As the leaves turn and colder nights draw in, let us journey to a mysterious country that holds an even more mysterious glowing orange pit. Halloween is upon us, so could we be looking on a newly-opened gateway to the demonic realms? Well no, but I doubt that I need to tell you that.
Your more prosaic geological instincts might point out a superficial resemblence to some kind of volcanic vent, and they’d be right – especially about the superficial part. Behold the volcanic pumpkin!
Yes, this is my attempt to give our doorstep this weekend a somewhat geological flavour. I must confess that I find it rather puzzling that a country that wrings its hands over the demonic influences in Harry Potter* throws itself so enthusiastically into this stuff – I’ve been walking past gardens decorated with pumpkins, skeletons, and gravestones for at least the past week. But I have been getting into the spirit of the thing by trying my unpracticed hand at pumpkin carving, and the caldera-like glow emanating from the top of my first effort, pictured below, gave me the idea.
I was considering something considerably more nerdy for the Accretionary Wedge geo-pumpkin challenge, but the magma pumpkin generates a faint air of menance that is possibly more in the spirit of the season.
*which, if you ask me, not so much misses the point as misses the solar system.