Myakka River State Park – Myakka Island Trail – Sarasota, Florida

They say it’s the journey and not the destination that makes the trip. This was just the case on my last photo adventure. I decided to check out Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. I called someone who knows the area and they said they had never been to that exact park, however in the neighboring park the mosquitos were so thick they had to leave.

I arrived at the preserve and I thought to myself before I haul this heavy equipment around, I better look at the map. On the board where the trailhead starts there were two pieces of paper. One was the map the trail route. It was a 1.7 mile loop in the middle of the pine trees and palmettos. The second piece of paper was about how Zika is spread and contracted. This was not my idea of a good time. I got back in the car, turned on the A/C and thought about what to do next.

Originally, I wanted to photograph a seascape. Hoping the preserve would have led me out to the water. I decided to start driving north and see what happened and where I would end up. I started up the “back way” on country roads towards Sarasota, Florida. There was no one else on the road so I was able to go much slower and actually look around for possible subjects. Before I knew it, I was at Myakka River State Park. This is my favorite state park thus far and has been for the past 10 years.

After I paid the ranger, I looked at the map and was searching for a new trail to try. I drove in from the south end and went all the way to the other end. I looked at the different trails available and pulled into a trail called “Myakka Island Trail”. I looked at the map and this trail was not listed. I figured why not give it a go and see were it takes me. I loaded up all of the gear and I was off.

After some hiking I came across a strange landscape with tall grass and dead trees all over. It looked like it was from another world. Then that is when the real fun started. As you will see in the video, I had an unexpected complication. All I could do was laugh at myself.

At the end of the day, it all worked out and I came home with another great photo. Here is the video and photo.

Until next time…

Keep Your Glass Clean



spencer Pullen took this landscape with the Zone VI 8x10 camera at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.Alive & Passed – Spencer Pullen © 2017 All Rights Reserved

  1. Watched your adventure about an hour ago…you make it look smooth even when it “ain’t” hahaha. Anxiously, I awaited the photo and it certainly didn’t disappoint!!! Loving your videos and final product, so much fun to follow.

    • Spencer

      Appreciate you taking the time to watch the videos. The are fun to make! Thanks!

  2. Thank you for the drive. It is absolutely an adventure when there is not an specific destination so is photography no doubt about it. Thank you again for sharing your expertise. I always learn a new way to appreciate photography through your blogs.
    As I looked into “Alive and pass” I saw “Creation is Eternity.”

    • Spencer

      Thanks for watching! Glad that I’m able to help spread some knowledge. Thanks!

  3. I really enjoy seeing your videos and all the steps you take to get your final masterpiece.
    Love the final image. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I find your large format pictures very interesting Spenser. I also love black and white. Deer Prairie Creek in S. Venice has some really cool areas to shoot, if you’ve never been. Right off 41 across from the Myakka Mobile home park.

    • Spencer

      Neat! Thanks for the tip, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

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