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Archive for January, 2012

Published Tuesday, January 31, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ice on branches

This is from the ice storm three weeks ago. That was really something. The ice was already beginning to melt when I finally was able to get outside to take some photos. We were lucky and our power never went out, although I heard later that people fairly close did lose power for a couple-three days. I am so very grateful we didn’t. I hope you get some every-day luck like that, too.

Check out Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday to see other photos on a theme. Explore the full blog by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Sunday, January 29, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Daffodil shoots emerging

It may be a long haul until actual spring that has flowers and warm weather, but I am all psyched when I see these little shoots of daffodils emerging in winter’s melting snow. So brave and yet so tender looking! This inspires me, so I am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Have a look at Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday for more neat photos. Perhaps do a search here for snow, or winter, first? Always return to the full blog by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Friday, January 27, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Double Delight rose in my garden

I need to see some flowers blooming, so a trip to the archives from June 2007 is just the thing. Double Delight might be my favorite rose. It’s sturdy, available in nurseries everywhere, and supremely fragrant. Let us gaze on this image of summertime! It will get here, we know. And for you “down under” folks, hope you are enjoying your time in the sun.

Do check out Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday to see excellent pictures from around the world. Try something new here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, if you have a moment.

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Published Thursday, January 26, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bare branches

I took this a month ago but no change in the bare branches has occured yet. Spring is showing a few early hints, but not so you’d really notice. This was taken at dusk at Volunteer Park, close to my favorite haunt, the Conservatory. They’re doing a Wine and Chocolate Tasting for Valentine’s Day, by the way. How romantic!

This photo is, or will be, linked to these memes: Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), A Piece of Heaven and Skywatch Friday. If you have arrived via a link and there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the rest of them. Thanks for visiting!

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Published Monday, January 23, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hatiora or Drunkard’s Dream

This cheerful cactus houseplant blooming on my windowsill is very happy, and making me happy in the process. It’s called hatiora (ha-tee-OR-a) or Drunkard’s Dream because the teensy cactus stems sometimes look like bottles. The flowers are only a quarter inch or a centimeter.  I call it a matchstick plant, but that’s incorrect. I actually have several plants, for one reason or another, and this is the only one blooming, and it’s covered in blossoms. I guess in the northern Seattle lattitude, full southern exposure is the way to go.

Why don’t you check out Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for some great pictures around the world. Find lots more interesting photos here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or above.

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Published Friday, January 20, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pieris buds in ice

Seattle had a big ice storm, as you may have heard. I really wanted to get outside and take photos yesterday, but the weather was just too bad. Today it all began to melt, but I got out there before it was all gone and captured some great images. This pieris shrub is also called andromeda. I didn’t even realize it had already set buds until I was outside looking closely. It doesn’t seem to be the worse for wear.

Take a look at Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, and Ruby Tuesday 2, for more fascinating photos. Do browse around here first by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Thursday, January 19, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Snow-covered trees

These trees are in my backyard in Seattle, Washington, and this was taken in this first snowstorm of the season. The one on the left is a magnolia, and the one on the right is a pink dogwood. They will certainly look different in a few months!

This photo is or will be linked to these memes: Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Skywatch Friday. If you have arrived via a link and there is only one photo below, if you click on Sara’s Fave Photos you will see the rest of them.

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Published Tuesday, January 17, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hummingbird in the snow

We had our first snow this winter two days ago. I love that brief time when the snow has fallen but no wind has come along to disturb the frosting on trees and shrubs. I went outside to our patio, standing under the eaves so my camera wouldn’t get the silll-falling snow on it, when I heard that familiar Anna hummingbird whirrr. There she was, and what a scenic, snowy backdrop she had as she rested on her red feeder! I like this for the snow frosting everything like icing as much as the beautiful little bird, so I am calling this my Best Post of the Week.

Since several of you asked, they do stay in this lattitude nowadays because people like us provide feeders. It is not usually freezing here, and if it does freeze, we take the feeder in overnight so it’s liquid in the day.

Snow counts as water for Watery Wednesday, doesn’t it? Also, visit Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Camera Critters and Ruby Tuesday 2. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog collection here. Or try a tag like “Scenic” in the right sidebar down a bit, or a search for “Snow” in the upper right field, perhaps, to see something new.

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Published Monday, January 16, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Umbrellas on the ceiling

This ceiling was in a strip mall Chinese restaurant in Northern California, in Santa Rosa. The food was quite nice, but I think the ceiling was really memorable. It seemed like a stage set, or somehow underwater like jellyfish. My hat is off to the people who dreamed this one up and set it up.

Visit Ruby Tuesday 2, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday for lots more color fun. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the whole blog here first, if you have a moment. Actually, it might take you more than a moment, because I’ve realized that I’ve now posted over 1,000 photos here. I amaze myself!

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Published Monday, January 16, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Plate of hard cooked eggs

It’s great when all the eggs peel well, isn’t it? Don’t you hate those infuriating ones that refuse to peel properly, even though they were cooked and handled the exact same way as their carton-mates? Hope you enjoy this study in white. And yes, the devilled eggs that came later were extremely good.

Check out Shadow Shot Sunday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Friday, Weekend Exposures (Still Life) and Macro Monday for fascinating photos. If there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete collection here.

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Published Friday, January 13, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink bougainvillea in my living room

We have a “tree” (standard) bougainvillea in a pot that we put on the sunny patio in the summer and bring inside when it gets cool. It’s very sensitive and usually loses all its leaves in protest when it is moved, in or out. This year it forgave us, as I babied it as much as possible. And lo! a flower! They are much pinker in July, but I’ll take it.

Please visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, and Pink Saturday for more neat photography around the world. Take a look around here first by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Tuesday, January 10, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Boats and rainbow

This view of boats at the Port Townsend, Washington marina would be pretty nice with just the boats and water, but add in a spectacular, low-arc rainbow and you get something special. At least I think so. I did post another view of this scene before, but this one has never been shown. Love those archives!

View Skywatch FridayOutdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and new meme A Piece of Heaven if you get a chance. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see all the photos here.

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