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A number of sundial trails have been established. A good example is Thames Sundial Trail in London, England. This site lists a number of other trails in countries all over world but only two in United States. However North American Sundial Society has a complete list on its website.
Two rather different designs are shown here. The first, which is commonly referred to as a Human Sundial, uses person's shadow to indicate time. By standing in appropriate box for date shadow will show correct time. The second is a Digital Sundial which sounds like a contradiction in terms but in reality is just a rather clever design.
Many sundials have a motto inscribed on face. Often these are rather serious in tone and of "Tempus fugit" variety but you also find some written in a lighter vein. Here are a few of my favourites:
The shadow of my finger cast Divides future from past
The clock time may wrongly tell, I never if sun shines well
I stand amid summer flowers To tell passage of hours
And finally again from Hilaire Belloc:
I am a sundial, turned wrong way round. I cost my foolish mistress fifty pounds!
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