Bernini Fountain At St. Peter’s Square

Bernini Fountain At St Peter's Square

One of the two fountains at St. Peter’s Square, which is part of Vatican City. Also one of the highlights of my trip! Amazing how much history is contained in one small space. A larger version is viewable here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale, Or: Waipio Valley, Hawaii

Waipio ValleyThis week’s photo challenge calls for some scaling. I remembered this photo I took at Waipio Valley on the Big Island. It’s an incredibly beautiful and historically significant place; it was considered sacred land and the capital of the early Hawaiian kings. While the overall view from the lookout was amazing, I almost didn’t notice the (relatively) tiny waterfall at the far end of the shoreline. Fun fact: this was taken literally five minutes before the valley was engulfed in an intense rainstorm. I was lucky to get the shot.

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If The Moon Were Only One Pixel…

When you think of a map of our solar system, what do you imagine? A set of planets neatly orbiting the sun in tight circles, perhaps? While visually appealing, such maps are inaccurate; there is so much empty space between planets, you’d need a much bigger – and duller – map to correctly display the size. Josh Worth has taken these mind-boggling stats and brought them down to a more manageable scale: pixels. If the moon were the size of a single pixel in your browser, how big would a page containing the solar system be?

Hint: You’re going to do a lot of scrolling.