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, health Annie and Nate were in town, when this happens a trip to the zoo is 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

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, health 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, rx 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, seek 000 sq. ft. of entertainment: a sports theater, ask luxury bowling, unhealthy 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

Matt’s Wedding Poodle

We were in Baltimore for Matt and Erin’s wedding. This gave us the rationale to spend the prior week at the Maryland Shore. A week well spent, Sun, Surf and Seafood. The wedding was at the Old Otterbein Church downtown with the reception at the American Visionary Art Museum. What a great place for a reception. This poodle was on the ground floor. This is a mixed marriage, Erin is a Redskins fan while Matt roots for the Eagles. Dan almost started a riot by referring to this arch rivarly in his Best Man’s toast. I thought he looked familiar, I have a photo of him at the Baltimore Visitors Center, you can see it below.

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Matt’s Wedding Poodle

MD Shore Monkey

Ah, the Shore. In this case the Maryland shore at Ocean City. As a veteran of Ocean City, New Jersey it was good to make a comparison. Lot more high rises, probably since they draw a lot more people here from Baltimore and Washington, DC. As expected the minature golf courses and small amusement parks cry out for Big Things. In this case it was a tilt-a-whirl type ride on the OC boardwalk at Jolly Roger on the Boardwalk. If you’re daring try the “slingshot ride!”

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Boardwalk Monkey

Adventure Golf Octopus

A little farther up the road we hit a jackpot with multiple Big Thing hits. It was early in the morning when we stopped at Adventure Golf. This octopus was guarding the second hole. Pretty scary, sure to throw you off your game. I got a little too close but thankfully was saved by the groundskeeper, the only person nearby at this time of day. I didn’t get his name but did leave him with one of my business cards. Hopefully he get in contact. What a lifesaver!

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Adventure Golf

Tennessee Dragon

Our last Big Animal on the Spring Break trip to the Smokies. Actually we noted this on the way down just south of Exit 134 along I-75. Take the exit in Caryville, TN go east about 100 yards and turn south on John McGhee Blvd, Rt. 116. John McGhee was the son of the railroad magnate Charles McClung McGhee active in railroad building in eastern Tennessee. Anyway, this dragon is south about 1/2 mile, just past the Motel 6 at the site that was once the Thunder Mountain Fireworks. We didn’t see any sign of Thunder Mountain except a concrete pad. Oh well, the dragon still looks pretty good, enjoy!

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Tennessee Dragon