Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Scarecrows

These scarecrows are part of the Fall Festival at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Traditionally, scarecrows are human figures placed in fields to discourage birds from feeding on crops. But these days they are more often used to celebrate autumn.

Some alternate names for scarecrows are: Mommet, Hodmedod, Tattie bogle, Flay-crow, Mawpin, Bird-scarer, Moggy, Shay and Bogeyman.



Madame Monarch


Paper Dancer


Paper Dancer unwinding

“The first and great commandment is: Don’t let them scare you.” ~Elmer Davis

18 comments:

Gaelyn said...

These are marvelous. No reason to be scared.

Teri C said...

I didn't realize they did that. Very cool!

Evelyn Howard said...

The first one is so pretty!

Lindy MacDuff said...

I love visiting Tucson Botanical Gardens. These are fantastic scarecrows, very creative and artistic. We could definitely use one or two in our yard when we overseed. Where IS that great horned owl when I need him?!LOL!

rainfield61 said...

I used to see scarecrow a long time ago, birds must be educated enough now, scarecrows are no more seen in the paddy fields.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

We have plenty of Scare crows at our place, mainly to guard our paddy field.

Icy BC said...

These are very unique scarecrows, and fantastic photos, Diane!

Cher said...

colourful scarecrows! my lil' girl loves it!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some really beautiful and lovely shots !! Loved the beauty !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Salitype said...

those are some groovey scarecrows! love the monochrome shot!

Loree said...

Wow gorgeous. How creative! I love the first one.

SquirrelQueen said...

These are wonderful, how creative. The first one is my favorite.

Lance said...

That first scarecrow is so colorful!! Awesome!

Arasu said...

The last one looks like a rock man. Colorful and different types scarecrows looks fascinating.

Pacey said...

I won't be scared am sure,those are pretty colors of the scarecrow. Hihihi...

jeannette stgermain said...

Interesting scarecrows - very creatively done! Didn't know half of those names for 'em, Diane!

Jen said...

Great scarecrows! We enjoyed our visit to the Gardens this spring and I'm sure we'll go back.

Ebie said...

Thanks, Dianne for your nice comments on my PS work.