It’s hard to get a handle on the sheer size of things if they’re not right in front of you.

For example, we might know how big a redwood is, and even see a photo of it, but without seeing it for ourselves or having something to compare it to, it’s impossible to get an idea of its true majesty.

From animals to architecture, these 50 photos give you a much better idea of just how HUGE some things really are. And while that might not seem like a big deal (no pun intended), it really is important to recognize that we’re just a small part of the world.

Take a look and tell us what you’re truly surprised by.