This little fisherboy sits in my front garden. He’s part of a birdbath sundial. How’s that for versatility? Since I’m so busy editing and taking care of business, I thought I’d share something non-photographic in nature today. The following two photos are ones I took last year in Grande Prairie. They show the giant equatorial sundial that sits along the highway bypass in the parking lot of the tourist information centre. It’s a beautiful work of art and whether it’s dawn or dusk, sunny or cloudy, or at night, this structure is a photographic treasure. Despite it’s beauty it has a function and that, as I’ve mentioned, is as a sundial. Notice the huge difference in size between the gnomon on each of these two sundials: the fisherboy’s fishing rod is the gnomon and measures perhaps 6″ — quite a contrast from the giant reflective gnomon of the sundial below.
I love it when I learn new things or about something I didn’t know existed. Earlier in the week I visited the blog of Junie Moon, an adventuresome gal in Arizona. In one of her posts, she shared information about an analemmatic sundial. “A what?” you ask. As June began, “The park has an analemmatic sundial, different from the usual round version known as an equatorial sundial. The analemmatic sundial uses a central calendar grid and an ellipse showing the hours.” These are also known as sunclocks or human sundials. She explains it further and I encourage you to visit that post to see photographs and to learn how it’s also an interactive sundial and only works with a person’s presence. Another unique sundial is one I hope to see and experience one day: the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay in California. The bridge actually has a deck made of green yet opaque glass! There is a 217 foot pylon that acts as the gnomon, telling time on a tile-covered garden.
So tell me, what have you learned (or seen) this week that really caught your attention?
PS: I thought it was time to post another reminder to visitors and readers. Although I don’t get time to visit blogs on a daily basis, I do my best to pop in and visit from time to time. For those with Blogger blogs, I can seldom leave comments because of how finicky Blogger is and how many tries it takes. That is not a problem with WordPress or Typepad, just Blogger. So, sometimes I stop by but can’t always leave a note for you.