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Caroling Geary

Seaside Ampitheatre - Lichen on Stage

Seaside, Florida, USA

September 21, 2009, 12:00 CDT (local time)

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Caption

In Seaside near the ampitheatre. I wandered onto the grass to eat my Kahlua frozen yogurt in the noonday heat. Nothing was happening onstage or off. My mind wandered to lichens I met in the New Jersey Pinelands. I had been wondering how they related to Florida local lichens of the same Cladoniaceae family. I envisioned putting my own favorite show on the stage. I imagined inviting local lichens from the nearby forests to be an audience.

I did it in Photoshop. The guest performer is a false reindeer lichen from the Pine Barrens, New Jersey. Some of the local lichens gathered on the green around the stage are the same species, Cladonia subtenuis, but in Florida are known as dixie reindeer lichen. My rogue art fiction action seems to have caught the attention of the surrounding buildings, trees, and cars. I feel they are looking on.

Location

Seaside is a planned community on the Emerald Coast of NW Florida panhandle, known for its successful innovation of New Urbanism. The flag waves in the south over the Post Office. It faces Scenic Highway 30-A, the Emerald Coast beach, and the Gulf of Mexico. The small stage facing north opens to an expansive green grass ampitheatre surrounded with stores, restaurants, a bank, a bookstore, and other businesses. The turf supports free concerts, fairs, meetings, yard sales, exhibits, dances, and an open space for play. The Seaside Repertory Theatre is in a nearby building.
New Jersey, False reindeer lichen 2009 - Lichen on stage, the actor background

Local Florida deer lichens, 2007 - Local lichens, the audience background

Seaside Institute - links to New Urbanism

Other WWP entries about deer lichen and Seaside:

Diversity - Deer Lichen Diversity

Sustenance - Deer Lichens to Eat, Litter, and Evolve

Atmosphere - Deer Moss Lives on Air

Borders (Seaside) - Between Sundial and the Hedge Does not show Flash track, only visible in Flash version: Borders Panorama Equinox - Flash, large (1.4 MB)

Lichen On Stage on wholeo.net

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Florida

Lat: 30° 19' 12.74" N
Long: 86° 8' 15.56" W

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

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Equipment

Pentax Optio W30, equivalent to 38 mm film camera, ISO 100, f/6.6 at 1/320 second. 13 exposures stitched in Apple QuickTime VR Authoring Studio, also creating the QuickTime panoramas. Flash JPEG from the QTVRAS source file. Image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
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