Wall-to-Wall Sun at Fiddler's Hearth

The sun has been shining on Fiddler's Hearth, a Celtic public house in South Bend, IN, which hosted three solargraphs on its outside wall for the latter half of 2021. Each of the three cans--facing south, southeast, and east, respectively--captured the arc of the sun through the seasons. The prominent Liberty Tower, on which Aloft South Bend created solargraphs previously, dominates the view to the south. The wide angle photograph taken in Pano mode conveniently simulates the perspective of the solargraph.


Panorama looking south from Fiddler's Hearth.

The results suggest that at least two cans shifted, yielding a shadowy double-image just slightly offset from the main image.

Solargraph facing south from Fiddler's Hearth.

One loosely mounted can apparently rocked back and forth multiple times over the course of nearly 6 months, yielding a stepped left edge of the Liberty Tower building. When I removed the can I noticed it shifted a full step before stopping, so the result is to be expected.

Solargraph facing southeast from Fiddler's Hearth.

Notice how the solar arc is nearly symmetrical when the pinhole is aimed nearly south (top solargraph image). However, when the pinhole is aimed westerly or easterly (below), the distortion is different. In the latter case, the sun's changing rising position along the eastern horizon is evident, and the arc converges toward the opposite horizon right of Liberty Tower. Very cool!

Solargraph facing east from Fiddler's Hearth.

Three solargraphs mounted on wall at Fiddler's Hearth.

Three cans on south wall of Fiddler's Hearth.

Zooming in to the middle solargraph can, you can see the pinhole (arrowed) facing southeast.




Thanks go to Terry and Carol Meehan, proprietors of Fiddler's Hearth, for facilitating these solargraphs. Personally, I highly recommend you "Eat at Fid's" for an authentic Irish food/beverage/music/atmosphere experience. Wishing Fiddler's Hearth well on its 20th orbit around the sun.

Featured Posts
Recent Posts