Here's my addition to the challenge. I call Huntsville, AL my hometown these days and I really wanted to make something for the good old Rocket City. My main hobby is to paint eggs (which is appropriate considering how big the egg and poultry industry is in rural Alabama). I've traveled around a fair bit and in no other place have I seen pure rural imagery crashing into high technology like it does here. In Research Park, there are world class research centers with cotton fields for neighbors. Imagine denim-clad, Chevy truck-driving folks with thick Southern drawls talking about rocket systems and microchips over "pig sandwiches" at a bbq joint within "spitting distance" of NASA. I love this town!
Here's the finished piece:
Rockets - Huntsville is the original home of the US Space Program. The Saturn Rockets were developed here and several old rockets stand guard over the city from the US Space and Rocket Center.
Cotton - Even though Cummings Research Park is reportedly the second largest research park in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world, it is still interspersed with large fields where cotton is grown every year. Before the rockets, Huntsville made lots of cotton.
Here are some additional views of the Saturn Rockets and cotton fields:
Here are some "in progress" pics... You can see what a mess my desk is:
And finally, here are some pics that show some of what inspired me to make this ornament:
Cotton and Research -
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed the lovely dichotomy of my hometown as much as I do!