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.
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.
Some seem to be bigger almost by accident, like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, which claims to be the world’s longest skating rink.
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.
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.
And then there are the big things that are just plain silly….
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?
And if that’s not enough for you, there are now three Jaspa’s Journey novels to enjoy as ebooks! Perfect for Kids 8 – 80!
Oh, and I’m retrospectively entering this post for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Large Subjects!