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James Gentles

Fairniehill Farm

Caroling Geary

Sun-kissed Apple

Seagrove Beach, Florida, USA

March 20, 2010, about 7:00 and 19:00 CDT

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Caption

On the March Equinox where does the Sun rise and set? I went to Deer Lake State Park, looking from the beach end of the dune crossover ramp, which is about the only local site with views of the horizon to east and west. Sunrise and sunset were at about 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. local daylight savings time (CDT or 6:00 and 18:00 naturally in 24-hour time). On an equinox, day and night are equal. So here they are together, opposite times in the same place, with sunrise in the east and sunset in the west. Land and sea. Day and night. Wet and dry. The opposites are balanced but far from equal.

I confess it was actually March 20, the day before the equinox. It was the only day with good weather and on March 21, the equinox day, I was away at a meditation retreat. The park gate opens from the road at 8:00 and closes at sunset, so I had to walk a mile up the beach each morning and night. Before dawn, the waves were full of phosphorescent fish, crashing with glowing surf. I was alone in the magic. Around sunset people played on the sand.

What does food have to do with it? Just one green apple blessed by sunlight, eaten after dark.
About the equinox sun: http://www.wholeo.net/Trips/Imagine/acts/ritual/equinox/marchEquinox2010sun.htm

About Deer Lake State Park: http://www.wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/srb/DeerLake/flDeerLakeSP.htm

About galactic alignment on the equinox: http://www.wholeo.net/Trips/Imagine/acts/ritual/equinox/marchEquinoxGalacticMeditation.htm

Wholeo Online: http://www.wholeo.net

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Florida

Lat: 30° 17' 59.88" N
Long: 86° 4' 40.9" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) digital SLR, EF-S 10-22mm lens, ISO 100, f/9 at 1/125 second. Nodal Ninja pano head. Stitched panos in QuicktTime Virtual Reality Authoring Studio. For sunrise, zoomed to 16mm (stitched as 28mm lens). For sunset, zoomed to 19mm (stitched as 32mm lens). Should have kept them the same. Composited two panoramas in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
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