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I got my winter solstice set and marked the other day .
Now I have to wait for the summer solstice, to finish

I picked out a stained glass Christmas present for me from my wife to hang to mark the day .
 

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Nice project! Things are going to look ^^^^^^ for us after the winter solstice!:D;)
 

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You always have such interesting projects @DrCase - I'm looking forward to the update in 6 months ;).
 
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Since I started gardening, the solstices are very much on my mind during the year. I also will be looking forward for you update.
 
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I made a copper frame for the stained glass this morning, so I can hang it
The glass is old and just leaded together






Is this you inner maya getting loose?

It’s been running awhile.


Nice project! Things are going to look ^^^^^^ for us after the winter solstice!:D;)
It’s looking up for us too


Wow, what a great idea @DrCase! (y)

Thanks Becky
It’s just another story to tell people .


You always have such interesting projects @DrCase - I'm looking forward to the update in 6 months ;).

Thanks Ian


Since I started gardening, the solstices are very much on my mind during the year. I also will be looking forward for you update.

I just like seeing how much the suns moves
 

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Love stained glass! Especially when the sun shines through different coloured panes!
 
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How interesting ! Can you please splain? I would love to be able to be able track the angle of the sun as it does have a huge effect on how my solar power collection is disrupted by nearby buildings.

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How interesting ! Can you please splain? I would love to be able to be able track the angle of the sun as it does have a huge effect on how my solar power collection is disrupted by nearby buildings.

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Ok. I (me and my wife) went to a pyramid in Mexico where the pyramid was at 17 degrees off from a small square building on top. The Mayans had built the corner steps in such an ingenious way that a certain day made a shadow that told them to plant crops. Their are roghly 4 of these days per year. winter solstice is one if them. Summer solstice is a party at the Mayan temple. Its all about the Sun basically
 
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Aha, thank you @DirtMechanic . I think I need something a little different . I've just downloaded a suntracker app to play with and will use what I learn from it to figure out exactly what I do need... well, want. I don't really need much as I don't really grow anything I depend on for sustenance :)
 
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How interesting ! Can you please splain? I would love to be able to be able track the angle of the sun as it does have a huge effect on how my solar power collection is disrupted by nearby buildings.

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Lori

All I can say is stand on a stone in your back yard as soon as you can and mark were the sun rises right now.
It will still be close to the winter solstice you will be able to tweak it in less than a year .

Then sit back and wait for the summer solstice .

I only watch the sunrise



Ok. I (me and my wife) went to a pyramid in Mexico where the pyramid was at 17 degrees off from a small square building on top. The Mayans had built the corner steps in such an ingenious way that a certain day made a shadow that told them to plant crops. Their are roghly 4 of these days per year. winter solstice is one if them. Summer solstice is a party at the Mayan temple. Its all about the Sun basically

The Mayan pyramid I climbed sent the solstice sun down the steps like a snake .
They were amazing workers
 
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All I can say is stand on a stone in your back yard as soon as you can and mark were the sun rises right now.
It will still be close to the winter solstice you will be able to tweak it in less than a year .

Then sit back and wait for the summer solstice .

I only watch the sunrise






The Mayan pyramid I climbed sent the solstice sun down the steps like a snake .
They were amazing workers
We were at the same place. The open mouth of the descending snake represented their fertility god. Why? dunno. And why a snake? And was it not the coolest to find out the odd steepness of the corner steps was to design the shadow of the snake scales on the carved stone rails as the sun indicated the time to plant? A big big clock really- and they party when it strikes time! Did you go inside to see the pyramid inside the pyramid? Crazy!
 
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Aha, thank you @DirtMechanic . I think I need something a little different . I've just downloaded a suntracker app to play with and will use what I learn from it to figure out exactly what I do need... well, want. I don't really need much as I don't really grow anything I depend on for sustenance :)
You can use a disc with a vertical stick and mark the angle of the sun. The stick shadow should not be outside your disc, the center from which the vertical stick stands. A winter solstice vs a summer solstice will have a 20 degree difference roughly but because you are farther north your shadows will be longer. Remember the Romans were much further south italy wise so the shape of their sundials reflectect their proximity to the equator. Canadien style has more angle. It is just as accurate of course, once you adjust for the eh?
 
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Sounds like a fun project. Now if only the sun would break through the clouds!
I think knowing the summer solstice angle is a big deal, because when I am planting in the winter quarter or early spring, I can easily get my shadows wrong in layered height plants and slow the growth I would have otherwise expected
 
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@DirtMechanic that makes good sense. Getting the height graduation incorrect has been a bitter learning curve for me.

I think I need to sit and make notes about what day of the year, the house next door stops impeding the sun from reaching my little greenhouses at the west side. Probably more of an exercise in satisfying my curiosity because I won't be moving them but it might be the decider about when to move the pepper plants out to them.

I guess too, with gardening outside at a standstill due to freezing temps, I'm getting restless and casting about for things to amuse me :)
 
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@DirtMechanic that makes good sense. Getting the height graduation incorrect has been a bitter learning curve for me.

I think I need to sit and make notes about what day of the year, the house next door stops impeding the sun from reaching my little greenhouses at the west side. Probably more of an exercise in satisfying my curiosity because I won't be moving them but it might be the decider about when to move the pepper plants out to them.

I guess too, with gardening outside at a standstill due to freezing temps, I'm getting restless and casting about for things to amuse me :)
I use stakes and other markers. Sometimes you have to be sneaky because if I leave a flag up with no plant near it Becky will snatch it up in a burst of beautification and I lose several months of angle.
 

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