Monthly Archives: May 2016

Spring!

Spring day

Spring day

05.18.2015

Just a quick post tonight. It was a beautiful spring day today. I escaped work during lunch and was able to capture this lovely photo of spring colors. You’ve got white, pink, yellow, and of course, green and blue!

The original photo I had planned didn’t exactly turn out the way I wanted it to soooo, I got this one instead. Sometimes it’s oaky that things don’t go as planned. But, I have to admit, I hope to try my original planned shot again tomorrow. And yes, it involves water!

We’re getting closer to the weekend! I’m excited to see my college girlfriends this weekend. They are the best friends ever!

~ melissa michelle

Where the path leads

A path at Frontier Park

A path at Frontier Park

05.14.2016

I’ve been going back through my photos, keeping some, deleting most. This is one I came across that I really liked. I took it at Frontier Park in Erie, PA. I often go here during my lunch hour to get away from work for a while.

I am a person who likes to plan. When training for a race I always planned out the route ahead of time, knowing exactly where I want to go and how long it should take me to get there. But, when I walk here, there is no plan. No route. No finish line. I meander. This is very unlike me. However, I must say, I enjoy it now. I like the freedom to walk whatever path I feel like, here, there, or across the way. And then, when I get back to my truck, I am calm, relaxed, and ready to continue my day.

This is something I’ve learned the past year or so. It’s okay not to have everything planned out. It’s okay to just follow a path to see where it goes without knowing where it may lead. Take a risk. Step out. Live.

~ melissa michelle

Reviewing

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park

Waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park

Waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park

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05.07.2016

I’ve been going through some older photos to clean off my camera cards. I came across these waterfalls from Ricketts Glen State Park. I probably saw them when I was first going through all the photos but passed them by at that time. Today I’ve been able to take some much needed time to review more of the photos.

My first impression of these probably didn’t give me the “awe factor” so I didn’t spend time processing them. But today, after further review, I loved them!

I guess that’s the same with people. First impressions are sometimes wrong. I met someone a few years ago and thought it was a great friend. But upon further review and spending time looking at the true colors, I realized this person was negative energy and mean spirited. And, you could take that the other way, a person who you didn’t give a chance, could end up being your best friend.

So sometimes you need take a step back and review who you spend time with and if that person is good for your time. You will be better off!

~ melissa michelle

Respect nature

Baby great horned owls

Baby great horned owls

05.03.2016

Wow, what a great find – baby great horned owls. Momma was nearby but very well hidden by many tree limbs so I couldn’t photograph her. These two have left the nest they outgrew. You can almost make out the face of the one. And it was okay that I didn’t get that perfect shot of them facing me. I didn’t have much time as I was on my lunch hour with a co-worker who told me about these cuties.

The are was taped off asking / warning people to stay on the trail and not approach the owls. With a nice lens or binoculars you can see them well enough from the trail. I don’t understand why people have to go up to wildlife and get all in their faces, in their habitats. I would love to capture that all elusive photo with a fantastic animal (like the coyote in Yellowstone, used a long lens and got the great photo) every single time I’m out in nature. But I absolutely won’t do that at the risk of intruding on wildlife.

Okay, off my soapbox. Enjoy nature people. Get out there for some fresh air and you just might see some wildlife.

~ melissa michelle