Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Scale.
Our instructions:  “This week, share an image that highlights a size relationship — make us pause and take a second look to understand the scale of the elements in your photo.”

This isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I mean, short of wandering around town, carefully placing assorted coins into all of my photos, scale was a bit of a stumper for me.

And then I remembered my tiny ice cave.  I took this photo at Shenandoah National Park. When I saw it, I pushed pause on my hike so I could get down on the ground and snap a few photos.  It was just so . . . pretty.  So where’s the scale?  Take a look at the decomposing oak leaf on the right side of the photo — it lends some secondary perspective.  Oak leaves don’t very that much in size.  So, if you stop to take that second look, you’ll see how small and delicate this little cave actually is.

I have no idea why the little ice/snow crystals grow that way — they remind me a lot of a geode.  I’m sure there’s a sciency explanation out there somewhere, but for now, I’m content to just admire Mother Nature’s handiwork.


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