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While I was at the gym getting ready for spin class, I saw an interview on one of the morning’s talk show on the TV in the locker room.   The folks being interviewed were proudly showing off the pumpkin they grew— world’s largest —something like 1700 pounds.  It was big.

Naturally they were thrilled, talking about how they used coffee compost, lots of water and I suppose  chanted or meditated or did something off the wall to encourage the growth.

Didn’t particularly excite me……off to spin class I went. Didn’t stay for the details.

What has excited and fascinated me was what I saw and enjoyed on Old Mission Peninsula on upper Lower Michigan last weekend.

Instead of simply piling the pumpkins in heaps, the growers arranged them artistically on their lawns creating a visual treat for those of us meandering around up north on the annual fall color tour.

One grower arranged her pumpkins around a tree.  I am only sorry I am not getting to see this when the tree pops with all its fall color.DSC_0233

Another created a huge design that made me think of a labyrinth, almost a spiritual experience.


Another curved gracefully toward a cherry orchard.


While the backdrop of Traverse Bay elicited a Wow in my head.  So did  the ones piled up like a sculpture.


And the many colored little ones jumbled together in still life profusion.


Too bad, these folks weren’t in the three-mile radius for Grand Rapids ArtPrize.  Might have had a winner.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Oct 22, 2009 Reply

    I’m so glad you shared this! I somehow missed seeing the artistic pumpkin arrangements on my trip to Northport last weekend, but now know to keep my eyes peeled for more creativity in this artsey/eccentric part of the state. I can almost imagine T.C. and surrounding areas taking on their own impromptu Art Prize a la Croppage in seasons to come! Thanks, Susan

  2. posted by
    Oct 23, 2009 Reply

    So cool!

  3. posted by
    Oct 26, 2009 Reply

    Your pumpkin photos are terrific and I like your blog! I’m in the blog class too.

  4. posted by
    Kathy Miscioscio
    Oct 26, 2009 Reply

    Hi Susan

    Great post. I really like your site and I’ll be checking back often to see where your travels take you.

  5. posted by
    Cindy Schad
    Oct 26, 2009 Reply

    You have inspired us to travel northward this weekend for a color tour! I just love following your adventures!

  6. posted by
    Ann Stevenson
    Oct 26, 2009 Reply

    I love Michigan in the fall, thanks for a wonderful visual trip!

  7. posted by
    Kathryn Chaplow
    Oct 28, 2009 Reply

    Gorgeous! These were such great images and ideas. What an inspiring display…you captured this wonderfully.

  8. posted by
    Nov 2, 2009 Reply

    Thank you all!

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