September 8, 2011

New England Weathervanes...

What do the Vikings, the Greeks, the Pope, and George Washington have in common? They have all helped to contribute to the curious and colorful history of our modern weathervanes.

Weathervanes get their name from the Old English fane, which means flag or banner. Weathervanes also go by the name of "wind vanes." Weathervanes are one of the oldest forms of weather prediction. Weathervanes are mentioned in the ancient writings of Mesopotamia, from over 3500 years ago. The Chinese also talk about strings or flags being used to read wind direction in writings dated to the 2nd Century B.C.

I have started a collection of weathervane photos.
There are some interesting weathervanes out there...

Lake Memphremagog Newport, VT

Lake Memphremagog

Lake Memphremagog

Bethlehem, NH

Townsend, MA

brightened up to show the detail

Amherst, NH

Lisbon, NH

Littleton, NH

Dog Mountain St Johnsbury, VT

Bradford, VT

Hollis, NH


TexWisGirl said...

what a great series, ruta!!! more! more!

Rose said...

This has the second fish weathervane I have seen in the last few days, and had never seen one before.

You have several others I have not seen, but I like them all.

Joe said...

Love the weathervane shots :).