Rise-N-Shine Cafe Chicken

 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.

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Rise-N-Shine Cafe Chicken

Gringo Jones Chicken

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.

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Gringo Jones Chicken

St. Louis Butterfly

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.

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St. Louis Butterfly

Jungle Jim Snail

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.

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Jungle Jim Snail

 

Sugar and Spice Pig

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.

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Sugar and Spice Pig

 

State College Bull

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!

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State College Bull

 

National Pike Chicken

We were cruising down the National Pike (US-40) near Uniontown, pilule PA on the way to get a Muffler Man image when the Chief Photographer spotted this “Chicken on a Stick” outside Twin Oaks Home Care in Hopwood, salve PA.  Nice unplanned find.

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National Pike Chicken

Indy Zoo Butterflies

Ben, Annie and Nate were in town and a trip to the zoo was in order.  Just inside the entrance are these artful butterflies.  Naturally I had to grab an image with them.  The zoo has been upgraded and is quite a bit nicer than when we first moved here.

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Indy Zoo Butterflies

Santa Monica Scallop

It may be a stretch to put this in the Animal/Fish category but where would you put it?  We were in Santa Monica while visiting Julia and Dan who were living in Eagle Rock, an area in Los Angeles.  One day we visited Santa Monica, my how it has changed from my visits in the ’90’s.  Less local and more national chain stores.  Shouldn’t have been surprised but I was and disappointed for some reason.  Anyway we were walking along Ocean Avenue and ran across this Big Scallop sculpture.  I believe it was next to the Chez Jay restaurant.  Nice find.

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Santa Monica Scallop

Santa Barbara Seahorse

While visiting Julia and Dan in LA during Spring Break we took a drive up to Santa Barbara to do some wine tasting and enjoy the city.  While wandering about near the Visitors Center I spotted this Big Seahorse, the first one for me, and I’ve been at this for quite some time.

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Santa Barbara Seahorse

Santa Barbara Data Fish

Near by the Seahorse pictured just above we found this fish.  Actually it’s not just any fish, it’s a sculpture by Matthew McAvene named “The Data Fish.”  Too good to pass up.

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Santa Barbara Data Fish

State Fair Panda

This is another image from the Indianapolis State Fair which I described in the Food and Drink section. At any rate, there was a building that housed an animation display. This Big Panda was part of the display. The conditions weren’t the best so the image is not up to the usual standards. I think Jerry needed another ice cream fix.

State Fair Panda

State Fair Panda

Lighthouse Fish

The Lighthouse Tabernacle Church around the corner at 98th and Keystone has a fish fry during Lent. I don’t remember one in July, however it did provide an opportunity for a Big Picture. I spotted these Big Fish yesterday and had to roll by this morning on the way to the farmer’s market to make sure I got this image before the fish were gone.

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Lighthouse Tabernacle Fish

Rocky Top Pig

This is one great Big Pig! It was an unexpected treat to find him in front of Rocky Top Exchange on SR-46 in Spenser, Indiana. We had stopped to hike in McCormick’s State Park on our way to a short log cabin vacation in Brown county. As we were leaving the park I looked to the right and saw this big guy atop a hill across the road and made a quick change in direction. We didn’t see him on the way in since he was up high. Rocky Top sells all sorts of small wooden structures, from chicken coups, to play houses, to storage buildings. In addition to this pig they had a grizzly bear and gorilla but they didn’t seem bigger than life.

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Rocky Top Pig

Indiana Squirrel

We were hiking in Brown County State Park and stayed to have lunch at the Abe Martin Lodge. On the way to the dining room on the second floor we spotted this Big Squirrel.  I imagine I am not the first to have my photo taken with him, what do you think?

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Brown County Squirrel

4th of July Geiko

The 4th of July Festival in Carmel is a lot of fun and offers entertainment throughout the day following the end of the parade. There are multiple performance stages, food booths and vendor and information booths. This Big Gecko was outside the GEICO booth so naturally I had to grab a shot.  Notice the Red, White and Brew T-shirt.

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Carmel Geiko

Latitude 39 blow-up

Latitude 39 is a new Family Entertainment Center that recently opened near our house. It bills itself as a Premier Entertainment Center. They offer 70,000 sq. ft. of entertainment: a sports theater, luxury bowling, game room, lots of TV and dining. Sounds like an exciting place. Prior to opening they were looking for new hires to satisfy all their guests and used this inflatable dragon to catch their eye. The Chief Photographer spotted this guy and we were able to grab this image.

Latitude 13 Dragon

Latitude 13 Dragon

5th and Vine Fish

5th and Vine is “The Corner” in Cincinnati – Fountain Square on one corner, Tiffany’s on another, Brazillian Steak House and Morton’s on the third and then McCormick & Schmidt’s on the last. This Big Fish advertises M&S’s fish and steak menu. I’ve eaten at a few of their other locations and can attest that the experience is wonderful. We left Cincinnati late afternoon, way too early to have dinner, darn!

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5th & Vine Fish