Twenty Eight

I honestly don’t believe that I’m 28, but here I am, laying in bed watching a movie that I haven’t seen since 1998 (Lost in Space, if yo nasty), eating a Twix ice cream bar, and posting things to SnapChat. That’s what adults do, right? I’ll probably figure it out soon. 


Today, we went to the Fountain of Youth archeological park for the first time, and got to learn more about the First Nations that lived here, and that one may have even immigrated here from Mexico over 4,000 years ago. I really do find it awesome to learn things like this about our past. It’s always good to know where you’ve been, so you know where you’re going next. 


After that, we did our typical walk around old town Saint Augustine, which was surprisingly normal since the hurricanes had blown through this past summer. I’m glad to see that the city is so resilient in the face of hardship. 


Most of today, I had my Fujifilm X-T2 with the 27mm pancake lens, and as predicted, it was great for walking around on the streets. I definitely look forward to seeing what the photos look like when I get them into Light Room at home. 


Later, we went to our usual spot, the Black Molly Grill, for dinner. We both got steaks, as usual, and they were perfect as always. After, we went out to the beach. 


Naturally, by this point, it was dark outside, so there wasn’t much to see, but I only wanted to stand in the stillness of the night and listen to the waves crashing against the shore and feel the wind blow. 


It was the perfect ending to the perfect day. Next, we’re going to have to head home. Lame. 

Birthday Eve

Normally, I don’t post about my birthday, but the day before or after my birthday every four years rings an important event in American politics. 

Today was the inauguration for the newest President of the United States. Regardless of how I personally feel about him, or how anyone feels about him, we have to hope for the best of our country. With that being said, I will guarantee that most if not all of my sites will remain politics free, so you can feel as though this is a stress free zone. 

With that being said, this weekend, we’ve taken a little trip to Saint Augustine. Tomorrow is my birthday, so we figured that we would just get away instead of throwing the usual party to celebrate. 

I haven’t packed my laptop, so there won’t be many photos posted, however, I’ve brought both the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T10, so I’ll be able to get a lot of photos of the sights around town. I like photographing the same places over and over. I find it as a challenge of sorts to find new things to photograph or to shoot things I’ve shot before in new ways. 

I’ve brought two cameras mostly because I couldn’t decide which I wanted to take. Which, I think, is the struggle of being a photographer with a good collection of cameras. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t also bring a film camera just in case, as well. While I do prefer the X-T2 overall, the X-T10 is just a bit more compact, and with that and the 27mm pancake lens, it’s great for street photography. All in all, I’ll probably switch back and forth between the two.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (http://Instagram.com/specialkolin) to follow along with our trip! For now, though, I’m going to kick back and watch some more Storage Wars, because it’s the only interesting TV right now. 

Let’s be clich√© and remember to be the change you wish to see in the world. 

My Second Attempt at a Vlog

Without planning a single thing, I decided about halfway through our hike that I’d try to do a few vlogs. I only got two days worth of videos recorded, and then just stopped.

I’d also like to note that most of the footage was supposed to be in 4K, but as it turns out my computer (a 2012 MacBook Pro) is too old to render it out… this week.

I’m learning from my mistakes, so the next time I shoot one, it will probably work out better.

NC Trip – Post-Trip Thoughts

Well, we’re back in Florida. If I’m honest, it almost doesn’t feel like we’ve left. Almost as if we were just in a dream for the past week.

The vacation is just what I needed. I feel as though the time off has lifted a weight off my shoulders that’s just been building up over the past few years. Not that anything in my life is particularly stressful, but when you haven’t had time off to kinda just shut out the world as a whole, it starts to affect you.

Tomorrow, we go back to work, and I can say that I’m excited. Being able to take the step back and reacquaint myself with my art, and I feel like jumping back into the professional side of things will be smooth and easily done. I will be back and with a fervor.

I feel as though, now that I’ve had this vacation, I’m ready to take anything on, more than usual.

NC Trip Day Seven – The Last Day

Today was our last full day here in North Carolina. For our final adventure, we went to Grandfather Mountain. As we entered the park, we were warned that there might be some rain. Fortunately though, we didn’t encounter any rain. However, we did get a few dark clouds and just a bit of wind.

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First thing was first, we crossed the mile-high swinging bridge and climbed to the top of the mountain. With the high winds, crossing the bridge was a little more nerve wracking than usual what with the howling through the metal bits of the structure. Once we were up on top, we had 360 degree views of the area. It was absolutely stunning.

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After being properly chilled between the dropping temperature, the raising humidity, and the sustaining wind, we headed down to the museum and the animal habitat.

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Down at the habitat, we spent most of our time with the bears, because they were the ones that had the most personality, and of course they were very cute. We hung around long enough to hear about one of the first bears they had in the habitat, named Mildred. They say she didn’t know that she was a bear, and when they released her, she came back and just hung around.

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We moved on from the bears after a large crowd formed, and looked at the rest of the animals they had there. We didn’t, however, get to see the cougars, because they were in the process of renovating their habitat.

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After going through the museum, we decided it was time for lunch, so we ate the lunch that we had brought in a little picnic area, and then headed back towards Little Switzerland to have some ice cream.

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Before ice cream, though, we stopped at one overlook that I absolutely needed to see before we left: the Chestoa View. It’s an overlook viewing the Linville Gorge, and it is absolutely staggering. The photos any person takes, no matter the skill, no matter the equipment, will never do it justice. However, every time I’ve stopped there I’ve tried. Every photographer will try, and I wasn’t the only one this time, even. I’m so happy to have seen it again.

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Once we returned back to the cabin, it all came to realization that this was our last day, and tomorrow will primarily be packing the car up and heading out. It’s unfortunate, but the real world needs us.

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I hope my daily documentation of our trip has been insightful or entertaining or inspiring or some other positive adjective. I’m hoping that this practice in writing will lock in the habit of doing something like this every day. I’ve always loved writing, and I’ve missed it, and I thank you for reading whatever kind¬†writing you can call this.

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