Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pheasant Hunting with the dogs

Bringing the pheasant back

Bringing the pheasant back

Barney flushing out the pheasant

Barney flushing out the pheasant

Great dogs

Great dogs

11.30.2015

Wow, it’s the end of November already?! This year has gone by so fast. But it’s been a great, fun year for me.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We spent time before and after Thanksgiving lunch to hunt pheasants. It was so much fun! I really enjoy watching the dogs work to flush out the pheasants, and then bring them back. The men had their shot guns and I shot with my camera. So exciting! My goal for the day was to capture a photo of a dog with a pheasant in the same photo. I did it!! Earlier in the day I got the one with Barney bringing back the rooster. I was content with that one but still hoped for the big one. And I got it.

How many times have you made a goal but others said it would be pretty difficult and not to count on getting it? I didn’t care, I just wanted to try. I was happy to be outside on a beautiful day with good company. I think sometimes people are always looking for that capture / goal / finish line. They forget to enjoy the journey. I was having a blast enjoying myself. I still had fun even though I didn’t get the photo I wanted the first time we went out – I had no idea we would go out again. But we did and that’s when I got the prize photo!

I guess what I’m saying is this: Enjoy the journey even if you don’t get what you want but keep trying because you might end up with it!

~ melissa michelle

 

Focus & have fun

Churning waters

Churning waters

11.22.2015

Sometimes my mind is like the photo above. So many thoughts jumbled up, rising to the surface, overwhelming the unfocused dock. In mindfulness terms this is called monkey brain – swinging from one thought to another without any clear direction. Over the past five weeks my job has been this way and it spilled into my personal life. Even though I have a very clear career path I’m directing myself towards for 2016, its been easy to lose that focus. And then when I get home from work I’m too mentally and physically exhausted to carry out my goals.

My goal this week is to simply be thankful, appreciate everything I have and those people around me.  I’m setting aside all the churning thoughts and getting some focus on what really matters to me.

I commented to a co-worker that I wasn’t having much fun lately. Well that’s not good. If we’re not having fun the why be here? Yes, there are times we need to grieve, as experienced by my extended family this past week. However, grief is only a place to pass through, not a place to stay. It is the price we pay for love.

So I encourage you to settle the waters, find your focus, and keep your thoughts on being thankful for what you have, not what you don’t have or have lost. Do some living this week, be thankful, and have fun.

~ melissa michelle

 

Dramatic sunset

Dramatic sky

Dramatic sky

11.19.2015

I got home from work a little late so this was the only sunset photo I was able to capture. You can see the heavy clouds getting ready to bring colder weather. This November has been so warm and lovely – I loved that we actually got to experience a nice autumn this year. Last year at this time we had something like 16″ of snow already! But winter is coming. I hope it isn’t as cold or as long as last year. It is not my favorite season in that I don’t feel the sun on my skin nearly as much as I need to.

One of the reasons I got home late was because of heavy traffic tie-ups in the area. I didn’t realize until I saw the news that an accident on the interstate had everything had a standstill. What bothered me was someone died in that accident. So very sad. It reminded me that we need to appreciate every day we are given. And we need to appreciate the people around us. Don’t take them for granted. They may not be here tomorrow.

~ melissa michelle

A Selfie, sort of

Study!

Study!

11.16.2015

It’s a selfie, sort of. I was at the café I frequent studying my text book. It was a beautiful day but I decided to stay inside for my lunch so that I could go outside after work with my dog. It worked out well – Chase and I had a wonderful walk.

I just want to point out that you’re never too old to learn something new. Yes, I wish I had done this a few years ago but I guess I wasn’t ready or whatever. But I’m doing it now. I don’t have all the money saved up yet for the class of 35 credit hours I need; however, I did buy the text book to start studying. I’m not waiting until I have the money ready for the online class. I’m not wishing I could do this or that. I’m taking action with what I have right now.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that you have to get started now. Don’t wait for the right time, because there will always be obstacles or some reason why you aren’t quite ready. Just get started and I’m pretty sure the rest will fall into line. At least that’s what I’m doing.

Go after what you want – even if it’s scary or you’re not quite ready. The best time to start now.

~ melissa michelle

First attempt not bad

Star Trails

Star Trails

11.09.2015

So this is my first attempt at photographing star trails. It’s pretty awesome I think! I need to work on it more to get the balance right but I’ll get there. So stoke it came out even this well. That’s a combine in the foreground. I left the shutter open for about 21min 30sec. I was getting cold out there!

I also saw a shooting star. Pretty neat. I made a wish. You never know, it just might come true! What would you wish for if you saw a shooting star? I’ll admit, it took me almost a minute to make a wish for more than what I already have.

~ melissa michelle

Hugs

Hugs

Hugs

11.04.2015

To me, it looks like this goose needed a hug, so it was hugging itself. Let’s just go with that . . . .

A few years ago at a family gathering I was talking to one of my Aunts. Her husband had passed away several years earlier. As we were talking I asked her what she missed most about my Uncle. Her reply: she missed his hugs.

In my family when we get together there are hugs all around when we arrive and when we leave and some in between. I think it was always this way, at least as far as I can remember. And even more so after we lost my brother and then my Dad. Often while standing around the buffet at Christmas dinner or the family reunions, this person or that person will put their arm around a sibling or in-law and squeeze.

Everyone needs physical contact. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a touchy-feely person at all. However, hugs are good things. You can say a lot with a hug – it’s good to see you, I’ve missed you, I’m here to comfort you, you’re safe here, all is good in this moment.

So when you see someone you care about give them a hug. You will probably make their entire day.

~ melissa michelle

Nature’s Humor

Synchronized Goose Butts

Synchronized Goose Butts

Pruning

Pruning

11.03.2015

Nature is totally incredible in her beauty and furry, but she also has a humorous side.  I was able to escape work during lunch today and was rewarded with these geese. I was laughing out loud at the goose butts in sync. Laughing helped release the stress all over as once again it was a totally stressful day at work.

But look at the second photo here. Sure, I captured the action sharply and the leg sticking out looks really cute. But look at the lower right hand corner of the photo. On my photography bucket list, I have listed to capture water droplets. I did it! And I did it well! Click on the photo once, then magnify and you’ll see it. I’m pretty proud of that capture.

I’ll share more photos tomorrow; this is all I have time for today. So look for Mother Nature’s humor around you. It’s pretty darn cool!

~ melissa michelle

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

11.02.2015

Can you believe it’s November? For the most part this year has gone by very quickly. Sometimes I feel like I need to push on the brakes to slow things down and catch my breath.

When I visit parks and nature, this is my chance to stop the world, to stop all the craziness and demands, and just take in what’s around me. I guess that’s why I like to escape to nature, not just to take photos but to breathe.

I was thankful for a break to see this beautiful place, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you are in the area stop by; you won’t be disappointed.

~ melissa michelle