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Peaceful nature

Leesburg Falls


The only place I feel at peace is out in nature behind the camera with a waterfall in front of me and the sound of water rushing all around. I trekked down the side of the hill, only slipped twice on the ice (don’t tell my beau), to get closer to my peace. Sometimes I need a few minutes to get a away, just a moment to myself to be at peace, relax, and empty my head. I only think of the next photo and how to photograph nature at her best.

Everyone should have a happy place to go, a place of peace, a place to just breathe. Nature is that place for me.

~ melissa michelle

Frozen in time

Frozen leaves


While in the kitchen I happen to look out through the window of the door to see these leaves and how the freezing rain droplets hung on them. I just thought it would make a good photo. These leaves were frozen in time it seemed.

I’m still playing with my new camera but this time of the year I don’t very often see things to photograph, well, except snow. I’m already looking forward to Spring!

~ melissa michelle


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

Happy New Year!

Loving the snow


Another year has started whether we’re ready or not. I’m not sure I accomplished everything I was supposed to in 2017. Nonetheless it’s time to move on. A new year, a fresh start, a new outlook, a resolute to go after. I wish all of you the best in your 2018 endeavors.

One of my resolutions is take a photo every day and post it. This isn’t easy when you live in the tundra where in the past week we have received a full winter’s amount of snow! Yikes! But instead of hibernating, which is what I really want to do right now, I’ll get out my new camera and look for the good in all this white, cold, abundant snow!

This is my dog who is now 14 years old loving the snow. Well, at least one of us loves it. He had just finished running in the yard – the paths I made for him – and was waiting for me to take him inside.

So good luck to all of you in this brand new year. I wish only the best for all as we move forward. Whatever happens this year, just keep moving forward.

~ melissa michelle

Another waterfall

Leesburg Falls 03.05.2017


So if you read yesterday’s post I said I wasn’t able to get outside. Then there was an invite to members of the photo club to meet up at this waterfall. Getting outside with my camera always makes me feel better so I headed out. It was a real treat to be out with another photographer, as I’m usually by myself (unless my beau takes me on a trip).

There is so much going on in this photo – but my favorite is the swirling water in the foreground. How cool is that! I left the shutter open for 3.2 seconds to get that effect.

And for the first time ever, I submitted this photo to the local news station to use on their broadcast. Someone encouraged me to do it and I was flattered they thought the photo was good enough. I don’t know if it will be used but at least I tried. This was a step outside my comfort zone for sure!

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with all of you. I also want to tell you that I just purchased a new lens which I’m seriously excited about and I can’t wait to use it soon! It’s more for landscapes and of course, waterfalls.

Have a great week!

~ melissa michelle

After the snow

After the snow


So it has been snowing here for days and days. I’ve missed the sun so much! Finally around 10:30am today I noticed the snow had finally stopped and the sun was making an appearance! I was so happy. My destination for lunch was Frontier Park and this is one of the photos I captured. The sun was bright and I enjoyed the short walk down the hill to photograph the water and walking bridge. Ah, so nice to breath fresh air and feel the sun on my face!

I was hoping the sun would stick around for a few days, but alas, snow has been forecasted to return tonight into tomorrow. Deep sigh. That’s why I had to take advantage of the sun while it was here.

Just remember that in your life. You have to really enjoy the good times, the bright times while they are here. Live in this moment!

~ melissa michelle

Rainy day

Rainy day


It’s been raining for the past two days. However, I’m thankful. Why? Because it’s not snowing! But I guess the snow is coming back tomorrow. I miss the sun. I hope it comes back soon.

The above photo was taken at the farm yesterday. I added a rainy texture. I don’t normally play with filters but this somehow seemed appropriate.

Keep your chin up, the sun is up there somewhere.

~ 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

Winter blast

Winter in Erie, PA USA


Usually I spend my weekends exploring parks or hiking or just out walking with the dogs. I love being outside with my camera, it’s that simple. Life is good when I’m enjoying nature. However, today, a Saturday, I am stuck inside watching it snow, and snow, and snow some more. No fun. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t do anything. It’s rather depressing.

However, I did open the back door and snap this photo. It’s simple, minimal, and shows what’s left of a flower bed I put in this past spring. I have spent the morning and early afternoon cleaning and putting things away. I have a donation pile to drop off . . . when I can get outside again. As I get older I’m becoming more of a minimalist. I’d rather spend money on experiences than things (with one exception, I do want more camera gear!). So when I looked outside for the millionth time I saw the “beauty” in the minimal plants holding firm in the snow piling up around them.

So, while this photo is simplistic it shows a lot. Be safe out there.

~ melissa michelle

Snowy days



Happy Valentines Day! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I captured this female cardinal in the snow. They show up so vivid against the brilliant snow.

I haven’t had much to post lately. I’ve been doing a lot of studying this month. I want to further my career (day job) so it requires about an hour and a half every evening for learning.

I’m looking forward to Spring and bringing you better photos soon! I still read articles on techniques when waiting in line or making dinner so that when the weather gets better I can try new ways to photograph things. So stay tuned and thanks for stopping by my blog.

~ melissa michelle