Category Archives: Presque Isle

The beauty of sunrise

North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park

12.07.2017

I was tired. But instead of rolling over in my bed, I dragged myself out and headed North to Presque Isle. I was hoping the sunrise would be nice. There were clouds but that only enhanced the beauty of the morning.

That’s just like life. Clouds will pass over us and sometimes even dump on us, and keep dumping. But then we come out on the other side of what happens to us and we’re better for it. We learn lessons from the failure and hurts and we’re better individuals. So don’t dread the clouds (unless they’re snow clouds lol) and get through it. Don’t let people get you down. Let your colors shine through. You’ll be a better person for it. And yes, I’m speaking from experience.

~ melissa michelle

Autumn Delight

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

11.07.2016

Here’s another fall photo – colors reflecting on the pond. I love this time of year when nature shows off!

I hope to start soon on designing the 2017 calendars. Please comment here if you are interested. Thank you!

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Make it a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Fall colors to brighten your day

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle in fall colors

Presque Isle in fall colors

10.31.2016

I was able to leave work during lunch today to capture these photos on Presque Isle State Park. It was fun to get some fresh air, enjoy the warmer temperatures, and take in the beauty. Don’t forget to look around every so often, take in nature!

~ melissa michelle

Playing with shutter speed

Presque Isle Waves (Erie, PA)

Presque Isle Waves (Erie, PA)

03.31.2016

I can’t believe it’s the end of March already. The first part of this year has flown by for me. My days are busy working and my evenings are fun filled with new friends and old.

It turns out my running buddy is also a photog! I enjoyed spending Wednesday hiking a bit with our cameras and getting to know her a bit better. Usually when we’re together we are both trying to get to the end of a race and there’s not much time for conversation!

So this was our second time out with the cameras and it was fun to talk about photo taking – she said I’m very focused. I laughed but that was because she was right. I had a site in mind and hunted until I found it. She was taking photos of many things but I was only looking for one thing.

I’m that way in my life as well. Very focused and I know what I want. I have plans and goals and, although I may delay things because I’m not ready or I may change my mind and take a different path, it’s my decision and that is freeing to me.

The photo above is of the waves at Presque Isle in Erie, PA. I left the shutter open for about 25 seconds so the waves would blur. I took it Wednesday when the sunset was less than spectacular. The sun did not cooperate but I didn’t let that stop me. I played with the water and I think it turned out okay.

So go with the flow . . . .

~ melissa michelle

Missing someone

Winter sunset

Winter sunset

02.03.2016

It was  beautiful day here – warm temperature and clear skies. I got out this evening to photograph the sunset at Presque Isle State Park. I just had a feeling it would be a nice one.

Deserted beach at sunset

Deserted beach at sunset

Yesterday was Groundhog Day and Harry’s birthday. Harry was my step-dad and a wonderful husband to my Mom. He passed away about four years ago and for some reason we were all missing him yesterday. My Mom cried a lot and it was hard to know she was in so much pain feeling the loss all over again.

Sometimes I just look up to the skies and wonder if he’s looking down at us. I’m sure he misses us too and wishes we could all be together.

Part of loving someone is the risk of pain. The more you love, the more it hurts. Some say why bother . . . . . actually I asked my mother that just before she married Harry. I was worried because he was much older than she was. But Mom said if we can make each other happy if only for a short time, it will be worth it. They were together for 12 years and then Harry got cancer at age 89.

I’m glad he was in our lives. Harry was an amazing man – full of love, humor, and wisdom. He was also a WWII Veteran and had a heart bigger than any man I have ever known.

So, don’t be afraid to love someone. It may hurt when things don’t work out or they leave before you’re ready for them to go. But, living in the moment with that person is such an amazing experience. Live it up!

~ melissa michelle

High waves on the lake

Lake Erie - high waves

Lake Erie – high waves

10.29.2015

I don’t have a lot of time to write this evening, way too much to do and I’m behind! It’s been that kind of a week at work and at home. But it’s okay. I’m glad I have a job and a nice home!

I did sneak out at lunch time to capture this shot of the high waves near the main lighthouse on Presque Isle (with the house attached). Is that the land lighthouse? I don’t remember exactly what it’s called.

I’m glad tomorrow is Friday. It’s been a couple of rough weeks and I need some down time . . . . mostly rest!

~ melissa michelle

Reflections

Colorful reflections

Colorful reflections

10.28.2015

I wasn’t able to take photos today – it was very windy and rainy. I wanted to photograph the high Lake Erie waves pounding the shoreline but the rain impeded my efforts. I may try tomorrow.

For now, enjoy this photo from yesterday – I love the reflections in the water.

Don’t forget I’m also on Facebook – Photo Life Journal. So far my page has been viewed in 22 States, 10 countries, and in 7 languages. Wahoo!

~ melissa michelle

Unplug & enjoy the journey

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

Water inlet at Presque Isle

Water inlet at Presque Isle

Another view

Another view

More colors

More colors

10.26.2015

I could not decide which photos to post this evening so I added all of them! This fall has been spectacular – all the vibrant colors are so beautiful and make you pause to look around.

I read an article over the weekend which talked about unplugging every so often. I thought about that while I was walking Chase after work. My job has been stressful lately so getting outside without my phone, no emails, no text messages, etc. is so relaxing. When you add nature’s beauty it’s all the more relaxing to me.

Everyone’s time is so valuable – we have so little of it, a limited amount that we’re given. I resent people wasting my time lately. I’m trying to study for an hour every week day; I like to spend an hour every day reading for fun (even more so on the weekends); I try to spend at least an hour running / exercising; and, I’m trying to get more sleep. There’s so much I want to accomplish in my life. I have goals and dreams. People have tried to derail me, saying things about being selfish that I never married or had a family, that I’m overweight, and not following the path every woman should. I realized that I don’t have much in common with people my age. I have taken my own journey and I don’t apologize for that to anyone.

I have a really good life. I’m very happy and content, and always improving, learning, and getting better. This year has been amazing – I’ve had a lot of “first” experiences . . . visiting new places, doing things I’ve never done, experiencing more than most people do in a lifetime just this past year!

So until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, don’t judge. Focus on your own journey and if you’re not happy, change it instead of dissing me and my journey. You can be happy too . . . that is, if you choose to be.

~ melissa michelle

Taking a break but moving foward

Nature's beauty

Nature’s beauty

10.20.2015

Work has been stressful lately. One problem was resolved. However, the wake left behind will have effects for months to come I’m afraid. I got several pieces of rather depressing news about my projects today that by lunchtime I seriously needed to take a break in nature.

In some parts of the country right now Mother Nature has been very unkind and many people have been displaced and have lost their homes. But here, in Erie, PA, Mother Nature is in her splendor and showing her autumn colors beautifully.

It’s amazing how taking a few deep breaths and looking through the lens at something so beautiful, can relax the troubled soul.

Over the past few weeks I have been contemplating a career decision. I made up my mind and have taken the first step towards a new future for myself. My goal is to have everything done by the end of next year. It’s aggressive but doable. Only after I made the decision did it dawn on me that my oldest brother also made a career move when he was 43. So although I may be a little late, I think that I now have the confidence to move forward to better myself and advance my career. More details on this later . . . . .

So what are you doing to advance your life?

~ melissa michelle

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron in flight

Great Blue Heron in flight

Directing the geese

Directing the geese

Hiding in the weeds

Hiding in the weeds

I'm outta here

I’m outta here

10.06.2015

I needed to get away from work today so during lunch I headed to Presque Isle State Park. I didn’t have a particular place in mind; I was just enjoying fresh air and being away for a few minutes. Then I came upon this Great Blue Heron. He let me get pretty close, plus I used the 400mm lens (love that lens). I also love the results. I think these are pretty good photos, if I do say so myself.

The first two photos were at one location; the next two at another place. It was fun to spot them and I enjoyed practicing.

When I got back to work I was feeling better for having been out in nature for a few minutes. It’s amazing so get out there an enjoy!

~ melissa michelle