Tag Archives: Wildlife

Special wildlife baby

Lamb checking us out

07.13.2017

Last week on vacation we took an afternoon and just drove around Wyoming & a little into Montana. We drove past this one spot and just happen to spot a ewe. We thought she was going to come right up to the truck while I photographed her from the truck window. Then all of a sudden her lamb comes up the hill beside her. So very cute! Love that heart shaped nose! Soon they scurried across the road behind us. This is one of my favorite shots!

Keep your eyes open – always look around for the best things in nature.

~ melissa michelle

A surprise at Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone

Young bull elk

07.12.2017

I very much enjoyed my visit at Yellowstone National Park. It’s a place everyone should have on their bucket list. I captured this young bull elk at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was just laying there, looking at all of us, and occasionally scratching an itch. lol

I’m working through all the photos. I took quite a few! It was certainly a great adventure spending the day at Yellowstone. Make plans to visit soon!

~ melissa michelle

Prairie dogs

07.06.2017

While visiting Devil’s Tower I got to photograph these prairie dogs playing, perhaps kissing. It was fun to watch and photograph.

I have a ton of photos to share of Devil’s Tower and then waterfalls in Spearfish, SD. But I’m rather tired. I will leave you with this one thought: live every day as if it were an adventure. Life is exciting and each day should be lived to the fullest.

~ melissa michelle

Babies!

Momma deer with fawn

Two antelope fawns

07.05.2017

What a great find! I’ve always wanted to get a good shot of a deer in the wild. The bonus is that I also got her baby. And more than that, I also saw these two antelope fawns! Momma wasn’t far behind. These were taken in Wyoming. I have learned how to spot animals in the wild quicker and it’s so much fun to look for them. However, please note, I never left the confines of the truck. I’m in their territory and I have a zoom lens. I always respect their habitat.

Stay tuned – there are a ton more photos to share on here with you! It’s going to take me some time to go through all of them.

~ melissa michelle

 

You can do it!

Sea lion attempting jump

05.10.2017

While in Cabo we took an excursion out to the arches. On the way there we passed this huge rock totally covered with sea lions! This one was fighting the waves, attempting to jump onto the rock. To me it looked as if the sea lion above is saying, “Come on, you can do it.” I didn’t get to see if it made it up on the rock since out boat continued further into the Pacific. But I like to think it did.

Sometimes we need to encourage our friends more often to help them get through whatever it is they are struggling with in their life. A couple of my friends are hurting and there’s nothing I can do to fix it. However, I can be there for them, I can encourage, I can listen, I can check in on them just to say hello, and let them know I’m thinking of them. Let them know this tough time won’t last.

~ melissa michelle

How many do you see?

Great Falls National Park, VA

05.09.2017

When I took this photo I knew there were a few great blue herons . . . . But do you see all of them? Let me know how many you see in the comments.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~ melissa michelle

Great Falls National Park, VA USA

Great Falls, VA

04.29.2017

Last weekend I visited Great Falls National Park in Virginia. It was raining on the way there; however, upon arriving the rain stopped and I was able to get the camera out for a little while. It was an awesome shoot with the great blue herons. I almost forgot I was there to photograph the waterfalls!

Here’s one of the photos I took. I hope to get to more later and post them soon. I still haven’t processed all the photos from Cabo yet . . . I’ll get there.

Today I spent time hiking with a friend of mine. But before the hike and the rain, I took some more photos. I make time for what’s important. Do you?

~ melissa michelle

Pelicans!

Pelican big mouth

Pelican scratching an itch

Pelican – big yawn

04.27.2017

These were taken in Cabo at a marina we visited for the shopping mall nearby. It was fun to capture this pelican putting on a little show for me and the camera. Of course even though we went there to shop I still took my camera.

People say I’m a good photographer and while there is some skill involved, you also have to take your camera with you. Being at the right place, at the right time, but also being prepared makes for great photo opportunities.

So whatever your hobby, be prepared, have your gear with you all the time, and practice!

~ melissa michelle

More photos from Cabo San Lucas and the Pacific

Humpback whale breaching

Water over the rocks

04.13.2017

Here are a couple more photos that I took while on vacation. I don’t have a lot of time to write this evening. Why is it that the work day goes slow but my evenings go by so quickly?

The photo above is of the same whale breaching. It certainly was a fun creature to photograph.

The other photo is of the shoreline near the resort where we stayed. It was very rocky and when the water flowed over the rocks it made little waterfalls. And y’all know how I love to photograph waterfalls!

I’ll post more photos as I get them processed. I hoping to have more time this weekend.

I will leave you with one thought – do a random act of kindness this weekend. Believe me, it will make a difference in that person’s life!

~ melissa michelle

Whale tail!

Whale tail

Close up of humpback whale

04.11.2017

I don’t know why but it’s exciting to photograph and see a whale’s tail. It’s fun to see them breach the water and then see their tail completely out of the water. It’s almost like they’re giving you a high five or saying bye.

It’s also cool to see them so close in the ocean. I don’t advocate pulling a boat up next to them; a good lens is what you need here. And I just happen to have one (thank you best boyfriend ever!). I captured the second photo here just as it was coming up out of the water. I’m not sure what all those bumps are but WOW, way cool!

Today my boss asked me if I would go back to Cabo. I thought about it for just a moment and replied “no.” It’s a big world out there with many more places to see! I challenge all of you to plan a trip this year to somewhere you’ve never been before. Whether it’s a place nearby or across the world – plan for it and then go!

~ melissa michelle