Category Archives: McConnells Mill State Park

Waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park

Playing with shutter speed & filter

The dam at McConnells Mill

10.08.2017

McConnells Mill is one of my favorite state parks to visit any time of the year. I can visualize my next photo and know exactly what I want to capture. This morning I wanted to use my variable neutral density filter. I moved it to pretty dark (maybe 8 or 9) so that I could leave the shutter opened longer, 30 seconds for this exposure. That’s how I can get the smooth, swirling water flow. It’s just something fun to photograph.

I’ll post more from this morning’s shoot this week. But for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week.

~ melissa michelle

My favorite season coming up

McConnells Mill State Park

09.10.2017

I’m looking forward to fall. The heat of summer dissipates, the morning dew lies heavy on the ground, and the light of day is shorter. It’s my favorite season. Nature explodes with color and shows off her beauty for all to admire and enjoy.

As I have stated here before, don’t forget to look around every so often. Take a deep breath and soak it all in. The show is only around for a short time!

~ melissa michelle

One of those days

Long shutter at McConnells Mill

03.05.2017

I took this photo back on December 26, 2014. My beau had given me a new camera for Christmas and so I was out the day after to give it a workout. This is a favorite photo of mine which I took at McConnells Mill.

I didn’t get out this weekend to take photos. For one, it was too cold. Secondly, I just needed to rest this weekend. I’ve been pushing really hard lately and am a little stressed. This photo relaxes me and reminds me of a great day out with my camera.

So yesterday and today it’s all good to just relax and not do too much. I guess a person needs to do that every so often. I feel lazy and like I’m wasting time. But as long as I don’t do it every weekend I think it’s okay.

Take care and relax.

~ melissa michelle

Fall at McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

Relaxing by the water

Relaxing by the water

10.24.2016

Ahhhh Sunday was a simply beautiful day at McConnells Mill State Park. Many people were there out hiking and walking the trails, taking in the views. I’m hoping we will get a few more nice days like this in the coming weeks. I love fall but not so much what comes after.

The first photo above is one of my favorite rocks to photograph. I love how the water flows over the rock to create a mini-waterfall.

Take time to enjoy the weather wherever you are, if you can!

~ melissa michelle

Rapids

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

08.27.2016

The dogs had me up at 6am this morning for their walk. I was out of the house by 7am and to McConnells Mill State Park before the sun was high in the sky. These are rapids just after the dam in the park along Slippery Rock Creek. The lighting was perfect and I left the shutter open to capture the flow of the water. I was the only one there so I took my time and just relaxed watching the water. It was pretty awesome.

The water levels there were very low. The more water there is the better to photograph. But I think this one turned out okay.

I’m very much looking forward to autumn and photographing the changing leaves! I also can’t wait for cooler temperatures!

~ melissa michelle

Happy place

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

06.05.2016

I was taking a second look today at the photos I took yesterday and came across this one. I really liked the flora included with the water and rocks. This is just a small waterfall coming down the side of a huge hill. I’m standing on a walking bridge and behind me is Slippery Rock Creek where this water will drain into.

The flow of the water relaxes me, watching or looking at photos always gives me a sense of peace and calm. I love playing with shutter speed to blur the motion of the water. I also changed the ISO setting to give me a little different light on the water.

Photography is a great hobby and I really enjoy doing it. Everyone needs their hobby to escape to that gives them a sense of accomplishment or happiness. The big thing now is “mindfulness” or some call it a form of meditation. I call it being in the moment, this moment in time and being there. When I’m out with my camera, all I think about is the photo, setting up the shot, and looking at the beauty of nature all around me. Those are my happy times, my happy places. May you find your happy place and live in the moment, if only for just a moment.

~ melissa michelle

Back to nature

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill

Waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park

Waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park

06.04.2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been working in my yard and studying, and well, I’ve been busy! But today I just needed to be out with my camera. I’ve missed it! The weather was hot and terribly humid but I really wanted to be out there in nature with just me and my camera.

As with many photo shoots I envision the shots I want before I even get there. I had read a few articles lately about changing camera settings to obtain a better motion blur and I think I nailed it here. What do you think?

I love being in nature and photographing all her beauty. It felt good to be out there, if only for an hour. It was a great moment to take a few deeps breaths and look around (that’s for you college girlfriends!).

~ melissa michelle

February, already?!

Alpha Falls - McConnells Mill State Park

Alpha Falls – McConnells Mill State Park

02.01.2016

January went by really fast! It’s 1Feb today and I’m left wondering what happened to January! I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to last month so it’s a good thing we get an extra day this month! Yes, leap year.

It made me sad when my employees were saying they hated we were getting an extra day in February because this meant one more day of getting through winter. I guess I wasn’t looking at it that way at all. I was just excited we get an extra day to live, make a positive impact, and to accomplish more.

I absolutely loved yesterday – it was over 60 degrees for the last day of January! I made sure I got outside to take photos. The one above is from Alpha Pass, a small waterfall (mostly frozen right now) in McConnells Mill State Park. The photo below is the water the runs into Hells Hollow (also part of the park).

Reflections

Reflections

I love the reflections on the water in this photo. As I was walking along the pathway I was thinking about it being the last day of January and that I am behind on getting things done. But I tend to live my life with no regrets . . . . so I quickly changed my thoughts to this moment in time and how good my life really is. And, I have an extra day this month to enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Taking a deep breath & looking around nature

Waterfalls at Hells Hollow McConnells Mill State Park

Waterfalls at Hells Hollow McConnells Mill State Park

Autumn painting

Autumn painting

On trail to Hells Hollow

Along the trail to Hells Hollow

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10.11.2015

Sometimes life is just better when you’re outside in nature. Nature engulfs you, clearing the head, and allowing you to breathe. It forces you to acknowledge her and appreciate the beauty around you. Especially this time of the year – autumn.

The photos above are from Hells Hollow at McConnells Mill State Park. It’s about five mils from the covered bridge and Mill. I was there in the spring but because the water level was so high I couldn’t get down to water level to photograph the falls. This time water was still to the last step but I was able to navigate using rocks not covered to get some photos.

The last photo is at the farm I visit nearly every weekend. The pond on the property provides stunning reflections from the trees changing colors. This year the colors are so vivid and brilliant. They soothe the soul and relaxes the mind.

While at McConnells Mill I also photographed another waterfall I had not seen before. I’ll share that photo soon.

So remember the next time you’re in a funk or something is bothering you, if you can, take a deep breath and get out into nature. She’ll set your mind at ease, or at least let you forget for a few minutes.

~ melissa michelle

Another visit to McConnells Mill

Covered Bridge & Gristmill at McConnells Mill

Covered Bridge & Gristmill at McConnells Mill

Small water fall along trail at McConnells Mill

Small water fall along trail at McConnells Mill

Another view of water flowing down the hill

Another view of water flowing down the hill

09.14.2015

I visited McConnells Mill again yesterday (Sunday 9.13). Even though it rain slightly I still enjoyed spending a couple hours there. Photographers love when it’s cloudy – we don’t have to filter out the harsh sunlight. I tried a new filter built into the camera which gave the photos a more intense feel to them – deeper colors.

It’s been so much fun this year trying new things and experimenting with different camera settings and techniques. I actually tried to photograph the trees and flora but those didn’t turn out as well. As usual, I’m drawn to the water.

I cannot wait to return there once the leaves start to change. I have several trips planned for various places in the autumn. I’m hoping my new lens will provide some spectacular photos to share with you. It’s my first lens that’s not a kit lens. I’m totally stoked! It was a big purchase for me. And now, I’m saving up for a new, more sturdy tri-pod!

I hope you are enjoying the photos here. I had fun taking them yesterday, even in the sprinkling rain.

Have a good week and get out there in nature!

~ melissa michelle