Tag Archives: Nature

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 so 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

Babies!

Momma deer with fawn

Two antelope fawns

07.05.2017

What a great find! I’ve always wanted to get a good shot of a deer in the wild. The bonus is that I also got her baby. And more than that, I also saw these two antelope fawns! Momma wasn’t far behind. These were taken in Wyoming. I have learned how to spot animals in the wild quicker and it’s so much fun to look for them. However, please note, I never left the confines of the truck. I’m in their territory and I have a zoom lens. I always respect their habitat.

Stay tuned – there are a ton more photos to share on here with you! It’s going to take me some time to go through all of them.

~ melissa michelle

 

I was determined!

Momma Bear

Bear Cub

07.04.2017

Happy 4th of July! What a great nation we live in!

My adventure today took me to Yellowstone National Park. This morning before even we left I knew I would see a bear today. The entire time in the park I was looking for a bear.

I didn’t tell anyone I was with that I was going to see a bear on this trip to the park (I didn’t want to jinx myself). But I believed totally it would happen for me . . . . and it did. And, not only did I see one grizzly bear but I also got to see her cub (last year’s cub). How exciting!! It makes me think how much more could I accomplish in life if I woke up every morning determined to see or get what I want! That’s pretty powerful right there.

(I took many photos and will share more soon!)

~ melissa michelle

Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

Scenes from Wyoming

07.03.2017

Awesome beauty to behind in the West. This country is so beautiful one must get out to explore and take in all that the world has to offer.

I remember about 17 years ago I was lamenting about my job and where I wanted to go. My friend said to me, “Where in the world do you want to go?” My response was to ask don’t you mean where in the state or nation? He said he was very clear when he said the world. I soon found myself going to South Korea for my job. I then realized that there was so much more to explore than just my own back yard.

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t think of only what you know. Educate yourself, travel, explore. Get lost and open yourself to new adventures.

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall

Hells Hollow

06.25.2017

It was good to be back in nature today. I’m still healing from my fall on Memorial Day so I took an easy, flat walk to Hells Hollow. I used an ND filter, 2 second exposure, -5 exposure compensation. I snapped this one as soon as the sun was hidden by some clouds which allowed me to leave the shutter open longer!

I’m excited about an upcoming long road trip and can’t wait to share more photos with you! There will be more waterfalls and hopefully some wildlife!

Until then, be careful out there! But be fearless too!

~ melissa michelle

Stress break for your viewing pleasure

Alpha Pass

06.04.2017

I was going back through some photos and found this one I took at Alpha Pass in McConnells Mill State Park on April 29. Sometimes when I go back to look through photos I find treasures! This is one, I think. I often struggle with the lighting at this waterfall because at the top it’s usually very bright but darker at the bottom.

I wasn’t able to get out this weekend because on Memorial Day I fell hiking and hurt my hip and tailbone. I took it easy this past week in order to heal quickly (I hope).

Maybe next weekend I’ll get back out there with the camera – I’m missing it! But for now, enjoy the peacefulness of this waterfall.

~ melissa michelle