Monthly Archives: December 2016


Encased in Ice


So the sun came out today and it made me very happy! However, it disappeared behind some clouds when I got out at lunchtime to take some photos at the dock. But that’s okay. It was still great to see the sun most of the day. Where I work I travel between buildings and even though the wind was cold, I still took a little time to soak it in!

I’m hoping the sun will come back out again tomorrow! It certainly helps to lift my spirit.

If I don’t post again before Christmas, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your family and friends and remember, it’s not what’s under the tree but who’s around your tree.

~ melissa michelle

Stop barking


After a long day at work, I find myself sitting here in the quiet. The only noise is the furnace running as the temperature drops outside. Without going into detail, let’s just say it was a difficult day at work. People were “barking” given a current situation. By the end, my stomach hurt from the stress and a headache ensued. Getting back to my quiet home helped to calm my restless spirit. When this happens life feels fractured as people are barking at you.

So this photo of my dog’s mouth wide open and adding the fractured frame effect depicts my day. But I must say, I feel better having photography and editing as my therapy! Everyone needs an outlet, a positive way to express what’s going on in your life. This is mine. What’s yours?

~ melissa michelle

Being lazy

Let sleeping dogs lie


Sometimes you just need a day to be lazy. It’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Just enjoy and do what you want to. That’s what my dog does. He plays when he wants to. Sleeps when he wants to. And, eats when he wants to. I want to be more like my dog.

I spent a rare weekend at home – I mean seriously, my truck has not moved since dinner with my Mom Friday night! Originally there were two events on my schedule, but alas, the weather had other plans for me. So I cleaned up the drive and walkway more times than I can count, read a book, and took a couple naps. It was a delightful weekend! However, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that I missed getting out of Erie to my boyfriend’s farm, my retreat.

I promised myself that tomorrow I’ll be back in the groove – work, studying, photography essays (more on that later!), and hopefully getting into the Christmas spirit. The weather has me very depressed – I need to see sun, not snow, every day.

Have a good week folks!

~ melissa michelle

Winter blast

Winter in Erie, PA USA


Usually I spend my weekends exploring parks or hiking or just out walking with the dogs. I love being outside with my camera, it’s that simple. Life is good when I’m enjoying nature. However, today, a Saturday, I am stuck inside watching it snow, and snow, and snow some more. No fun. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t do anything. It’s rather depressing.

However, I did open the back door and snap this photo. It’s simple, minimal, and shows what’s left of a flower bed I put in this past spring. I have spent the morning and early afternoon cleaning and putting things away. I have a donation pile to drop off . . . when I can get outside again. As I get older I’m becoming more of a minimalist. I’d rather spend money on experiences than things (with one exception, I do want more camera gear!). So when I looked outside for the millionth time I saw the “beauty” in the minimal plants holding firm in the snow piling up around them.

So, while this photo is simplistic it shows a lot. Be safe out there.

~ melissa michelle