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A Clock of a Different Color

When I took this pic, I was walking from our London hotel last Friday on my way to see St. Paul's Cathedral.  That was my main goal of the day.  But along the way, I definitely got side-tracked.

Remember that I'm a Clockaholic.  I don't care in what way, shape or form.  I just love clocks!  This one (on the side of a little church) was a bit tricky to capture because no matter what angle I tried, those blasted branches or dome got in the way.  I finally stooped down at the curb and almost got side-swiped by a taxi.  But it was worth it. :)

Thanks to Ellie, click here for a look at the church's info (scroll down).



A Clock of a Different Color

When I took this pic, I was walking from our London hotel last Friday on my way to see St. Paul's Cathedral.  That was my main goal of the day.  But along the way, I definitely got side-tracked.

Remember that I'm a Clockaholic.  I don't care in what way, shape or form.  I just love clocks!  This one (on the side of a little church) was a bit tricky to capture because no matter what angle I tried, those blasted branches or dome got in the way.  I finally stooped down at the curb and almost got side-swiped by a taxi.  But it was worth it. :)

Thanks to Ellie, click here for a look at the church's info (scroll down).



comments (24)

nice shot, but if I may it seems a little to lighted no? I like the blue in the solar thingy!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Dafredo. I had to laugh at the "to lighted" because the days were rainy and quite gray. So I take that as a good sign. smile
  • dotun
  • 1 Mar 2007, 04:02
oh yeah the clock, I like the framing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun!
Nice Shot Ginnie, I like the way the branches are peeping out of the corners. Thats an interesting clock there - can you tell me how it works, I mean the way the numbers are put across the dial, how do u know what time it is?
Ginnie Hart: Well, I wish I could figure it all out for you, Thomas, but I'm in your same boat. We need someone to give us a lesson, I think. smile
What won't we do for our art? smile

I like the branches, too. I was wondering how to tell the time on the clock also. Please tell!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Isn't that the truth!

If you find out how to tell this time first, let me know! smile
PS: we both posted photos of clocks today! smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. How sweet we are! Two peas in a pod. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 1 Mar 2007, 04:50
Ellie (bless her!) left me a private comment as follows and since everyone is wondering, me included:

St Clement Dane Church, Strand
http://www.sundials.co.uk/~london.htm

It's the RAF church too.

[from Ginnie: scroll down on her link to get a bit more info about this sundial...as well as another pic of it from farther away. In the future, I'm quite sure Ellie won't make these comments private again. smile THANK YOU, Ellie.]
Now if the cliche about London weather being rainy 24/7 is true this may not be the most useful time piece, but it is a good-looking one. Nicely spotted!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good point, Martin! Thanks for your comment.
Such a pretty clock. But I don't understand why would someone want to hide it behind a dome. And Ginnie, please be careful while clicking pictures smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your concern, Kedar. Yes, I'll be more careful, I promise!

Good question about where they put this sundial. I think it would be hard for the sun to find, for sure!
What an original one! The perfect treat for a clockaholic like you wink
(BTW, the initials on the anchor are mine...)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, a perfect treat for me, Samira, and also for YOU, I see. How very nice. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1 Mar 2007, 07:29
Hiya Ginnie. Strange how this one works anti clockwise!! Very well spotted and lovely capture. I have just realised that it does in fact appear to be a sundial, so a strange location isn't it?! Kindest regards to you and Donica, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, kind sir, for your comment. I'm so glad your big project is done, so now you can breathe a bit. smile
Very good one Ginnie, good angle.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Almost confused me there with the thought of you looking forward to being whacked by a Taxi!! Mind you early start again today, is there such a time as 5.00am?,so, overdosed on caffeine to get me through! "Its a life Jim but not as we know it."
Ginnie Hart: Ha Ha, David. You gave me a nice chuckle there. I guess I really need to commend you for leaving a comment at all. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 1 Mar 2007, 11:05
Oh, I thought the initials on the anchor were for Shutterchance.

You know I love this because of the color, and that verdigris dome. I would have just stared and stared. But now I can do so in the comfort of my own home. You've done a great job squatting and framing this with those plane tree seed thingies (I think?) and the dome spire.

Be careful out there! Now I'm going to worry about you. Remember "Rear Window"?
Ginnie Hart: Ruth, you're so cute. Shutterchance initials. Only you would come up with that (like you did with the anti-spam).

I promise to be careful but all of us who drive on the other side of the street have issues, even without cameras in hand. As you already know!

So glad you like this pic with the verdigris (just for you) and the dome, etc. And to think I almost walked right by it!
Very nice... I like the yellow / blue colors and details !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roland. So do I. smile
Oh, what a fascinating picture! The things we will do to get the shot, right? And then it all seems worth it when it works out as nicely as this.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Karen. Sometimes we're just plain crazy or stupid. I wonder how many guardian angels are out there protecting everyone they see with a camera in hand!
Ah, commitment to a shot wink well done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, kind sir!
  • Ellie
  • New Forest, Hampshire, England
  • 1 Mar 2007, 14:49
I didn't add a proper comment last night because I wandered off on a trail about St Clement Danes Church, which was fascinating ... then I saw what the time was! It seemed a bit rude to just throw you the link and a short comment.

I like sundials too, hadn't realised until last night that there were whole websites about them. This picture shows this one off really well, didn't they make it with lovely colours that go so well with the Wren church. smile

The numbers may be a bit confusing, until you (we/I) remember that the time is marked by the sun's shadow.
Ginnie Hart: Dear Ms. Ellie. No one in the world who knows you would ever think you're rude! A night owl, maybe, but not rude. Anyway, I am quite pleased and honored that you went to so much wandering to find this pertinent info. We're all enriched because of you. smile

And oh yes, now we know why it's counter-clockwise! DUH! Thank you!
And so, what time is it ?
Thnks Ginnie for your message today. I'm delighted. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA. I guess if we could see a shadow, we'd know, right? Hmmm. Now we know why they invented clocks! smile

Welcome to the 100 Club, again!
  • julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 1 Mar 2007, 18:13
All that's missing is the sun but that's nothing you can do. wink
Ginnie Hart: Not a thing I can do about the sun, you're right, Julia. As I told Florence, now we know why they invented clocks! smile
  • Ron S
  • 1 Mar 2007, 19:12
Nice shot Ginnie - reminds me of 'home'.

Now - I discovered recently that to be accurate your sundial has to be set up by a professional. (S)he will understand that the angle of the arm and the rotation of the dial all have to take the latitude and longitude of the location into account. Bet there aren't too many people who have 'sun-dial installer' on their passports!
Ginnie Hart: Oh WOW, Ron. That makes perfect sense, of course. Hmmm. I wonder if there are any who still exist (but of course!). What a neat job that would be...going around to accurately set up sundials. smile

Thanks for your comment, Ron!
You are an inspiration when it comes to finding good subjects to capture. I bet you could find a lot to cature around where I live, and I would love to come along. Great clock, and I love the blue and gold combination smile
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling, Aksel, we'd inspire each other! We could take turns tagging along beside each other and learn something new both ways. I love the thought! smile Thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Mar 2007, 20:52
Ginnie found a clock! The little spire is in the way - pity since there is probably little you can do about it.

Do you know how to read this clock?
Ginnie Hart: Yup. If there's a clock to be found, Ginnie will find it (I hope!). And you're right. There wasn't a thing I could do about that blasted spire!

About reading the clock--all I know is what Ellie said about remembering we read it by the sun's shadow, which would be counter-clockwise. That's all I know!
  • Mia
  • 1 Mar 2007, 21:17
Liking how you've composed the whole shot smile Well executed.

I've had cases with being run over by cars too... this shot was one of the outcomes: http://touche.shutterchance.com/photoblog/17758.htm But like you said, totally worth it haha
Ginnie Hart: It looks like we both will need to be more careful, Mia, and not bite the dust before our time. HA! smile
Hi Ginnie, this is a really nice clock and what is funny is that there is almost the same here in France no far from my home... At first, I was sure it was the same smile smile
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Zeb. That's really interesting. I've seen ones like this throughout Europe, so that makes sense you would have one nearby, you lucky stiff! smile

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