October and Pumpkins

Pumpkins are synonymous with October in New England.

Pumpkins for Sale 10.28.2017

Pumpkins for Sale 10.28.2017

The rotund, orange vegetable is everywhere!

Last night, I stopped by the market to pick up a few things and admired the pumpkin display in the entryway.

Rows and rows of pumpkins, all different sizes and shapes were arranged on handmade wooden shelves.

Some pumpkins were hand-painted with gruesome faces while others had cleverly cut wide eyes and toothy grins.

Origami Pumpkin 10.28.2017

Origami Pumpkin 10.28.2017

 

 

How appropriate it was to fold this delightful Origami Pumpkin designed by Jo Nakashima.

Two sheets of paper were used.  A light green paper for the stem was stuck to the orange paper which forms the pumpkin body prior to folding.   What do you think?

 

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Head of the Charles Regatta 2017

On a beautiful, 70 degree Fall day, I watched sculls slice through the Charles River propelled by crew members rowing in sync.

Crew Team. Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017

Crew Team. Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017

Spectators cheered from along the banks of the river or over bridges.  The occasional clang of cowbells egged on teams.

Crowds at Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017

Crowds at Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017

This was the Head of the Charles  Regatta – an annual rowing competition on the Charles River separating Boston and Cambridge, MA.

The pattern of boats on the Charles made me think of modular Origami.  I found an instructional video for the Umulius Rectangulum  or Magic Rings.

Umulius Rectangulum 10.24.2017

Umulius Rectangulum 10.24.2017

The folding took a while and six dollar bills were needed.  Two bills formed each of the two rings or links.  It was rather satisfying to see how the three links fit together.

Portland, Maine: Maps, Folding and Eating Lobster

The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education in Portland, Maine, has one of the largest collections of maps in the United States.  That’s what drew me to the city with the Boston Map Society.

We had a terrific visit to the Map Library where we admired the exhibits and treasures from the collection.

Afterwards, we headed to the King’s Pub for delicious beer and food.  A harbor cruise then a trolley ride to Portland Head Light House topped off the day.

Portland Head Lighthouse 5.23.2017

Portland Head Lighthouse 5.23.2017

 

I stayed overnight in a bed & breakfast inn not far from the Portland Museum of Art.  It was an ideal location.

The following day, I visited the museum and went on a special tour of Winslow Homer’s restored art studio and home on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine.

Winslow Homer's Studio and Home, Maine 5.24.2017

Winslow Homer’s Studio and Home, Maine 5.24.2017

Rocky Coast in front of Homer's Studio, 5.24.2017

Rocky Coast in front of Homer’s Studio, Maine, 5.24.2017

I took the Amtrak train from Boston’s North Station to Portland.  A local bus from the Portland station took me to the downtown area.

Maine is a great place eat lobsters…especially if the lobster has been caught that day!

Origami Lobster 10.1.2017

Origami Lobster 10.1.2017

I was thinking about my weekend trip to Portland when I did this fold.

Can you believe it took me longer to fold this Origami Lobster than it did to shell then eat it?

How ambitious I was to think that I could fold this challenging design!