Have you ever seen those awesome photographs were someone stands in the foreground with their hands up, and it appears as if they are holding something up in the air that is actually way off in the background? I have seen some photos where people have done just that when there is a full moon, and they are amazing! I, myself, have never had quite such an opportunity, but when we visited Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, Ontario, I tried my own version with my strongman son, Daniel, and the big nickel that stands outside the mine. This is certainly not a perfect example of this feat of photography, but I think it turned out ok for my first try.
The Big Nickel is a nine-metre (30 ft) replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel, located at the grounds of Dynamic Earth, an earth sciences centre run by Science North. As Sudbury was once a world leader in nickel mining, the Big Nickel was built on top of a hill overlooking the INCO mining and smelting complex . It was built in the 1960’s as part of a tourist attraction which included an underground mine model. In the glass-enclosed elevator, you are lowered into a network of tunnels 7 storeys down and journey through the history of mining from the late 1800s through the 1950s to the latest in tele-mining technologies. Tour guides take you through the mine describing the equipment used in the different eras of mining. It was very cool!!