Monthly Archives: July 2016

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

07.28.2016

Yesterday I was able to visit some lighthouses in New Hampshire and one in Maine. The coast in this area is very scenic and fun to photograph. I took the photograph above of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH this week. I was just awed by the beauty of it.

When reviewing the photos I realized there was a shadow in the water cast from the lighthouse – pretty cool. I didn’t see that when I was doing the shoot.

The partial remains of Fort Constitution in the foreground were remarkable to walk around. The ingenuity of people in the 1700s was incredible.

I also went to another lighthouse in NH, as well as one in Maine. I’ll post those photos soon!

~ melissa michelle

Sabbaday Waterfall

Sabbaday Waterfall, NH

Sabbaday Waterfall, NH

Flume at Sabbaday Waterfall, NH

Flume at Sabbaday Waterfall, NH

07.25.2016

It was another wonderful day in New Hampshire, this time near Conway just off the Kancamgus Highway at Sabbaday Falls. This is a very unique waterfall in that part of the falls is in coming down one side of the rocks and then does a 90 degree turn down to the small flume. Pretty awesome! The top first photo shows the top of the falls and the second shows after it turns directions.

So my Mother proposed that I make a waterfall calendar with all the photos I’ve taken of the many different waterfalls. What do you think? Let me know in the comments, please!

~ melissa michelle

Capturing a moment

Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge

Franconia Notch State Park, NH

Franconia Notch State Park, NH

07.24.2016

I had a great day! I’m currently in beautiful New Hampshire. I’ve never been here before but it is excellent. We spent this morning in Flume Gorge in Franconia State Park. It’s simply beautiful there. We walked the two mile loop through the gorge and other amazing waterfalls and pools in the area. These were two of my favorite photos from the photo shoot.

I am very tired so the only words of wisdom I offer are to live in the moment. Often today when I lifted the camera to my eye, I would take a deep breath, steady the camera and shoot the amazing scene before me. I was capturing that moment in time.

But before I sign off for the evening, just one more photo for my great friend Laura. This inch worm was on a walking bridge overlooking a scenic waterfall. I placed my sunglasses on the ledge and this creature was crawling about – I just had to photograph it:

A beautiful inch worm

A beautiful inch worm

Look close – you can see the eyes and nose! I hope it made you smile, Laura!

~ melissa michelle

Clouds will come, but then they leave

Overcast skies

Overcast skies

07.10.2016

I captured this shot yesterday just after photographing the eagles. The skies turned so dramatic I had to capture this one. Luckily I made it back to the truck before it started to rain.

I’ve noticed that sometimes clouds help to make a photo – this would have not turned out so well if the sky was clear.

I think that’s the way of life too. A few clouds or bad things happen into our life and we think things are ruined or that life won’t be the same. But what we don’t notice is that those clouds may enhance our life and eventually make it better. We’ll suffer and cry and be mad but we’ll come out better for it. I strongly believe that. If I didn’t, well, I wouldn’t have made it through to where I am now.

So even though clouds come into our life it’s not always a bad thing. I bet if I went back there today, the area would be beautiful and the sun shining. Into each life a little rain must fall. But sometimes the rain is needed, the clouds to shade us from a harsh sun, and rain to cleanse our souls. Try not to curse it, although sometimes cursing is a good release, and I’m not telling you to embrace it. But I guess I am saying you will get through it. I guess I’m telling myself that too. Life is tough. I’m tougher.

~ melissa michelle

 

Following my gut feeling . . . .

Family reunion

Family reunion – two juveniles and an adult eagle

I believe the eagle flying in is last year's hatch & one on the log was born this year

I believe the eagle flying in is last year’s hatch & one on the log was born this year

07.09.2016

So this morning I had a feeling that I needed to get out with my camera. I didn’t know why, just this gut feeling pulling me to get out there. I decided to head to Sandy Lake and was not disappointed! I knew where this one nest was located so I thought just maybe I could catch some eagles nearby.

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

Adult eagle with juvenile eating a fish

When I first got to the site, I noticed the adult eagle right away. It was on the ground there to the right. I kept hearing an eagle crying / screeching but didn’t see the juvenile at first. Then I realized what was happening – the baby was on the log eating a fish and screeching at the adult for some reason. After it finished the fish, another juvenile appeared so that’s when I took the second shot above. It was so awesome to see them all together like that!

Soon after the adult left so did the fish eating juvenile. So I watched the other juvenile for a while. When it took off I followed it with the camera. Much to my surprise, a great blue heron came into focus in front of the juvenile eagle!!!!

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

Juvenile eagle chasing a great blue heron

It was pretty awesome to see AND capture the two of them in flight! I was so excited. I have no idea where the blue heron was located – all I know is that it came into the camera and I snapped away. I’m not sure where it went after that but it was fun to see!

So my gut told me to get out there with my camera. And that’s what I did! For my entire life, every time I followed my gut it was right. And, every time I did not follow my gut, it was still right. There’s a lesson there people.

~ melissa michelle

Happy Birthday, America!

Old Glory

07.02.2016

We saw this wonderful flag flying high and beautiful and I captured her unfurling in the sky. Old Glory is a great symbol of our country. I hope everyone remembers the sacrifices made by our founding fathers and their vision for our great nation.

~ melissa michelle