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Sun touching the trees


I got to see the sun today!!!! This is really significant in that we haven’t had sun since before Christmas. What we’ve had is snow and plenty of it. 121.3″ for the season and 65″ of that the week of Christmas. Ugh! However, on the drive home from work I got to wear my sunglasses and enjoy the sun on my frozen face (-6 wind chill) while walking my dog, who evidently, is loving this snow. By the way, I saw an article that stated 90% of the country was experiencing below freezing temperatures. Snuggle in close to someone to stay warm!

So I choose to be grateful today for the wonderful sunshine and blue skies. I am thankful for a day without snow. What are you thankful for today?

~ melissa michelle

The beauty of sunrise

North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park


I was tired. But instead of rolling over in my bed, I dragged myself out and headed North to Presque Isle. I was hoping the sunrise would be nice. There were clouds but that only enhanced the beauty of the morning.

That’s just like life. Clouds will pass over us and sometimes even dump on us, and keep dumping. But then we come out on the other side of what happens to us and we’re better for it. We learn lessons from the failure and hurts and we’re better individuals. So don’t dread the clouds (unless they’re snow clouds lol) and get through it. Don’t let people get you down. Let your colors shine through. You’ll be a better person for it. And yes, I’m speaking from experience.

~ melissa michelle

Something different

Pittsburgh, PA

So I got to photograph with other photogs in Pittsburgh, PA. It was totally out of my comfort zone, as I’m more comfortable in nature but it was fun to try something different. I enjoyed talking with other photographers and learning from their techniques. This is a photo I was pleased with from the workshop. A bus turned through the intersection causing the light trails. I thought that was really cool!

It was a good experience and fun to do a shoot with other photographers. But don’t worry, I’ll post nature photos again soon! Let it be a lesson though – it’s good to try new / different things!

~ melissa michelle

If at first you don’t succeed . . . .

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH


HDR Photography – the idea of High Dynamic Range is taking multiple photos at different exposures and merging them to get the full range of light & effects in the photo. This is one of my attempts and I think it turned out well this time. I enjoyed trying it and experiencing some success.

As you know I love photograph and trying new things. I have a few other photos I experimented with (multiple exposures) and as I have time to work on them I’ll get them posted. I’ll keep trying to improve. So, what do you think of this one?

~ melissa michelle

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse


Yesterday I was able to visit some lighthouses in New Hampshire and one in Maine. The coast in this area is very scenic and fun to photograph. I took the photograph above of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH this week. I was just awed by the beauty of it.

When reviewing the photos I realized there was a shadow in the water cast from the lighthouse – pretty cool. I didn’t see that when I was doing the shoot.

The partial remains of Fort Constitution in the foreground were remarkable to walk around. The ingenuity of people in the 1700s was incredible.

I also went to another lighthouse in NH, as well as one in Maine. I’ll post those photos soon!

~ melissa michelle