Car Wash Stork

This stork was a nice find. There is a car wash in Vincennes that has several Big Things, this stork is one of them. I don’t know what’s in the water in Southwest Indiana (besides Calcium from all the limestone) but whatever it is, they do like Big Things. This was a researched find but turned out better than expected as some of the best finds do.

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Car Wash Stork

Car Wash Bear

I don’t know what it is with the car washes in Southwestern Indiana. Maybe they are competing but there are a plethora of Big Things around car washes. Yogi here waves to all the passing motorists enticing them to come on in and leave with a clean car.

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Car Wash Bear

 

At The Jim Hipp Nursery

We were in Southwest Indiana on the way to New Harmony, an Intentional Community founded to wait for the Second Coming. A very serene and holy place – you need to go there! Just north in Haubstadt, at the junction of I-64 and US-41 is the Jim Hipp Nursery. Believe me, this a “Target Rich” environment. I am pictured here with the buffalo that greets visitors.

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Jim Hipp Buffalo

Jim Hipp’s Big Birds

Well at Jim Hipp’s there are so many wonderful Big Things I almost couldn’t figure out how to capture everything, so here’s a double eagle (wasn’t that a coin?) Pretty cool. And you know what? Jim Hipp lives on site. His house has a warning that it is off limits to visitors, he’s had strangers wander into his kitchen. Imagine that!

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Jim Hipp Eagle

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Jim Hipp Eagle

Jim Hipp Fish

From I-64 you can spot this fish (largemouth bass? let me know) if you know where to look. Thankfully for my friends on “RoadsideAmerica.com” I know where to look. Doesn’t everyone plan their trips around things that are larger than life?

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Jim Hipp Fish

Elephants at The Jim Hipp Nursery

I have an elephant below on this page that is on the Pendleton Pike here in the Indy area. Melinda told me about that Big Thing. She was an enthusiastic Big Dogger and gave me a Maritni elephant like the one below.  Was I surprised to find another here at The Jim Hipp Nursery along with a trio of his friends.

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Trio of Elephants

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Martini Elephant

Sorry Looking Bull

This was a nice find. Unexpected as some of the best finds are. I’ve lost my notes on this but as I recall it was in Mitchell, Indiana near Spring Mills State Park where we were planning to spend the night. This sad looking bull was abandoned out in front of a closed general merchandise store. I just realized that I neglected this poor bull as well with my lost details. How sad!

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Sorry Looking Bull

 

Chick fil a – About Time!

I’ve wanted this Inflatable for quite a while now. At times I’ve seen it up in front of one of the Chick fil a restaurants. Without a doubt I saw this inflatable and didn’t have a camera with me or my most favorite photographer. This time the planets were in alighnment and me, the inflatable and the photographer were all together. Hooray!

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Chick fil a Cow

 

Mentone, CA Chicken

I picked up the location of a Muffler Man from “Roadside America” and thanks to GPS we found him and more, this chicken for example. It wasn’t an easy trip but on the way we drove through orange orchards. It let me visualize what the LA area was like decades ago before all the development. At any rate it was near Mentone at the corner of Garnet Road and Mill Creek Road. If you go be sure to stop at the Greenspot store and get some of their “World Famous Jerkee (sic)”

Mentone, CA Chicken

Mentone, CA Chicken

 

Barn Burner Chicken

California for Christmas 2008 and still in pursuit of Big Things. After lunch at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena (you have to go there, what a classic place) we were driving South on Fair Oaks and passed the Barn Burner BBQ with this Big Chicken out front. A quick u-turn and the mini-van full of Hejls pulled into the parking lot to grab this image.

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Barnburner Chicken

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy here is a National Monument. I guess I didn’t treat her with the proper respect because as I was paying the bridge toll into Margate, NJ I asked the attendant where the “big elephant” was. He looked at me with derision.  I should have shown some more respect.

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Lucy the Elephant

 

 

MSP Goose

I was just up in Minneapolis and spotted this Big Thing which looks like a big Canadian Goose on Nicollet Mall. I think it was a Canadian Goose, it would have maybe been more authentic if there were a mess of cast goose droppings everywhere like in real life.

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MSP Goose

 

I-69 Chicken

So, we were on our way up to Michigan to see the Davidsons. As we passed an exit I spotted this large rooster in a little park outside a restaurant. We made a note of the exit number and stopped by on the way home. I can’t find the name of the restaurant right now and will update if I find my notes. It was a family style restaurant and would stop there to eat.

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I-69 Chicken

Baltimore Crab

Another image ‘found’ from 2005 during the website transfer.  Deb and I were in DC for Parents Weekend at Maryland.  The three of us drove up to Baltimore to meet Ben and Annie and visit the Baltimore Aquarium.  We had timed tickets and ran into a lot of traffic.  I somehow managed to drive through the tunnel without paying the toll.  Later I received a reminder from National Car Rental of the oversight (and also a charge of $35.00.)  After the aquarium we went to the Inner Harbor for a crab lunch at Phillips.  The Big Crabs were all over the city.

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Baltimore Crab

Seaside Heights Pepsi

We were off to an early start to capture some Big Things “Down the Shore” in Seaside Heights, NJ.  We spotted this unique guy(?) holding a pepsi can.  Of course we had to get this, but the attraction was not yet open.  Not to be deterred the Chief Photographer talked our way in and we were able to get this image.  A pretty good one-of-a kind.

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Seaside Heights Pepsi

Elk Rapids Swan

Oh boy, here was an unexpected treat. On the way to Charlevoix to get the Big Cherry Pie with the Davidsons (see Food and Drink) when fate struck and we got this Big Swan. Outside the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce building was this Swan (don’t call it a Goose! Right Meg?). It has a history going back to 1966 when it was built to carry Miss Elk Rapids in the Cherry Festival and Harbor Days parades.

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Big Swan

Detroit Tiger – Yeah!

We were at the Davidsons and were getting ready to go Up North when we spotted this inflatable out with a GTO show. Not exactly one of my best finds but I am addicted to Things Big and couldn’t pass up the shot. We blocked the parking lot at the Starbucks while getting the shot. I was humming a Jan & Dean tune.

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GTO Tiger

 

Detroit Tiger

My first trip to the new Comerica Park in Detroit and here were some Big Tigers and Baseball Bats. 2 hours before the game and there were all these people. I may have to come back in February (brrrr!) to get a photo without the fans. The Tigers lost to the Bronx Bombers 5-1 who had 5 hits and 5 home runs. I miss Tiger Stadium where you were so close to the field but I liked the rest of the new ballpark.

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Detroit Tiger

Patriotic Eagle

We were going to the airport to pick Julia up on July 3rd. In case you didn’t know, Indiana is fireworks state. You can buy all sorts of fireworks here. You just have to be careful since you cannot take the fireworks on the plane with you if you are leaving the state on a plane. You would be much better off driving your purchases out of state.

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Patriotic Eagle

For Crying Out Load

For Crying Out Loud is the title for this Field Art as we call it in Indiana. My best Birddog, Melynda told me about this Hippo a while ago but I didn’t get it until recently. It’s on a field belonging to a now retired auctioneer. We pulled into the muddy field and finally I found a reason for the 4-wheel drive on my Cherokee. I don’t know if this is larger than life but it’s pretty camp.

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For Crying Out Load