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Happy Halloween everybody! I thought this year I would do something to celebrate, so what do you think of my first ever, hand carved, Jack o Lantern? I was really pleased with my first attempt, what say you?

I carved this out pretty much one handed, as my arm has only just come out of plaster following an operation. I think next year something a little more adventurous when I have my ambidexterity back!

Pumpkin innards made a nice soup, and in the evening I took the lantern outside to do some photography experiments. The second photo was made with a single 5-second exposure: 4 seconds at 18mm then a fast zoom to 55mm for the final second. This had the effect of creating the strange eery light effect from the lantern.

Halloween is a date of astronomical interest as well. October 31st is a cross-quarter date, which is approximately midway between an equinox and a solstice. There are four cross-quarter dates throughout the year, and each is a holiday: Groundhog Day (US Only, Feb. 2nd), May Day (May 1st), Harvest Day (US Lammas, Aug. 1st), and Halloween (Oct. 31st).

In the old calendar, Halloween marks the start of Winter, so let's get ready for those cold frosty (clear) nights!

2 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!
  • 15th November 2007 at 12:00 am

    Absolutely love the site and pictures. The best LoneWolf yet. An awesome job. Thanks.

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  • 9th November 2007 at 12:00 am

    I had never heard of this cross-quarter date thing!
    Fascinating. Great Jack O' BTW.

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