Category Archives: Wildlife

Peek a boo . . .

Bull elk looking back

10.30.2017

Here’s another photo from my weekend photographing the elk. There was a female not far behind and he was keeping his eye on her. I have many more to post but I just haven’t had the time. Life has been busy, more than I want it to be. But I will promise to get more photos up this week.

Make it a good week!

~ melissa michelle

Another adventure

Bull elk posing

10.23.2017

This past weekend I was on yet another adventure – this time to Elk County in PA. We hiked all over the place and enjoyed spectacular views of nature and many elk. This bull elk posed for me before joining his friends to bed down for the day.

I can’t express enough how important it is to get outside and enjoy nature. Of course you must keep your distance when it comes to wildlife (I used a 400mm lens for this shot). Respect nature and she’ll put on a good show for you.

~ melissa michelle

Special wildlife baby

Lamb checking us out

07.13.2017

Last week on vacation we took an afternoon and just drove around Wyoming & a little into Montana. We drove past this one spot and just happen to spot a ewe. We thought she was going to come right up to the truck while I photographed her from the truck window. Then all of a sudden her lamb comes up the hill beside her. So very cute! Love that heart shaped nose! Soon they scurried across the road behind us. This is one of my favorite shots!

Keep your eyes open – always look around for the best things in nature.

~ melissa michelle

Prairie dogs

07.06.2017

While visiting Devil’s Tower I got to photograph these prairie dogs playing, perhaps kissing. It was fun to watch and photograph.

I have a ton of photos to share of Devil’s Tower and then waterfalls in Spearfish, SD. But I’m rather tired. I will leave you with this one thought: live every day as if it were an adventure. Life is exciting and each day should be lived to the fullest.

~ melissa michelle

Babies!

Momma deer with fawn

Two antelope fawns

07.05.2017

What a great find! I’ve always wanted to get a good shot of a deer in the wild. The bonus is that I also got her baby. And more than that, I also saw these two antelope fawns! Momma wasn’t far behind. These were taken in Wyoming. I have learned how to spot animals in the wild quicker and it’s so much fun to look for them. However, please note, I never left the confines of the truck. I’m in their territory and I have a zoom lens. I always respect their habitat.

Stay tuned – there are a ton more photos to share on here with you! It’s going to take me some time to go through all of them.

~ melissa michelle

 

You can do it!

Sea lion attempting jump

05.10.2017

While in Cabo we took an excursion out to the arches. On the way there we passed this huge rock totally covered with sea lions! This one was fighting the waves, attempting to jump onto the rock. To me it looked as if the sea lion above is saying, “Come on, you can do it.” I didn’t get to see if it made it up on the rock since out boat continued further into the Pacific. But I like to think it did.

Sometimes we need to encourage our friends more often to help them get through whatever it is they are struggling with in their life. A couple of my friends are hurting and there’s nothing I can do to fix it. However, I can be there for them, I can encourage, I can listen, I can check in on them just to say hello, and let them know I’m thinking of them. Let them know this tough time won’t last.

~ melissa michelle

Great Falls National Park, VA USA

Great Falls, VA

04.29.2017

Last weekend I visited Great Falls National Park in Virginia. It was raining on the way there; however, upon arriving the rain stopped and I was able to get the camera out for a little while. It was an awesome shoot with the great blue herons. I almost forgot I was there to photograph the waterfalls!

Here’s one of the photos I took. I hope to get to more later and post them soon. I still haven’t processed all the photos from Cabo yet . . . I’ll get there.

Today I spent time hiking with a friend of mine. But before the hike and the rain, I took some more photos. I make time for what’s important. Do you?

~ melissa michelle

Pelicans!

Pelican big mouth

Pelican scratching an itch

Pelican – big yawn

04.27.2017

These were taken in Cabo at a marina we visited for the shopping mall nearby. It was fun to capture this pelican putting on a little show for me and the camera. Of course even though we went there to shop I still took my camera.

People say I’m a good photographer and while there is some skill involved, you also have to take your camera with you. Being at the right place, at the right time, but also being prepared makes for great photo opportunities.

So whatever your hobby, be prepared, have your gear with you all the time, and practice!

~ melissa michelle

More photos from Cabo San Lucas and the Pacific

Humpback whale breaching

Water over the rocks

04.13.2017

Here are a couple more photos that I took while on vacation. I don’t have a lot of time to write this evening. Why is it that the work day goes slow but my evenings go by so quickly?

The photo above is of the same whale breaching. It certainly was a fun creature to photograph.

The other photo is of the shoreline near the resort where we stayed. It was very rocky and when the water flowed over the rocks it made little waterfalls. And y’all know how I love to photograph waterfalls!

I’ll post more photos as I get them processed. I hoping to have more time this weekend.

I will leave you with one thought – do a random act of kindness this weekend. Believe me, it will make a difference in that person’s life!

~ melissa michelle

Photo excursion in Cabo San Lucas

Humpback whale

04.10.2017

Hello! I’m sorry I’ve been away for a while – I just got back from vacation / photo excursion to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a wonderful trip with my beau! I got to try snorkeling (more on that later), I was up early to photograph the sunrise in the Sea of Cortez, went on a sunset cruise around the famous arches (photos to come), and we saw sea lions and this humpback whale.

I love photographing wildlife and nature. I’m happy outside with my camera. I was so excited with my beau spotted this whale. Soon after the captain also saw it and he got us a little closer. My 400mm lens did the rest of the work. Well, I did some work too – it was very windy and bumpy in the water and that lens weighs about 4.5 pounds so holding myself steady against the rail and photographing this magnificent beast was a challenge. But oh the benefits!

I’ll share more photos and my adventures with you this week. But for now, this will have to do! I’m a busy girl! However, life is so good!

Find something you’re passionate about and go after it!

~ melissa michelle