Category Archives: Nature

Stress break for your viewing pleasure

Alpha Pass

06.04.2017

I was going back through some photos and found this one I took at Alpha Pass in McConnells Mill State Park on April 29. Sometimes when I go back to look through photos I find treasures! This is one, I think. I often struggle with the lighting at this waterfall because at the top it’s usually very bright but darker at the bottom.

I wasn’t able to get out this weekend because on Memorial Day I fell hiking and hurt my hip and tailbone. I took it easy this past week in order to heal quickly (I hope).

Maybe next weekend I’ll get back out there with the camera – I’m missing it! But for now, enjoy the peacefulness of this waterfall.

~ melissa michelle

 

Take only photos and memories

Lady Slipper – Oil Creek State Park

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting another state park, Oil Creek State Park in Oil City, PA. On the trail to Pioneer Waterfall we saw this beautiful flower in bloom, Lady Slipper. At first I decided to leave my camera in my backpack rather than stop to drag it out. But others had stopped and a lady there encouraged me to take a moment to photograph it. This was the only photo I got because on the way back we discovered someone had picked the blooms. I was so sad, disappointed, disgusted, irate . . . . you name it! We all were upset.

Please folks, when out in nature, only take away photos and memories. Only leave your footprint.

~ 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

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

 

Enjoying nature’s beauty

Alpha Pass at McConnells Mill

02.19.2017

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day . . . . Love that song and love that today was so nice that I could get outside and enjoy mother nature. She sure was lovely.

I’m pretty proud of this photo – except for cropping the edges, this is how I took the photo. No Photoshop used to correct color or anything. I exposed for about 3 seconds and used a polarizer on the lens.

Nature is beautiful on her own. We don’t need to improve upon it; she puts on a good show. I’m so looking forward to Spring and can’t wait for all her colors to appear again. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Autumn Colors

Autumn colors

Autumn colors

10.18.2016

Here are some autumn colors to brighten your day. I took these over the weekend in Benezette, PA. The east coast is the best place in the country to live in the fall. It’s so beautiful with vibrant colors.

Try to get out and enjoy nature before it starts to snow!

~ melissa michelle

Wildlife: Elk

Bull Elk & cow on top of hill

Bull Elk & cow on top of hill

Bull Elk in the wild flowers

Bull Elk in the wild flowers

Elk eating dinner

Elk eating dinner

10.16.2016

This weekend I was out of town (again) – this time visiting Elk County in Benezette, PA (near St. Marys). It was an awesome time! We got there in time to hike a little bit before dusk and spotted a bull elk with his cows. The first and third photos were taken Saturday evening. It was not really my intention to get a silhouette but it turned out that way. Pretty neat. The middle photo was taken today – a handsome bull elk among the wild flowers.

I very much enjoy taking day / weekend trips to see wildlife and visit other places. We live in a beautiful country, folks. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Getting photos out there

 

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

08.21.2016

 

Just a quick note today . . . . Above is a photo of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park in NY. I used a zoom lens to get closer to the falls but still keep a lot in the photo.

I’m still going through all my photos from vacation. There are some gems I’ve discovered and will post soon.

I have also opened an account on 500px. This is a website for elite photos, the best of the best. I finally had enough confidence to post some photos there to see if other photographers also think I’m good enough . . . . and they do! I’ve had some really positive feedback there and hope to soon start selling photos there for stock.

I’m also looking into starting an account on Pinterest and Instagram. I’m hoping this will get me more exposure as a photographer.

One other thing I’m kicking around is to sell photo calendars for the public. I haven’t really done this for several years. But I’m thinking it’s a good time to kick these off again. I’ll post more information about this soon.

Make it a good week people! And thanks to all of you who visit my page and accounts online! I sincerely appreciate it and the comments you leave for me.

~ melissa michelle

Capturing a moment

Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge

Franconia Notch State Park, NH

Franconia Notch State Park, NH

07.24.2016

I had a great day! I’m currently in beautiful New Hampshire. I’ve never been here before but it is excellent. We spent this morning in Flume Gorge in Franconia State Park. It’s simply beautiful there. We walked the two mile loop through the gorge and other amazing waterfalls and pools in the area. These were two of my favorite photos from the photo shoot.

I am very tired so the only words of wisdom I offer are to live in the moment. Often today when I lifted the camera to my eye, I would take a deep breath, steady the camera and shoot the amazing scene before me. I was capturing that moment in time.

But before I sign off for the evening, just one more photo for my great friend Laura. This inch worm was on a walking bridge overlooking a scenic waterfall. I placed my sunglasses on the ledge and this creature was crawling about – I just had to photograph it:

A beautiful inch worm

A beautiful inch worm

Look close – you can see the eyes and nose! I hope it made you smile, Laura!

~ melissa michelle

Following my gut feeling . . . .

Family reunion

Family reunion – two juveniles and an adult eagle

I believe the eagle flying in is last year's hatch & one on the log was born this year

I believe the eagle flying in is last year’s hatch & one on the log was born this year

07.09.2016

So this morning I had a feeling that I needed to get out with my camera. I didn’t know why, just this gut feeling pulling me to get out there. I decided to head to Sandy Lake and was not disappointed! I knew where this one nest was located so I thought just maybe I could catch some eagles nearby.

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

When I first got to the site, I noticed the adult eagle right away. It was on the ground there to the right. I kept hearing an eagle crying / screeching but didn’t see the juvenile at first. Then I realized what was happening – the baby was on the log eating a fish and screeching at the adult for some reason. After it finished the fish, another juvenile appeared so that’s when I took the second shot above. It was so awesome to see them all together like that!

Soon after the adult left so did the fish eating juvenile. So I watched the other juvenile for a while. When it took off I followed it with the camera. Much to my surprise, a great blue heron came into focus in front of the juvenile eagle!!!!

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

It was pretty awesome to see AND capture the two of them in flight! I was so excited. I have no idea where the blue heron was located – all I know is that it came into the camera and I snapped away. I’m not sure where it went after that but it was fun to see!

So my gut told me to get out there with my camera. And that’s what I did! For my entire life, every time I followed my gut it was right. And, every time I did not follow my gut, it was still right. There’s a lesson there people.

~ melissa michelle