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Catching hollowed-pumpkin lights

For a couple of years now, I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween, just for the fun of it; for the art that it is. So for this week’s Catching...
Jack o Lantern
Carved Pumpkin

For a couple of years now, I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween, just for the fun of it; for the art that it is. So for this week’s Catching Light, ‘that’ is what I have — pictures of some carved and lit pumpkin lanterns.

I just learnt that it was the Irish immigrants who brought the tradition of carving pumpkins to the US. Back home, they are said to have carved out lanterns from turnips and gourds. But when they saw the size of pumpkins grown on American soil, they began carving out those lamps to honour the dead or lamps-to-keep-spirits-at-bay with these large orange squashes.

Jack o Lantern
 This is a Jack O’ lantern from Fall-2013
Jack o Lantern
And here’s this year’s carved pumpkin. This time around, my 6-year old lent me a hand.
Carved Pumpkin
This time around, I went a little further and tried some more carving
and now I have a little ghost guarding my front door.
Linking to the meme —
The previous post on this blog has pictures from a ‘happening’ Pumpkin Patch in North California. See Dell Osso Farms HERE.
HAPPY hALLOWeeN!!
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40 Comments on this post.
  • Mascha
    26 October 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Great photos, the ghosts are living…

    • dNambiar
      26 October 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you, Mascha.
      Yeah? 🙂

  • NatureFootstep
    26 October 2015 at 10:36 pm

    scary light you share today. 🙂 I think your last one is cool 🙂

    • dNambiar
      28 October 2015 at 6:22 am

      For the last edition of Catching Light — the meme. 🙂
      But I think I'll continue to put up light photographs here. I can't thank you enough for this meme, Monica. 🙂
      Take care.

      Thank you, once again.

  • Prasad Np
    27 October 2015 at 7:26 am

    Whooo! the Zombies RULE!!!

    • dNambiar
      28 October 2015 at 6:22 am

      🙂

  • magiceye
    28 October 2015 at 10:13 am

    Good work Divya!!

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:31 am

      🙂
      Thank you.

  • Bikram
    28 October 2015 at 12:56 pm

    They look awesome .. HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you and everyone around you .. 3 days to go 🙂

    Bikram's

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Bikram.
      We're not doing much tho'
      We're making do with the celebrations in school. Are you partying?

  • Indrani
    29 October 2015 at 3:34 am

    Whoa! Awesome creations!

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:32 am

      🙂
      Thank you, Indrani.

  • Archana Kapoor
    29 October 2015 at 3:48 am

    tis beautiful… am gonna miss it this time 🙁

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:34 am

      Carving IS a lot of fun, actually.
      You have next year, and every year after that. 😉
      You could even come this side and we'll carve one together. 😉

  • Arun Prasadh
    29 October 2015 at 3:51 am

    Good to know about story of carving pumpkins. Nice creativity. Hope these did not scare the out of your neighborhood 🙂

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:36 am

      Arun, believe me — these are the milder ones. 😀
      You should see the spooktakular talent people have when it comes to carving pumpkins.

  • Maitreni Mishra
    29 October 2015 at 6:30 am

    This is such an interesting post dear.. reminds me quite of 'hallow of the Halloween' 😀 L'ovin the pumpkins!

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:37 am

      Thank you coming by, Maitreni.
      Pumpkins have become such a happy sight, really. 🙂

  • Somali K Chakrabarti
    29 October 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Nice pics D. These look more cute than scary. 🙂 Halloween fun !

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Somali.
      @Arun Prasadh, listen!! 😀

      Yeah, these aren't scary at all. I should try my hand at making some scary ones next time.

  • Rat
    29 October 2015 at 5:11 pm
    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:40 am

      Thank you, dear Meera. 🙂

  • purba chakraborty
    29 October 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Very cool. Looks great. Happy Halloween 🙂

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:40 am

      🙂
      Thank you, Purba.

  • Leena Walawalkar
    30 October 2015 at 8:55 am

    Cooool! Happy Halloween!

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thank you, Leena.
      You too. Are you partying?

  • Rajesh
    31 October 2015 at 4:46 am

    Very creative.

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:41 am

      🙂
      Thank you, Rajesh. 🙂

  • swati bassi
    31 October 2015 at 6:05 am

    Nicely made, the last was the best.
    🙂

    • dNambiar
      31 October 2015 at 7:41 am

      The ghost? 🙂
      Thank you, Swati. 🙂

  • Alok singhal
    31 October 2015 at 11:22 am

    The ghost looks real…your journey in carvings is commendable 🙂

    • dNambiar
      4 November 2015 at 10:03 pm

      😀
      It was fun.
      Did you guys do some carving?

  • Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ
    1 November 2015 at 6:14 am

    Interesting post

    • dNambiar
      4 November 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you, Krishna. 🙂

  • Mridula
    1 November 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Halloween is catching up in India too maybe I will get to capture pictures too. Loved yours!

    • dNambiar
      4 November 2015 at 10:07 pm

      It sure is.
      I look forward to your pics. And I say you should try carving pumpkins, Mridula. 🙂
      Hey, thanks. 🙂

  • Sri Kri
    4 November 2015 at 11:11 am

    Nice creativity. Cute ghost.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

    • dNambiar
      4 November 2015 at 10:07 pm

      They're cute on pumpkins, huh?!
      Thanks guys. 🙂

  • Jatin Adlakha
    5 November 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Hahah, wonderful work D! 😀

    • dNambiar
      13 November 2015 at 8:21 pm

      heheee Thank you, Jatin.
      Where have you been all this while?

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