"Though I appear a handsome man, I’m only stuffed with straw.
‘Tis difficult a man to plan without a single flaw.
Though you might think my lovely head - a store of lore contains,
The farmer lack of skill displayed and quite forgot my brains...."
~ Lyman Frank Baum
While shopping for craft supplies, I noticed this display of decorative scarecrows in front of the store. They were so colorful that I snapped a photo. In other parts of the country, scarecrows serve to scare away crows or blackbirds, but one never sees working scarecrows here in the desert, probably because we don't have many crows.
Nowadays, rather than scarecrows, farmers use shiny strips of aluminum or automatic noise generators to keep the birds away. The scarecrows have been relegated to an easier life, serving as a decorative symbol of fall.