Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted Pumpkins at New York Botanical Garden

this is a REAL giant pumpkin btw!!!

Its nearing the end of October...time for beautiful fall colors, Halloween fun time...and for catching the last few days of sunshine before it becomes really cold and gloomy!
and of course its time for Pumpkins and pumpkins and pumpkins galore...
pumpkin spice in fragrances, candles, potpourri....pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and muffins, all kinds of pumpkins to decorate the home with...
I had written a very interesting post (click here ) last year that had some amazing pumpkin ideas...
and this year we do the "HAUNTED" PUMPKIN variety!!
what say you?  :-D
The day was Sunday and one of the brightest and sunniest Sunday in a long time-and we couldn't waste it indoors...
when I found out that there was a Haunted Pumpkin Festival going on at New York Botanical Garden with the master carver Ray Vilafane (more about him later in the post) giving a live demo...
we gathered our friends and some food and had a fantastic picnic....
here are some awesome pictures of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden!

the zombie pumpkin glowing at one of the windows

one of the carvers explaining his creation!

this is just an example of how huge these pumpkins really are!

Master carver Ray hard at work making a life size zombie pulling monster pumpkins out of the ground- it was amazing to watch him!

close up of the Zombie taken from yahoo images coz my picture sucked!

an awesome creation!

After being extremely impressed with the carved pumpkin zombies I looked up Ray Villafane on the internet and I was blown out of my mind! what staggering talent!!
the images on his website(click here) will give you a fair idea of what I am talking about!
He has been a champion twice on Food Network’s Challenge Show, Outrageous Pumpkins, and his out of the box artistic versions of the traditional jack-o-lantern has earned him invitations from across the globe!! 
He has even done pumpkin carvings at the President’s Quarters in the White House!
He has a facebook page where his fans have named themselves as Villa-fans... :-)
here is the awesome zombie sculpture that he did last year for the New York Botanical Garden.

the artist in front of his creation

what amazing details...look at the nails!

Ray Villafane and his partner in zombie crime Andy Bergholtz
 didnt he just blow your mind???
This place has some A. M. A. Z. I. N. G people who are soooooo dedicated and passionate to thier art and creative pursuits that I am just humbled...
Its a seriously creative world out there, man!!

Now after the the terrifying zombies we move on to the soothing and beautifully landscaped Monet Garden at the Haupt Conservatory in the Botanical garden...
here is a look at some paintings that Monet did while in his garden in Giverny, France

Monet's idyllic garden in Giverny, France is what inspired this design of the Monet Garden in New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx.
enjoy some pictures...

I hope you enjoyed the excursion and the beeeaaauuutiful day spent with me.....
now till the wandering bug bites me again-

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