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Twitter Scarecrows & Really Big Feet!

October 12, 2009
Twitter Scarecrows-Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Twitter Scarecrows-Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Caitlin visited Birmingham, AL (not far from home) this weekend with her Uncle, Aunt, and Baby M.  She wanted to take all of you along on her journey to see Aldridge Botanical Gardens and Vulcan Statue.  Aldridge Botanical Gardens is featuring “Scarecrows in the Gardens” this month, an exhibit of 20 scarecrows created by local individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations.  My favorite was the Twitter Scarecrows who apparently have an app for scaring murders of crows!

Woody builds himself a family.

Woody builds himself a family.

What’s a lonely dude made of paint stirrers to do?  Build himself a family, of course.  Apparently Woody forgot, the kid comes after the mom.  (Or wood she?)  Woody is concerned with safety, protecting his pre-missing eyes with safety glasses, but sitting Woody Jr. near the saw blade?  How better to teach safety than being sawn asunder!  As we can see, Woody Sr. is busily making Woody Jr’s future prosthetic device.

ScareHer minus ScareHim Plus 3

ScareHer minus ScareHim Plus 3

The forgotten segment of society in early Health Education Classes:  ScarePeople.  Now society will bear the burden of providing for all the ScareChildren of the world.  Education is the key for these marginalized members of society, it’s the only way these children will see a better future for themselves.  Give to “Save the ScareChildren,” don’t turn your back on the plight of this discounted group of crop citizens.

Aldridge Botanical Gardens in Hoover, AL

Aldridge Botanical Gardens in Hoover, AL

Oh, there were also gardens in the Aldridge Botanical Gardens, go figure!  The plants are pretty, but not nearly as strange as ScarePeople.  And speaking of scary people or statues:  Vulcan the Iron Man on the summit of Red Mountain is a 56 foot statue of the Roman God of Fire (or the God of the Forge, as in–iron being forged).  Since Caitlin is considerably shorter in stature than the 56 foot Vulcan who is perched atop a pedestal of 120 feet of Alabama marble–she got the best shots of Vulcan possible on a rainy day with her camera phone.  (By the by, all of the pictures in this post are taken with a Blackberry Curve.)

Vulcan Defiance Atop Red Mountain

Vulcan Defiance Atop Red Mountain

You know what they say about Iron Men’s feet?  Me either, but I’d say Vulcan’s are freakishly huge!  It’s all about proportion, and apparently they are proportionate to his behemoth frame!  Check out the fiberglass model of one of Vulcan’s feet:

Fiberglass model of Vulcan's foot.

Fiberglass model of Vulcan's foot.

Read all about the size of these puppies, and be very, very glad you do not have to buy shoes for Vulcan!  (Also be glad he doesn’t do a lot of walking around–that would be one uggggggly pair of people pounders!)

Vulcan - One Big Foot goes with another Big Foot

Vulcan - One Big Foot goes with another Big Foot

Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world!  Can you imagine the pancakes you could make on his arse?  It’s Alabama, it gets really hot here!  Vulcan is also the largest statue ever to be cast in the USA.  It’s a shame he’s not a storm shelter!  Vulcan was made for the 1937 St. Louis World’s Fair in less than 3 months!

St. Louis World's Fair Fashionistas

St. Louis World's Fair Fashionistas

The wind from placing Vulcan at the St. Louis World’s Fair appears to have nearly blown these poor children’s hats off their heads–otherwise known as “Big Hat Syndrome,” this preceded the debacle of the 80’s  “Big Hair Syndrome.”  One can only wonder why this woman dressed her children as a combination of Sweeney Todd, the Barber of Seville, and a croupier?

Let’s all give a big round of applause to Caitlin for taking us to Birmingham with her!  She’s quite the Bloomin’ Photog!  Crazy Aunt Bloom says, “Y’all come on down to Birmingham yourselves to take in all these weird and southern sights!  While yer here, drop on over to see us from Fruits of the Bloom, we’ll eat some pancakes, and we won’t talk about where the cast iron was that we used to cook ’em!”

xox,

Loren, Caitlin, & Crazy Aunt Bloom

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