Roughneck Falls, SD

Roughneck Falls, SD

07.21.2017

I’m slowly getting through my photos from vacation. I found this gem and decided to post. It’s from Spearfish, SD, a waterfall called Roughneck Falls. It was late afternoon when I was there so the lighting was totally perfect, plus I used an ND filter.

Enjoy your weekend!

~ melissa michelle

Spearfish Falls, SD

Spearfish Falls, SD

Another view

07.18.2017

As you know I love to photography waterfalls and the ones in South Dakota were no exception. The tails allowed us to get close. I love the sound of running water and was so happy to see a great amount falling here.

I’ll post more waterfalls from Yellowstone and South Dakota so stay tuned.

~ melissa michelle

Show your colors!

Show your colors!

07.16.2017

When I do a photo shoot on location or in the backyard, I always envision what I want to capture. I have a plan and a vision for what I want to accomplish in the photograph. I knew when I planned to photograph motorcycles that I wanted to capture one in black and white but leave something in color. I wasn’t sure what that would be but it was going to happen.

So I captured my vision in the photo above. I just wish everything worked out like that for me!

~ melissa michelle

Bring in the roar!

Wanna go for a ride?

07.14.2017

So this is totally differently than what I have ever photographed. However, I kind of thought it was cool and fun to do! This is my sister’s boyfriend – his hand on the handle of his motorcycle. It’s something I had kind of envisioned and I think it turned out okay.

Roar on the Shore started Thursday in Erie, PA with the bike parade and there are many planned rides throughout the weekend. Watch for bikes.

I’ll get back to the nature and wildlife photos soon.

~ melissa michelle

Special wildlife baby

Lamb checking us out

07.13.2017

Last week on vacation we took an afternoon and just drove around Wyoming & a little into Montana. We drove past this one spot and just happen to spot a ewe. We thought she was going to come right up to the truck while I photographed her from the truck window. Then all of a sudden her lamb comes up the hill beside her. So very cute! Love that heart shaped nose! Soon they scurried across the road behind us. This is one of my favorite shots!

Keep your eyes open – always look around for the best things in nature.

~ melissa michelle

A surprise at Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone

Young bull elk

07.12.2017

I very much enjoyed my visit at Yellowstone National Park. It’s a place everyone should have on their bucket list. I captured this young bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was just laying there, looking at all of us, and occasionally scratching an itch. lol

I’m working through all the photos. I took quite a few! It was certainly a great adventure spending the day at Yellowstone. Make plans to visit soon!

~ melissa michelle

Prairie dogs

07.06.2017

While visiting Devil’s Tower I got to photograph these prairie dogs playing, perhaps kissing. It was fun to watch and photograph.

I have a ton of photos to share of Devil’s Tower and then waterfalls in Spearfish, SD. But I’m rather tired. I will leave you with this one thought: live every day as if it were an adventure. Life is exciting and each day should be lived to the fullest.

~ melissa michelle

Babies!

Momma deer with fawn

Two antelope fawns

07.05.2017

What a great find! I’ve always wanted to get a good shot of a deer in the wild. The bonus is that I also got her baby. And more than that, I also saw these two antelope fawns! Momma wasn’t far behind. These were taken in Wyoming. I have learned how to spot animals in the wild quicker and it’s so much fun to look for them. However, please note, I never left the confines of the truck. I’m in their territory and I have a zoom lens. I always respect their habitat.

Stay tuned – there are a ton more photos to share on here with you! It’s going to take me some time to go through all of them.

~ melissa michelle

 

I was determined!

Momma Bear

Bear Cub

07.04.2017

Happy 4th of July! What a great nation we live in!

My adventure today took me to Yellowstone National Park. This morning before even we left I knew I would see a bear today. The entire time in the park I was looking for a bear.

I didn’t tell anyone I was with that I was going to see a bear on this trip to the park (I didn’t want to jinx myself). But I believed totally it would happen for me . . . . and it did. And, not only did I see one grizzly bear but I also got to see her cub (last year’s cub). How exciting!! It makes me think how much more could I accomplish in life if I woke up every morning determined to see or get what I want! That’s pretty powerful right there.

(I took many photos and will share more soon!)

~ melissa michelle