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You Can Spot the Difference in These 25 Comparative Photos

 Nothing really puts things in perspective better than taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. Many natural events become clearer when seen in comparison to the relative. What is a drop of water in comparison to an ocean? How big is the magnificent blue whale beside a human? How fast do cheetahs really move? A good comparison can even help you make everyday decisions. The best way to understand these comparisons is to picture them, or even better, photograph them. Listed here are 25 photographs that really capture the naturally occurring differences in everything from seasons to size and age in a few perfect real-life shots. 

 

1. A person beside one of the lesser-known larger species of cactus

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A person beside one of the lesser known larger species of cactus

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2. A one-month-old baby next to his 97-year-old grandmother

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A one month old baby next to his 97 year old grandmother

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3. The head of a lion compared to the head of a human

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The head of a lion compared to the head of a human

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4. The skull of a whale next to a person

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The skull of a whale next to a person

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5. A blue whale with a person closely behind it

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A blue whale with a person closely behind it

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6. 1 Exposure versus 120 + exposures of the night sky lined up together

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, 1 Exposure versus 120 + exposures of the night sky lined up together

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7. Vials containing the lethal doses of these three significant chemicals, Heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil from left to right

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, Vials containing the lethal doses of these three significant chemicals, Heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil from left to right

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8. The changes in Seattle’s weather over 15 minutes

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The changes in Seattle’s weather over 15 minutes

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9. This purse that gets a colorful makeover in pictures taken with flash (below)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, This purse that gets a colorful makeover in pictures taken with flash (below) 

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10. Mountain St. Helen before and after the volcanic eruption in 1980 turned it into a wasteland

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, Mountain St. Helen before and after the volcanic eruption in 1980 turned it into a wasteland

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11. The size of a tiger paw compared to a human hand

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The size of a tiger paw compared to a human hand

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12. A forest destroyed by a fire heals with time and rain

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A forest destroyed by a fire heals with time and rain 

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13. The coat of a Ragdoll cat in summer (left) vs its coat in winter (right)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The coat of a Ragdoll cat in summer (left) vs its coat in winter (right)

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14. How quickly they grow. A great dane with his favorite toy at 4 weeks old versus nearly 96 weeks (2 years) old

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, How quickly they grow. A great dane with his favorite toy at 4 weeks old versus nearly 96 weeks (2 years) old

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15. An artist, William Utermohlen, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, drew self-portraits from memory until he could no longer recognize his own face

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, An artist, William Utermohlen, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, drew self-portraits from memory until he could no longer recognize his own face

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16. Humans look up at these stunning Sequoia trees in the winter

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, Humans next to massive Sequoia trees in the winter

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17. A common sentiment. First day of school (left) versus the second day of school (right)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, First day of school (left) versus second day of school (right)

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18. A Peruvian guinea pig (left) and a young man (right) that have the same hairdo

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A Peruvian guinea pig (left) and a young man (right) that have the same hairdo

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19. The life of a med student hasn’t changed much. A grandfather (top) and his equally exhausted grandson in medical school 70 years apart

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, A grandfather (top) and his equally exhausted grandson in medical school 70 years apart

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20. The different colors (and flavors) of honey collected in spring (left), summer (center) and fall (right) respectively

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The different colors (and flavors) of honey collected in spring (left), summer (center) and fall (right) respectively

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21. Imagine stumbling onto 3 starfish: one with 6 arms, one with 5 arms and another one with 4 arms

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, Imagine stumbling onto 3 starfish with 6 arms, 5 arms and 4 arms respectively

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22. An old spot in Poorvoo, a popular tourist destination in Finland as depicted in a painting from 1892 (left) and in a photograph taken in 2020 (right)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, An old spot in Poorvoo, a popular tourist destination in Finland as depicted in a painting from 1892 (left) and in a photograph taken in 2020 (right)

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23. The face hidden in a real $50 bill (top) next to one in a counterfeit $50 bill (bottom)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The face hidden in a real $50 bill (top) next to one in a counterfeit $50 bill (bottom)

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24. The shores of Port Macquarie 1 week before a wildfire (top) and during the wildfire (bottom)

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, The shores of Port Macquarie 1 week before a wildfire (left) and during the wildfire (right) 

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25. Comparing the tips, from left to right, of a hypodermic needle, the fang of a viper, the fang of a spider and a scorpion’s stinger respectively

Photographs that show comparisons of things and occurrences in nature, Comparing the tips, from left to right, of a hypodermic needle, the fang of a viper, the fang of a spider and a scorpion’s stinger respectively 

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