Tag Archives: landscape

Take care of yourself

Alpha Pass

11.29.2017

I had a particularly difficult day. My stress level is high and I’m tired. So I went to my photography which relaxes me. As I look through the photos I almost feel like I’m in that place again – the smells, the coolness of the air, the path in front of me, water rushing beside me, the sounds of nature . . . . Are you picturing it too?

In this busy time of year, keep what’s really important close to your heart. Breathe deeply. Take care of yourself.

~ melissa michelle

Taking time

Little falls at Alpha Pass

11.26.2017

Life sure gets busy. And stressful. Tis the season I suppose. I took some time for myself this morning, well me and my camera, and headed out to McConnells Mill State Park. I love nature. You can breathe deep and rest your soul. It was just what I needed.

The above was near where I parked at Alpha Pass. I hiked down the path and cut across to the waterfall. I traversed the rocks further down to capture this photo. The leaves are blanketing the ground, which adds some color to the photo.

I’ll post more from this morning’s hike later in the week. Make it a good one people and remember to breathe deeply every so often.

~ melissa michelle

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

11.08.2017

Sometimes there’s no clear path. Do I go right or left? What exactly is at the center and how do I get there? They say happiness is in the journey. But what if you don’t know what journey you’re supposed to be on? I feel like this often, especially right now. Should I stay or should I go? Do I continue or reverse? Life is so very short and I don’t want it to pass by me.

I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Sometimes it’s best to move on and leave the past in the past.

No matter what labyrinth lies in front of you, don’t just stand there. Take a leap, take a chance, move forward and course correct if you need to later.

~ melissa michelle

Fungus but also beauty

Mushroom in the back yard

10.19.2017

Here’s a favorite photo I took a couple years ago. I laid down on the ground with the camera and snapped two photos – the one above and one other of a mushroom about a foot away that was turned inside out. I just loved how this one was arranged with the flowers. It was picture perfect. So even though it’s fungus, I see beauty.

Due to work and getting things done around my place at home, my photography time has been limited. I want to make more time but other obligations need to be taken care of first. With that said, I have several trips coming up, one being a photography workshop in Pittsburgh which I’m absolutely excited about attending! Photographing the city at night is going to be quite the experience! I’m hoping the shooting location will be near a bridge so I can get that in the photo as well as the city! Stay tuned.

Don’t forget, while you’re running around taking care of life, look around at nature for just a minute and you’ll feel better about life.

~ melissa michelle

Happy Fall, y’all

A glimpse of fall

09.25.2017

I cannot believe it’s the end of September. Where has the time gone this year. However, I am looking forward to nature displaying her colors and seeing the animals out and about preparing for, dare I say it, winter.

I snapped this photo while hiking in a state park called Nelson’s Ledges in Ohio. That is a really interesting place and I encourage everyone to visit. It totally beckoned me when I read trail highlights such as Devil’s Ice Box and Fat Man’s Peril! Way funny!

Remember, every so often you just gotta take a deep breath and look around you!

~ melissa michelle

My favorite season coming up

McConnells Mill State Park

09.10.2017

I’m looking forward to fall. The heat of summer dissipates, the morning dew lies heavy on the ground, and the light of day is shorter. It’s my favorite season. Nature explodes with color and shows off her beauty for all to admire and enjoy.

As I have stated here before, don’t forget to look around every so often. Take a deep breath and soak it all in. The show is only around for a short time!

~ melissa michelle

Ohiopyle State Park

Waterfall at Ohiopyle

Cucumber Falls

08.09.2017

Last week I had a few hours so I drove South to Ohiopyle State Park, PA. These are two of my favorite photos from the shoot. It was so relaxing to see the waterfalls. I used a viable ND filter so I could leave the shutter open longer. The top photo was exposed for 8 seconds to give it that effect.

Please remember to visit my Facebook page (Photo Life Journal). I posted the photos there Sunday but just now posted them here. I’ll try to be a little faster next time!

As a side note, I entered 5 photos in a contest last weekend where 4 of them placed! I actually sold one of them! Anytime you se a photo on here and would like a print, please contact me – leave a reply or send an email to melissa@photolifejournal.com

~ melissa michelle

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┬áso stay tuned.

~ melissa michelle

Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

Scenes from Wyoming

07.03.2017

Awesome beauty to behind in the West. This country is so beautiful one must get out to explore and take in all that the world has to offer.

I remember about 17 years ago I was lamenting about my job and where I wanted to go. My friend said to me, “Where in the world do you want to go?” My response was to ask don’t you mean where in the state or nation? He said he was very clear when he said the world. I soon found myself going to South Korea for my job. I then realized that there was so much more to explore than just my own back yard.

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t think of only what you know. Educate yourself, travel, explore. Get lost and open yourself to new adventures.

~ melissa michelle