Colourful April – Time Series

Year 2015

Year 2016

In 2016 I had my first photography tour to Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands. Yes Keukenhof is like a World of colours.

Year 2017

How the rain showers come in the month of April, bringing nourishment to the flowers so they can bloom in the spring. ~ David C. Reyes

Year 2018

The coming of April heralds the time to plant seeds of magic and fill the heart and home with the joy of light and life ~ Lotuswulf Satyrhorn

Year 2019

You will feel the intoxication if you live life very consciously in this beautiful, merry month of April ~Summer Bacon

Year 2020

Year 2021

It was a fun exercise looking into archives to get the idea of April in yesteryears. Snow in April is not exceptional.

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Geometry in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome Italy

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs was constructed in the 16th century following an original design by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Pope Clement XI commissioned the astronomer, mathematician, archaeologist, historian and philosopher Francesco Bianchini to build a meridian line, a sort of sundial, within the basilica. 

There is hole in the church’s wall from which the sun can shine through and onto the meridian line.

Tthe object had a threefold purpose: the pope wanted to check the accuracy of the Gregorian reformation of the calendar, to produce a tool to predict Easter exactly, and, not least, to give Rome a meridian line as important as the one Giovanni Domenico Cassini had recently built in Bologna’s cathedral, San Petronio. Alan Cook remarked, “The disposition, the stability and the precision are much better than those of the famous meridian… in Bologna”.

Bianchini’s sundial was built along the meridian that crosses Rome, at longitude 12° 30′ E. At solar noon, which varies according to the equation of time from around 10:54 a.m. UTC in late October to 11.24 a.m. UTC in February (11:54 to 12:24 CET), the sun shines through a small hole in the wall to cast its light on this line each day. At the summer solstice, the sun appears highest, and its ray hits the meridian line at the point closest to the wall. At the winter solstice, the ray crosses the line at the point furthest from the wall. At either equinox, the sun touches the line between these two extremes. The longer the meridian line, the more accurately the observer can calculate the length of the year. The meridian line built here is 45 meters long and is composed of bronze, enclosed in yellow-white marble.

In addition to using the line to measure the sun’s meridian crossing, Bianchini also used the window behind the pope’s coat of arms and a movable telescope to observe the passage of several stars such as Arcturus and Sirius to determine their right ascensions and declinations. The meridian line was restored in 2002 for the tricentenary of its construction, and it is still operational today.

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_degli_Angeli_e_dei_Martiri

http://www.jgiesen.de/meridian/rome/

https://ar-tour.com/guides/rome-day-1/santa-maria-degli-angeli-e-dei-martiri.aspx

Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for ~ Craig Bruce

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it ~Søren Kierkegaard

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite. ~ William Blake

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you ~ Chuck Klosterman

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Natural light in Autumn

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter ~ Ansel Adams

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography ~George Eastman

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera~Dorothea Lange

Meditation is good for health

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This is a scheduled post. I will be on WordPress at the earliest by Friday as week 10 is quite a hectic week at work.

Stay safe and be kind.