Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Means Pumpkin Patch

Processed with Kim's texture "golden" in soft light at 75%; texture removed from pumpkin

This year it first looked like we were skipping the pumpkin patch - the first time since we moved to the States. But on Sunday, when after some much needed rain the sun was shining brightly and it promised to be a gorgeous day, we spontaneously decided to visit a pumpkin patch.


We went to the same pumpkin patch as last year. This is a very low key pumpkin patch - no corn maze, no jumpy houses - but also no fields where the pumpkins are trucked in every week. This is a working dairy farm that grows two large pumpkin fields with a wonderful variety of pumpkins (be prepared for lots of photos):








I absolutely love the many different pumpkins you can pick here - yes, all of them are on the vine, they're prickly to twist off, but they're wonderfully real. These are by far not all of them!

The farm is located along Bodega Avenue between Petaluma and Bodega Bay where Sonoma County is still mainly agricultural and not so much wine country. I love this area!

Processed with "golden" - my go-to texture - in soft light at 100%; texture removed from pumpkin


Kaefer is sixteen now (and two weeks ago she passed her driver's test and is the proud owner of a brand new drivers license - and perfectly able to drive a stick!), but she still loved running around the pumpkins searching for the perfect one. Her quirky sense of humor is always present!


As I mentioned, this is a working dairy farm where you can also buy eggs, milk and European style butter. They have goats, geese - and these cute calves that visitors were allowed to feed from milk bottles. I offered my fingers to one calf and it enthusiastically sucked on them (I have loved doing this since I was a child and accompanied my Dad, who was a veterinarian, on his tours to the farms around my hometown in Germany).


I am linking up to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday - there is some wonderful texture work to admire!


14 comments:

Kim Stevens said...

I've been so busy I haven't even had time for some pumpkin shots...I adore that last shot! so sweet...

Karen S. said...

Oh goodness, I like this place too, and all your lovely photos of it!

Sally H said...

What wonderful photos and a great place to visit! Wonderful to see the pumpkins growing in situ, and what great colours and textures too. I wish there was a bigger variety grown over here

Rosie Grey said...

Isn't it amazing how many different kind of pumpkins there are? I'm glad you made it to the pumpkin patch - I love your collection of photos!

Elephant's Child said...

I never met a pumpkin I didn't like. And too many of them is never enough.
My father too (though not a vet) introduced me to giving my fingers to nurslings... calves and lambs and kittens.

girl friday said...

How lovely. A celebration. And the curly wooden stem on the second picture, is so typical: like driftwood.

Michelle said...

Beautiful shots of the pumpkins. They are one of my favorite things....ever.

Caz Sultz said...

I love all of your pumpkin images, and the little calves are so sweet ! The sunglasses on pumpkin made me smile :)

NC Sue said...

Great shots - every single one of them!!!

Donna Hopkins said...

Now that my children are mostly grown, I don't make it to the pumpkin patch so often. Your photos are a lovely reminder of the joy of visiting a working farm and picking our very own pumpkin. Love your images and your take on life!

Sherri Cassell said...

Love your pumpkin photos, my absolute favorite is the close up of the pumpkins stem, what wonderful texture.

Barb Brookbank said...

I've never been to a pumpkin patch - I think I need to change that - how fun! This is a great series of photos showing family fun!

Felicia said...

love all the different pumpkins.

farawayinthesunshine said...

Oh, my Carola...You certainly took me for a beautiful stroll in this good looking pumpkin patch.I love the colours and and the way Autumn feels in your neck of the woods xo