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, August 24, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Olde Burien

The town of Burien in Washington State, south of Seattle, has a great old downtown section. They do a wonderful flower basket decoration on the old lightpoles every year.

Baskets of colorful flowers decorate the "Olde Burien" section of downtown Burien, WA

Baskets of colorful flowers decorate the “Olde Burien” section of downtown Burien, WA

Joining up at Skywatch FridayA Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Saturday Show Off, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Fishtail Cottage Thursday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, Thursday Floral Love, Ruby Tuesday 2, and Pink Saturday. Thanks for stopping by here!

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Published Thursday, August 22, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cherry tomatoes

My tomatoes look and taste great this year. Last year many of them split, which was so disappointing. What I learned was that happened because I had underwatered, so the tomatoes had thick, tough skins which burst when the plant got a good dousing when it rained. This year I was better about the watering and it made a big difference. Also I used better fertilizer, added alfalfa meal at planting, AND went out with a dry paintbrush when it was flowering to try to get better fruit set. Something worked!

Cherry tomatoes in different stages of ripeness

Cherry tomatoes in different stages of ripeness

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Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Damsel fly

At the Grant County Fair in central Washington we saw this damsel fly perched on a vendor booth. It was about 2 inches or 5cm across. I don’t usually like photos of insects but I’ll make an exception for this one.

Delicate damsel fly perches and rests in Moses Lake, Washington

Delicate damsel fly perches and rests in Moses Lake, Washington

Joining up at Nature Notes Wednesday, NF Winged Thursday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Camera Critters, Skywatch FridayA Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, and if anyone knows of a photo meme about flight or flying, I’d like to know about it. Thanks!

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Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fresh peaches

We went to Moses Lake WA for the first time, and I got to go to the Farmers Market and buy some fresh peaches. Is there anything prettier? I like this post very much and am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Fresh peaches on display at a farmers market

Fresh peaches on display at a farmers market

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Published Monday, August 19, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Wild Horse monument

At a Columbia River crossing in Washington State, there’s a monument to the wild horses that roamed the area. The sky is huge and the horses, although life size, look so tiny.

A monument to the wild horses that used to roam central Washington desert wilderness

A monument to the wild horses that used to roam central Washington desert wilderness

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Published Saturday, August 17, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cactus flower

Taken recently at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory. The amazing irony of a cactus in bloom! The flowers are very small, perhaps a centimeter or so, or less than half an inch.

Magenta pink flowers on a barrel cactus

Magenta pink flowers on a barrel cactus

More themed photos at Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, Thursday Floral Love, Ruby Tuesday 2Pink Saturday and Straight out of the Camera Sunday. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by.

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Published Friday, August 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hosta leaf

This variegated hosta leaf is just so voluptuous in its curves and folds, don’t you think? Love the seersucker effect. Taken recently at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Wrinkled, variegated hosta leaf collects a bit of water

Wrinkled, variegated large hosta leaf collects a bit of water

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Published Thursday, August 15, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red zinnias

Outside Seattle’s beloved Volunteer Park Conservatory the planting beds are unusually beautiful this year. Here brilliant red zinnias are set off by some kind of ornamental grass. So pretty!

Brilliant red zinnias in an outdoor planting bed in Seattle's Volunteer Park

Brilliant red zinnias in an outdoor planting bed in Seattle’s Volunteer Park

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Published Wednesday, August 14, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Agapanthus bud

I’m going to be on vacay for a bit so I’ll schedule posts of a few photos from a recent visit to my favorite flower haunt, Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory and link to the various photo memes I love so much when I return.

This agapanthus or Lily of the Nile is almost more beautiful in bud than in flower.

Dark blue Lily of the Nile in the growing beds outside Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

Dark blue Lily of the Nile in the growing beds outside Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

Linking (eventually) to Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Thursday Floral Love, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends and Straight out of the Camera Sunday. Thanks for visiting and please come back soon.

 

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Published Tuesday, August 13, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Water view

Some friends have a lovely place with a gorgeous view, even on a gray day.

Late day sunbeams decorate the sky in this Seattle area scene

Late day sunbeams decorate the sky in this Seattle area scene

Joining Skywatch FridayA Piece of HeavenWater World Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Thursday Floral Love, My Romantic Home, Garden Tuesday, Fishtail Cottage Thursday, and Scenic Weekends. I appreciate your visit here and please come back again soon.

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Published Monday, August 12, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rose macro

At a friend’s birthday party in the park yesterday, I brought flowers and there was a purple tablecloth. I like this photo because such a tiny slice is in focus, and that isn’t even much of the big rose and its petals, but mostly the sepal of the bud. Do you like it? Be honest, now.

Double Delight rose with rosebud

Double Delight rose blossom with rosebud

Linking to Pink Saturday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Thursday Floral Love, My Romantic Home, Garden Tuesday, Fishtail Cottage Thursday, Outdoor Wednesday, Saturday Show Off, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Straight out of the Camera Sunday. Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos at the top to see all the photos if only one image is shown.

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Published Sunday, August 11, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Petunia bouquet

Sometimes petunias in the garden get leggy, and the only thing to do is cut off the long stems, feed the plant, and hope you get a second flush of blooms. I brought in the cut stems and figured I might as well put them in a vase. I was surprised to find how fragrant they were.

A petunia bouquet shows color, form and texture

A petunia bouquet shows color, form and texture

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