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Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

One of the many American Giants - a Muffler Man located in Crystal Lake, Ilinois.

Now in short about Muffler Men. They are giant fiberglass sculptures used as "attention grabbers". Many of these figures were used to promote various roadside businesses and often would hold real merchandise, like full-sized car mufflers, which, as I understand, was the reason for the Muffler Men nickname.

The figures are usually 18–25 feet (5.5-7.6 meters) tall. Muffler Men were a popular roadside decoration in 60's and 70's mainly in the United States.

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August 05, 2017
Monotropa Uniflora

Monotropa Uniflora

This is Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, corpse plant, or Indian pipe. Sometimes people think that it is a mushroom that looks like a flower, but it is not a fungus. It is a parasitic plant that does not contain chlorophyll and does not need sunlight to generate energy. It lives off fungi and trees.

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July 10, 2016