Giving Thanks

Doesn’t this photograph exude plenty, bounty, and overabundance?

Did you even know there were so many varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash?

I didn’t.

Every fall University of Tennessee Research Horticulturalist Jason Reeves and his talented team build a monument to the harvest season.  Created purely from the fruits of the field, it is both a symbol and a celebration of hard work, accomplishment and another year coming to a close.

The Pumpkin Harvest Display graces the grounds of the UT West Tennessee Research & Education Center.  More than five thousand pumpkins that are grown at the center for research purposes are converted to art as the studies are completed.

The Pumpkin Harvest Display is typically comprised of more than 70 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and winter squash.  It takes several days to complete the project. 2012’s display features a horse made of corn stalks, a bridge over a river of pumpkins, complete with “swans,” and a hidden “face of pumpkins” for visitors to find!

Although this spectacular display of celebration will end on Sunday, November 25, it’s bountiful image has touched remembrances of past family Thanksgivings.   With children home and extended family near, it was traditional to individually give thanks before the holiday meal.  As we gathered in the kitchen for prayer, each family member voiced at least one, “I’m thankful for.”

Now children grown with families of their own and hundreds of miles separating us, spending holidays as a family unit is mostly a fond memory.  However, this thanksgiving I would like to give thanks to my family publically in an unusual way.  (

My family is so very blessed, in ways we don’t perceive or even take for granted.  Giving my thanks to all family members…for who you are, for who you will become, for your contribution to this family now and in the future, and for your love.  To Him be the glory!

Come Thou Fount of every blessing

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the Mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of God’s unchanging love.

Note:  Additional pumpkin harvest images can be seen at Cheryl’s Digital Photography, under This N’ That.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.

December 1:  Hometown Christmas, part 1 (Corinth Christmas Celebrations)
December 8:  Hometown Christmas, part 2 (Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments)
December 15:  Hometown Christmas, part 3 (Winter Wonderland)
December 19:  Die Weihnachtskrippe (Christmas Nativity Scene)
December 22:  Die Weihnachskrippe  (Christmas Nativity Scene) in Algona, Iowa
December 30:  From one generation to another

About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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5 Responses to Giving Thanks

  1. henrymowry says:

    Great story, great photos. Thanks!

  2. Love this! And thank you for Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing…It’s the only song I can carry the tune to. And now I will happily be singing it the rest of the day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. moriahmm89 says:

    Beautiful Color in those photos! And I love your wordle! 🙂

    On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM, Corinth Rose

  4. Karen Jones says:

    Enjoyed the story and the colorful pictures. 🙂

  5. Sheryl says:

    The squash display is awesome. To me it shows plenty or bounty, but not overabundance. (It’s interesting how these words have similar meanings but very different connotations.)

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