|A Scarecrow "Gourd-o-lantern" by Angie Ouellette-Tower|
I know that many Christians are offended by "Halloween" - and since today is Halloween I decided to talk about Scarecrows instead.
Over the years Scarecrows have become a Halloween decoration but they started as a practical pest repellant used by farmers. It's obvious by their name that the purpose of a Scarecrow was to keep birds away from farmer's crops. I always used to think that Scarecrows originated in North America but in my research I found out that they date back a couple thousand years. Japan, Egypt and Europe had their own versions of the modern day "Scarecrow."
My image of a scarecrow is of course from the "Wizard of Oz" - the brainless scarecrow might even have been a model for my "gourd-o-lantern" scarecrow.
Enjoy the pictures and enjoy your day.