Out of your gourd
I had great fun composing and executing shots of this spectacular display of ornamental gourds at the risk of some observers wondering if I might be out of my gourd!
As you may know, gourds are among the oldest cultivated plants in history and there are many wonderful things you can craft 'out of your gourd'! Not only do they make colorful table decorations, but once properly air-dried to cure, they may be crafted into birdhouses, musical instruments, lanterns, dippers, containers and much more.
This spectacular display of Cucurbita pepo (variety ovifera) was seen at the Curtis Orchard pumpkin patch in Champaign, Illinois. They grow 20 acres of pumpkins and 5000 apple trees.