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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

 

Freedom

Hells Hollow

05,28.2017

I had the pleasure of the morning outside in nature enjoying beautiful weather and wonderful scenery. Nature was at her best this morning, showing off her beauty for me to photograph. I took this photo on my way to Hells Hollow at McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville, PA. I love watching the water flow over the rocks, slowing the shutter to capture all of it.

Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to remember those who sacrificed everything so that we have the freedom to travel this great nation of ours taking photos and posting our opinions freely.

~ melissa michelle

One of those days

Long shutter at McConnells Mill

03.05.2017

I took this photo back on December 26, 2014. My beau had given me a new camera for Christmas and so I was out the day after to give it a workout. This is a favorite photo of mine which I took at McConnells Mill.

I didn’t get out this weekend to take photos. For one, it was too cold. Secondly, I just needed to rest this weekend. I’ve been pushing really hard lately and am a little stressed. This photo relaxes me and reminds me of a great day out with my camera.

So yesterday and today it’s all good to just relax and not do too much. I guess a person needs to do that every so often. I feel lazy and like I’m wasting time. But as long as I don’t do it every weekend I think it’s okay.

Take care and relax.

~ 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

Enjoying nature’s beauty

Alpha Pass at McConnells Mill

02.19.2017

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day . . . . Love that song and love that today was so nice that I could get outside and enjoy mother nature. She sure was lovely.

I’m pretty proud of this photo – except for cropping the edges, this is how I took the photo. No Photoshop used to correct color or anything. I exposed for about 3 seconds and used a polarizer on the lens.

Nature is beautiful on her own. We don’t need to improve upon it; she puts on a good show. I’m so looking forward to Spring and can’t wait for all her colors to appear again. Get out there and enjoy it!

~ melissa michelle

Cold but beautiful

Winter at McConnells Mill

01.25.2017

I couldn’t sleep last night. Nothing was wrong. I just couldn’t fall asleep. Eventually I got maybe 4 hours before getting up and taking the dogs for a walk. It was a cool morning, in the mid-20s, but no wind so calm and kind of beautiful.

I decided I needed to be out in nature . . . it helps to get myself righted. I headed to the mill and was awe struck by the massive amount of water flowing over the dam. But along the water was this branch with ice crystals hanging down. It looked beautiful but menacing! And, cool at the same time!

No words of wisdom today. I just wanted to share the photo with you. Have a wonderful week!

~ melissa michelle

Fall at McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

McConnells Mill State Park on a beautiful fall day

Relaxing by the water

Relaxing by the water

10.24.2016

Ahhhh Sunday was a simply beautiful day at McConnells Mill State Park. Many people were there out hiking and walking the trails, taking in the views. I’m hoping we will get a few more nice days like this in the coming weeks. I love fall but not so much what comes after.

The first photo above is one of my favorite rocks to photograph. I love how the water flows over the rock to create a mini-waterfall.

Take time to enjoy the weather wherever you are, if you can!

~ melissa michelle

Waterfalls

Sabbaday Falls, NH

Sabbaday Falls, NH

09.06.2016

Just a quick note to let you know i’m still here. Here’s another water fall photo from New Hampshire – this one of Sabbaday Falls, the water coming down the flume.

More photos to come later in week – Erie is celebrating a tall ships festival that I hope to photograph and share ships in full sail.

Make it a great week!

~ melissa michelle

Happy place

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

McConnells Mill State Park, PA

06.05.2016

I was taking a second look today at the photos I took yesterday and came across this one. I really liked the flora included with the water and rocks. This is just a small waterfall coming down the side of a huge hill. I’m standing on a walking bridge and behind me is Slippery Rock Creek where this water will drain into.

The flow of the water relaxes me, watching or looking at photos always gives me a sense of peace and calm. I love playing with shutter speed to blur the motion of the water. I also changed the ISO setting to give me a little different light on the water.

Photography is a great hobby and I really enjoy doing it. Everyone needs their hobby to escape to that gives them a sense of accomplishment or happiness. The big thing now is “mindfulness” or some call it a form of meditation. I call it being in the moment, this moment in time and being there. When I’m out with my camera, all I think about is the photo, setting up the shot, and looking at the beauty of nature all around me. Those are my happy times, my happy places. May you find your happy place and live in the moment, if only for just a moment.

~ melissa michelle