The cactus sun dial

The cactus-decorated sun dial.

The cactus-decorated sun dial.

What better location for a sun dial than Phoenix?   Well, discounting Yuma, also in Arizona.  The Colorado River city has 242 days of sun, according to worldfactsandfigures.com.  That’s tops in the U.S.  Phoenix rates No. 2 with 211 days.

The god of the sun dial?

The god of the sun dial?

Those facts and figures were furthest from my mind yesterday as I padded along the cement walkways of the Desert Botanical Garden in the east part of town.  The sun was unfortunately brilliant.  And hot.  I was trying out my new Canon EOS T3i camera, and just wanted to get it over with and back to the comfort of my swamp-cooler house.

Even in the shade happiness existed.

Even in the shade happiness existed.

Near a small plaza in the Herb Garden I was surprised to see a giant sun dial imbedded there in the concrete, decorated with two colors of cactus.  A long slanted pole hung over the dial pointing north.  The pole cast a shadow that was nearing the numeral “6” on the circle.  I didn’t need someone to tell me that meant 6 o’clock.  I shot the photo and later checked the time.  It was 5:45.

A nearby dial observor.

A nearby dial observor.

Somehow running across the sun dial made me feel better.  And I enjoyed the rest of my hour-long wander through the Garden, surprised even more to see so much color this intensely-hot and wilting  time of year.

Happy flowers near the Herb Garden.

Happy flowers near the Herb Garden.

My close friend, the Gambel's Quail.

My close friend, the Gambel’s Quail.

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