Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Theme Day: Big

There is a phenomenon in Australia whereby a business holder will construct something big associated with that business (usually out of fibre-glass) and it will become something of a tourist attraction. Personally, I have visited the Big Lobster (Kingston, S.A.), the Big Banana (Coff's Harbour, NSW), the Big Cherries (Young, NSW), the Big Merino (Goulburn, NSW) and the Big Prawn (Ballina, NSW). I have also driven past the Big Shell, the Big Pumpkin, the Big Mower and the Big Pineapple all in Queensland but the novelty was wearing a bit thin by then so we kept driving.

Anyway. This is a picture of a big Cicada. It's much more understated than the other big things. Infact I think it would be insulted if it was associated with the "big" stuff; far too classy. It sits on an island in the middle of a busy busway looking pretty and - if you sneak up close and try not to get run over - you can actually hear it. It makes cicada noises!

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15 comments:

Andreea said...

I've read about this phenomenon in Bill Bryson's book. Nice picture.

nathalie in avignon said...

I visited the big banana in Coffs Harbour but I'd never heard of the Big cicada. I still don't quite understand why it's sitting there? Is it meant to be a piece of art ? Great choice for this theme day anyway.

Lachezar said...

I can't really quite make it, but its really big and a mighty good photograph! So a big cheers goes to you!

cara said...

Nathalie - I think this is meant to be a piece of art rather than "Big" something.

Lachezar - this round bit at the front is the head - with two big steel eyes with the little metal balls in them - and two wings to the back... hope this helps!

Sally said...

Looks intriguing - would ove to see a long shot of it too.

Ann said...

That's a new one for me. I'm with Sally, can't see a cidada in what you've shown, although I like the colours. I'm all for big things, have you visited the big turd (sorry potato) at Robertson?

Babooshka said...

Strange idea, but I like it. Great subjects for photographers too, like this. Really suits the theme.

Leif Hagen said...

It's truly BIG - I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it it besides BIG!

SjW said...

I only started subscribing to your blog last week but it's already making me miss Brisbane (something I thought I would never say).

I noticed this sculpture on my last visit there and and was really quite impressed at its simplicity and beauty. If I remember correctly its wings have a lovely rainbow effect in daylight, much like a real cicada - I'm sure there's a technical term for that but I can't remember.

This is a nice photo - I would love to see it for myself all lit up at night.

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Oh I see the cicada now -- but it is a lovely photo even if one doesn't know what it is! I'm not too sure about giant bugs, though :-)

TheRandomTraveler said...

I thought it was a Christmas ornament at first...

Turned out to be a great photo!

Jilly said...

That thing of the big pineapple etc is a copy of what they do in America I suppose. Pretty photo although hard to see it's a cicada. Beautiful colours and lights in the photo.

cara said...

SjW - that's funny - I feel the same way when I look at Ham's London Daily Photo... but then I look out at the weather and think...naaa!

Joan Elizabeth said...

My goodness, a beautiful 'big thing' for a change.

margihealing said...

We have a giant cicada?????
How did I not know this?

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