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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

A Start to the Hunt with a Large Caterpillar

One thing that I have learnt over the last couple years is that when looking for items for the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt they don't always turn up quite as you expect. No.11 on the list is Fresh Produce. Now my vision for this was some before and after photos of the vegetable garden and I may well still do that but in the meantime I have been distracted.
 The distraction happened in the flower tent at The Royal Cornwall Show. I always like to visit this early on in the morning before it gets too crowded. Husband usually comes along but is usually finished after a few minutes and is hovering in anticipation of the chance to move on to a bit of farm machinery. This time however he was busy listening to a speaker on alternative pest control with suggestions such as a piece of cucumber in an aluminium can to keep slugs off (gives off a nasty gas apparently). This gave me plenty of time to look round.
 One farm shop had a very spectacular display with an abundance of fresh produce.

So out came the camera for a few colourful shots.

Feeling peckish yet? Reach out and help yourself but be prepared to have your fingers slapped!

I then stepped back to have a look at the whole display and realised that it was a tableau of a very popular young children's story. Anyone who has not read Eric Carle's "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" should pop out now and get themselves a copy. It is a delightful book and was portrayed here in the most brilliant way. The giant caterpillar was made up from the fruit and vegetables.

Take a moment to read the notice on the back of the scarecrow.

The whole body stretches the length of the stand.

The caterpillar's journey through a veritable feast is depicted in flowers.

Building up to his transformation into a cocoon.

Then of course into a beautiful butterfly.

My photos are taken to dodge the people and hardly give it justice. They certainly deserved their gold medal.


  1. That is an amazing display - really beautifully portrayed!

  2. That is an amazing display - good start with the fresh fruit & veg photos.

  3. Brilliantissimo! Must have taken ages to put together.

  4. What an amazing display! (I see that I'm not the first to day that!)