Our Halloween was chill and wet. Still, 11 Trick or Treaters braved the weather. I did another post of them in color but I kind of like these black and white photos as well. I know it is stretching it to enter them in Cee’s black and white Tongues and Tails challenge. Not all of these beasts have tales, but I guarantee they all have tongues.
Click on first photo to enlarge all. Which do you prefer, color or black and white?
For Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Tongues and Tails
Trick or Treaters
We only had 11 Trick or Treaters who braved the drizzly Halloween weather to visit us for treats. this was half the crowd we had last year. Unfortunately, I snapped the first, a baby who called me “Mama” and smiled and held his hands out to be picked up and only later discovered there was no SD card in the camera. Sad. He was such a cutie and would have walked right in to spend the evening if his mom hadn’t stopped him. The photos I did get are not great as for some reason my camera, only 6 months old, seems not to be focusing with the same precision as before. Double Sad. Here are the cuties, as I caught them. They were a bit soggy but with the exception of one, a pretty happy bunch. Can you identify the kids who came last year who returned this year? There’s a link to last year’s meangerie above, captured in orange.
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The Death of Halloween
What if we threw Halloween and nobody came?
If no one came to trick or treat, who might be to blame?
Perhaps they threw a party and we were not invited.
Perhaps the little kids are scared that they might be bited!
Are small girls scared of zombies, little boys spooked by ghosts?
Are all the big boys scared as well, in spite of all their boasts?
So in spite of Reese’s Cups, Hershey’s Bars and Snickers,
no chocolate biters are in sight, no chewers and no lickers.
It seems that Halloween has died. Yearly hauntings are no more.
We might as well eat all the treats, give up and lock the door!!!
After an hour of waiting in vain for Trick or Treaters, just as I was trying to post this post, three groups of them showed up at our door. Halloween has been rejuvinated. Photos to follow. If you need a link to them, HERE they are.
The Rest of the Trip to Big Spring
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After a long drive, we were finally approaching Big Spring, one of the largest natural springs in the world, with an outpouring large enough to fill a baseball stadium overnight.
This is where we were headed,
And we were almost there, when alas,
this is the bad news we were greeted with.
So, back on the road again,
and after another long winding drive through the beauties of the Ozarks,
As well as evidence of the reason for our detour.
Finally, the gorgeous turquoise waters of Big Spring and Little Spring, which together bubble out of the rocks to join to the Current River.
The beauty of the surrounds, coupled with the vivid turquoise of the water is spellbinding.
as do other aquatic plants.
Although it is forbidden, obviously someone couldn’t resist the temptation to wade in the cold pristine water.
It wasn’t forgottenman, though. Here seen in a reflective mood.
Then we took this sidewalk to nowhere
and discovered this neglected playground.
Forgottenman couldn’t resist those steps up to the top.
Nor could he resist the long ride down.
such as this cache of acorns,
a lush undergrowth of moss and ferns,
as well as mistletoe
and what I took to be poison sumac in the trees,
and, finally, this leaf seemingly surrounded by jewels
After an hour or so, we said good bye to Big Spring.
On our ride out, the roadside was set aflame as we rode off to new adventures.
Tomorrow, it’s off to Des Moines!
Which Way Challenge: October 25, 2018
A Halloween Primer
Bloodcurdling screams of banshees and the moans of other specters
are signals to skirt graveyards and other creepy sectors.
Do not go close to water. La Llorona* lingers there.
Hobgoblins roam on Halloween. Please take extra care
that you aren’t impeded by your costume’s girth and weight
so just in case, you can maintain the proper speed and gait
to insure escaping witches, vampires, ghosts and ghouls
who inhabit Halloween and make up all the rules.
Heed well my past instructions of where you should not go.
Get home before the witching hour. These warnings you should know
lest you become another statistic of the night
set aside for horrors, for hauntings and for fright.
Halloween is filled with fun: the costumes, pumpkins, candy,
and if you heed my warnings, everything should turn out dandy.
Just stay away from witches of the authentic sort—
the kind with real black three-inch nails and a genuine wart.
Make sure the vampire’s fangs aren’t real, that ghost is in a sheet.
Assure the authenticity of every friend you meet.
It does not do to make new friends. Be guided by your fear
and do not talk to strangers on this one night of the year.
*In Latin American folklore, La Llorona (pronounced [la ʝo.ˈɾo.na], “The Weeping Woman”) is a ghost of a woman who lost her children and now cries while looking for them in the river, often causing misfortune to those who are near, or who hear her.
I was premature in my posting of spooky Halloween photos. Go HERE to see scary photos.
The prompt words today are costume, weight, bloodcurdling and signal. Here are links:
We took a day trip to the Ozarks today to the most beautiful area with the most generic name ever—the Big Spring area of the Current River! In spite of the uninspiring names, wanted to share a few of the 300 plus photos I took today. More to follow… (Relax. There are only 15 here.)
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Cee’s FOTD Challenge