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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

 

Another waterfall

Leesburg Falls, PA

02.25.2017

After a meeting with other photographers today, I was able to go out to this waterfall with another photog. It was fun to see other perspectives of how someone else viewed the falls. She got some good shots too! This is one photo I took – I’m not exactly happy with the results. I didn’t want to be in that spot, meaning the water was too high for me to be closer at ground level. The photo was taken from a rather large rock , which was at the top of the falls looking down. Not a very good perspective but it was the best I could do.

It was just fun to be outside, in the freezing cold, after it was 70 degrees just a day ago! My point is that I was outside in nature, my favorite place to be. Although I cannot wait for the weather to stay warm, it was still good to be out.

So get out there an enjoy nature whatever she may offer.

~ melissa michelle

After the snow

After the snow

02.01.2017

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

Autumn Delight

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park

11.07.2016

Here’s another fall photo – colors reflecting on the pond. I love this time of year when nature shows off!

I hope to start soon on designing the 2017 calendars. Please comment here if you are interested. Thank you!

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, Photo Life Journal. I hope to soon have an account on Instagram and other sites too.

Make it a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Autumn Colors

Autumn colors

Autumn colors

10.18.2016

Here are some autumn colors to brighten your day. I took these over the weekend in Benezette, PA. The east coast is the best place in the country to live in the fall. It’s so beautiful with vibrant colors.

Try to get out and enjoy nature before it starts to snow!

~ melissa michelle

Look up!

Bee nest

Bee nest

10.13.2016

I spotted this nest today way up high on a tree limb while walking my dog. I had not seen it before today, even though we walk that way often. It’s amazing what’s hidden in nature right in front of us! I just loved how the autumn leaves were bright against the grayness of the nest. I’m not sure what kind of nest – some bee, but it sure was a treat to see it.

After our walk, I couldn’t wait to get the camera and head back to the tree. What a fun sighting in nature to photograph! Look up and keep an eye out – this time of year is so beautiful! I hope to post more findings soon. I’m traveling again this weekend . . . . . .

~ melissa michelle

Waterfalls

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY

Middle Falls, Letchworth State Park, NY

08.15.2016

I really enjoy photographing waterfalls. This photo is one from Letchworth State Park in New York. I stopped there on my way back from New Hampshire a few weeks ago. It was a cloudy day which helps my photography. I don’t always get the settings right when the sun is so bright and harsh.

No words of wisdom today. I just wanted to share this photo with all of you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love photography and sharing it with others. I get to show people places that don’t get to visit or didn’t know about. It’s fun to do that.

~ melissa michelle

Lower Falls, Letchworth State Park

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls

Letchworth State Park, Lower Falls

08.08.2016

I love this photo – I knew when I took it I had a good shot. The word that comes to mind when I look at this is peaceful. I was in this spot by myself for a few minutes before more tourists hiked down the path. It’s a pretty steep climb down (and back up!) but well worth the views from this vantage point as well as from the rock walking bridge further down the path.

I used my tripod and kept the shutter open for about 3 seconds with a wide aperture. When photographing a moment in time, I even get to slow it down and capture a few seconds of time within one photo.

Letchworth has three waterfalls – all very beautiful in their own right. I’ll share more soon. Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page, Photo Life Journal. I posted this photo there yesterday. You can also share this using the sharing buttons here on the page.

~ melissa michelle

Clouds will come, but then they leave

Overcast skies

Overcast skies

07.10.2016

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

 

Spring!

Spring day

Spring day

05.18.2015

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