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Telling Time


With two "clocks," how can you miss?
(even if they didn't have Daylight Savings Time back then)

This is the tower of the Martini church in Groningen, Holland.
The third tower, to be exact:  the first tower (12th century) collapsed; the second tower was hit by lightning.

This present tower was started in 1469 and renovated in 1627 and is now 97 metres tall.

Astrid's/Picturit's take is here.



Telling Time


With two "clocks," how can you miss?
(even if they didn't have Daylight Savings Time back then)

This is the tower of the Martini church in Groningen, Holland.
The third tower, to be exact:  the first tower (12th century) collapsed; the second tower was hit by lightning.

This present tower was started in 1469 and renovated in 1627 and is now 97 metres tall.

Astrid's/Picturit's take is here.



comments (51)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Mar 2010, 00:53
Great picture, Ginnie.

Its funny, too...the tower looks like someone [probably male] just kept feeling the need to make it longer [higher].
Ginnie Hart: And if you read several articles on it, Ray, you will have a different final height in all of them. I decided to stick with the number in their tourist flyer from when you climb the tower. Thanks.
not the luckiest of towers but this one seems to be doing okay, nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It reminds me of the "little engine that could," Derek. smile Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 02:42
Super shot, the top portion of the clock tower, looks like an after thought
Ginnie Hart: So many of the old church towers I have seen look like that, JJ...built in sections, like afterthoughts! Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 03:23
Beautiful angle and structure.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kanyi.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 03:46
The thing I've always hated about sundials, Ginnie, is that they don't work at night!
Ginnie Hart: ...or on rainy, overcast days. What's the point, I then wonder. However, when they work, they really do work! Maybe they had more sun in those days?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Mar 2010, 05:49
wink You know more about the history than I do...but than history was NOT one of my favourite subjects anyway.
Great shot and I love the brickwork. The sundial is just there in case techniques fail I guess.
....and it was fun climbing it too smile
Ginnie Hart: I only learn about the history once I get home and Google it, MLMA. I'm like you...not that keen on history unless it's there in front of me and I want to know it. My guess is the sundial was there long before anyone knew about other "techniques" for telling time. But normally we don't see the sundial and the clock in the same shot so close together. That was the surprise!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2010, 06:14
Resilience and persistence on the part of those who have striven to protect history. Nice POV
Ginnie Hart: That's what is so awesome to me about European history, SAVO. No matter what happens, the rebuilding happens over and over again. It's amazing. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Mar 2010, 06:23
A Ginnie 4-in-one. A sun dial, a clock, a tower and a vane. It just had to be part of a windmill under repairs with a big crane working on it.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Louis. I really AM predictable! HA! Gotta love it. grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Mar 2010, 06:33
Love that sundial Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You know me, Tony. Gotta grab them wherever they are found. In this case, it was unusual to find one so closely situated to a clock, which is why I chose the far-away view.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Mar 2010, 06:49
But one is only good when the sun is out.You have capture a large amount of detail
Ginnie Hart: That day the sun was in and out off-n-on, Vintage, so I was lucky to get the shadow. Thanks, Vintage.
immense depth wonderful contrast; nice day Ginnie!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. smile
Third time lucky! I like the sundial
Ginnie Hart: Third time's a charm, for sure, Bill. Thanks. I had to show the sundial in proximity to the clock, which I rarely see like this. The sundial is usually on the side somewhere, totally out of view, unless you go looking for it.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Mar 2010, 07:40
en strevend naar de hemel -zoals alle kerken en vaak ook onze zielen en harten- maar deze kerk doet het in fijf stapjes- dit is verstandig en heel mooi! Ginnie, you understand well: We do it step by step, beetje bij beetje, stapje bij stapje - we are not in a hurry, we don't tell the time! A beautiful photo taken on a lovely, bright blue day! Now I'll visit Astrid!
Ginnie Hart: The thing is, Philine, Europe has all the time in the world to do this, it appears! How fun for those of us with cameras. Hartstikke bedanke.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Mar 2010, 07:47
Very grand Ginnie: a case of third time lucky
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris. Third time's a charm. smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • wherever I hang my mask.
  • 15 Mar 2010, 07:51
I know which one I'd trust.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure, Chad.

BTW, I've noticed of late that you don't have a link with your name. Are you doing that on purpose or would you kindly "fix" that for those of us who are clickers?!
I have never been in groningen, too far from the south where I live...
Ginnie Hart: It's a beautiful city, Chantal, and well worth the visit, if you can ever make it.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 08:23
Such beautiful stonework..and such a gorgeous capture of this tower's grace. Always amazes me how many 100's of years it took for them to build these things. Wonderful image!!!
Ginnie Hart: Those of us from young countries like America are blown away by this kind of age, Marcie. At least I am! Thank you.
  • Esther
  • Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
  • 15 Mar 2010, 08:24
I really like the mood of this one, Ginnie. Reminds me of the days I was there. Thank you for the info too.
Ginnie Hart: I am totally enamored by this country, Esther! You can be proud of it. Thank you.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2010, 09:04
LOL - yes I don't think the sun has understood the concept of daylight saving :o)
Ginnie Hart: It tickles me to death, Mike, because the sundial is right, without DST added to the equation! smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2010, 09:06
But do they both tell the same time? Interesting to compare it with Astrid's reflection one.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Astrid's reflection is on the back side of the church which doesn't have a sundial. But other than that, you can see it's the same tower. In looking at the sundial, it appears to have a difference of one hour, which I assume is the difference in Daylight Savings Time? That's my take on it, at any rate.
I once started a business selling floodlit sundials, Ginnie.... I cannot understand why it did not succeed!

This is beautifully presented, as always.
Ginnie Hart: Are you kidding me, Paul? My goodness...that would have been something else! smile I would have loved to see it. Thanks.
Nice one, Ginnie - I like the leaden sky!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom. The sky was definitely leaden that day!
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 15 Mar 2010, 09:45
Pretty composition, beautiful church, image processing also, good day with you.
Ginnie Hart: As always, Roland, thank you.
One good thing about the sundial Ginnie..it never needs maintenance..and thoroughly reliable.
Ginnie Hart: As long as it has the sun to keep it company, Ron, it's a happy camper, I'm sure. smile Thanks.
It still stands tall, third time lucky. Its a great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Three times a lady, Linda, right. grin Thanks.
Hard to imagine the third tower built in 1469. Amazing really.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Mary. Time in European architecture is a horse of a different color, for sure! smile
You made this one 20 minutes earlier than Astrid.
Quite a tower! You made it look even more solid than it is by centering it in your photo.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. We walked all around the church, Wim, which is where Astrid got her reflection...behind. We really liked Groningen!
Lovely capture Ginnie. One can't miss the sundial!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Richard. It's not so obvious on all these old churches! Merci.
Great building, i like the perspective!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Mar 2010, 12:26
Beautiful stonework, Ginnie. The sundial really stands out as does the very top of the tower.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Alan. I totally agree. Thanks.
  • jess
  • USA
  • 15 Mar 2010, 13:35
Love the vibrancy in this – the multiple hues and detail of the stone, the depth in the sky, the angle. It's quite lovely, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jess. Thank you kindly.
Smart pping Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: smile That brings a smile, Mick. Thank you.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 15 Mar 2010, 13:52
so if you ever go back in time and need 10 gigawatts of electricity to get back, you'll know when lightning strikes the clock tower lolol
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA! Only you would think of that, Elaine! smile
Beautiful shot Ginnine...a strong composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sharon!
moody looking tower
Ginnie Hart: It was also a very mood day, Heather...the kind I really like!
Two completely different takes on the same subject and I like them both.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian. It takes two, we all know. grin
I guess it is third time time lucky.
I guess the entire tower itself could be used as a sundial so it could be three clocks.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You do have a point, Michael. grin Thanks for the smile.
  • linda
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 17:00
Another beautiful shot Ginnie and I commented on Astrid's view that the two of you are blending the same but different. I so love seeing the same world through both of your lenses. Such dimension and depth is a gift that you two share.
peace to you my friend ...
Ginnie Hart: Peace and Shalom to you, too, dear Linda, and thank you. Astrid and I so love our photo hunts because we take pictures in differnet ways and it always surprises us both. I see more the forest; she sees more the trees...and I'm learning through her to also see the trees. She's decided I see the bigger picture first since it's all new to me. It's not new to her, so she looks for the individual trees! Makes sense to me. smile
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Mar 2010, 17:24
Amazing shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Have you been to Groningen, Cherise? If so, you know what this looks like! smile Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 15 Mar 2010, 20:43
The dates are mind boggling.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Sherri. How is it possible things still standing can be that old!!!
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 15 Mar 2010, 21:05
perfect frame-set. Y like very much
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Oscar. smile
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Mar 2010, 22:27
Alway need a back-up Ginnie, great looking building.
Ginnie Hart: I guess so, Les. grin Thanks.
It's clockmania at its finest!
Ginnie Hart: Some things are definitely worth collecting, Larry, right?! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 15 Mar 2010, 22:47
Well I could I think *lol* Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not you, Frida. You're way too sharp! grin Thanks.
  • Chinyelu
  • United States
  • 15 Mar 2010, 23:19
Thanks for stopping by Ginnie. I love this pic! so crisp, so clear, so postcard worthy
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind to say so, Chinyelu. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 16 Mar 2010, 01:20
love the detailed look you have of this tower.. very nice shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: It's not the image I wanted to use, Rian, because the close-up of the sundial is more up my alley. But I did like the view showing the proximity of the clock and the sundial together. Thanks.
very nice shot, Ginnie. love the detail on that tower smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Charles. This is Europe...doing its thing!
Wonderfully detailed Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Pam.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Mar 2010, 19:45
It is a very impressive tower.
Ginnie Hart: Even more so in real life, CP!
The only problem with sundials is that they don't take account of summer/winter time adjustments and this one is an hour slow!

Nice shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That's why I jokingly put that into my text, George. Seeing them together gave me a smile because they really were both "on time!" smile Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 17 Mar 2010, 03:38
Beautiful! Those bricks(?) are so rich and warm. But the 3rd tower and the other 2 have suffered tragedy (and they say things come in 3s!!).
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope that since it's still standing from 1627 the third time is a charm, Martie. smile Thanks.

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