Sunday, July 26, 2009

126/365 A simple weather vane

As a person who's always been fascinated with all things meteorology, I think weather vanes are very cool. They're just one of those simple tools that have been around for eons and still serve a purpose. And they make nice roof ornaments, too.

When I say eons, that's seriously true -- according to the almighty Wikipedia, the first known weather vane dates back to at least 50 BC.

BC. Thinking of an invention being in existence -- and the people who must have used it -- more than 2000 years ago just puts me in a state of awe. Think about how different life was at that time, and how things have changed since then.

A simple weather vane would have served more purpose than just a roof ornament -- weather played a huge part in their daily lives, especially if you needed to rely on the wind to travel from one place to another.

See how amazing that is? It adds some heft to this small iron ornament, doesn't it?

Camera: Canon 40D with 60mm macro lens, 1/125s, f/8 at ISO 100 at about 5:30 p.m.

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