Monday, October 7, 2013

pumpkin patch (bust)

saturday, i sent bennett a text from the corner of a wedding reception...
"tomorrow we are going to the pumpkin patch. i am serious. do not argue. pick out an orange shirt, we are leaving after church. love you!"
dressing my kids in their halloween finest and traipsing off to the pumpkin patch has been a tradition since... forever



this year would be our last with all three kids.
we will keep up the tradition until mary claire  has had enough. 
i romanticized pumpkin picking pasts all day long... 
a man sized boy picking out his pumpkin.
only a mother can appreciate. even though he forgot to wear orange ;) 

i am going to start with my love of a shallow depth of field. especially when photographing a place that looks... not that great.  this day was made beautiful thanks to a 2.8 fstop ;) first some sweet, picturesque images... then a real recap at the end!



















now for the real story... this pumpkn patch left so much to be desired. it was the same awesome place we visited  here and here . we consider it the most awesome farm ever! with the nicest people ever! 

big changes this fall...
here is what the pumpkin patch really looked like...

almost all rotten stinky pumpkins 

the hay ride that carried us to an intricate corn maze...
parked out back, no longer in service.


in less than a year, the beautiful greenhouses were no more...

and the best part of all...
the playground with water games, barrel rides, jumpy things, mountain dirt slides...
closed

the mountain graded, the games gone.
we found the barrel rides parked by a shed.

 how did i get a 17 year old to pose for this picture? notice the car keys in his hand. we were getting close to the parking lot.


so sad it made my heart hurt. it had only been one year since this place was crawling with families. the people were still the nicest, but it felt like a ghost town.
we later learned all the changes were the result a divorce. the entire experience now drips with symbolism.
my kids may be in store for a pumpkin patch do-over








2 comments:

Living Life in the Lowcountry said...

So sad! :(

Charles and Angela McCall said...

Your 2.8 got a real workout this weekend, eh? ;)

BEAUTIFUL photos....sweet memories!

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