theory of sundials

“Midsummer Twilight” by Willard Metcalf

From astronomy we find the east, west, south, and north, as well as the theory of the heavens, the equinox, solstice, and courses of the stars. If one has no knowledge of these matters, he will not be able to have any comprehension of the theory of sundials.
~ Vitruvius Pollio
(Vitruvius, the Ten Books on Architecture)

10 thoughts on “theory of sundials”

  1. I love it. The Midsummer Twilight-feeling – so perfectly caught in the angles receiving and reflecting the sun – and in the dry facts Mr Vitruvios Pollio serves us on a dish. Thank you Barbara for lightening my day

    1. You’re welcome, Leelah! Happy Midsummer! I’m a big fan of Willard Metcalf’s art. This is the 14th painting of his I’ve posted on my blog, over the past 9 years. I love how he captures the light and beauty of New England in all the different seasons…

  2. What an interesting quote! It’s rare to find sundials anymore, unless they’re of the decorative kind, and that makes me a little sad. Of course, it’s way easier to tell time with a digital clock!!

    1. The quote did make me think about getting a sundial of my own, but I don’t have a place to put it where the sun would be shining on it for the whole day. (Condo living…) I think it would be fun to see the progression of the sun’s shadow all day. 🙂 It’s funny, I can’t “see” time with a digital clock. My home has an analog wall clock in every room!

  3. My father was into sundials. He found them endlessly interesting. As a kid I said “so what?” but as an adult I agree they are fascinating. The quote is spot on.

    1. Like you, I didn’t understand the allure of sundials when I was a kid, although I thought they looked pretty in the garden, along with bird baths, spheres and wind chimes. Now my interest is a little more scientific.

    1. You’re welcome, and thank you, Linda! Wishing you a good summer with many pleasant days for your walks.

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