So my two pumpkins are sitting on the stoop and I think, “Well, that’s a good seasonal photo, but really, what’s new about it?”
Then I realize that the shape and texture of the stem is what’s possibly of interest, looking a bit like a sawed-off tree trunk, in green and silver, set against that deep vibrant orange. So there it is.
We always ask ourselves how long to keep the pumpkins. Will they rot and then stain the concrete? Will they moosh and attract bugs? So my answer is to dispose of them on the trash day preceding Thanksgiving.
The stem is still cool.