Today's Wonder of the World is...Gourds!
Flickr photo by lucycarol
Did you know that gourds are the oldest plant domesticated by humans?
(That's using the old gourd, ancient people!)
Flickr photo by waugarman
If that's you in that photo, don't be offended. I'm not calling you a cave person.
With those gourd heads, you look more like weasels. At least to me you do.
Gourds make excellent masks. And bowls and ladles and musical instruments.
They're lovely just as they are. No wonder people often call them nature's pottery.
See what I mean?
Flickr photo by Green Wellies
Wouldn't that make a beautiful vase? It looks like a pear to me.
And these, like a pair of loving geese.
Flickr photo by N.Charneco
Of course if you like, you can turn them into art, like someone did in Mexico.
Flickr photo by Teyacapan
And someone else in Peru.
Flickr photo by Sakanta Running Wolf
And you won't believe these beaded gourds, here.
Or just add a hole and hang them up. The birds will thank you!
Flickr photo by kazootus
That's using your gourd!
Know who uses her gourd better than anyone?
Flickr photo by Doxieone
The Gourd Lady of course!
Hope over here, and watch Sparky on the Jay Leno show! If you're short on time, Jay pops up around the 2:30 mark.
Have a gourdgeous, wonder-full Tuesday, everybody!
(Sorry. I couldn't resist the pun. The pun, after all, is mightier than the gourd.)
I'll stop now.