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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  Life’s Little Instructions

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… The huge robot soldier at Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Supermoon; perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Yes, its that LL Bean shoe on wheels again… Huge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Big Art at Storm King Art Center: Alexander Calder Five Swords (red) and Buddha at Rest. In NYC: Giant Needle and Button on Fashion/7th Ave

The Robot soldier makes the trees around him look like shrubs; my kids were excited to see him at the Ghibli Museum in Japan… I was in awe too. For years, I’ve tried to capture the ever elusive Supermoon by camera. Like clockwork, I’d hear about the time and day, get my camera ready and take pretty lousy, fuzzy shots. I gave up a few times but always felt drawn in again; mesmerized by that glowing globe in the sky, beckoning me like a fortune teller’s Crystal ball and promising eternal bliss. Finally, this year, something clicked and I went from puny shots to … em, look at the moon shots above!  I love Installation art and there’s plenty to see near me. Storm King offers two above. 7th Avenue too. Dream big… More on the shoe below! 😉

“Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.”  Misty Gibbs

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… A NYC rat… 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Pretty big pumpkin.

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Yes, it’s Bart Simpson doing his thing at a superstore in Kyoto. I love Bart!

Nothing beats the presence of a New York City rat. I glimpsed one as I was heading to an appointment and took a shot… Hysterical.  As we approach Halloween and Thanksgiving season,  pumpkin farmers are laying out their prized goods and enticing us with colorful wares. The one above is pretty big but not quite the size of those prize winning fair competitors… I love the color. If you love The Simpsons, I need not say more. Hereeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s Bart! More below!

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”  Brian Tracy

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… Yes, its that LL Bean shoe on wheels again… Huge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… The Big Chess game set… Checkmate!

Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG… A giant purple hibiscus for you! TY! 🙂

On another blogger’s post, I’d written that big is relative… true. Mine are big but it all depends on how we look at the word. 😉 On the way to Boston, a mighty shoe chased us down the highway (just kidding!). I couldn’t believe my eyes… It reminded me of that old nursery rhyme about the old lady who lived in a shoe. 😆 Near my home, there is a gorgeous castle/hotel and in the backyard they have a huge chess set… I have not tried to lift the pieces yet, so no guarantees you won’t need back surgery afterwards.  When I visited the Bronx Botanical garden, I saw a few colorful giant hibiscus flowers but none like my purple angel. We planted the hibiscus tree 17 years ago and the flowers are beautiful… Happy weekend to you. I’ll be by to check out your contribution and cheer you on soon.

Thank you for stopping by. What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on BIG to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs… I’m halfway there. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I will list some when Zemanta offers them up! I added a few from WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – BIG – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG. BIG. It’s larger than life, it’s unexpected, it’s the protagonist in a scene. It’s big. It often helps to have some normal object as part of the scene so people can understand the scale, as I did in this picture of a GIANT mortadella in the grocery store. It must have been 10 feet long. Share a picture which means BIG to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: BIG = Basking In Grace… Stay Bold. Bright. Beautiful in all you do! 😎

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

111 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/10/2012 2:36 am

    What a shoe… ‘hahaha’

    • 13/10/2012 3:42 am

      TY! Who knew the shoe would be a hit… Might move it or add one to the front page… TY! 🙂

  2. 13/10/2012 2:36 am

    Cool pictures! And there is a Ghibli musuem??? Fantastic!

    • 13/10/2012 3:41 am

      Yes, there is a Ghibli museum in Mitaka outside Tokyo. It was a memorable experience for us; especially for my kids 😉

  3. 13/10/2012 3:26 am

    The photo of the shoe-car is priceless! 🙂

    • 13/10/2012 3:40 am

      TY! I’m glad you like it… Maybe I should change the position and bring it up front! 🙂

  4. 13/10/2012 3:39 am

    Wonderful Big selections. The robot is great. Thanks for the pingback.


    • 13/10/2012 3:46 am

      TY for checking in Francine! Be blessed! 🙂

  5. 13/10/2012 4:33 am

    wonderful post, you got me thinking and here are a couple for you!
    The Angel of the North, Stonehenge and Sir Winston Churchill

    • 13/10/2012 8:17 pm

      TY for the recommendation Willowdot! I had to discard the links because they were not going anywhere. 🙂

  6. 13/10/2012 4:39 am

    LL Bean shoe on wheels, wow! Love your selections. 🙂

  7. 13/10/2012 4:49 am

    All were just super!…Great choices…I bet you didn’t
    reallize how many “BIG” things you had encountered…

    • 13/10/2012 11:23 pm

      I didn’t Marilyn and was quite surprised when I started digging in my photo-files. I’m glad that I have these shots. What I’ve been doing is taking random photos of things that catch my attention… because we never know! TY! 😉

  8. 13/10/2012 5:05 am

    I love the big shoe photo and of course the supermoon – great shot!

    • 13/10/2012 11:24 pm

      TY! The shoe seems to be a winner. I enjoyed this challenge too. 😉

  9. 13/10/2012 5:08 am

    Would like to see that robot in Japan–wow! And who doesn’t love the LLBean shoe? I thought this a rather tough assignment.

    • 13/10/2012 11:27 pm

      You know, when I saw the assignment, I was also thinking where I was going to find big things… When I take pictures, i don’t have those thoughts and take it because of other reasons like capturing a moment… So, I’m learning a lot with the photo challenge. Once I start looking at my photos, stuff jumps out and I’m always nicely surprised… TY! 🙂

  10. 13/10/2012 5:16 am

    My favourite has to be the LL BEanshoe on wheels! How Bizare 🙂

    • 13/10/2012 11:29 pm

      Glad you liked it PiP! I was tickled when I turned my head and saw this unusual car on the highway. Thankfully, I wasn’t driving so I could actually take half decent shots. 😉

  11. 13/10/2012 5:16 am

    The rat is hilarious! thanks for the pingback!

    • 13/10/2012 11:29 pm

      I love that rat too… It speaks to me on many levels. TY! 😉

  12. 13/10/2012 5:57 am

    How can you live near that chess set and not have played with it ?!?! Although I guess you’d need a bit crane 🙂
    Love that moon.
    Great post.

    • 13/10/2012 11:30 pm

      I’ve touched it and looked at it but not to lift… I value my back! 😆

  13. 13/10/2012 6:36 am

    Wonderful entry Elizabeth! Hope you are doing well! As always I am enjoying your inspirational posts!

    • 13/10/2012 11:31 pm

      TY! I am enjoying your posts too… Hope your little one is doing better? Love to you and yours! 🙂

      • thirdeyemom permalink
        14/10/2012 6:55 am

        Thanks Eliz! You are such an amazing writer! Wow, every time I read your work I’m in awe. Now my daughter is sick but oh well. We are headed to Chicago for the week to see family and friends. We used to live there before we got married and I love the city. Hoping the kids get a bit better! 🙂

      • eof737 permalink*
        14/10/2012 6:58 am

        Hope the kids get better too. It is the season and we are dealing with our share of colds too. I hear you!
        Have a wonderful time in Chicago. It is one of my Favorited cities in the US. 🙂

      • thirdeyemom permalink
        14/10/2012 7:36 am

        Thanks Eliz! Isn’t Chicago wonderful? I’m so excited to go back and show the kids where we lived and got married! 🙂

      • eof737 permalink*
        14/10/2012 7:38 am

        It is a wonderful city and so tourist friendly.. Now if they could send those chilly winds elsewhere… life would be grand. 😉

  14. Veronica Roth permalink
    13/10/2012 7:35 am

    All the photos are nicely big. Well done Elizabeth. Now I want a shoe car too! 🙂

    • 13/10/2012 11:32 pm

      Haha ha Veronica! I’m sure it can be arranged… 😆

  15. 13/10/2012 7:40 am

    Ohhhh, love your BIG post, especially the BIG chess set and really love this quote:
    “Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait.” Misty Gibbs
    Do you mind if I put it over in my wisdom words page?
    To answer one of your questions, my ‘big’ was a big mummy…haha.
    Do they actually use the chess set or is it a art piece?
    Thanks!! 🙂

    • 13/10/2012 11:33 pm

      The chess set is a decorative art set in the gardens at the castle…. Use the quote joyfully. Will be checking your out soon. 😉

  16. 13/10/2012 7:49 am

    I think I’ve seen rats that big in NYC too. The shoe is a riot!

    • 13/10/2012 11:34 pm

      I’d say… they are all over the subway tracks and then there is the human kind too. 😆

  17. 13/10/2012 8:36 am

    What a great entry. So many wonderful photos of BIG things and nice narative too!.

    • 13/10/2012 11:35 pm

      TY Deborah! I am nicely surprised on this one… who knew! 🙂

  18. 13/10/2012 10:22 am

    Huge and fun – can’t say I’m over keen on the rat though 😉

    • 13/10/2012 11:35 pm

      TY! I can understand your aversion to the rat… It’s fine Gilly! 😆

  19. 13/10/2012 10:48 am

    I wish I could get round to doing the photo challenge. Your photos are as usual amazing! And big…huge, indeed! Best wishes…

    • 13/10/2012 11:36 pm

      Welcoem back Petchary! looking forward to your next post. You should try it… You don’t need to be a professional 😉

      • 14/10/2012 9:18 am

        I am going to try and post today!! After a much longer absence than I had planned (five weeks in the UK)… Yes, I should try it! You are right!

  20. 13/10/2012 10:52 am

    The shoe is definitely the best of all 😀

    • 13/10/2012 11:37 pm

      You are not alone on that vote and I am nicely surprised by that. Glad you like it Tapish! TY! 🙂

      • Tapish Gupta permalink
        14/10/2012 2:53 am

        Yeah I did go thru the other comments after posting mine, so got to know 😛

      • eof737 permalink*
        14/10/2012 3:25 am

        Got it… TY! 🙂

  21. 13/10/2012 11:35 am

    How crazy is that big shoe!?! Too funny that it was chasing you down the highway. I love all the big stuff that is tourist attractions. I once saw the big Oscar Mayer Hot dog car. Always great for entertainment.

    • 13/10/2012 11:38 pm

      😆 Angelia, I was joking… It felt like the perfect funny outcome to an unusual encounter… TY! 🙂

  22. 13/10/2012 11:45 am

    They are indeed all big but I specially like the shoe. LOL

    • 13/10/2012 11:39 pm

      TY Bebs1! You and several other blog friends here have picked it… Hurray for the LLBean shoe. 😉

  23. 13/10/2012 1:24 pm

    These are all fabulous – I just love the shoe car! 😉

    • 13/10/2012 11:39 pm

      TY and it did make me smile; even as I looked on in shock! 🙂

  24. 13/10/2012 3:45 pm

    Outstanding photo!

  25. 13/10/2012 6:10 pm

    Great photo of the moon. I had not heard of the Supermoon, I’ll have to read more about that!

    • 13/10/2012 11:41 pm

      Oh yes, do read up… I added links to Wikipedia on the post… I’d never heard of the term until recently too. TY! 🙂

  26. 13/10/2012 6:55 pm

    So what is the shoe for exactly ?? I love that rat as well…so cute but oh so big

    • 13/10/2012 7:09 pm

      Hi Jo, it’s a moving Advertisement for LL Bean lug boots. Moving Ads are quite popular here; a popular one that many people see a lot is the Nathan’s hotdog car. I love the rat as it makes me laugh…it is spot on for the way NYC folk dash around chasing the rat race. 🙂

  27. 13/10/2012 10:37 pm

    Thanks for the ping back too!!! 🙂

  28. 14/10/2012 12:40 am

    Your photos bring me back to my time in NYC during September/October last year – especially the Giant Needle. The hotel I was staying at meant I would walk past it each time I walked to Times Square. 🙂

    • eof737 permalink*
      14/10/2012 12:44 am

      That is wonderful… I love when that happens… Seeing reminders from places I’ve just visited. TY! Happy weekend! 🙂

  29. 14/10/2012 2:18 am

    Excellent post for this week theme big my friend 🙂

    • 14/10/2012 2:21 am

      TY Jake and have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

  30. 14/10/2012 5:43 am

    I’ve been perusing your site, catching up on what you’ve been thinking about. I don’t know how you do it–substantive, thought provoking posts every day. You are a gift to the blogging world. Thank you.

    The H. Jackson Brown, Jr. quote at the beginning of this post is excellent! Great photos, too (although that big rat looks rather ominous 😉 )

    • 14/10/2012 7:13 am

      You are too kind Cecelia! TY for stopping by as I know you’ve been quite busy too. I’ve been dealing with some challenges but I’m grateful for the grace and good in my life; I thank God and all who continue to be a blessing in my life. 🙂
      Yes, the quote resonated and the rat made me laugh… We need both these days, right? 😆

  31. 14/10/2012 7:59 am

    Wow! Ghibli museum!! I didn’t even knew about it’s existence!

    • 14/10/2012 11:40 am

      TY CG! Yes, there is a Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, I believe it’s in a suburb of Tokyo and Hayao Miyazaki designed it. My kids are huge anime and manga fans and into the Comic Con stuff too. 🙂

  32. 14/10/2012 8:01 am

    This is really big, no doubt! 🙂 or should I have said; these?

    • 14/10/2012 10:24 am

      No worries TC! TY for checking out my post. 🙂 Glad to connect.

  33. 14/10/2012 10:22 am

    These are out of this world! I’m gonna have a problem with my entry. Bloggers have been publishing grand photos. Your collection is up there as one of the top bests so far.

    • 14/10/2012 10:26 am

      Don’t worry about it… You have great photos in your files and I’m sure you’ll find something. I thought I had nothing until I started looking too. TY! 🙂

  34. 14/10/2012 12:41 pm

    Love the shoe!

  35. 14/10/2012 1:16 pm

    That’s really interesting and big. Of course, I know the first one. 🙂

  36. 14/10/2012 5:42 pm

    I enjoyed your selection of images, especially the chess set. Could I be Alice in Wonderland there? When I think of big, I think of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I’ve read most of the translations. BIG would be for me to learn Russian one day and read the original 🙂 BIG cheers to a future goal!

    • 14/10/2012 8:27 pm

      Go for it! When I was in Grad School I took a language immersion research course and part of what they did was immerse us in Russian and Hindi for a week each and test our recall. It was quite impressive and I found I loved both languages… 🙂

  37. 14/10/2012 7:50 pm

    eof, what a fun response you put together! ~ Kat

    • 14/10/2012 8:27 pm

      TY Kat and I will be by to check out what you are doing too. 🙂

  38. 14/10/2012 8:28 pm

    Awesome images with inspiring thoughts that motivates us to not only dream but dream big!!!

    • 14/10/2012 8:39 pm

      TY IT! Glad to see you again. This was a fun exercise. and I look forward to seeing yours once it’s up. 🙂

  39. 14/10/2012 9:06 pm

    Wow! Your personal collections of these BIG object photos are really very special. Love them! Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for stopping by my post.

    • 16/10/2012 11:30 am

      I was glad to find them too… 🙂 TY for taking the time to visit and leave me a comment. I appreciate it. 😉

  40. 15/10/2012 3:16 am

    they are really big 🙂

  41. 15/10/2012 8:43 am

    usually I’m more fascinated by things, which are small, so small that you always are able to carry it in your pocket: like a little notebook, a talisman etc. – do you have a tiny talisman?

    • 16/10/2012 12:20 pm

      I liked your take on the challenge. No talisman for me Frizz… and you? 🙂

  42. 15/10/2012 8:45 am

    These are fabulous pics for the challenge, Elizabeth. Hard to beat, I would think. 🙂

    • 16/10/2012 12:21 pm

      TY Adin! There were lots of amazing contributions out there and each offered a unique perspective. 🙂

  43. 15/10/2012 4:44 pm

    Great examples…I never tire of the boot on wheels!

    • 16/10/2012 12:24 pm

      Neither do I. I’m nicely surprised so many loved it. TY! 😉

  44. 15/10/2012 11:15 pm

    love the boot car thing.

    • 16/10/2012 12:47 pm

      Yes TY Miriam! It sure was a funny one and a hit with others too. 😉

  45. 16/10/2012 2:09 pm

    That LL Bean shoe on wheels is hilarious! Great examples of BIG!

    • 16/10/2012 2:11 pm

      TY and it has been quite the hit. I bet LL Bean will be proud! 🙂

  46. 17/10/2012 3:09 am

    Wouldn’t it be beautiful if everyday we all think, breathe and live with this thoughts, ““Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” A priceless life lesson my friend. Thank you . I appreciate a lot the comment you shared with a greeting for my son’s B-day…truly generous and thoughtful. God bless you always. Exciting post with a big heart!

    • 20/10/2012 5:54 am

      True! It would be wonderful too if people would stop being so churlish and act big by being generous with their blessings. TY! You’re the best!

  47. 03/11/2012 8:26 am

    May I borrow that beautiful quote about geometry of the heart? I’ll credit you for sure!
    So far, yours is my absolute favorite interpretation.
    Simply stunning in every way.

  48. 03/11/2012 8:27 am

    Sorry. I meant the quote from the Geometry post.


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