Bigger!

I’ve spent a lot of time around humans over the last few years, but it was only while scanning through some of my old blogs that it sunk in how many of you are obsessed with scale. Higher, taller, deeper, longer, faster…. the characteristic doesn’t seem to matter. So long as it’s BIGGER!

Some things I’ve seen just happen to be naturally big. Such as the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater in Arizona, or Denali (aka Mount McKinley) in Alaska, or Niagara Falls on the Canadian/US border, respectively the biggest canyon, impact crater, mountain and waterfall in North America, and in some cases, the world.

Me and Phyllis at the Grand Canyon

Me and Phyllis at the Grand Canyon

Arizona's Meteor Crater is should technically be called Meteorite Crater

Arizona’s Meteor Crater is should technically be called Meteorite Crater

Sunrise at Talkeetna, Alaska, with Denali (Mount McKinley) in the distance

Sunrise at Talkeetna, Alaska, with Denali (Mount McKinley) in the distance

With Sue at Niagara Falls in the depths of winter

With Sue at Niagara Falls in the depths of winter

Some things are bigger simply because they need to be to do their job, like the  Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the world’s largest radio telescope.

Earlier this year at the Arecibo Observatory

Earlier this year at the Arecibo Observatory

Some seem to be bigger almost by accident, like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, which claims to be the world’s longest skating rink.

Last winter on (literally!) the Rideau Canal, with the Canadian Parliament Buildings in the background

Last winter on (literally!) the Rideau Canal, with the Canadian Parliament Buildings in the background

But some things are bigger to simply be, well, BIGGER!

Just look back over my previous blogs, and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve lost count of the number of things I’ve seen with my own eyes, which claim to be bigger in one way or another.

Some things have been built to be bigger for a serious reason, even if that reason is just to impress the heck out of people. Like the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, the Colosseum in Rome, the Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) in Chicago, the CN Tower in Toronto and the London Eye in, erm, well you can probably guess where that is.

The Pyramids weren't just big, they felt truly massive

The Pyramids weren’t just big, they felt truly massive

And the Colosseum was unsurprisingly breathtaking

And the Colosseum was unsurprisingly breathtaking

In one of the glass cubes OUTSIDE the wall of the Sears Tower

In one of the glass cubes OUTSIDE the wall of the Sears Tower

Toronto's CN Tower

Toronto’s CN Tower

The London Eye on the banks of the River Thames at night

The London Eye on the banks of the River Thames at night

Some big things seem more than a little subjective to me. Such as Eagle River, Wisconsin, claiming to be the Snowmobiling Capital of the World.

Banner in Eagle River, Wisconsin

Banner in Eagle River, Wisconsin

And then there are the big things that are just plain silly….

The World's Biggest Pistachio in Alamogordo, New Mexico

The World’s Biggest Pistachio in Alamogordo, New Mexico

The Big Sunflowers in Goodland, Kansas, a gigantic copy of Van Gogh's famous painting, complete with easel

The Big Sunflowers in Goodland, Kansas, a gigantic copy of Van Gogh’s famous painting, complete with easel

The Big Apple (Ontario, not New York)

The Big Apple (Ontario, not New York)

These are just some of the big things I’ve seen over the last decade or so. But perhaps you can help me out with my list. What big things have you visited?

While you’re pondering the crazily-big things in the world, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal, or through my websiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram?

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Oh, and I’m retrospectively entering this post for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Large Subjects!

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About Jaspa

Star of my own award-winning adventure novels, Jaspa's Journey. Geocaching addict & F1 fan. Adventure Journeyer & blogger extraordinaire. Check out my website: www.jaspasjourney.com And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
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4 Responses to Bigger!

  1. Hi Sue & Richard – Love the photos and love Jasper and his friends, long may they roam!!

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a fun and delight post. I really enjoyed it!!! That pistachio is huge!!

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