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By BillRookery
This is one is in a churchyard and the gnomon is broken
The gnomon is the pointer on a sundial that casts the shadow. It is a word that comes from ancient Greek and means "indicator. Gnomons can vary in size and style, depending on the sundial. When sundials were first made, the gnomons stood vertically, so people could observe the altitude of the sun.
People first learned about time by watching the sun rise and set. From this knowledge, they developed a way to tell time based on how the sun rose and how it set. They noticed that objects would cast unique shadows based on where the sun was located. They could plan their days based on the shadows. Sundials changed and evolved throughout history. They began as large objects, but were later downsized so that they could be carried around.

Tags: Colour Architecture Churchyard Sepia Bracken Sundial Moss and lichens

Voters: NevJB, JohnnyBG, Badgerfred and 55 more

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20 Jul 2017 10:25AM
Lovely mono - like the tone GrinGrinGrin

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20 Jul 2017 10:28AM
Excellent detail in these Bill, lead image my favourite, like your pov,
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
20 Jul 2017 10:28AM
Don't think I'd like to carry that too far!

Good picture and write-up.
Great in mono. I was interested to read about the sundials thank you.
20 Jul 2017 10:37AM
Well detailed and taken images, Bill.

20 Jul 2017 10:37AM
Love the b&w ones, you caught the lichen & ferns beautifully.
20 Jul 2017 10:39AM
a fine set
love the pov and toning in the lead shot
beautiful detail, too
20 Jul 2017 10:51AM
Great series.
capto Plus
7 6.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 10:52AM
A fine set.Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
20 Jul 2017 11:13AM
A very lovely set, Bill, and an interesting write-up too Smile The subject suits the sepia treatment, but am tending to go for the colour versions Smile
Trev Smile
A very interesting narrative and a great set of images Bill, love all the textures and the way the moss has taken over the base.
20 Jul 2017 11:43AM
Excellent mono and fascinating write-up, Bill.

20 Jul 2017 11:48AM
Super shot Bill well spotted and captured David😎
20 Jul 2017 12:14PM
Wonderful captures Bill & informative narrative
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
20 Jul 2017 1:03PM
The lead image allows the sundial to stand out, and is a great mono subject. My favorite.
V2 is also attractive, but it's more about the greenery than the sundial.
dimalexa 3 2 Greece
20 Jul 2017 2:01PM
Excellent set, Bill! All photos, B&W and color are very beautiful. Perhaps mono are a step above, because of the historical importance. Very useful your notes about gnomon ("γνώμων" in Greek).
20 Jul 2017 2:20PM
A top view solicited
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 3:06PM
Great looking set Bill, colour for me please.
20 Jul 2017 3:21PM
The color ones for me , this time , Bill ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 3:24PM
Mono ones for me, Bill.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 3:31PM
Both mono and colour looking good... But mono gives the images a bit more mojo!
Beautiful photography
Isabel GrinGrin
10 10 10 England
20 Jul 2017 5:03PM
Colour for me Bill.
20 Jul 2017 5:34PM
Super set Bill and such an interesting write up. Cathy
Close up and black and white my favorite. Debs
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
20 Jul 2017 7:18PM
Great narrative Bill. Well done.
20 Jul 2017 7:25PM
At first I thought you were mis spelling 'gnome ' ..........interesting write up and the two sepia images work really well . Viv
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 8:23PM
A great looking sundial Bill, shame it has been broken, a great set of images GrinGrin

Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2017 8:54PM
Cracking set Bill, lead image my favorite
A good tonal range with nice light. Well done Bill.

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