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Relaxing in nature

Relaxing at waters edge

09.24.2017

I got to explore a state park in Ohio, Nelsons Ledges. It was a fun adventure. I had never visited there before. It was small but fun to walk around. You know it’s a place you must visit when passages there have names like Fat Man’s Peril and Devil’s Ice Box. Too funny!

I was passing over this walking bridge and caught sight of this frog hanging out. He was kind enough to stay while I set up the camera and did a long exposure (about 20 seconds). I love nature and photographing all her beauty.

Have an excellent week! It will be what you make it!

~ 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

Enjoying nature’s beauty

Alpha Pass at McConnells Mill

02.19.2017

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day . . . . Love that song and love that today was so nice that I could get outside and enjoy mother nature. She sure was lovely.

I’m pretty proud of this photo – except for cropping the edges, this is how I took the photo. No Photoshop used to correct color or anything. I exposed for about 3 seconds and used a polarizer on the lens.

Nature is beautiful on her own. We don’t need to improve upon it; she puts on a good show. I’m so looking forward to Spring and can’t wait for all her colors to appear again. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Autumn Delight

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

11.07.2016

Here’s another fall photo – colors reflecting on the pond. I love this time of year when nature shows off!

I hope to start soon on designing the 2017 calendars. Please comment here if you are interested. Thank you!

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, Photo Life Journal. I hope to soon have an account on Instagram and other sites too.

Make it a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Fall colors to brighten your day

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle in fall colors

Presque Isle in fall colors

10.31.2016

I was able to leave work during lunch today to capture these photos on Presque Isle State Park. It was fun to get some fresh air, enjoy the warmer temperatures, and take in the beauty. Don’t forget to look around every so often, take in nature!

~ melissa michelle

Fall at McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

Relaxing by the water

Relaxing by the water

10.24.2016

Ahhhh Sunday was a simply beautiful day at McConnells Mill State Park. Many people were there out hiking and walking the trails, taking in the views. I’m hoping we will get a few more nice days like this in the coming weeks. I love fall but not so much what comes after.

The first photo above is one of my favorite rocks to photograph. I love how the water flows over the rock to create a mini-waterfall.

Take time to enjoy the weather wherever you are, if you can!

~ melissa michelle

Autumn Colors

Autumn colors

Autumn colors

10.18.2016

Here are some autumn colors to brighten your day. I took these over the weekend in Benezette, PA. The east coast is the best place in the country to live in the fall. It’s so beautiful with vibrant colors.

Try to get out and enjoy nature before it starts to snow!

~ melissa michelle

Look up!

Bee nest

Bee nest

10.13.2016

I spotted this nest today way up high on a tree limb while walking my dog. I had not seen it before today, even though we walk that way often. It’s amazing what’s hidden in nature right in front of us! I just loved how the autumn leaves were bright against the grayness of the nest. I’m not sure what kind of nest – some bee, but it sure was a treat to see it.

After our walk, I couldn’t wait to get the camera and head back to the tree. What a fun sighting in nature to photograph! Look up and keep an eye out – this time of year is so beautiful! I hope to post more findings soon. I’m traveling again this weekend . . . . . .

~ melissa michelle

Special effects by nature

Freedom Falls - spirals

Freedom Falls – spirals

10.08.2016

It was a fun morning at Freedom Falls in Rockland PA. I’ve never been to this waterfall before. It was pretty cool . . .  once we traversed the steep decent down a rocky, muddy hill. It wasn’t too bad, just needed to be careful.

I left the shutter opened for 30 seconds in order to catch the swirl of the leaves. This slight motion showed up as a pretty awesome effect. I’ve always wanted to capture swirls in water – it was a bonus the leaves were there to add to the effect.

It was raining upon leaving for this little adventure, ending up on a dirt, muddy road. The heavy cloud cover allowed the longer exposure to enhance the photo.

So I encourage everyone to go some place you’ve never been to before – you never know how it might turn out!

~ melissa michelle

Taking a deep breath & looking around nature

Waterfalls at Hells Hollow McConnells Mill State Park

Waterfalls at Hells Hollow McConnells Mill State Park

Autumn painting

Autumn painting

On trail to Hells Hollow

Along the trail to Hells Hollow

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10.11.2015

Sometimes life is just better when you’re outside in nature. Nature engulfs you, clearing the head, and allowing you to breathe. It forces you to acknowledge her and appreciate the beauty around you. Especially this time of the year – autumn.

The photos above are from Hells Hollow at McConnells Mill State Park. It’s about five mils from the covered bridge and Mill. I was there in the spring but because the water level was so high I couldn’t get down to water level to photograph the falls. This time water was still to the last step but I was able to navigate using rocks not covered to get some photos.

The last photo is at the farm I visit nearly every weekend. The pond on the property provides stunning reflections from the trees changing colors. This year the colors are so vivid and brilliant. They soothe the soul and relaxes the mind.

While at McConnells Mill I also photographed another waterfall I had not seen before. I’ll share that photo soon.

So remember the next time you’re in a funk or something is bothering you, if you can, take a deep breath and get out into nature. She’ll set your mind at ease, or at least let you forget for a few minutes.

~ melissa michelle