Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Thursday, April 17, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulip field with old trees

From my recent visit to the Skagit tulips. The trunks of the trees were at least 6 or 8 feet (2-3 meters) in diameter. They were OLD.

Red and pink tulips under sunshine and clouds in Mt. Vernon, WA

Red and pink tulips under sunshine and clouds in Mt. Vernon, WA

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Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle’s Great Wheel and ferry

Friends drove me to Seattle and their car had VERY clean car windows.

Monochrome view of Seattle's Great Wheel, from the Viaduct

Monochrome view of Seattle’s Great Wheel, from the Viaduct

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Published Monday, April 14, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Japanese magnolia

This is a season of floral abundance, that’s for sure. This graceful, deep-pink-and-white Japanese magnolia is blooming in my backyard today. The flowers are about as big as my hand.

Pink and white Japanese magnolia bloom in Seattle in April

Pink and white Japanese magnolia bloom in Seattle in April

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Published Sunday, April 13, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Star magnolia

As a brief break from tulips, I thought I’d show you a new tree (to me), a star magnolia. The pretty white flowers were very fragrant, and 2 or 3 inches wide (5-8 cm). It was growing in a sweet little arboretum in Everett, WA, the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens.

Fragrant white Star Magnolia blooms in April in Everett, WA

Fragrant white Star Magnolia blooms in April in Everett, WA

They also had a lovely and fragrant viburnum tree of some kind. Looking on google images for the name of this plant, I find Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, or Korean spice viburnum, which looks very similar, except that the plant I saw seemed to be a tree, or maybe it was just a very mature shrub. But I want one.

Fragrant viburnum blooms in April in Everett, WA

Fragrant viburnum blooms in April in Everett, WA

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Published Saturday, April 12, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Row of tulips

The late afternoon light made this row of red tulips with white edges especially scenic.

Late afternoon light illuminates a row of red tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Late afternoon light illuminates a row of red tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Published Saturday, April 12, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulip field

Yesterday I was blessed to be able to visit the Skagit Valley tulip festival. Fields of hundreds of acres bloom with color. You will see some tulip photos here in the next while, that’s for sure.

Red, pink and purple tulips bloom in Skagit County, Washington

Red, pink and purple tulips bloom in Skagit County, Washington

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Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yellow tulip

Another tulip in my front yard.

Simple yellow tulip close up in the garden

Simple yellow tulip close up in the garden

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Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Orange tulips and blue sky

We had one sunny, warm day. One. But it was perfection, and here in Seattle, everyone surely appreciated it. I went outside and my tulips were in full bloom.

Orange tulips bloom against a blue sky

Orange tulips bloom against a blue sky

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Published Sunday, April 6, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Grape hyacinths

Grape hyacinths, or muscari, are stars of the early spring garden, to my mind. I think they spread nicely and their blast of brilliant blue color is so welcome! This fall I really must plant more daffodils so the display next spring will be even more exciting.

Grape hyacinths, or muscari, bloom in the early spring garden

Grape hyacinths, or muscari, bloom in the early spring garden

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Published Friday, April 4, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Park bench in springtime

Here’s another image from the same Connecticut park as the scene below. Early spring is the sweetest season.

Forsythia and a beckoning bench in the spring sunshine

Forsythia and a beckoning bench in the spring sunshine

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Published Thursday, April 3, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spring pond scene

It was exactly at this time of year when I took this spring scene at a park in Connecticut. Isn’t it just the picture of spring?

Forsythia blooms and pink trees reflect in a Connecticut pond scene

Forsythia blooms and pink trees reflect in a Connecticut pond scene

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Published Monday, March 31, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peace rose in summertime

This pretty late-afternoon scene of peace roses in my front yard was taken last July. Summertime and its roses is only a few short months away.

Late on a July afternoon, a Peace rose blooms in my garden

Late on a July afternoon, a Peace rose blooms in my garden

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