THIS IS ACTUALLY A SLIDE SHOW: WAIT FOR IT TO FULLY LOAD
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Unfortunately I do not have any information relating to this sculpture located neat the Rose Garden in the Botanic Gardens.
There are two sundials in the National Botanic Garden: One in front of the Palm House is the more familiar horizontal dial. This one was made in the mid eighteenth century by Lynch of 26 Capel Street, Dublin. It is one of the few dials in Ireland with a time-scale graduated in single minutes. [I have yet to photograph this] It also features the names of other cities from Bombay to Rio de Janeiro, indicating the moment of solar midday for them. On the right, the cities of Madrid, London, Paris and Rotterdam can be seen adjacent to the gnomon. Across the Tolka river, in the Rose Garden, is a modern, armillary type dial [featured in this photograph]. The arrow points directly at the North star - Polaris. As the sun crosses the sky it casts a shadow from the shaft of the arrow on the inside of the ring that represents the equatorial line of the earth, giving the hour of the day. The shadow cast by this equatorial band against the ring supporting the arrow indicates the progression between the Solstice dates (Midwinter and Midsummer days) through the Equinox (Spring and Autumn). http://www.botanicgardens.ie/nbg/features/sundial.htm
The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin, 5 km north-west of Dublin city centre, Ireland. The 19.5 hectares are situated between Prospect Cemetery and the River Tolka where it forms part of that river's floodplain. The gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and they have grown to hold 20,000 living plants and many millions of dried plant specimens. There are several architecturally notable greenhouses. Today the Glasnevin site is the headquarters of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland which has a satellite garden at Kilmcurragh in county Wicklow. The botanic garden participates in national and international initiatives for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The Director, Dr. Matthew Jebb, is also Chairman of PlantNetwork: The Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland. It is Ireland's seventh most visited attraction, and the second most visited free attraction.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I forgot that that this lens has an aperture adjustment ring so I had problems when I tried to focus manually … I thought that there was a problem with the lens.