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World’s Largest Chili Pepper, Las Cruces, New Mexico

In order to exit the US Botanic Garden you had to walk through almost the entire conservatory, spread around which were more displays from the Season’s Greenings “Roadside Attractions” exhibit.

The World’s Largest Chili Pepper sits outside the Big Chile Inn in Las Cruces. It is 47 feet long and weighs 50,000 pounds and is made from concrete. Its purpose is to entice visitors to stay at the hotel. The world record for the largest actual chili pepper was earned by a cultivar developed in Las Cruces, called ‘Big Jim.’

Building materials: Giant Chili Pepper: driftwood root, ruscus leaves, cotton boll hull; Giant Chili Pepper Arrow Sign, red oak leaves, willow, driftwood, birch bark, bamboo, acorn caps, salal leaves, reed

Weaving kilims in Göreme, posted earlier.

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Dan Greenberg15-Dec-2017 06:57
I should drive down and take a picture of the real one. Very cool Helen. ~V~
Jeff Real15-Dec-2017 00:16
This is really neat, Helen!
Nice one!
Julie Oldfield14-Dec-2017 01:23
That’s great!
Graeme13-Dec-2017 23:07
Excellent clarity, Helen.V
Jim Coffman13-Dec-2017 21:35
That is pretty cool!! Can't imagine a 50,000 pound chili pepper..
larose forest photos13-Dec-2017 21:31
It is amazing to see the miniaturized versions of some of the giant roadside attractions. Nice, sharp shot. V
Raymond13-Dec-2017 21:26
I don't understand the purpose of enticing people to stay in an hotel! I can't connect the dots 'ween chili and hotel! Oh well
Ika Zinka Eferl13-Dec-2017 21:00
Very nice capture with good composition and color. V