Sara's Fave Photos Blog

Check out my new book, Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory. And welcome to Sara's Fave Photos Blog at Love That Image. My goal is to take a photo that is as compelling and beautiful as in real life, with no or minimal Photoshop work. You may copy a photo but link to lovethatimage.com. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and thanks for visiting.

Published Saturday, November 21, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fall color at the peak

Autumn leaves have their own timetable. This from a couple of weeks ago, now all gone. The peak!

Red, orange and yellow, with blue skies and evergreens: the autumn rainbow

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Published Thursday, November 19, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Old cedar tree

This is the bottom half of our giant cedar tree, estimated to be perhaps 300 years old. There’s about twice as much tree above as is shown. The trunk is four or five feet in diameter. The recent wind has dropped the older leaves onto the lawn, eventually to be raked into mulch. Many, many birds live in its branches. I love our tree.

Discarded leaves beneath a very old cedar tree

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Published Sunday, November 15, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Thanksgiving cactus flower

I know that usually these are all called Christmas cactus, but the points on the leaves mean it’s Schlumbergera truncata, or Thanksgiving cactus, and not Schlumbergera bridgesii. I am happy to report it is blooming the proper time, not that I do anything special to it. I have several different colors and they all seem to be liking the indoor weather this year.

Close up of a white Thanksgiving cactus flower with magenta edges

Bonus image!

Thanksgiving cactus with red flowers, with its planty friends

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Published Tuesday, November 10, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Leaves in water

Autumn leaves floating in a plant saucer. We leave it out as a sort of birdbath for critters. In the spring it attracted a pair of mallard ducks!

Star-shaped Japanese maple leaves float in rainwater

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Published Wednesday, November 4, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Anthurium flower

My pink anthurium has been blooming in the living room for weeks. Not technically a flower, it sure looks like one. Anthuriums are also called “sweetheart flower” and “little boy flower.” Hmmmm.

Photo tip: Shiny flowers are by far the easiest to photograph!

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Published Sunday, November 1, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Jack-o’-lantern

Okay, a day late. But I love the cheeriness of its smile. May all the spooky times be over with!

Ready for the big night, a Halloween pumpkin is transformed into a smiling creature

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Published Tuesday, October 27, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sundew bud

I adore my little carnivorous plant, a Cape sundew. It eats fruit flies and soil gnats! A few short months ago I transplanted the three little plants that were in a 2″ pot into a 4″ pot, filled with sphagnum moss. They are so happy—I need a bigger pot already! One just bloomed and now the second one is getting a flower.

Care tips: 1) Must sit in an outer pot kept filled with water about halfway up. 2) NEVER give it fertilizer. The bugs feed it. Learned this the hard way.

Tiny droplets attract fruit flies and soil gnats on the Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew

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Published Monday, October 26, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

The moon in the trees

Autumn at night is beautiful, too. Can you see the dark side of the moon, softly glowing?

Fall colors, at night.

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Published Friday, October 23, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

I brought the plants inside

I live in the Pacific Northwest so it gets kind of cold, with some frost, at least, most years. So that means moving the houseplants inside (ideally on an overcast day) and then finding room for them, which is the hard part. I’m still rearranging. South windows are so great in the winter, especially in Seattle. That low-angled sunshine (when it appears) will come all the way into the room in a few weeks. Outside the window is a peach tree on the right and on the left in back, a huge, ancient cedar tree.

Houseplants and shadows in a quick Seattle sunbreak

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Published Tuesday, October 20, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yellow brugmansia

Like my last post, this photo was taken exactly ten years ago at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory. I hear the fragrance in the evenings was incredible.

These flowers are so elegant and graceful, but I found it surprisingly difficult to get a photo that showed it. I hope this one succeeded.

Golden yellow brugmansia or Angels Trumpet inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory in 2010

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Published Sunday, October 18, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Brugmansia at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

I took this photo exactly ten years ago, when the Ecuador Pink brugmansia, or Angels Trumpet, was in unbelievable bloom. Seattle’s beloved Volunteer Park Conservatory is still closed due to covid, but let’s hope for a reopening soon.

Long tubular brugmansia flowers, with some crotons and red pigtail anthuriums

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Published Monday, October 12, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peace rose

A bouquet of late roses, for you.

A Peace rose is the star of this bouquet from my garden

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