Monthly Archives: June 2015

On the run

my running shoes

my running shoes

06.29.2015

I’ve started training to run a half marathon this fall. It will be my third one since I’ve started running. I’m not quite ready for a full marathon but I do see that in the not too distant future, as well as a triathlon. My goal for this fall is to finish the half in under 2hours 30minutes. My best time is 2hr 53min.

Those are my shoes I photographed above. They represent a lot to me. Just putting them on makes me feel stronger, more accomplished, empowered. How so, you may ask, all that from a pair of shoes? Yes! When I put on my shoes and head out the door, I leave everything else behind. I’m not thinking about work, relationships, my to do list. When I run I focus on me, my performance, my steps, my breathing, and most importantly, not tripping over my feet!

Running gives my brain time off from life: I’m in my 43rd year. A year my brother didn’t live through. I’m asking myself some tough questions lately. I need to make some serious decisions about my future. Career, relationships, location, etc. I’m sure everyone faces this at some points or perhaps several time during their life. Well, I’m at that point now.

It has been almost 6 months since I started this blog. I still have lots of work to do.

Let’s end on a very positive note: in two weeks two of my photos that I donated will be auctioned off for a good cause. I was thrilled to be asked and I hope the photos bring in significant money to help others.

~ melissa michelle

Admiring nature!

Growing on the vine

Growing on the vine

Bloom

Bloom

06.23.2015

These were blooming right outside my door. I love seeing all the colors around me and enjoying nature. She is so beautiful.

Remember to look around folks. Nature is all around us for us to enjoy and admire. As I used to tell my girlfriends in college, sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and look around!

Maybe tonight I’ll be able to capture the Northern Lights. Keep your fingers crossed.

~ melissa michelle

Hot air balloons

Thurston Classic

Thurston Classic

Hot air balloons over Meadville, PA

Hot air balloons over Meadville, PA

More balloons

More balloons

The Little Pirate - not so little as I believe it was the largest hot air balloon in the field

The Little Pirate – not so little as I believe it was the largest hot air balloon in the field

06.20.2015

Good day all,

Thanks for checking out the blog today. I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Thurston Classic 19-June. The event was supposed to have the 29 balloons launch from Allegheny College’s  Robertson Field. But with all of the rain the field could not support all of the balloons. So they had half take off from the field and the other half at locations of the balloonist choice.

It was so very cool to see the balloons take off and then the other balloons fly over the field, throwing a beanbag from the balloons onto a bulls eye on the field. This was the first time I’ve seen so many balloons at once. Pretty neat!

The last balloon pictured was the star of the show being the largest balloon there. Naturally it took the longest to inflate and leave the field.

They are launching again Saturday evening and again Sunday morning (check online for times).

To all the fathers out there, I hope all of you enjoy your day. I am missing my father and step-dad very much. The hole in my heart doesn’t hurt as much; however, the hole remains.

~ melissa michelle

Closing of a day

Erie Sunset

Erie Sunset

06.09.2015

I captured this sunset tonight. I was looking for some inspiration to photograph something as I’ve been on hiatus for a while. No reason really; I just haven’t seen anything that caught my eye.

There has been some profound loss in my family the past few weeks. Although I did not directly know the ones who passed, my heart hurts for the family members who are affected. There’s nothing you can do or say really. I think that’s the hard part. You know they are hurting but you can’t help.

If you can people, hug those that are close to you. You may not have them tomorrow. If they live too far away, send a hug through a text or phone them to say they were on your mind.

~ melissa michelle

After the rain

Bearded Iris after the rain

Bearded Iris after the rain

06.01.2015

On Saturday we had over 80 degrees. Sunday came and we barely made it to 50 degrees! It poured often and hard throughout the day. This morning when Chase and I left for our walk I noticed most of the iris plants were laid down after the pounding rain. Even though they had been rained on and were toppling over, they still looked beautiful.

Several people I know are going through tough times right now. It is pouring in their lives and they are leaning down under the weight. Thankfully, there are people around to prop them up until they are able to stand again on their own. Although bruised, they will come out looking beautiful, even with the raindrops about them.

~ melissa michelle