Big Bird? Haven’t seen him, why?

photo taken March 2010 • title thanks to Chris P.

Holy moly your submissions were fantastic.
And the Sesame Street theme?
My hat is off to you.
It was really hard to choose a winner this week.

This photo is brought to you by the letter “C”: Chloe, Charlie, Calcium.
One, one big beautiful bone. ahahahahah (The Count)
A Bone, Coyote, Dog (ABCD)
“One of these things is not like the other…”
brought to you by the number 3
Sunny days, sweepin’ the clouds away/ On my way to where the air is clean/ Can you tell me how to get, how to get to… Charlie’s Treat! (Sesame Street Theme Song)
medium, large, and jumbone
Humerus Coyote
Dune of the Coyote
portion distortion
Inclined to Recline
The Bone Ranger and his trusty Sidekick
Wyoming Wormhole and the Woolly Boar
The Bone of Contentment
We’re busy.

one year ago: Bovine Benetton Ad
two years ago: Wary Of Sunshine

This picture brings to mind Sesame Street.  For some reason.  Something in Charlie’s expression, and oblivious little Chloe way up on the hill and the gigantic bleached-out bone in the foreground.  And the color of the sky.  And the clouds.  And the black angular shadows on the ground.  It’s either Sesame Street or a David Lynch movie.  Can you give a name to a picture like that?  I can’t, I have to write a paragraph, but I KNOW YOU CAN.

Leave your title, caption, or thought-bubble-commentary in the comment section of this post and you’ll be in the running to WIN!  Hurrah!  This weeks prize will be one Charlie Calendar (because I just found a box of them I didn’t know I had!  Get yours here, on super sale!) and a signed 5×7 print of this image (squeee!) OK, get to naming!!

199 Responses to “Big Bird? Haven’t seen him, why?”

  1. Sarah Says:

    La la la la! La la la la! Charlie’s World!

    Yes, I have a toddler. :-)

  2. terry Says:

    Bone in the foreground, Chloe in the background, Charlie thought it had the makings of a great music video.

  3. debra Says:

    fade to reddish-white

  4. Karyn Says:

    Can you find the hidden Eli in this picture?

  5. DiPhi Says:

    Oh, give me a b-o-o-o-o-o-ne,
    where the buffalo ro-o-o-o-o-a-m,
    and the deer and the antelope pla-a-a-a-a-ay!

  6. diphi Says:

    Now, that right there, girl, that right there is some red dirt, mmmhmmm.

  7. Kathleen Says:


  8. Tessa Says:

    Toeing the Line, Coyote Style.

  9. Alice Says:

    Charlie hopes that bone is not a hallucination after being out in the desert all day.

    Chloe just can’t bear to look when they stumble upon the remains of Snuffle-upagus.

  10. Rebecca Says:

    Bone ami
    Resting my bones
    Different shades of resting in peace

  11. moof Says:

    Chloe expresses disinterest in Charlie’s hangover. Charlie bemoans that last night’s excessive dancing to ‘Bad to the Bone’ may not have been a good idea.

  12. moof Says:

    Western Gothic

  13. Roxie Says:

    Homage to Magritte

    (I agree w/Julia, who beat me to it. Something about the clouds and tonal quality of the hues– quite special! )

  14. Roxie Says:

    Still Life with Rusted Box

    (That thing to the right, with the shadow in it; plus a reflection on how ‘still’ and ‘alive’ Charlie and Chloe are, in contrast to the mastadon(?) bone).

  15. Anna Says:

    Wyoming Tic-Tac-Toe

  16. Jia En Says:

    And the number of the day is… 3!

  17. Anonymous Says:

    “A Little Perspective”

  18. Lana Says:

    depth of field


    bone dry

  19. ilana Says:

    or one more

    “the dog days of summer are bone dry”

  20. Debi Says:

    Past, Present, Future..

    (Chloe is the future cause she is the youngest, Charlie is the present, the bone the past!)

  21. mlaiuppa Says:


  22. mlaiuppa Says:

    The Lovely Bone(s).

  23. Rhedrose Says:


  24. Rhedrose Says:

    The Layered Look

  25. Spencer Kaitlin Says:

    ‘The Hierarchy’ or ‘Chain of Command.”

  26. Jenny C Says:

    Around the Block

    Stark Relief

    Angel Angles

    “I’m your huckleberry”

    No Name, Wyoming

    Simple Complexity

  27. Kirby Says:

    Upscale all the way

  28. Rhedrose Says:


  29. Sally Says:

    Efemural Afternoon

  30. Michelle R Says:

    “A one, A two, A three! Ah, ah, ah, ah!!” (eg. Count von Count)

    “What cow? We didn’t see any cow.”

    “Me want femur!!!” (eg. Cookie Monster’s, “Me want cookie!”)

    Charlie and the Composing Femur.

    Bone et ami

    So many ideas today! :)

  31. Nicole Says:

    In the spirit of Grover in Sesame Street:
    “Near….. Far!”

  32. Kris Says:

    “The Evolution of Dog”.

  33. Darci Says:

    Who dat? … Don’t you be lookin’ at my bone …

  34. Barbie Says:

    “I can’t believe we ate the whole thing”

  35. Evan Says:

    Moon Doggies and a Bone

  36. Jen Bowen Says:

    “They had three in the family…and that’s a magic number!”

    Your Sesame Street comment suddenly sparked a Schoolhouse Rock revival in me. ;-)

  37. Cristina S Says:


  38. Adrienne Says:

    Ever read Shel Silversteins “Lazy Jane” poem? Here’s some blatant plagerism:

    Wanted a bite of bone
    So he laid on his side
    And looked like a rock
    And waited
    and waited
    and waited
    and waited
    and waited
    For the shadow to move

  39. Adrienne Says:

    OR a la Sesame Street:

    “H” is for Hungry

  40. Mel Says:

    The Persistence of Memory

    Shadows across the land, my clan

    Riders on the Storm

  41. Barbara in California Says:

    B-b-bad to the bone.

    — or —

    Bone tired in Red Hill Town.

    (U-2 song = “Red Hill Town”)

    — or —

    Don’t stay out too long in the sun
    (or you’ll end up like the bleached bone).

  42. Jamie Says:

    A Bone’s Thought Bubble

  43. Sue Says:

    Charlie has a bone to pick with Chloe

  44. Nancy Says:

    Not a contribution to this caption contest, but just admiration for a previous caption and comment on the picture “Posing for Picasso”. Picture was hilarious and the caption was great! I need to keep up with your blogs more often! Charlie is, as always, awesome and photogenic!

  45. Lauren H Says:

    Eli would put this picture in Purr-spective…

  46. sybann Says:

    Uno, dos, tres, Red Clay!

  47. wagga Says:

    Twin Geeks

  48. Ann Says:

    Forever deja vu

  49. carmel Says:

    Home was never like this

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