Tag Archives: water

The beauty of sunrise

North Pier Lighthouse at Presque Isle State Park

12.07.2017

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

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

Playing with shutter speed & filter

The dam at McConnells Mill

10.08.2017

McConnells Mill is one of my favorite state parks to visit any time of the year. I can visualize my next photo and know exactly what I want to capture. This morning I wanted to use my variable neutral density filter. I moved it to pretty dark (maybe 8 or 9) so that I could leave the shutter opened longer, 30 seconds for this exposure. That’s how I can get the smooth, swirling water flow. It’s just something fun to photograph.

I’ll post more from this morning’s shoot this week. But for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week.

~ 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

Friendship

Great Falls National Park, VA

08.22.2017

I normally do not go back and review photos. Once I’ve uploaded them, picked a few good ones to post, I usually leave the rest in the abyss of the memory card or laptop file. But over the weekend I was cleaning off memory cards and found quite a few good photos I had taken but never did anything with them. This is one of them from Great Falls National Park in Virginia. I spent the morning there with my bestest friend. We only get to see each other a few times a year but when we get together it’s like we’ve never been apart. That’s friendship.

Don’t forgot to appreciate those around you. Even though you assume they know how you feel about them, don’t just assume. Show them. A hug, a touch, a wink, a smile in their direction would totally make their day. Not to mention a text message or call just to say hello would also let them know you’re thinking of them.  It may just make all the difference.

~ melissa michelle

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

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