First I have a story
from last week when I found a perfect
Camellia blossom from the big bush out in the front yard. It was fully
open which is rare for us here and a beautiful orange and magenta
color. I asked Ern [founder of gardendome.com] "how many petals do you
think it has?" His first
thought from the "top of my head" came quickly and he said "55". My
guess was 80 and that seemed quite possible too. Here's a Camelia
I started counting petals and removed each one carefully.
We both were surprised at the last ten--45, 50, 51, 52.............53,
54, 55!! Amazingly that was the last one and Ern had guessed correct.
I knew that 5 was a seemingly divine number, so 55 seemed good one too.
Amazingly, Ern also turned 55 this year too , he as born on
10-10-'59. We had an amazing experience in Egypt in the "King's Chamber
of the Great Pyramid on 10-10-2010 but that is another story.
Did you know that 555 has an
important place in our history too? The [George] Washington Monument is
555 ft. tall!
Go there if you get a chance. It's a great view of the Mall,
and White House. We got there too late but with our good fortune
angel's help, the National
Park attendent let us go up. The Cherry Blossom Festival is very
Here is a view from the observation level
(top) where you can go taking the elevator up-
Another great Monument experience is the St.
Louis Gateway Arch
We were fortunate to visit the WTC
before it was destroyed forever. A lookout I will never forget. I made
this page after "9-11" World Trade Center
If you are fortunate to visit Paris, France, several world famous
views can be seen from: Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Galeries
Lafayette and of course, the Eiffel
As Ern says, "I had
just finished a milestone of my career having worked the last 13 years
as an illustrator at Lockheed Martin Ft. Worth. When I started
there, 25,000 workers built 3 or more F-16 Fighter jets a month on the
mile long assembly line; only 5,000 workers remained when I was laid
off. I had just been rewarded my dome connection patent system
and we drove to N.Y. for a new client and dome job, and took a side
trip to Manhattan."
But back to the Star
with C option and EZ orientation. I took the 3D model from previous
work, then rotated it for Edge on top. For the 'C' option, a cross is
now on top.
Father Magnus WenningerO,S.B. has devoted his
life to his faith and math, making paper models, writing, study and
exploring spherical math. He has been an inspiration to our work and
designs. In fact he commissioned us to make a 3 ft. study model based
on his "Order in Chaos" paper model. We did drawings and a local
machinist cut out the 300 or so brass pieces, then bent them as needed
at specific areas to make the sphere's roundness. Results:
Star Dome 2-C:
It makes a great hemisphere dome with
an easy placement of doors and windows