Thursday, February 28, 2013


This colorful glass sundial was donated to Oxford University, and it is the work of John Carmichael, who uploaded this image to Wikimedia. The motto reads DUM SPECTAS FUGIO, "While you watch, I flee." This is a popular sundial motto; you can read about many more examples in Gatty's Book of Sun-Dials.

Who is speaking? That's up to you: time? the sun? both? You can also find the motto on clocks (for example, here is a lovely clock with this motto) in which case the answer it is certainly time that is speaking.