- Rhoads Garden Chair January 29, 2017
- Tennessee Bird Dog January 18, 2017
- Outlet Ornament November 19, 2016
- Johnson’s Farm Glove October 10, 2016
- Willa’s 1st Big Thing Photo September 16, 2016
- Pearl Beer Bird Dog September 13, 2016
- Pennsylvania Midas Inflatable Hand August 6, 2016
- Reading Terminal Market Ice Cream Cone July 27, 2016
- Isabelle’s Kitchen Whisk June 18, 2016
- ACE Hardware Grill June 18, 2016
A Sunday after Christmas at the Philadelphia Zoo with Nate, Ben and Annie. The Chief Photographer grabbed this image in the primate house. This gorilla is made from corrugated cardboard, kind of like industrial papier-mâché.
Unexpected find close to my sister’s house in Missouri. Over breakfast on Thanksgiving Dave and Dale spoke about a giraffe nearby. Was it larger than life? Would it count? We piled into Bob’s new F-150, 4×4, with a crew cab and went in search. We found it on N. Geyer, a few blocks south of Clayton. It’s across from the Old Des Peres Church, one of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi. Dave and Bob, avid geo-cachers, immediately went back home and created a cache to place under the watchful of Geoffrey. The giraffe is actually sitting in front of a private home.
While we were in Grand Rapids visiting with our niece Erica, we stopped at the Meijer’s Gardens and Sculpture Park. A great place. We knew about this Big Horse. Here is what they say about this piece. “A monument to creativity, The American Horse was created by famed animaliere or animal sculptor, Nina Akamu. The work was inspired, in part, by a work created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan in the late 15th century.”
After breakfast with our niece Erica we headed into Grand Rapids to grab some Big Things images and have lunch at Founders Brewery. The first item on our agenda was this Big Loch Ness monster at the John Ball Zoological Garden on West Fulton Street.
On our way to Saugatuck for our Fall Break trip, purchase physician we stopped by the Sherman Dairy Bar in South Haven to grab this image of Blue Moo and Baby Moo located on top of the business. We had a big breakfast in Kokomo a couple hours earlier or I might have dropped in for a strawberry cone.
Gosh, there are so many of these Big Chickens scattered around the country I don’t know why there is not a web site dedicated to them. There’s several sites for Muffler Men, none for chickens. Maybe someone will create a Big Chicken Site.
After brunch in Tower Grove Park we couldn’t pass up the chance to shop at Gringo Jones, 4468 Shaw Blvd in St. Louis. If you are in the area this is a very interesting shop to visit. The place is crammed with items. Antiques in the basement, cement lawn statues, and much, much more. This chicken was on the curb out front.
Here is a butterfly we spotted on the way to Sunday brunch at Café Madeleine in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. A great park with a number of gazebos to rent for your party. The brunch was wonderful. Afterward we stopped at the Brightside garden at 4646 Shenandoah Ave. to get this photo. A nice pocket park sponsored by the Missouri DNR.
Ran across this Big Rubber Duck at the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market advertising the Rubber Duck race in the canal. This is the same canal the Colt’s Pro-Bowl punter, Pat McAfee jumped into late one night a few years ago. Caused quite a stir at the time.
Indianapolis Flower Show booth showing a larger than life (I hope) pest that can be found in your garden. The folks in the booth were very friendly and helpful.
No trip to Cincinnati, like the one we made for the Brain Tumor Walk, would be complete without a stop at Jungle Jim’s. I have a number of Big Things shot at Jungle Jim’s, however this time we spotted this Big Snail next door. Almost drove by since we wanted to get back home but stopped long enough to grab this image. Jungle Jim’s is unlike any grocery store you’ve been in, a must see.
We went down to Cincinnati to support a friend by walking in a Brain Tumor Walk. While we’ve been to Cincinnati before I’m always looking for new Big Things. I found this Big Pig on Roadside America. The pig stands out front of the Sugar and Spice Restaurant on Reading Road. I wish we would have been there for breakfast, it looks like my kind of place.
On our way out of State College, look PA after spending the night and having breakfast at Ye Old College Diner (leaving with Sticky Buns in hand of course) we took Business 322 to get on US-322. Right before we got there, we spotted this bull atop Kelly Steak and Seafood. A restaurant in Boalsburg, PA. Another nice find!