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The beauty of sunrise

North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park

12.07.2017

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

Play Fair . . . .

PlayFair - Toronto Canada

PlayFair – Toronto Canada

09.13.2016

Here’s another tall ship from the festival this past weekend in Erie, PA. This is called PlayFair from Toronto Canada. It’s the sister ship to Pathfinder which I’ll post a photo of soon. Both vessels were christened by Queen Elizabeth II.

I had a great time taking these photos. I hope you’re enjoying them. I lucked out picking a great location, thanks to a co-worker who told me about the spot!

Life is so busy right now. I’ll try to post another photo soon. Stay tuned! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

~ melissa michelle

If at first you don’t succeed . . . .

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH

Lighthouse at Fort Constitution, NH

08.08.2016

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

07.28.2016

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

A Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

03.23.2016

Presque Isle Lighthouse built in 1872. I’m sure this lighthouse showed many sailors the way home. Sometimes in life I wish we had such a light, a beacon standing firm, to show us the way home. Questions like . . . .  should I stay or should I go, do I take this path or forge my own path . . . . would be so much easier if we had a light – the answer – right there in plain view for us to see.

Ah, such is life.

~ melissa michelle

Another lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Presque Isle Lighthouse

03.17.2015

As promised, here is another lighthouse. This is inside Presque Isle State Park, one of my favorite places to visit any time of the year.

So my question to you is what is the name of this lighthouse? How is it identified?

I hope everyone is enjoying their week. The warmer temperatures were nice yesterday and helped to lift my spirits. The sun this afternoon also felt nice. I heard birds chirping this morning while I was walking my dog in the rain. Hey, better than snow and I loved hearing the birds.

Stay tuned. I’ll try to get another lighthouse tomorrow!

~ melissa michelle

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

03.16.2015

I think I actually got this photo dead on straight! I changed this to black & white on the computer. Looks pretty good to me, if I do say so myself. It was a rough day at work so I just needed out of there for a bit during lunch. I had no particular photo I was looking after. My car led me here and I captured this one.

No words of wisdom, except maybe to remind you to “breathe” every so often and look around you. Be mindful of your actions.

~ melissa michelle

Dreaming

Dreaming

Dreaming

02.15.2015

I made it outside today but only long enough to clear away the snow from yesterday. Here in Erie, PA the temperature did not get above zero degrees all day. On days like this you need to think or dream of positive thoughts, things that make you smile.

I saw my candle sitting there and it reminded me of warmer times. Sometimes you just have to go there in your mind if you can’t get there in reality. I fear reality will be cold for a very long time.

Hang in there, folks. Think warm thoughts.

~ melissa michelle

Lighthouse

East Pier Lighthouse

East Pier Lighthouse

02.04.2015

If you saw the photos for “Better than planned” on 01.21.2015, you can see some open water where the seagulls were diving for food and the boat moving through the channel. Today everything was frozen solid.

But the lighthouse embedded resolutely on the east pier was still standing tall, a beacon to show the way no matter the circumstances surrounding it.

I think we need more of that in our lives. People we can count on. Unwavering principles. A sense of direction. Standing up for things rather than falling for anything that comes along. A lighthouse does the same – can be counted on, gives direction, unwavering, standing strong.

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Here’s a second photo of the lighthouse. I promise you when the weather breaks and the water warms I’ll get another photo just like this one. Where this photo gives you a sense of freezing, the other will give you a sense of warmth. So please stay tuned!

~ melissa michelle

Better than planned

Taking off

Taking off

01.21.2015

I escaped work during lunch today and headed to the North Pier in Presque Isle State Park. My goal for today was to capture the Lighthouse. But when I got there the seagulls were plentiful, and many were diving in and out of the water for food. I photographed the above seagull with something in it’s mouth. It had dived down under the water and I managed to snap a shot of it coming out! I really need to work on action shots as I had to post process this one for more sharpness.

Boat Cutter from New York

Boat Cutter from New York

So as I was photographing the birds I heard this noise. This boat cutter was coming through the inlet heading towards the open lake water. Look at this photo – there’s a lot going on. Seagulls flying all about the boat, there are a few seagulls sitting on pieces of ice, the ice breaking up at the bow of the boat with water splashing up, and look towards the top center of the photo there’s a lighthouse!

And then there’s the original photo I was after:

Presque Isle North Pier Lighthouse

Presque Isle North Pier Lighthouse

Pretty awesome huh?! The cutter is there on the right heading out and, of course, the Lighthouse I had originally come to photograph.

As you can see I was able to photograph lots of things today! My original plan was to capture the lighthouse, which I did. But once I showed up there was so much going on that I did my best to photograph each beautiful scene in front of me. So there’s the lesson – sometimes a moment can be better than what you had planned!!

~ melissa michelle