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First Day of Spring

Today was the first day of spring (printemps).

On the Beckman quad on our campus is a very large sculpture. It consists of a tall spire and three short fountains. The geometry is such that at solar transit (local noon) at the solstices and the equinoxes, the tip of the shadow cast by the spire just brushes the tip of one of the fountains. So, today, the center fountain was the star of the show. I recorded it on my phone's camera, and am not displeased by the results, actually.


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fishnetfatale
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Awww. That made me strangely homesick. I used to rollerblade up around there all the time.
skywind8
Mar. 21st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Me too - it was a beautiful place to rollerblade, especially at night with the fountain lit up and a sweet summer breeze.

So cool that the fountain has astronomical build in it. :)
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