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Telling Time


St. James church (from yesterday's post) in Utrecht, Holland, has two medieval sundials on its south wall. 
This is one of them, my favorite.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Telling Time


St. James church (from yesterday's post) in Utrecht, Holland, has two medieval sundials on its south wall. 
This is one of them, my favorite.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (34)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Apr 2008, 02:39
Excellent picture, Ginnie. It is a nice sundial, but rather inelegantly placed on the wall...almost like an after-thought.
Ginnie Hart: It seemed like the strangest thing, Ray, you're right. Like an after-thought, indeed! Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2008, 04:10
absolutely awesome image. Makes me wish i took this image.
Ginnie Hart: You know how to say the nicest things, Kanyi! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2008, 04:26
Excetional image and so interesting. The bricked in window or opening makes me curious.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says it's a niche for a statue, but it does look like a closed-up window, doesn't it! Thanks, Sherri.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 8 Apr 2008, 05:24
impressive colours, great play with the lights and shadows - very good sharpeness. Good work Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Klaus.
  • Astrid
  • the netherlands
  • 8 Apr 2008, 05:25
Geweldige foto, great composition of the different shapes, love the brickwork and the shadows, Ray is right, the sundial was in placed inelegant, we discussed the niche in the wall, in former days there would have been a statue in, like Maria with Child or something like that.
Ginnie Hart: I love the details like this, Astrid. We would never see something like this in the States. I'm in awe, as you know. Thanks for all your helpful tidbits, BTW. I rely on you for so much of my information! smile
vieilles pierres chez toi aussi ... et vieille horloge. le soleil aura de toute façon le dernier mot!
Ginnie Hart: I love the way you say things, O-P. Or is it the French! smile
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Apr 2008, 06:25
Love the way the light is hitting this wall, Ginnie - nice to see the sundial working! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes the old outshines the new, Roz...if we only knew how to use it! smile Thanks.
That's a lovely thing Ginnie: I love the mellow red of old bricks
Ginnie Hart: I love old bricks, too, Chris! You could say I'm a glutton. smile Thanks.
Beautiful masonry. Was the time on the sundial corrct?
Ginnie Hart: Beats the heck outta me, Wim! But I'd like to say YES! smile Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Apr 2008, 07:52
Ginnie the brick work is lovely and weathered and has aged well, they sure put alot of cement between the bricks.smile
The sundial is placed in an idea spot.
Great findsmile
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Tracy. I think I'd enjoy being a brick-layer for a day! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 8 Apr 2008, 08:06
Love the Bricks,colour shape and size,the sundial looks like bake clay.great shot
Ginnie Hart: It DOES look like baked clay, Vintage. That's exactly what I thought. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Apr 2008, 08:34
I very like the brickwork and the medieval sundial which has the same colour like the stones- I think there are in every country and every language so many old sundial sayings like these two one in German because we are a nothing without sun:
"Jeder Tag ist eine neuer Anfang." (every day is a new beginning)
"Die Zeit, mein Freund, ist nur geliehen, Gott gibt sie uns, Gott nimmt sie hin." (Time is only lended, my friend, God gives the time to us, God takes time away from us)
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE those sayings, Philine. And so very true! They bring a smile to my face. smile Thank you.
Lovely colours and textures Ginnie. There is something special about old weathered brick isn't there?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bill, you're right. I love stuff like this. So palpable! Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Apr 2008, 10:42
The color of the cement ? in the window and around the sundial would suggest they were put in at a later date but the sundial is in the correct position to work. What's with you and sundials anyway ?
Ginnie Hart: I agree with you about the cement, Johnny. I think it's a dead give-away. And sundials? They're like windmills, Brother. What's wrong with you! smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Apr 2008, 11:53
I like the symmetry in the brick wall
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2008, 11:56
Oh, don't you love them? It looks so fragile there, yet it's been there centuries. Just lovely.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Ruth, I know! They really knew how to do things back then! smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • in front of a computer
  • 8 Apr 2008, 12:05
A fine example of old brickwork, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Chad. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 8 Apr 2008, 13:04
Love the old bricks Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Aussie. Thanks.
A perfect symmetry of forms, broken by the sun clock. A good composition!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, José-Angel.
et un superbe mur de plus, très belle image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Marie!
The brickwork is more desirable than the sundial for me Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: Except for really liking sundials, Richard, I would agree with you. I think it tells as much about time as the sundial does! Thanks.
Nice lighting and colour Ginnie with plenty of detail in the bricks.
Ginnie Hart: I think those bricks have there own story to tell , Brian! Thanks.
Excellent composition Ginnie. This is a very nice sundial. I like the bricks texture and colours. Great symmetry too!
Ginnie Hart: This isn't like the "normal" sundials I've seen, Richard. I was glad to find it. Thanks.
That's an old one Ginnie! What's the time? wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Heck if I know, Chris. Do you?? smile Thanks.
Medieval sundials, amazing, never seen one. Love all the patterns in this shot, nice tones and details too. Wonder how old this church and those sundials are? Excellent image.
Ginnie Hart: All I know is that the original church is from the 12th century, John. Whether this is part of it, I don't know, but I'm pretending it is! Thanks.
  • Ale.
  • 8 Apr 2008, 19:14
i love medievals things. i love the colors in that picture. congrats.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Ale. Coming from a relatively new country (USA), things like this still astound me. Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 8 Apr 2008, 19:32
Great picture Ginnie, I love the color and texture. What a strange place for a sundial, isn't it?

Have a nice day!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Frida. t almost looks like an after-thought. Thanks for stopping by again!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 8 Apr 2008, 20:08
I can't resist to a brick wall, a sort of childish puzzle with a "clumsy", rough kind of beauty...the sun clock provides the element that breaks the pattern, as time does with the pattern of our days ( I'm feeeling metaphoric today smile)
Ginnie Hart: You have a way of waxing eloquent, Lina. I, for one, will never stop you! Be metaphoric any time you wish! smile Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 8 Apr 2008, 20:55
A splendid sundial. A fine image!
Ginnie Hart: As sundials go, Still, I have to agree. Thanks a million.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Apr 2008, 21:28
what a strange place of putting the sundail. Great soft color on the wall.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Scarlet! And it was actually pretty small. But you know me. I'm a glutton for stuff like this. smile Thanks.
Looks like it was just hung there, I wonder how they set the time with it, Nice capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I always wonder about these sundials and how they could possibly tell time by them, especially in the rain! Thanks, Les.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 8 Apr 2008, 23:08
Nice lights and shadows. Great work.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Cako!
really like this.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dazzling, for stopping by and commenting!
Well-judged !! The color coherence is very good !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Anne-Laure, for stopping by and commenting!

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