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 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

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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

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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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Published Friday, August 9, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Begonia basket in fog

From last year at this time, some begonias in front of my house:

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Rieger begonia flower basket on a foggy August Seattle day

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Published Thursday, August 8, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Glorious dahlia

If you haven’t been to the Dahlia Garden in the big lawn across from the Conservatory in Volunteer Park in Seattle, it’s time right now for a visit. Put “dahlia” in the search field to the right to pull up more posts showing this stunning garden, free to stroll and photograph.

Glorious yellow dahlia with red tips

Glorious yellow dahlia with red tips

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Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Marina at sunset

I don’t know why I always want to take photos of boats in a marina. Maybe it’s the reflections, maybe it’s the neat picket of the masts, maybe it’s just the possibilities waiting for adventure. The Des Moines, WA marina looks good at sunset, doesn’t it?

Sailboats at rest in the Des Moines, WA marina

Sailboats at rest in the Des Moines, WA marina

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Published Tuesday, August 6, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cherry harvest

We have a very young cherry tree with five different kinds of cherries grafted onto a dwarf rootstock. This is its second year and it actually had some cherries. I put some old sheer curtains around the fruiting branches and attached it with clothespins, which I had read about online, and it did work to protect them from the birds, even if it looked ugly in the yard. So here are the bing-type black ones that I picked a week or so ago, and they did taste as wonderful as I had hoped.

Do you see that the cherries are so shiny that they are like little mirrors, and they are reflecting my backyard with the tall trees and the blue sky? The trees to the left in the reflection are still in the sunlight and the others are now in shade. Fun!

Shiny black cherries, just picked

Shiny black cherries, just picked

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Published Monday, August 5, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Table shadows

At dinner out last night, the very late afternoon light was truly golden. A still life with shadows.

Ready for dinner in the summer evening in Seattle

Ready for dinner in the summer evening in Seattle

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Published Sunday, August 4, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ruffled hollyhock

This unusual, frilly double hollyhock can be seen at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory right now. The flower is maybe 10 cm or 2-3 inches across. The tiny purple buds are throatwort.

Deep magenta hollyhock with ruffled, very double petals

Deep magenta hollyhock with ruffled, very double petals

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