Tag Archives: Nature

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

The elk herd

Black & white elk herd

11.04.2017

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this photo. I liked that you could see many in the herd but the sky was blah, the foreground was blah, and I almost deleted it. Then I converted the photo to black and white. What do you think? My eye is definitely drawn to those horns! It was fun being out in nature and usually I like a lot of color in my photos. I think this one works for some reason, and, it shows off those bulls.

Enjoy your weekend, make the most of the precious time we have to enjoy nature and friends.

~ melissa michelle

Peek a boo . . .

Bull elk looking back

10.30.2017

Here’s another photo from my weekend photographing the elk. There was a female not far behind and he was keeping his eye on her. I have many more to post but I just haven’t had the time. Life has been busy, more than I want it to be. But I will promise to get more photos up this week.

Make it a good week!

~ melissa michelle

Another adventure

Bull elk posing

10.23.2017

This past weekend I was on yet another adventure – this time to Elk County in PA. We hiked all over the place and enjoyed spectacular views of nature and many elk. This bull elk posed for me before joining his friends to bed down for the day.

I can’t express enough how important it is to get outside and enjoy nature. Of course you must keep your distance when it comes to wildlife (I used a 400mm lens for this shot). Respect nature and she’ll put on a good show for you.

~ 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

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