Full Circle Crab Company

On our way out of Columbia, NC, after we captured the image at the Vineyards on the Scuppernong, what should we find?  Another unexpected Big Thing, this time a Very Large Shrimp (can there be such a thing?)  This was a nicely handcrafted metal shrimp in front of the Full Circle Crab Company.  They look like they wholesale various types of seafood from this location on Elm Street in Mantes, NC.

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Full Circle Crab Company

Myrtle Beach Toad

This toad is in front of Pacific Superstore along US-17 in Myrtle Beach.  Again, I don’t understand, why stores have something in front that don’t relate to the concept of the store.  If you are selling beachwear, why is there a toad in front of the store? Not to mention it is on the east coast.  Why not Atlantic Superstore?  Go figure!

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Myrtle Beach Toad

Tea Plantation Frog

While at the Charleston Tea Plantation I noticed this frog which seemed to be a sibling to the frog at our hotel in Charleston.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a teacup for my hand but I did the best I could.  Later I found another smaller frog in a shop and was told it and others were created by a local artist.  Maybe his name was Kermit, or maybe not.

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Tea Plantation Frog

Roanoke Dog

On our way to find a Big Comb in Roanoke, VA we passed by this Big Dog standing in front of the Roanoke Fire-EMS Station #7 at the corner of Denniston & Memorial Ave.  The comb was not to be found but we stopped at the fire station to get this big dog.  It’s a one of a kind and obviously hand made.

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Roanoke Dog

Des Peres Giraffe

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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.

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Des Peres Giraffe

Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park Horse

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.”

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Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park Horse

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

 

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

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

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