Sunday, November 20, 2016

Desert time

The last post was long, the next few will be short, hopefully sweet.

Mottos for this one might be:
"Self-dependent power can time defy, as rocks resist the billows and the sky."
or Latin "Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are [dust and] shadow."

The Golden Gate Park sundial now sits not on a stand, but on the broad leaf of a prickly pear cactus. What does this say about time? Perhaps that just like the cactus we have no choice but to keep hands off, unless of course we like pain. 'Leave time alone, don't mess with it. You think you won't get old? " 'Fuhgeddaboutit', as they say in New York City - it can't be changed anyway".
The gnomon (which casts the shadow) is instead a tree which will grow, casting a slightly different shadow as the years go by, slightly longer every year. But the hour, the time told, will remain the same, only the shadow gets longer, as yours will too.
(The gnomon casts a shadow; the shadow shows the time.)
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