Monthly Archives: April 2016

Enjoying the little things

Chase keeping lookout

Chase keeping lookout

04.28.2016

Last week one of my very good friends suffered a loss and my heart ached for her. I knew what she was going through because I had suffered a similar loss a few years ago. This brought back some memories and thoughts of my loss. But along with that, the knowledge that life goes on, that I survived, and I have learned life can be good again.

When I look back on memories, it makes me appreciate the little things: Face time with someone you love, a text message that makes me laugh, pizza with friends, or sitting outside with my dog. Simple yet special.

Yesterday I feared I was losing my dog but thankfully it was something that can be fixed and he is comfortable again. As I was driving us home from the vet my thoughts were on us spending more time outside where he truly loves to be and going for more walks once he feels better. See, little things. They don’t cost money. It’s just a decision to spend time.

So think about not spending money but time. Enjoy the simple things. And, do like my dog, just enjoy the moment and look around.

~ melissa michelle

State Parks – a beautiful gift

Waterfall at Leonard Harrison State Park / Grand Canyon

Waterfall at Leonard Harrison State Park / Grand Canyon

04.18.2016

This past weekend I went on an adventure trip! I wanted to visit a few state parks, one of which is pictured above – Leonard Harrison State Park at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. I hiked down this steep, very steep, did I mention STEEP hillside to capture this photo. But it was worth the hike to capture this beauty. Although, I did almost die hiking back out of the gorge. Not really, but it was a touch climb back out.

Ricketts Glen State Park (one of the many waterfalls)

Ricketts Glen State Park (one of the many waterfalls)

I also hiked at Ricketts Glen State Park. What an amazing place to visit. There are about 22 waterfalls there if you hike the entire trail. We hiked about 3 miles of the trail and still got to see about 18 waterfalls.

Water making its way along the trail at Rickett's Glen

Water making its way along the trail at Ricketts Glen

I just liked this photo because it was looking back on the trail from where we had hiked. It was so beautiful at the park – I couldn’t possibly post all the photos I took here. These are a couple of my favorite.

I must confess something now . . . . I actually took the wrong lens to Rickett’s Glen. I took a different backpack to the park – one easier to hike with, packing snacks and drinks. I put my camera body in the backpack and totally forgot to pack my landscape lens. It was about an hour drive from my hotel to the park, plus I was meeting friends there so no possible way to drive back and get the lens. Of course I was kicking myself and yelling inside my head, calling myself bad words. But then I stopped. I could either continue being mad at myself or I could make do with what I had with me and enjoy the journey. I’m here to say I had a wonderful time and enjoyed myself on the hike with my friends. It’s an amazing place to visit with such beautiful waterfalls at every turn. The hike was classified as “most difficult” and it lived up to that classification. But, what a wonderful day out in nature!

As a side note, I would like to thank all the park rangers I came into contact with at both parks. One ranger had to handle a difficult situation but he & the other rangers that helped, handled it professionally and kept all of us safe. Thanks for all you do!

GET OUT and ENJOY nature! She’s a wonderful place!

~ melissa michelle

A new place

Raccoon Park, Lake Erie

Raccoon Park, Lake Erie

04.14.2016

Last night I had the chance to go on a photo shoot with another photographer. It was a great time! I had never visited Raccoon Park in East Springfield, PA so it was fun to explore and photograph different things.

With the winter passing and spring on its way, a lot of debris has washed upon the shore – lots of logs, limbs, and stones.

It was relaxing walking the shoreline and listening to the waves crash next to us. I love the above photo – taken handheld. The shutter was open at 1/15 to blur the motion of the water which is one of my favorite techniques. I loved the scenery too!

This weekend I’m visiting several new places and will share the photos with you as soon as possible while I’m on the road. It will be a great adventure so stay tuned for all the latest!

~ melissa michelle

Make time for what you enjoy

Liftoff

Liftoff

Seagull in flight

Seagull in flight

04.02.2016

I was going back over some photos I took last week and found these two. I had stopped at the Ranger Station on Presque Isle to get some information. Unfortunately they were closed, but I made the most of the situation, got out my camera (because I always have it with me), and shot these seagulls on the pond next to the station. There were quite a few there, diving back and forth in and out of the water. It was cool to watch and I even managed to capture a few good shots.

I do enjoy bird photography, along with water / waterfalls and of course, wildlife. It makes me happy to be out in nature and near the water.

I hope all of you reading this find something you enjoy just as much. And most of all, find the time to get out there and do it!

~ melissa michelle