Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gnomons and Monoliths

Fifteen minutes of iPadulation in the coffee house brings me to this distant open countryside where prehistoric monuments still stand, weathered in the meadow. They are gnomons, or shadow indicators on a sundial or a seasonal wheel. Ancient people raised these monoliths to tell the time of the season, just as they did with Stonehenge. These are based on the stone circles of Avebury, England, which I visited in 1987. I am thinking about British antiquities and stone circles because I am currently reading Arthur Conan Doyle's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES which mentions "primitive" ruins on the desolate moorland.

"ArtStudio" on iPad, February 27, 2013.

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