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, December 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hedge of red berries

These are a kind of cotoneaster, pronounced “co-tone-ee-AST-er,” believe it or not. I mispronounced it awfully when I first saw the word. There are many kinds, from ground covers to big shrubs, and trees for all I know. Birds and squirrels love the winter berries, and they are so photogenic! The berries are about a quarter of an inch, or less than 1 cm.

Red cotoneaster berries on a winter hedge

Red cotoneaster berries on a winter hedge

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Published Saturday, December 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Glass kimono

I am embarrassed to admit that in the ten years I have lived in the Seattle area, yesterday was my first visit to the Bellevue Arts Museum. Beautiful place! They permitted photography on the first floor, and I was totally entranced with this life-size cast glass sculpture. I am including a full image of it, plus the information posted on the museum wall about it.

Cast glass sculpture Odoriko by Karen LaMonte in the Bellevue Arts Museum

Detail of the cast glass sculpture Odoriko by Karen LaMonte, in the Bellevue Arts Museum

Life size glass sculpture of a kimono

Life size glass sculpture of a kimono

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Published Friday, December 27, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Winter sun

Walking with friends in Seattle’s Volunteer Park yesterday:

Winter sun begins to set over roadway in Volunteer Park in Seattle

Winter sun begins to set over roadway in Volunteer Park in Seattle

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Published Wednesday, December 25, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Water drop on red twig

Raindrops on a coral bark Japanese maple in my yard

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Drops of rain cling to the red twigs of a coral bark Japanese maple in December

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Published Monday, December 23, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Our goldfish

We now have five goldfish. I can’t believe how entertaining they are. They have their little personalities! Hope you like to watch the little guys swim around.

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Published Monday, December 23, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fog and trees

It was foggy all day yesterday. Here is what the view from my backyard looked like:

Tall fir trees and a laurel hedge in the fog, with branches of an apple tree showing

Tall fir tree and a green laurel hedge in the fog, with apple tree branches showing

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Published Saturday, December 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Happy Solstice!

Here’s an image I took last night at the home of some friends with a gorgeous tree. Happy Solstice to you! May your inner light guide your way, always.

Glass hummingbird ornament feeds from a glass flower, lit by a glass candle.

Glass hummingbird ornament feeds from a glass flower, lit by a glass candle.

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Published Thursday, December 19, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yangtze river

My sister Jo went to China recently by herself, partly with a tour, and she is a fabulous writer. You can read the story of her trip here (start from the links at the bottom) and you will be very entertained. Not your average travel missive.

She took some neat photos while she was there and I thought I’d show you this one from her boat trip up the Yangtze River.

(c) Jo Sanders 2013   Going up the Yangtze River in China

(c) Jo Sanders 2013 Going up the Yangtze River in China

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Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Chard ribbons

I love Swiss chard and enjoy its beauty as well as its taste and healthfulness. One way to prepare it is to cut the stems out and steam them first, cut up, so they are a bit more tender, and then take the leaves, pile them up, and slice them into half-inch (1 cm) ribbons and put them in the steamer basket with the stem pieces. Cook ’til tender. Then either a cream sauce or an Italian one with garlic and olive oil, and you have a yummy treat for a cold night.

Green and ruby chard being sliced into ribbons

Fresh-washed green, yellow and red chard being sliced into ribbons

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Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Colorful sinks

In a restroom in a Mexican restaurant in Gig Harbor, Washington, I saw these sinks. This is something that you just don’t see every day.

A rainbow of colors in this pair of Mexican-style sinks

A rainbow of colors in this pair of Mexican-style sinks

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Published Monday, December 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dark red dahlia

Let’s hope that the nasty hard freeze we had last week has not killed the dahlias tubers, still in the ground. Here’s one blossom from my favorite plant, from August.

Bouquet of dahlias and petunias

Bouquet of dahlias and petunias

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Published Sunday, December 15, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Vista sunset

Here’s a photo, taken in July, of the overlook near my house at sunset looking out to Vashon Island, I believe. I don’t know the names of these cute, mini-funnel-shaped pink clouds. Anyone?

Pink clouds at sunset overlooking the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest

Pink clouds at sunset overlooking the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest

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