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The sundial of human involvement

The sundial of human involvement

The analemma

The analemma

Shadow points to ten minutes to four

Shadow points to ten minutes to four

Intriguing name isn’t it? Well you can find this unusual sundial at the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens atop a hill with stunning views. If you click on the photo on the left you can read how it works.

In summary it uses the shadow of a person standing on a figure of eight (called an analemma) at a point closest to the current date. They face their shadow and point their hands in that direction.

Traditional sundial

Traditional sundial

The shadow then lands on one of the numbered stones and tells you the time. Clever isn’t it?

Just in case you have trouble working out how to use that there is a traditional sundial there as well.

The views

I’ve been promising pics of the views from this site and so here they are. Click on a photo and you’ll get a larger image that will really show the beauty of these views.

Sydney harbour bridge 60km away.

Sydney harbour bridge 60km away.

The city

The city

Rural views

Rural views

Water views from the hill

Water views from the hill

More views

More views

Blue gum

Blue gum

The “blue gum” is a lovely play on words. Blue gums are one of the most well known gum trees and this dead tree has been painted blue to highlight that dead trees can form a useful habitat for many animals.

Busy sewing weekend

In addition to walking in the Botanic Gardens I have been sewing. I’ve sewn the four quadrants of my Kaffe for All Seasons quilt together. Just the binding to do now. When it’s finished I’ll post a pic.

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