Saturday, March 08, 2008

See the Polyhedron?

These last few days [since Tuesday] I have been totally inside with the FLU. It has given me extra time to appreciate some of the antics of our kittens…
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I feel almost human at the moment… last weekend we got to work outside when the temperatures hovered in the 60’s… No working outside this weekend however…
Some days the sun has shone so radiantly and the antics of the kittens have been even so fun loving. Now that the snow is falling, they are not thwarted as they sit on one window and attempt to catch the falling flakes…

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Our inside kittens ENDEAVOR to capture the suns reflected light…

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I have had sun catchers in the home for as many years as we have lived here. I even have a couple outside during the warm weather…

The light provides me the impression of merriment and it is delightful to behold…
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A prism can be used to break light up into its constituent spectral colors (the colors of the rainbow).

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In Isaac Newton's time, some believed that prisms created new colors.
A prism is a polyhedron
** Graph Some sun catcher lore: ** In the mythology of every land there may be found legends relating to the snaring of the sun, or the retarding of its daily course. ... The ancients speculated regarding the daily apparent movement of the sun, and these notions gave rise to a wealth of tradition, myth, and legend that have come down to us in many devious ways. The tales that relate especially to the snaring and trapping of the Sun have been termed by mythologist “Sun-Catcher Myths”.” From Sun Lore of All Ages. A Collection of Myths and Legends Concerning the Sun and its Worship by William Tyler Olcott Some neat shaped crystals ~ Click Here
The tales that relate especially to the snaring and trapping of the Sun have been termed by mythologists "Sun-Catcher Myths."
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In a pass of the Andes there stand, on the cliffs that rise high on either side, two ruined towers. Into their walls are clamped iron hooks, which tradition relates held fast a net that was stretched across the pass to catch the rising Sun. According to an Indian legend, the Sun was once caught and bound with a chain that only permitted him to swing a little way to one side or the other.

3 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi D
Glad you are feeling well enough to post again.
Jane's mother as these and the colours shoot all over the walls, they really are a joyous sight.

I will follow the links later when time permits.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great information there. Seems like that flu is hitting every where so far knock on wood we havn't gotten it. Hope you are on your way of recovery.

Julie said...

Sorry to read you've been ill Dee but glad you're feeling a bit better. I love prisms too. I've got one hanging in my studio window and I love the rainbows it casts.
Thank you for your comments on my blog about the printing.