‘before these islands came to be, one may suppose, the wavelets of of a shallow sea heaped the sand of its floor into little ridges. then came the colonising mangroves, converting the ripple marks into islands, perpetuating in living green forest the shape and trend of the sand ripples… whenever the sea builds a new coast, waves of living creatures surge against it, seeking foothold, establishing their colonies. And so we come to perceive life as a force as intangible as any of the physical realities of the sea, a force strong and purposeful… contemplating the teeming life of the shore, we have a sense of the communication of some universal truth that lies just beyond our grasp.’
(rachel carson – the edge of the sea – oxford university press, 1955)
project: quiet rain (moments around a single mangrove tree)
dates: november 2009 and february 2010
location: mile marker 73, anne’s beach, islamorada, the keys, florida
martin ingrouille, diversity and evolution of land plants – 1992 chaman & hall
peter a. furley & walter w.newey, geography of the biosphere – 1983 butterworth & co
r.s.k.barnes & k.h.mann, aquatic ecology – 1991 blackwell science
eduardo sac, signs of life, bio art and beyond – 2007 kit press
box set, limited edition release: cd/dvd/prints
audio track: quiet rain
artist: being (russell burden)
russell burden: hydrophonic field recording, processing, production
terry davey: piano, processing, production
catalogue number: the reference library 02 (cgtrl002lpdvd)
lable page: cotton goods, the reference library and scroll
release date: july 2011
track duration: 12:00
sound remix one: the boats (cd only)
sound remix two: the green kingdom (cd only)
film title: particle stream
videographer: russell burden
film duration: 6:00
film remix: the humble bee (dvd only)
fragment 4.2 - unseen tide beyond tide the shallowest margins the birthing grounds the first few feet of water a natural amniotic nutrient-trap a single mangrove tree its life-coated roots an ocean nursery the bio-diversity an eco-system strange the wonderful forms the delicate micro-beauty destined for the deep reef diversity
natural mangrove ecosystems do not require management other than being left alone.
(ecostudies institute, www.ecoinst.org)
anne eaton was a local naturalist who dedicated her life to the preservation and awareness of natural environments around the florida keys. these fragile mangrove breeding grounds such as Anne’s Beach (the space the detritus project is focused on) have been under threat from pollutants and developmental activity for many years.
the beach at mile marker 73 on islamorada is named after Anne, and a bronze plaque from 1995 on the site reads thus… ‘to commemorate our recognition of anne eaton who lived on this Island for many years and dedicated herself to maintaining the beauty and serenity of these keys’.
as i write, on june 22nd 2010, that beach, like other neighbouring sea coasts and all their associated fauna and flora, is under threat from a man made disaster the ‘deepwater horizon’ mobile oil rig failure. growing by the hour, a huge oil slick the size of scotland is choking the gulf coast. with the current estimate of it’s constant outflow at over two million imperial gallons a day, the problem is beyond human scale. the culprit, a single rig failure that happened on april 20th 2010, almost two months ago. there is at present no solution to capping the well.
for a soul like anne, who spent many years of her life working passionately for the preservation of that gentle place, the un-rectifiable damage and decimation would be beyond belief, a heart breaking armageddon.