Friday, November 4, 2011
An Artistic Adventure: Day 3, Fish
Today's post is from Barbara Parker.
Yesterday, we dealt with some serious stuff.
Today, not so much.
Today, we celebrated fish. I mentioned that Biscayne National Park is 95% underwater. What's under that water? Lots and lots of life.
Biscayne is home to countless species of fish, snakes, mollusks, crocodiles, crustaceans, dolphins, coral, sponges, sea turtles and, my personal favorite, manatees. Believe it or not, I am just touching the surface with that list. As you can imagine, in order to celebrate this underwater world, we had to get wet.
Biscayne National Park is a place where many people go to enjoy recreation. They fish, boat, swim. In other words, they have fun.
We knew to portray this particular part of the park, we needed to do two things. One, we needed to go underwater. Two, we needed to have fun.
We refer to this as a foot dance. Feet as fish, if you will. We decided that we wanted only feet. Funny feet. Underwater.
So, we found a quiet spot in Hurricane Creek and we dropped anchor. Between two boats, we strung two sturdy pipes. We asked the dancers to dance, hanging from the pipes, with only their feet in the water. Okay, and sometimes their hands, and, maybe once or twice, their heads.
We put our camera in an underwater casing, a scuba tank on a cameraman, and we had fun.
This section will open the second half of our program. And, believe me, you'll smile.
Our location: Hurricane Creek, Biscayne National Park
The dancers: Sarah Braverman, Christina Ilisije, Elena D'Amario, Steve Vaughn, and Eric Bourne
The music: "Tu Conga Bach" from Tiempo Libre's Bach in Havana
At the end of the day, we headed back across Biscayne Bay to Park Headquarters. Our boat split the water in two; the sun broke through the clouds; and I sat perched in the bow of the boat. I turned my head, caught the eye of Wolf Trap President and CEO Terre Jones, and said loudly enough to be heard over the roar of the boat engine, "I have the best job in the entire world."
All photos by William Harrison.