Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.

Some of you may remember the image of this outstanding-in-its-field scarecrow that I posted last October. The good folks who created that scarecrow have outdone themselves this year!

The setting is about eight miles out of Silverton on the country road into Salem. At the intersection on one corner is an evangelical church that does not factor in the outdoor autumn decorating extravaganza. But on the other three corners and also a bit up one of the roadways these great scarecrows recently appeared.

I made a special drive last Saturday to get these shots because rain is expected at the end of this week....... a sad weather prediction for a glorious scarecrow here for only a flash of time and just looking for a little love and admiration.

Scarecrow: Pardon me, this way is a very nice way.
Dorothy: Who said that?
[Toto barks at scarecrow]
Dorothy: Don't be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don't talk.

Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
~Thomas Huxley

“That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
 ~Lyman Frank Baum quote



Anonymous said...

O fabulous! We once had a decorate your scarecrow competition in the village - it was great fun, the winner was one dressed as an Hula girl!

Fireblossom said...

It is illegal scarecrows like that one who are taking jobs away from American scarecrows! + harrumph harrumph


I love scarecrows!

Citizen of Earth said...

Rain or shine
These fields are mine
To watch over
To care for
While I have the time
I come to know
Each and every crow
As the fallow fields
Await the snow

Good to see you again - Love the pics...

susan said...

It's always a delight to see art in surprising settings. These are wonderful scarecrows and I'm glad you took the time to get good photos before they disappeared in wind and rain.

Snowbrush said...

I have no idea what some of them are supposed to be protecting, but they look awfully cute.

Indigo said...

Love these. When my daughter was little we used to visit a pumpkin farm that used to set the pumpkins up in fairytale scenes, Hanzel and Gretal, The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, etc. You could spend an hour or better just taking in the different scenes. (Hugs)Indigo

Lydia said...

madamebutterfly~ I am trying to envision a hula scarecrow! There are so many possibilities for scarecrow costumes and that sounds like a great one. :)

Fireblossom~ he he... He was a grand scarecrow, eh?

Citizen of Earth~ Have missed you, and that is in part due to my lack of regular visits to your blog also. It is always a fine occasion to have a comment from you.

susan~ Interesting you would mention "wind" because the weather report tonight mentions that as being in the mix of this weekend's stormy days. Poor scarecrows!

Snowbrush~ Yeah, the Mary Poppins one is actually in a grassy triangle that has sheep in it sometimes. And the field is barren right now. But the kingly one is definitely protecting a small vineyard. And they are all cute, I agree. (Thank you for following my blog!)

Indigo~ How enchanting that must have been to see fairytale scenes full of pumpkin characters. Great idea...and I can tell great memories, too. :)

Rachel Fox said...

There is an annual scarecrow competition in our village in Scotland. Always a great range of scarecrow disguises!

Brian Miller said...

nice digging the he a good king? the mexican on the tractor is a little more my speed though...smiles.

Lydia said...

Rachel Fox~ I love the word "village"! Madamebutterfly used it in her comments, too. The competition sounds wonderful. It doesn't happen around here and I wish it would. These scarecrows are labors of love and could win a ribbon or two!

Brian Miller~ Oh, I think he is a very good king and a big fan of Willamette Valley Fruit Co. I am inclined to believe (they sell marvelous frozen pies). The mexican on the tractor is stupendous and a real surprise as a bonus scarecrow down the road a piece from the group (he really is outstanding in his field).

secret, fragile skies said...

Wonderful scarecrows! Thank you.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Can we say 'beautiful scarecrows'?

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

earlier in the summer i drove through a small village outside Stratford-upon-Avon and they had put up a couple of figures in odd locations - like a model of a woman cleaning a step and another of a showjumper taking a horse over someone's fence - sadly i wasn't able to stop and take pictures: but these are great fun also

Lydia said...

secret, fragile skies~ They are wonderful and I feel so sad that this weekend a major rainstorm is coming. Ah well, we loved them well...

Phivos~ Absolutely, yes, beautiful scarecrows!

Pixies~ There is "village" mentioned again...magical-sounding to me! The figures must have been marvelous and I sure wish you had captured them with your excellent photographic eye. :)

Owen said...

Quite a collection of pumpkinheads ! Love the Baum quote... still have all of the Oz books that he wrote on my shelves, and wish I had early editions with color plates of the entire collection, both his and Ruth Plumly Thompson's continuation of the series. The books were lovely to behold...

Lydia said...

Owen~ Wow, you have all of the Oz books...that is wonderful! I am not aware of Ruth Plumly Thompson so once again you will be sending me on a research expedition. While at it I will see if there are photos of those color plates in the early editions.

kathew said...

ok- I must now go to Luscher Farm and take pics of the scarecrows there! Love your pics....mine will be a bit blustery and damp from last nights storm!

Lydia said...

Fun! I will come look...and read. :)

the watercats said...

I'm loving the mexican! and the frosty fields.. ;-)

Freda said...

What wonderful scarecrows and quotes...... Every Blessing

Lydia said...

the watercats~ That one really is full of atmosphere, I agree!

Freda~ Thank you! I hope they brought a smile into what was already a good day. :)



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