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Stress break for your viewing pleasure

Alpha Pass


I was going back through some photos and found this one I took at Alpha Pass in McConnells Mill State Park on April 29. Sometimes when I go back to look through photos I find treasures! This is one, I think. I often struggle with the lighting at this waterfall because at the top it’s usually very bright but darker at the bottom.

I wasn’t able to get out this weekend because on Memorial Day I fell hiking and hurt my hip and tailbone. I took it easy this past week in order to heal quickly (I hope).

Maybe next weekend I’ll get back out there with the camera – I’m missing it! But for now, enjoy the peacefulness of this waterfall.

~ melissa michelle



Hells Hollow


I had the pleasure of the morning outside in nature enjoying beautiful weather and wonderful scenery. Nature was at her best this morning, showing off her beauty for me to photograph. I took this photo on my way to Hells Hollow at McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville, PA. I love watching the water flow over the rocks, slowing the shutter to capture all of it.

Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to remember those who sacrificed everything so that we have the freedom to travel this great nation of ours taking photos and posting our opinions freely.

~ melissa michelle

Happy place

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA


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