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March Equinox, 2004, e-day

Earth Site flag WWP logoThe equinox was on March 20, 2004 at 6:49 UT. Also, that date was World Wide Panorama (WWP) day, Earth Day, and Just Say No to War day (Global Peace Blitz). WWP founders are calling this e-day. E for equinox, To quote from earthsite.org, E could be for Earth Trustees, "seeking what can be done in Ecology, Economics, and Ethics to benefit people and planet". E-day has been used for Everything from Engineers to Euros. E-day is all-Embracing. Even E for Electronics. I focused on Deer Lake State Park. Here is a study from the previous day.

About the panoramas

On World Wide Panorama day, a VRtist creates source material for a QTVR. A VRtist is an artist who prepares 360-degree QuickTime Virtual reality (QTVR) panoramas. Usually the source is one or more photographs and the artistry consists in blending and presenting the source(s) as realistically as possible, so the viewer sees an event at a particular time and place. Thus, this year's global shoot is sponsored by geographers.

Someday, it might be sponsored by an international endowment for the arts. One of the entries this year shows a figure composed of part back and part side, reminiscent of what Picasso and cubist artists were painting 100 years ago. How long will it take for art to catch up with the technology of QTVRs?

Personally, I love nature but I'm open to any creative visions entering or being the panorama. This year nothing surreal appeared except the equalizing colors. I photographed the Deer Lake State Park bridge as the sun rose over the trees to the east. The panoramas follow WWP rules: the medium size panorama < 700 KB and a large full screen version < 3 MB. EXIF data and other details on the medium page.

Note: See World Wide Panorama page (these movies need to be updated).

<img src="../../../../../../Access/path/images/pathImmerseSm.jpg" width=35 height=36 usemap="#pathImmerseSm" border=0> Panorama requires QuickTime. See immersive imaging for help, info, and all other immersive imaging, including QuickTime VR movies, at Wholeo Online.

Panorama: Medium (580 KB) or Large Full screen  (2.3 MB)

skidsI was moved by the road cutting the panorama in two equal halves, with yellow dividing lines like an infinite equal sign. Fresh tire skid marks delightfully take off from the linear road. It comes and goes into mist east and west; the lake site momentarily unbroken by traffic. The dawn light beams and vapors in the air carve, reveal, highlight, or obscure what is there. Nature is artist and muse.

Geographically, the road leads west along the coast to Seaside, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. The road leads east to Panama City Beach and far-off Tampa, Florida. The view to the south is of white quartz crystal sand dunes and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. North is the scrub forest, kept in trim by lightning fires and hurricanes.

I took a stand by planting a UN flag beside the lake. That put me in equal danger from alligators in the water and vehicles on the road, which is located half way between two military air force bases. The medium size panorama is equalized, a Photoshop adjustment that balances grayscale values equally between light and dark. It also finds colors magically.

Other scenes from the day and place should appear linked from this page eventually.

See Florida travel page, Deer Lake State Park, and year 2004.

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