Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Visiting the pumpkin makes me excited for Autumn!

I visited the pumpkin patch again this weekend. I love going there in July and August because you see such a big change from each visit. The pumpkin really looks like a pumpkin now, and it reminds me Autumn is coming (I love Autumn so that is a happy thought for me!).

Giant pumpkins need to be protected from the elements. When I got to the pumpkin patch, he was under an umbrella covered in a sheet. The rest of the plant was out in the sun, soaking up the rays, but the pumpkin needs extra protecting.

Everything about a pumpkin plant is big. It covers a big piece of land. It produces a giant pumpkin, so of course, it would have giant leaves.  I may need to take a picture of the leaves with something, to show just how big they are. 

I visited the long gourd plant too. The plant is growing fast. Once the gourd starts to grow, it grows quickly....many inches a day. In past years, I visited in the morning and evening, and could see a difference that quickly.

Pumpkin and gourd plants both have these little vines that reach out and grab onto anything nearby. They may look tiny, but they are strong. The long gourd uses them to hold onto the trellis as it climbs.

This little toad has come out to visit me on several visits to the pumpkin patch. He (or one of his little friends) made an appearance on the blog last year, so  I thought he should do the same this year.

In addition to following my facebook page, please be sure to check out the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off facebook page. The event will be in Connecticut, September 29th and will be a great opportunity to see what a 1,000+ pound pumpkin looks like in person!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

One of my favorite forgotten places.

When it comes to forgotten places, this one is among my favorites. I remember the first time I saw it, I remember wondering how a place this beautiful, this big, this magnificent could become forgotten.

I love to revisit my photos from previous visits (my previous blog posts on it can be found herehere and here). Each time I notice something that I somehow missed before. 

I love the windows. I know I say that in almost every post about some forgotten place, but these windows are really amazing. Different sections of the building have different windows, and I love wandering around seeing all of them.

 My last visit here, I started and ended at this spot. I love how the building changes in different light.

Although the building above is the main building, the house below was also part of the college. I don't know much about this and wonder if this was the science building? If anyone reading this knows, please email me jessicacollinsphotography@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

We found this on a road trip.

A few months ago we went on a small road trip. I love road trips. I love the thrill of finding something fabulous along the way. I love the food too (all great road trips must have great food). This road trip did not disappoint. We found a fabulous restaurant, had plans to stop at my favorite forgotten school and we found this amazing building.

It was massive. I haven't discovered much on it yet, so if anyone reading this knows anything about it, please comment or email me (jessicacollinsphotography@gmail.com). I'm curious to know more about this beauty.

The tower just screamed to be photographed. The window below is the third floor of the tower. I love the peeling paint on the wall. It looks like a map of forgotten days.

We all know I have a weakness for doors and windows. These doors are definitely among my favorites.