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 Monday, June 10, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

My rose garden

This year the roses in front of my house are doing very well indeed. I fertilized them at the right time and it made all the difference. The sweet alyssum border reseeded itself very vigorously and just adds to the general fragrance. Wish you could come to my house and I’d pick some for you.

Roses blooming in a Seattle front yard garden

Roses blooming in a Seattle front yard garden

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Published Sunday, June 9, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Multicolor rose bouquet

A young friend is graduating high school and I am so happy with how my roses are coming along that I went and cut these for her as a gift. There are lots and lots more out there for more bouquets very soon. Cut your roses and enjoy them!

Many colors in a rose bouquet, with a Double Delight in the middle, the yellow with magenta edges

Many colors in a rose bouquet, with a Double Delight in the middle; yellow with magenta edges

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Published Saturday, June 8, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rosebud opening

My roses look like they are going to be really good this year. A combination of alfalfa meal (slow acting) and shameful systemic rose food has finally come together for a sturdy, healthy and abundant bunch of buds.

One rosebud gets ready to bloom

One rosebud gets ready to bloom

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Published Thursday, June 6, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Look up

I adore this kind of cloud. I know it means that rain could come soon, but I don’t care. The joyous abandon of the white swirls and streaks, painting on the sky. And then they are gone.

The sky on a warm evening, strolling downtown in Burien, Washington

The sky on a warm evening, strolling downtown in Burien, Washington

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Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

The peonies begin

Finally, those fat peony buds are opening. We’ve had two warm days and the peonies and the roses have leapt into bloom. We are happy.

A pink peony blooms in my Seattle garden

A pink peony blooms in my Seattle garden

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Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Duck wake

This duck was swimming right for the visitors with food in their hands, in the Japanese Garden at Seattle’s Arboretum. I like the V-shaped wake it left behind.

Duck swims on water-lily decorated lake at the Japanese Garden in Seattle's Arboretum

Duck swims on water-lily decorated lake at the Japanese Garden in Seattle’s Arboretum

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Published Sunday, June 2, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red orchid cactus macro

This photo was taken exactly one year ago at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle. Orchid cactus plants have the showiest blooms, many times a few inches across, but for some reason red flowers are the very hardest for my Canon camera’s sensor to capture accurately, and I wish the petals looked more like the actual plant did instead of like a finger painting. But the white center parts make this flower photo pretty special anyway.

Red orchid cactus, or epicactus, blooms at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, WA

Red orchid cactus, or epicactus, blooms at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, WA

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Published Sunday, June 2, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Color or sepia image?

In general, I am a fan of the most natural look possible of the natural world. I like photos because they capture a beautiful sight that I’d like to revisit. But sometimes, the lure of “art” beckons. I’d like your opinion. Which of the two images below appeals the most? Which would you like hanging on your wall? Thank you for your input.

Yellow flowers reflected in a pond at the Arboretum in Seattle, WA, color image

Yellow flowers reflected in a pond at the Arboretum in Seattle, WA, color image

Yellow flowers reflected in a pond at the Arboretum in Seattle, WA, sepia image

Flowers reflected in a pond at the Arboretum in Seattle, WA, sepia image

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Published Saturday, June 1, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Foxgloves at a picket fence

We have a neighbor who does a fine job with foxgloves, or digitalis, and yesterday I finally got to stop and take a photo when the flowers were at their peak, the sun was out, and the light was at a nice, slanty angle. Flowers look good all the time, but taking a photo of them is not as easy as all that, at least to get a photo that you want to look at twice. Isn’t their white picket fence the perfect backdrop?

Tall foxgloves, or digitalis, bloom along a white picket fence

Tall foxgloves, or digitalis, bloom along a white picket fence

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Published Friday, May 31, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Let’s take a walk

We went to Seattle’s Arboretum yesterday for a lovely stroll. Don’t you just love the way a path beckons?

Side note: You can find some of our botanical image Glass Tile Jewelry in the gift shop at the visitor center there, and of course some copies of the “Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory” book, too.

A gravel path beckons in Seattle's Arboretum in the springtime.

A gravel path beckons in Seattle’s Arboretum in the springtime.

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Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Raindrops on my window

Sitting in a car, waiting for a few minutes for the rain to stop, I snapped this photo. Isn’t it funny the way a color image can look totally black and white?

Raindrops on a car window with a gray sky outside

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Published Monday, May 27, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red and pink azaleas

These are blooming in the entryway to my house. The little pink ones are only about an inch or so (3 cm.) across, and I love the way they look like little roses. No scent, of course, but that’s why we put up with thorns on the real roses, coming very soon!

Red azaleas and pink azaleas, with baby's tears groundcover below them.

Red azaleas and pink azaleas, with baby’s tears groundcover below them.

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