Weekly Photo Challenge: Big


Aber Falls

Big is such a relative word. It can mean large, as in size, height, width, or amount; for example a big house. Or how about a big man in his field. But he may not be big in height. The biggest thing I can think of is Space, to quote Douglas Adams who wrote The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy;

Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.

I really can’t comprehend just how big Space is, the video Powers of Ten helps but even still I don’t think my brain is big enough to take it all in. Powers of Ten is the abbreviated name of two short American documentary films written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames. Both works depict the relative scale of the Universe according to an order of magnitude (or logarithmic scale) based on a factor of ten, first expanding out from the Earth until the entire universe is surveyed, then reducing inward until a single atom and its quarks are observed. The first film — full title : A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Film Dealing with the Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe — was a prototype and was completed in 1968; the second film — Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero — was completed in 1977

Anyway to this weeks photograph. Aber Falls (Rhaeadr Fawr in Welsh) is a waterfall located about two miles (3 km) south of the village of Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, Wales.

The waterfall is formed as the Afon Goch plunges about 120 feet (37 m) over a sill of igneous rock in the foothills of the Carneddau range. Two tributaries merge; the enlarged stream is known as Afon Rhaeadr Fawr; from the road bridge, Bont Newydd, the name becomes Afon Aber.

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  1. I really enjoy waterfalls! This photo is stunning. The soft flow of the water over the the surface of the rock is so beautiful. I like the contrast of color presented by the small person in the photo against the big waterfall. Very nice!

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  2. Haha! Now why didn’t I think of that? I have a shot of DH standing in roughly the same place. It’s filed safely somewhere in the depths of SmugMug. Great shot. Thanks for sharing.

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