Monthly Archives: February 2016

Looking to the stars!

Star Trails

Star Trails

02.29.2016

Happy Leap Day! I hope you were able to do something fun and positive with the extra day we were given!

I spent a little time last night watching the stars. It was a warmer evening and very clear. I probably should have waited until later in the evening (see the really light area near the bottom of photo). The sun was down but I needed to wait longer so less light would be on the horizon. Lesson learned.

Today was a special day not just because of leap day but because my older brother started his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail! Yes, the entire trail. Yes, all at once. His goal is to finish around Labor Day. I’m so very proud of him for taking on such a feat. I’m also very nervous. My prayer is that he stays healthy and injury free for his entire journey. It will certainly be a great adventure for him!

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So, what will be your next great adventure?

~ melissa michelle

Practice, practice, practice . . . .

Seagull capturing a fish

Seagull capturing a fish

Seagull with small fish

Seagull with small fish

Time to eat

Time to eat

02.22.2016

Over the weekend I was out photographing eagles and my beau suggested to me that maybe I should practice more in order to get better at focusing and anticipating the birds movements. I was having trouble and blaming the lens. It was really the operator.

It was certainly a learning experience being out there today. Not only did I concentrate on following & focusing on the birds, but I also did it in shutter priority mode. I chose the settings (except for aperture) and adjusted a few things and the photos above were the result.

I hope to get back out to photograph the eagles again soon. And when I do, I’ll be a little bit more prepared. I love this! I’m having fun and learning and getting better every time my camera connects with nature.

~ melissa michelle

Exciting captures!

Eagle in flight

Eagle in flight

Juvenile eagle looking for breakfast

Juvenile eagle looking for breakfast

02.22.2016

It was a really fun weekend! I got out twice to photograph eagles. They are so spectacular to watch. And, they are huge birds! It was great being outside in nature again. I do believe that’s my favorite place to be. The weather has been cooperating which was nice too!

This week I will spend time practicing photographing birds in flight. I know I can do better.

But nonetheless it was fun. I wish I had realized earlier in life how to have fun every day. The thing that makes the difference for me is that I’ve learned to appreciate and be grateful in my life. A lot of doors have opened for me and great things happen when I appreciate the moment.

Have a good week and take time every day to be grateful for something!

~ melissa michelle

 

Sharing a photo from last year . . . .

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02.18.2016

This is a favorite photo of mine taken last year about this time. I visited the same area yesterday and, much to my disappointment, there wasn’t a single bird there. So I’m posting this one again.

I’m hoping to get out this weekend, somewhere, anywhere!  The promised warmer temperatures will be much appreciated. I’m hoping the birds will start coming back as well. I do enjoy photographing them.

So hang in there folks, Spring is coming – soon I hope.

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~ melissa michelle

 

Snowy days

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02.14.2016

Happy Valentines Day! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I captured this female cardinal in the snow. They show up so vivid against the brilliant snow.

I haven’t had much to post lately. I’ve been doing a lot of studying this month. I want to further my career (day job) so it requires about an hour and a half every evening for learning.

I’m looking forward to Spring and bringing you better photos soon! I still read articles on techniques when waiting in line or making dinner so that when the weather gets better I can try new ways to photograph things. So stay tuned and thanks for stopping by my blog.

~ melissa michelle

Missing someone

Winter sunset

Winter sunset

02.03.2016

It was  beautiful day here – warm temperature and clear skies. I got out this evening to photograph the sunset at Presque Isle State Park. I just had a feeling it would be a nice one.

Deserted beach at sunset

Deserted beach at sunset

Yesterday was Groundhog Day and Harry’s birthday. Harry was my step-dad and a wonderful husband to my Mom. He passed away about four years ago and for some reason we were all missing him yesterday. My Mom cried a lot and it was hard to know she was in so much pain feeling the loss all over again.

Sometimes I just look up to the skies and wonder if he’s looking down at us. I’m sure he misses us too and wishes we could all be together.

Part of loving someone is the risk of pain. The more you love, the more it hurts. Some say why bother . . . . . actually I asked my mother that just before she married Harry. I was worried because he was much older than she was. But Mom said if we can make each other happy if only for a short time, it will be worth it. They were together for 12 years and then Harry got cancer at age 89.

I’m glad he was in our lives. Harry was an amazing man – full of love, humor, and wisdom. He was also a WWII Veteran and had a heart bigger than any man I have ever known.

So, don’t be afraid to love someone. It may hurt when things don’t work out or they leave before you’re ready for them to go. But, living in the moment with that person is such an amazing experience. Live it up!

~ 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