Posts tagged ‘insect’

December 14, 2015

The One

From every series of shots, there is always that One Shot. The One. The one that makes you think, even if I lost all the other shots and was left with just this one, I would be ok with that.

Insect | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

Insect | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

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October 26, 2015

Well THAT’S just silly

You know how you avoid the dentist? Your tooth is aching. You start chewing on the other side of your mouth. You resort to eating nothing but oatmeal and jello. But dammit, you are not calling the wretched, evil being otherwise known as the dentist. Well people, that is me with editing my images. I have a weird allergic reaction to the idea of sitting at my computer and doing this rotten task. I bore easily. I get excited by an image, and then I see something shiny out of the corner of my eye and…..

And so, here I sit with images from my most recent trip to that wonderful place called Costa Rica….and I haven’t even finished editing the images from the last trip! Clearly there are far too many shiny objects in my surroundings. So maybe in approximately three years I’ll share them all. Until then, look at the friend I made!

Costa Rica | Hercules Beetle | Kulik Photography

Costa Rica | Hercules Beetle | Kulik Photography

Costa Rica | Hercules Beetle | Kulik Photography

 

August 29, 2015

buggy

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just a little bug saying have a happy weekend.

April 27, 2015

one of those days

There are days that, as they are happening, you think to yourself, this one is good. This is the kind of day that will forever be imprinted on the memory banks as a Good Day. This is one of those days.

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I fretted over this vacation for some unknown reason. I made the planning so much harder than it had to be. Leading up to the trip I allowed stress to overwhelm me and I just felt like surrendering. So many things were wreaking havoc on my mind and my emotions and I really was ready to just hide in bed at home while hubby went off for a solo vacation. It is so very easy for me to allow myself to be held hostage by my sneaky little brain. However, for my brain, Costa Rica acts as an anesthetic of sorts. It is why I love the country. It has given me some of my most favorite days.

This day was one of them.

We had planned a day with our guide Wilson, who drove us from the airport the day before. There was a question of whether his friend, and nature guide, Geovani would be with him. As it turned out, he was going to spend the day with us. And what a day it was.

geovani Bogarin | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

We perplexed our new friends in the beginning. They kept throwing out options of things to do for the day. Zip lining? No. Hot springs? No. Welllllllll…..what do you want to do? We want you to show us your country. We want to see snakes. And bugs. And ummmm, if you could please find me a sloth, I will love you forever. And then Wilson and Geovani showed us the greatness that is their country. There are so. many. things. I want to write about this day. But I am afraid I would bore you. I am afraid you would stop reading because there would just be so. very. much. Just know that I adore this day. It goes down as One of Those Days.

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One thing that we desperately wanted to see was a red-eyed tree frog. You will see these beautiful frogs adorn many advertisements for the country, however they are actually fairly uncommon and difficult to find. Unless you have Geovani by your side 😉

There are times as a photographer where you capture an image. And then quietly do summersaults in your head. And maybe say with a little attitude, yeah. I took that. This is one of those images. I could have thrown my camera away after capturing this*. This. This was the shot I came to this country for. Wash my hands and call it a day.

*Thankfully, I did not throw my camera away. phew! Because I had another summersault moment later in the day 🙂

Red Eyed Tree Frog | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

and the eggs…

Red Eyed Tree Frog Eggs | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

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and what about THIS moment???????????

Sloth | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

Ummmmm. Yeah. That happened.

Remember “if you find me a sloth I will love you forever“? How about if you find me a sloth on the side of the highway going a gazillion miles an hour and it is so close I can touch it I will totally marry you? And then you find me a baby only minutes down the road? You’re a dreamboat.

Two-Toed Sloth | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

Wanna know what baby sloth fur looks like? It looks like this…

Two-Toed Sloth | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

It is a sad day that I have no photos of me getting these photos. Because I was sort of impressed that I have more physical prowess than I thought. There is a very delicate balancing act occurring here, on barbed wire, while precariously wrapping my arm around a tree branch and crossing my fingers that it will hold me as I lean back to get these shots. I might have been bleeding just a little bit after this little photo shoot…but so totally worth it!

This pretty sums up what my face looked like as I climbed back into the van…

Two-Toed Sloth | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

I could have gone home right at that moment and been so insanely happy. But the day must go on! And it did. And continued in greatness, both big and small. My mind was blown by just how much we saw, and how much we experienced, in such a short period of time. I can say that I did not want the day to end, and as we hugged the guys goodbye, I truly felt like I was saying goodbye to friends.

Wilson Rojas | Geovani Bogarin | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

 

 

 

February 16, 2015

it’s the thought that counts

I got up off my lazy butt and dust-busted the heck out of my computer and said “YES. Today is the day. Today is the day that I will blog. And start storytelling about my last lovely vacation. YES.”

And then I went to upload some pics from Day 1. And well. They weren’t there. And well. Now I can’t breathe. Now I need to put my safari hat on and go on a manhunt and hope that I simply edited a verrrrrrry small number of pics, and the rest are just waiting in Lightroom, concerned that I may have forgotten about them.

SO. I tried to blog today. Really, I did. It’s the thought that counts though. Right?

Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

December 30, 2014

Those long drawn out {vacation chronicles}

Well hi there! The year is coming to an end…so why not officially finish up the 2013 vacation chronicles?!

I don’t even know what day we are on…but it doesn’t matter because we are wrapping up the trip and just like in real life, going through all the pics and seeing the trip coming to an end makes me sad and I’m about to get pouty and foot-stompy and no one really wants to see that, do they? *someone pass me a tissue*

On our last day we were able to squeeze in one last hike in the Braulio Carrillo National Park before heading to the airport the following morning, and realizing that things were coming to an end made me feel slightly greedy with the surroundings, wanting to take in as much as humanly possible.

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And THAT, my friends, is the end of the 2013 vacation chronicles!!! Holy shit, we made it! So ummmmm, are you ready for the 2014 trip?! 😉

December 10, 2014

wait for it…..day 8 {vacation chronicles}

*gasp* I have opted to crawl out of my cave and continue on with the never-ending vacation chronicles. It’s almost embarrassing how long it is taking me to get these memories immortalized in “pulp”, but only almost. Because I am secretly loving that I have been so lazy with all of this…it allows me to relive everything 🙂

Day 8 brought me on one of my favorite hikes on this trip. I have a slight obsession with Vermont, and this hike brought me to a magical place that took Vermont and Costa Rica, threw them in a blender, and created this little concoction otherwise known as Juan Castro Blanco National Park. This park was absolutely stunning. We drove through farmland and farther and farther up into the clouds before finally reaching this hidden gem. There are times when I am in this country that I feel as though I am in another world, and this was certainly one of those places.

Juan Castro Blanco National Park | Costa Rica | Kulik Photography

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I love these two images so much, because it really sums up how this hike was….we were constantly pausing, looking, and just taking it all in. This land was absolutely stunning. It was so very quiet, and the clouds would roll in, and you just had to stop.

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Something sort of magical happened while we were on this sort of magical hike. I don’t believe we ever could have seen this natural phenomenon on any other hike, it had to occur in this space. As we watched the clouds roll by, we noticed something incredible happening in the sky. I cannot even begin to describe the amazingness of watching this unfold in the sky. *swoon*

Juan Castro Blanco National Park | Costa Rica | Sun Dog | Kulik Photography

December 3, 2014

distractions

There was that time I was slowly but surely posting my {vacation chronicles}. I was reliving a lovely vacation and doing my damnedest to stretch that shit out for as long as humanly possible. Because who doesn’t love looking at other people’s vacation photos?!

And then I got totally and completely distracted. By life. By my silly little roller coaster emotions. By that little butterfly over there………………

Wait. What was I saying?

Oh. Distractions. Yeah. See how that happens? So yeah, I got distracted. And then Oops! I did it again! I went on another vacation. I wonder if maybe we should rename the blog something along the lines of “The Distracted Traveler”? Or maybe more appropriately “The Distracted Traveler Who Doesn’t Post Often Enough and Therefore Can Make It Seem as Though She Is On a Constant Vacation”? Yeah. That’s more like it.

So anywaaaaaaaaaays. I might possibly have returned to Costa Rica. And so I have more pictures. That’s all I have to say about that. Until I remember to post again….

Costa Rica | Cahuita National Park | Butterfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

October 15, 2014

it is everywhere

If you look close enough, you will find beauty everywhere. I find myself fortunate that I have the ability to find it in things that most would see as the complete opposite.

Costa Rica | Vacation | Butterfly | Blue Morpho Butterfly | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

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May 31, 2014

day 6 pt.5 {vacation chronicles}

ummmm, is anyone still here? Am I still here? My aversion to sitting down to the computer has grown stronger and stronger over the months. In case you hadn’t noticed 😉 However, it would be an atrocity to just stop posting old vacation photos. The world might end. Or something.

So what the hell? Let’s stretch this shit out, shall we?!

There is that song floating around by American Authors. Best Day of My Life. Day 6? It was truly one of the best days of my life. It was the kind of day that felt like it was going to last forever. And I had barely a worry on my mind (which is a huge feat to accomplish in my world). And I rode a horse. Best day. Obviously.

After our horse ride, and butterfly garden adventures, and iguana stalking, we decided to just wander the property of the resort and see what we could find. There were surprises around every corner, and always something beautiful to see. We were especially excited to see this double crested basilisk up in a tree.

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