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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


Encased in Ice


So the sun came out today and it made me very happy! However, it disappeared behind some clouds when I got out at lunchtime to take some photos at the dock. But that’s okay. It was still great to see the sun most of the day. Where I work I travel between buildings and even though the wind was cold, I still took a little time to soak it in!

I’m hoping the sun will come back out again tomorrow! It certainly helps to lift my spirit.

If I don’t post again before Christmas, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your family and friends and remember, it’s not what’s under the tree but who’s around your tree.

~ melissa michelle

Play Fair . . . .

PlayFair - Toronto Canada

PlayFair – Toronto Canada


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

Tall Ships

US Brig Niagara

US Brig Niagara

El Galeon

El Galeon


Last Thursday I braved three downpours, one of which was a thunderstorm, in order to capture photos of the tall ships festival. Here are two that I took time to process. There are more and I’ll get to them soon.

The US Brig Niagara moors in Erie, PA which is my hometown. I get to see it quite often in my travels along the Bayfront when she’s in town. The second photo is of the ship called El Galeon from Spain. She travels the world to educate people about Spanish maritime history. It’s a reconstruction of a 16th century ship. It sure was a treat to watch her sail.

Although I was disappointed that the ships couldn’t be in full sail given the high winds, it was still magnificent to see them sail.

Enjoy the photos. As always you can see more photos on my Facebook page Photo Life Journal. Thanks for visiting my page! And make it an awesome week!

~ 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

Clouds will come, but then they leave

Overcast skies

Overcast skies


I captured this shot yesterday just after photographing the eagles. The skies turned so dramatic I had to capture this one. Luckily I made it back to the truck before it started to rain.

I’ve noticed that sometimes clouds help to make a photo – this would have not turned out so well if the sky was clear.

I think that’s the way of life too. A few clouds or bad things happen into our life and we think things are ruined or that life won’t be the same. But what we don’t notice is that those clouds may enhance our life and eventually make it better. We’ll suffer and cry and be mad but we’ll come out better for it. I strongly believe that. If I didn’t, well, I wouldn’t have made it through to where I am now.

So even though clouds come into our life it’s not always a bad thing. I bet if I went back there today, the area would be beautiful and the sun shining. Into each life a little rain must fall. But sometimes the rain is needed, the clouds to shade us from a harsh sun, and rain to cleanse our souls. Try not to curse it, although sometimes cursing is a good release, and I’m not telling you to embrace it. But I guess I am saying you will get through it. I guess I’m telling myself that too. Life is tough. I’m tougher.

~ melissa michelle


Happy Birthday, America!

Old Glory


We saw this wonderful flag flying high and beautiful and I captured her unfurling in the sky. Old Glory is a great symbol of our country. I hope everyone remembers the sacrifices made by our founding fathers and their vision for our great nation.

~ melissa michelle


Spring day

Spring day


Just a quick post tonight. It was a beautiful spring day today. I escaped work during lunch and was able to capture this lovely photo of spring colors. You’ve got white, pink, yellow, and of course, green and blue!

The original photo I had planned didn’t exactly turn out the way I wanted it to soooo, I got this one instead. Sometimes it’s oaky that things don’t go as planned. But, I have to admit, I hope to try my original planned shot again tomorrow. And yes, it involves water!

We’re getting closer to the weekend! I’m excited to see my college girlfriends this weekend. They are the best friends ever!

~ melissa michelle