Posts tagged ‘myakka state park florida’

January 6, 2013

Insert Obligatory End of Year Post

This time last year, I was doing a little jig as I bid farewell to one of my worst years.

This time this year, there is no fancy dancing. It’s more like wandering around aimlessly, an imaginary question mark hovering over my head as I wonder “what day is it?” “what month?” “wait, it’s a new year??? where’d the old one go?”

This year has been fast and sort of blurry.

2012 in cute little bullet points went a little something like this:

* Peace out 2011! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass!

* Normal hum-drum every day life

* Lovely annual visit to NH

* Lovely annual summer of concerts

* Omg. I’m a student again. SHIT. I. AM. A. STUDENT. AGAIN.

* Anatomy. Books. Stress. Med Term. Stress. Surgery. Tests. Pressure. Increased level of anxiety.

* No. More. Free. Time.

* That time I almost passed out. In front of people. Strangers even. *sigh*

* What is free time again?

* Did I used to have friends? A personal life? Real relationships? I. Can’t. Remember.

* And to spice things up ever so slightly, let’s throw in a pretty severe dog bite that required an ER visit and stitches and a frankenstein scar and and and

* Wait, it’s 2013? For real? FOR REAL?

When did that happen???

And because I recently received a kick-ass guilt trip/scolding on letting my camera collect dust, I took approximately 17 photos in the year 2012. Here are the last two.

Plant | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

Skull | Kulik Photography | SW Florida Photographer

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December 3, 2011

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February 11, 2011

where I go

When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.  This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.  I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity.  But I am mentally far away from civilization.  The world is breaking someone else’s heart.  ~Diane Ackerman

I absolutely love swimming. I love how weightless I feel. How free it makes me of my clumsiness. I love how, when I float on my back and the water envelops my face, all I hear is white noise and all I see is blue sky. I don’t swim nearly as often as I would like. And so my next most favorite thing to do is to go for a bike ride. Riding a bike affords me a freedom very close to swimming. I feel free and oblivious to the world around me. I feel weightless and relieved of the burden I allow time to press on me. This is where I go.

I have never made it a secret that I don’t love the state that I live in. Technically, I hate it. A lot. I plot my escape on a regular basis. There is little about the state of Florida that I find particularly attractive. But I must admit, while it may not be my first choice for scenery, I am incredibly lucky to live so close to Myakka State Park. It offers 14 miles of paved road to bike on, and countless off road trails. While it is popular with the tourists, it is somehow easier to deal with them, ignore them, while there. When biking through this park I am hardly aware of the people around me. I am hardly aware of myself. I love to just go. and ride. and just be.

February 7, 2011

macro photography ~ behind the scenes

It’s no secret. Macro photography is where my heart lies. If I could figure out a way to make a living making photographs of itty bitty things I would be a seriously happy girl. One of my most favorite things to shoot is insects. Which will forever strike me as strange, considering insects technically, well, scare the living bejesus out of me. I find them beautiful, and fascinating and sometimes secretly wish I could turn back the clock and go to school for entemology. But they scare the living bejesus out of me just the same. I am not sure where my fascination came from. Sometimes I get annoyed with the urge to want to photograph insects. Because I do not actually enjoy getting heebie-jeebied.

Currently, I shoot with a 60mm macro lens. Up until about a year ago, I did all of my macro work with a 35mm macro lens. What a lot of people don’t realize is just how close that puts you to your subjects. When I was shooting with the 35mm, I would sometimes bump my macro subjects. oops! Shooting with the new 60mm I am afforded a bit more space, but honestly, I miss the in-your-face quality of shooting with the 35mm.

Over the weekend we took a hike in Myakka State Park. While I was singing woe is me that I couldn’t find anything fun to shoot, I spotted an itty bitty subject. And the frustration began. Here’s a macro math equation for you:  macro + teeny tiny + wind = a grumpy photographer! Because I shoot at a larger f/stop, and I am so close to my subjects, my focus has to be precise to get the shot. If I, or the subject, moves even a fraction of an inch, my shot can be ruined. Adding wind to that equation can make things tricky. Also add in a lens that will continuously search to focus if the subject is too small, forcing me to use manual focusing. All these things made this one of my hardest shoots to date.

sometimes, if I just stare at my subjects long enough, something is bound to happen. Here I was thinking…if I stare long enough, maybe the wind will just go away.

last effort before quitting

and the final result….

On our way back we stumbled upon one more subject. This one proved even more difficult because not only was it still windy, this little guy was hanging out on his web, which is easily moved with even the thought of a breeze, as well as poor light, miniscule size (both of these spiders were no bigger than my pinky nail) AND he was intent on terrifying me with fast FAST movements in my direction. Spiders….why must you scare me so very much?!

and a few of the final shots…

September 11, 2010

Feeling Ferny

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear