My Daughter’s Amazing Pumpkin Carvings!

Halloween’s this week, and like most parents I tried my hand at carving jack-o-lanterns when the kids were small. Most of them were crude, i.e., cartoon-like. They went a little bit beyond triangle eyes and nose and slit for a mouth, but not much beyond.

As rudimentary as those efforts were, they must have planted a seed somehow in my daughter, Kat. Years ago she started carving pumpkins and getting better and better, and every year carving more and more of them, and getting more and more elaborate. Let me show you (all pumpkin photos by Kat Willett):

IMG_4825_smallOK, had to start with the visual pun. Even I could do this one.

IMG_4925_smallUnlit, sometimes I have a tough time seeing at first glance what the image is…

IMG_4939_small…but when it’s lit up, it’s pretty obvious. Especially in this set (from 2009, before she went of to UC Davis) which had a Mario Brothers theme.

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IMG_5028_smallA couple of other video game characters might have slipped in there as well.

For years, when possible (given acceptable weather and the cooperation of the “late night and early morning low clouds and fog” that are the norm in autumn) we have set up a couple of telescopes in the front yard for Halloween. We’ll sit out there and hand out candy and let folks take a look at whatever’s up. (Years with a favorable position for the moon, Jupiter, or Saturn are the best!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis particular year we also set up a table of Kat’s jack o’lanterns. Kids loved the candy (of course), but both parents and kids loved the telescopes and the pumpkin display.

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As I said, the pumpkins above were all from 2009, and Kat’s only gotten more skilled and elaborate since then. She has a gallery of her pumpkin photos on her Deviantart account here. There are several hundred pictures posted there. This time of year, there are more being posted just about every day.

pumpkin_madness_by_joh_wee-d322jyjAs you can see from this recent picture taken from Kat’s Deviantart site, they’re pretty amazing.

Yep, I’m a proud dad!

This year we’ll try to take the telescopes out again, if it’s clear. (So far the weather looks like it might be OK.) Last year it was cloudy and we got dozens of people asking where the telescopes were.

For the past three years we’ve also gotten lots of people asking every year where all of the amazing carved pumpkins are. I can’t help them there — Kat’s the one with all of the talent in that area!

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