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Elizabeth Gentile

The Island Green

Caroling Geary

Dissolving Earth and Sky

Grayton Beach State Park, NW Florida, USA

8:45, 16 June 2005

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© 2005 Caroling Geary, Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons License


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The 2005 June solstice, full moon, and World Wide Panorama event came together for me in the act of creating this movie and performing a water ritual. The water comes from the Florida aquifer deep under ground. I raised it, poured it into the bowl, spun around seeing that although it was passive and transparent, lens-like, it transmitted images and reflections of the surroundings. A hammock is an overarching dome of trees. The one on the Grayton Beach State Park nature trail is exquisitely beautiful, formed of trees that have withstood many years of battering from hurricanes and tropical storms from the Gulf of Mexico. Often people seek shelter from the heat or wind in this sanctuary. They recline in the trees, winding around the trunks.

As I poured, I asked that the water carry my blessing and best wishes for the watery base of Florida, bringing it into the photos. When done with the art work, I poured the water at the base of the sign, asking that it carry the message of this place, people, park, and World Wide Panorama, connecting back to the root. Every time the movie spins, it reinforces this intention.

Alternate titles for the movie

  • Shaker, Shake It Up
  • Dissolving earth and sky colors
  • Mixer upper
  • Dash of trees, pinch of sand, drops of sky
  • Sky drops
  • Earth and Sky Mixer
  • Water prayer wheel
  • Reflections encyclical
  • Natural blender
  • Capturing the essence
  • L'eau Fast
  • Quick Hammock
  • Quick drink (as in Fast food)
  • The Solution
  • You wanted an answer, you got a solution
  • The quicker, the better solution
  • Hula Hoop Hammock
  • Preparing water for the blessing
  • Recipe for blessing water
- Take a hammock of trees
- Add Tohee call, cricket chirp
- Plus morning light
- Stir rapidly into bowl of fresh water
- Watch it

The sound on entry to the hammock was cicadas, that fell silent with the shrill whistle of the bird. The time was about when I set up the tripod, so perhaps that did it. Web pages describe the Rufus-Sided Towhee call as "drink your tea". But these birds just said "drink".

Additional Caption: Behind the scene: making this object movie ▼

For more views of this project and Grayton Beach State Park, see http://www.wholeo.net/Trips/Travel/Florida/srb/GraytonBeach/flGraytonBeachSP.htm

See the official Florida web page for this park at http://www.floridastateparks.org/graytonbeach/default.cfm

http://www.wholeo.net/ is Wholeo Online. Creative search for whole self, by Caroling


USA-Canada / USA-Florida

Lat: 30° 19' 27" N
Long: 86° 09' 09" W

Elevation: 3 feet

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) SLR camera, EF-S 10-22mm lens at 10mm (equivalent to 16mm film camera), ISO 200, RAW, f.14 at 1/100 second. Stitched with Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio 1.01. Graphic modifications in Adobe Photoshop CS. Sound recorded with Canon GL2 miniDV camcorder. Edited in Final Cut Express, Audacity, Macromedia Flash, and QuickTime 7 Pro.

Behind the scene: making this object movie

I walked with a friend on the park nature trail. We wanted to see how the recent tropical storm had damaged the beach site where we had celebrated solstice birthdays last December. Our hiding dunes and ragged trees had been eaten and swept away by the storm surge. Rangers were repairing the dune walkover stairs. But the hammock was untouched.

WIth camcorder, I walked the scene, studying it with video and recording sound. Later I recorded more bird calls, without seeing the birds. I couldn't get a small sound track file despite minimizing it and converting to MP3.

You can see the friend meditating in the trees as I set water in the central open space. It turned out to be an oval path surrounded by trees. East/west axis ends were close; north/south axis ends were far from the middle. The ground sloped so that I was on my knees by the bench in the south and standing on my toes downhill by the sign in the north. Not wanting to level a tripod 16 times, I shot hand-held, upping the ISO and shutter speed. I didn't measure any distances, estimating the oval path radius, 23 degrees between each step, and height to keep the bowl top level. No wonder the movie jerks. In addition, a 17th shot crept in there to stay. I like the organic unevenness of it all, like a ceramic pot that wavers in the potter's hands. Like breathing. Could be an excuse for poor technique.

Getting a panoramic view along with the object is not two for the price of one. The object movie panorama is much bigger in file size than a plain panorama. I could not sharpen the images and keep the file size within limits. Now that I have confessed my compromises, I still feel guilty and vow to improve next time.

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