Monthly Archives: June 2016

Up, up, and away!

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06.22.2016

Just a few photos from the Thurston Classic this past weekend in Meadville, PA. I am fascinated by air hot balloons. I think it would be so neat to float away, high above the ground . . . that is, if I weren’t afraid of looking down!

No insightful thoughts today. I’m posting during my lunch hour because I’ve been so busy this week. However, lunch is almost over so gotta go. I’ll try to post new photos again soon!

~ melissa michelle

Crystal clear

Clear water

Clear water

06.15.2016

Sometimes I wish life was as clear as the water photographed above. You can see the bottom and all the little stones through the surface. So clear but also pretty shallow.

So I guess I don’t want a shallow life but it sure would be nice if some things were more clear to me. I don’t get people – why do they hurt others. Why do people lie? Why try to hide their actions? Do they really think that others don’t know what’s happening?

I am not a confrontational person. People do things that hurt me and I don’t say anything. I usually walk away, lick my wounds, and hope it goes away or resolves itself. But resolution doesn’t always happen and I need to take action even though it’s painful and I have trouble saying how I feel.

But I know I have to do something. It’s pretty sad when the older lady at the café even noticed something was wrong. She said I looked down and sad. I replied that I came to eat her cooking to make me feel better and that she always cheers me up. Then she did something totally unexpected and has never done before . . . . she took my hand in both of hers and squeezed tightly for a moment. She said I made her day better for seeing me. That made me smile.

So for that moment, all was right in my world, crystal clear, and happy. Pictures say a thousand words. I just wish people would read them!

~ melissa michelle

 

Happy place

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

06.05.2016

I was taking a second look today at the photos I took yesterday and came across this one. I really liked the flora included with the water and rocks. This is just a small waterfall coming down the side of a huge hill. I’m standing on a walking bridge and behind me is Slippery Rock Creek where this water will drain into.

The flow of the water relaxes me, watching or looking at photos always gives me a sense of peace and calm. I love playing with shutter speed to blur the motion of the water. I also changed the ISO setting to give me a little different light on the water.

Photography is a great hobby and I really enjoy doing it. Everyone needs their hobby to escape to that gives them a sense of accomplishment or happiness. The big thing now is “mindfulness” or some call it a form of meditation. I call it being in the moment, this moment in time and being there. When I’m out with my camera, all I think about is the photo, setting up the shot, and looking at the beauty of nature all around me. Those are my happy times, my happy places. May you find your happy place and live in the moment, if only for just a moment.

~ melissa michelle

Back to nature

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill

Alpha Falls at McConnells Mill

Waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park

Waterfall in McConnells Mill State Park

06.04.2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been working in my yard and studying, and well, I’ve been busy! But today I just needed to be out with my camera. I’ve missed it! The weather was hot and terribly humid but I really wanted to be out there in nature with just me and my camera.

As with many photo shoots I envision the shots I want before I even get there. I had read a few articles lately about changing camera settings to obtain a better motion blur and I think I nailed it here. What do you think?

I love being in nature and photographing all her beauty. It felt good to be out there, if only for an hour. It was a great moment to take a few deeps breaths and look around (that’s for you college girlfriends!).

~ melissa michelle