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April 23, 2013 Solar Calendar's first month!

April 23, 2013 Solar Calendar’s first month!

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you again.
— Pink Floyd (Time)

Marking the sun’s shadow during Ecuador’s rainy season depends on the mood of the clouds!  It also requires a bit of discipline to watch for that sunset hour and the presence or absence of light and shadow. 2013 is represented with hit and miss notations across the balcony wall, and the new year is marked with pencil.

This past week I’ve cherished the sunlight a bit more than usual, because the circle of houses near the farm has been without power for four days!  One squeezes the most out of the daylight hours when candle power illuminates the evening! (I’m taking a timeout at Hostal Ciragan in town!)

When I noted the end-of-day sunlight earlier this week, I marked the solar calendar and noted that the shadow matched (thank goodness!) last year’s mark!  Yikes, the sun really did catch up with me, and I was thrilled to be home to record it’s spot on the wall!

April 22, 2014 matches the spot from April 22, 2013.  (Whew!)

April 22, 2014 matches the spot from April 22, 2013. (Whew!) Note that it also coordinates with August 20th!

Marking the sun’s path is quite entertaining, and I will continue to nudge you to start your own!   You’ll need three items: a spot to mark the end-of-day shadow, something to cast that shadow (I use the post on the balcony) and the star of the show, our sun!  It’s so easy!

For all of you who endured a long cold winter, the following song is for you!

Thank you again for your patience and support!  Most likely I’ll be online again on Thursday night – Ecuador time – for one more round of internet and electricity!)

The post casts the shadow - January 2014

The post casts the shadow – January 2014

Admire the discipline and dedication of two Timeout Artist Friends:

Pastels by Mary: Thursday’s Drawing – Sorrow Series (Start at the bottom with #1 and marvel at Mary’s patience and talent!)

Cindy Ricksgers Timeout For Art (Cindy definitely has her own unique and very talented style!)