Thursday, April 24, 2014

As the Sun moves from East to West...



How things have changed since Plautus complained in one of his plays about his day being 'chopped into pieces by the ubiquitous sundials'.. I'm guessing he wouldn't be a fan of the wrist watch :) I've always wanted a sundial in my garden but never seem to get around to doing anything about it, they are so amazingly accurate, I wish I'd taken a shot of my watch at the same time as the shot above, it was spot on!


From the groyne on Cottelsoe beach all that can be seen are the peaks of the sundial, built for Australia's Bicentenary, snuggled in the craggy coastline, it's not even very visible from the road, to my mind the perfect spot!


Google was a little unhelpful re links, apart from the fact that it's a popular venue for wedding photos but the design info below is thorough and if you pull the shot in on the right the details of how it works will be clear.. as mud! As my sense of direction is legendary bad they lost me at 'as the Sun moves from East to West, the shadow on plate moves West to East...':) Happy Thursday, take care. p.s. hands up who really understood those configurations..


30 comments:

  1. Wow! That is a beautiful sundial, Grace, and it's in such an exquisitely gorgeous location.

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  2. Beautiful images...sundial and coastline!

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  3. Cool shoots and thoughts in an interesting place. You good :-)



    Aloha

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  4. Oh, I agree! A gorgeous place, magnificent coast, terrific sundial -- even if it doesn't help me see what time it is, but if you're enjoying a place like this, who cares what time it is???? Love your captures for the day as always!! Hope you're getting ready for a great weekend!!

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  5. This is amazing! I've seen similar structures in Delhi and Jaipur. I have to look for the photos, thanks for the reminder, Grace.

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  6. This sundial makes me think about the temples in antic times in Greece!Like if the place was dedicated to some sun god..
    The view of the coast is .. woaw !

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  7. What a cool thing is that, Grace! Hehe, nope, a wrist watch might´ve been nothing for him!
    Love that people´s generousity helped, and, my - my eyes are too bad, can´t read the intruction (is that an excuse good enough, non?) - beautiful sundial, really!

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  8. I can just imagine the engineering and fine-tuning involved in placing it just right, Grace!

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  9. Quite an impressive structure in a super location. We have a sundial in our garden but nothing like that. What you are showing us is an engineering masterpiece. Great shots!

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  10. When I worked outside all day I could come within 10 minutes of telling time by the sun. Now I have to look a a clock all day.

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  11. It blends in perfectly well and it looks beautiful. I've never really mastered the art of reading time on a sundial though...

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  12. A stick in the ground gives similar results.
    Lovely pictures again!

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  13. Its an interesting piece. I hope it is not a sundial where you have to add or subtract minutes to get the correct time.

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  14. Quite appropriate as it blends right into the scenery. I like it.

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  15. It is quite impressive, but I'm afraid I would be lost trying to figure it out myself. I guess sundials are also only truly accurate if you are not on daylight saving time!

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  16. Wonderful shots of Sundial. In India we have similar structures known by the name 'Jantra Mantar' and they are pretty ancient.

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  17. Pretty fancy, Grace. But it must be heavy to carry around with you.

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  18. Nice time piece. Love the shot of the coast too.

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  19. Amazing design!
    This texture, like waves, is beautiful.
    The sundial is just matched seaside location.
    Thanks to post.

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  20. Gosh. Such gorgeous colours and textures Grace. The blue of the sky is complements the golden tones in this amazing sundial perfectly. Must have been great being there.

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  21. I'm always amazed at the number of sundials we have in England despite the erratic nature of sunshine in this fair land. None of them is a match for the remarkable sundial that you present to us today.

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  22. WOW! This sundial is spectacular and sure has a lovely location as well.

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  23. wow, these are amazing!! and i've found google getting less and less helpful...i found a new search engine called duck, duck, go or something like that...i need to remember to use it but google is just so easy to go to!

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  24. I'm not exactly grasping this either. I'll just stick with enjoying it's beauty and the beauty of the scenery around it.

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  25. Very beautiful but no, I have no idea whatsoever how these things work and am now rather happy to note I'm in good company! Joy x

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  26. My hand may be down, but I do like this a lot!!! How fun...and I love that the time was spot on!!!

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  27. We don't have any big sundials like this one in Haninge. I have only found two so far, and one of them has since been removed.

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