Tag Archives: Nature

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

No excuses

Can we talk?

10.01.2017

I hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend – I sure did. I found myself at the Erie Zoo and had an excellent time visiting with the animals. Sometimes I think they believe we’re the animals and they are the sane ones . . . but that’s a discussion for another time.

So new month. New week. No more excuses. Rise above your issues. If you cannot see a way, make a way. Stop talking about doing something. Just do it. Don’t let whatever the issue is stop you from being the person you were meant to be. Don’t wait for someone else. It’s up to you. I know it sounds corny but, like this giraffe, rise above it. Talk positive to yourself. Be nice to yourself. Go after what you want. Step on toes if you have to but just do it!

Stop with the excuses. Hold your head up and get it done.

~ 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

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

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

A surprise at Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone

Young bull elk

07.12.2017

I very much enjoyed my visit at Yellowstone National Park. It’s a place everyone should have on their bucket list. I captured this young bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was just laying there, looking at all of us, and occasionally scratching an itch. lol

I’m working through all the photos. I took quite a few! It was certainly a great adventure spending the day at Yellowstone. Make plans to visit soon!

~ melissa michelle

Prairie dogs

07.06.2017

While visiting Devil’s Tower I got to photograph these prairie dogs playing, perhaps kissing. It was fun to watch and photograph.

I have a ton of photos to share of Devil’s Tower and then waterfalls in Spearfish, SD. But I’m rather tired. I will leave you with this one thought: live every day as if it were an adventure. Life is exciting and each day should be lived to the fullest.

~ melissa michelle