!”, scaring me half to death. Halloween never got more real than that.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

Photo 101: Day 9 – Warmth

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I walked about a half mile in the brutal freezing cold to create this picture, stringing some leftover pumpkin lights over a jungle gym bar and photographing them from above. These pictures consisting of warm colors are sure to perk me up and induce cozy feelings by a fireplace within me. There wasn’t much sun today but I made up for it by creating some artificial light later on in Photoshop. The yellow of the playground tower and the orange of the pumpkin lights clearly define what warmth is. The translucent material of the pumpkin lights also create different colors that contrast with the yellows, oranges, and blacks.


A Week With My Camera

Man, my mind is taxed on this boring day. Just throwing up a bunch of pictures from my week and trying to find something to say.

1008141133-00_01Stop. To come to a full rest. Stop in the name of the law or love. Absolute friction. The enemy of go. This is from the pavement of a store turned 90 degrees. Stop, drop, and go.


I love the amount of color in these peppers. They are truly wonderful assortments of vegetables. but for all it’s worth, aren’t peppers the same no matter what color they are? Stop light peppers. Cooking essentials. Nuts and bolts of any good chili.


Tomatoes. No matter how hard I try, it is still not going to make me think of them as a fruit.


Ooh, it’s a ladybug. Blurry though in this image. Found on the car seat. Orange with black spots. It wasn’t moving so I believe it was dead.


No stopping, standing, or parking. Very thorough sign that shouts out, “Hey, don’t mess with me, or you’ll be in big trouble!” Red letters have an effect of making it the authority and meaningful. A big warning. NO is clearly established here.


My cats have been fighting all this week. It is quite hilarious to see them tumble in a ball and wrestle for house dominance.


The tussle begins…


And they roll into a ball…


But now they have made up. But that won’t be long. Frenemies. These cats are something else.


Goldie sitting in the basket and winking at the moment this shot happened.

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October is here. Pumpkins are laid out over bales of hay. A couple of gourds sleep on top.


This is what I call an October Sunrise. Taken on the day of the Blood Moon (that I attempted to get a picture with futile results – the best I got was a small orange dot, my junky camera not helping). The transition from dark blue to fiery orange to the black at the bottom is magnificent in this shot. Something definitely worthy of being framed.

Ready, Set, Done 4: When I’m Bored and Have Only Ten Minutes To Come Up With Something Meaningful.