Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Friday, June 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sweet Williams

Flowers that return each year, or politely reseed or spread, are big faves of mine. Old fashioned sweet williams have the added bonus of brilliant colors and longish stems so they can go in bouquets. These are on my patio right now. The peach flowers behind them are nasturtiums with variegated leaves, a new plant for me.

Magenta and white sweet williams in front of peach nasturtiums on my patio

Magenta and white sweet williams in front of peach nasturtiums on my patio

Participating in Pink Saturday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Macro Monday, Thursday Challenge (Flowers), Garden Tuesday and Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home. Let’s try Orange You Glad It’s Friday, too. If there’s only this one photo here, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos on top to see the rest of ’em.

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Published Thursday, June 27, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Grape flowers

This is one of those things that you just don’t know until you grow something. When you have a grapevine, in the late spring it gets these cute little sprigs with tiny balls on them that you figure are tiny grapes. But no! They are grape flower buds, which open to nondescript, fluffy blossoms, and then soon are the real grapes, round as you’d expect. Cool, huh?

A grapevine blossoms, with red campion in the background

A grapevine blossoms, with red campion in the background

This post is linked to Pink Saturday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Macro Monday, Garden Tuesday and Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home. Take a quick browse around here first, OK?

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Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rainbow reflection

It poured really hard. I thought we were in Bali or someplace. As the warm air cleared, I looked to the east and there was a sunset rainbow, complete with a reflection I later saw in the puddle.

Double rainbow at sunset is reflected in a puddle

Double rainbow at sunset is reflected in a puddle

Participating at Skywatch FridayA Piece of Heaven, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Water World Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Weekend Reflections and Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home. Don’t forget that if you arrive here and see only one photo above, do click on the Sara’s Fave Photos Blog curly letters at the top to see everything else.

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Published Monday, June 24, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Japanese maple leaves after rain

A walk is a wonderful thing, after a rain.

Dark red Japanese maple leaves with raindrops after a rain

Dark red Japanese maple leaves after a rain

Linking into Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro MondayWater World Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Garden Tuesday, and Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home. “Raindrops” might be a fun search here, upper right.

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Published Sunday, June 23, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Patio flowers

It’s raining hard right now (the garden is grateful) but this afternoon before it began I got some photos of the flowers on my patio. I have never had such a display. Finally, luck, a little experience, and decent weather have come together in a symphony of color. Wish you could come over and enjoy this with me.

Colorful flowers bloom in pots and around a Seattle patio in late June

Colorful flowers bloom in pots and around a Seattle patio in late June

Linking up at Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Pink Saturday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Monday Mellow Yellows, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Garden Tuesday, Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home and Today’s Flowers. Have a great day and come back soon, hear?

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Published Saturday, June 22, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Raised planters

In Seattle the other day, I saw these raised planters in front of a big building downtown. They are TALL. No problem with people picking the flowers on these babies.

Raised metal planters adorn a commercial building in Seattle, Washington

Raised metal planters adorn a commercial building in Seattle, Washington

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Published Friday, June 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fading bouquet

Flowers are so lovely, but so ephemeral, their fleeting beauty one of the reasons we respond so emotionally to them. These peonies, roses and snapdragons from my garden are on their way out, but still so worthy of contemplation.

Bouquet with peonies, roses and snapdragons begins to fade

Bouquet with peonies, roses and snapdragons begins to fade

Linking up at Pink Saturday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Monday Mellow Yellows, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Macro Monday, Garden Tuesday and Creative Weekends Friday at the Pink Home. Do browse around here. “Bouquet” is a fine choice for the search bar at the upper right for some very fine images, if I do say so myself.

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Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ferryboat on Puget Sound

Got to visit Seattle’s waterfront briefly today, and thank goodness the clouds pulled back enough for a spot of scenic. Those are the Olympic Mountains way in the distance.

A ferryboat on Puget Sound at Seattle's waterfront

A ferryboat on Puget Sound at Seattle’s waterfront

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Published Monday, June 17, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Double Delight rose in the garden

This is a banner year for roses, I can tell. One of my top fave roses is Double Delight with its strong, sweet and spicy fragrance. This elegant rose bud in the late-day light poses with some Proud Land red roses blooming their heads off behind.

Double Delight rose bud begins to open

Double Delight rose bud begins to open

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Published Sunday, June 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Perfect Sponge Cake

Hubby’s birthday was the other day and I baked him a cake. From scratch, of course. I really prefer wholewheat flour and there’s no way to have a cake like that without baking it myself. I think wholewheat tastes better, feels better, and of course is actually food instead of truly empty calories. But this is really a sentimental cake as my mother used to bake it and taught me how. I even used her old tube pan. It’s super light and fluffy and has a hint of orange. Wish you could have a slice! Happy birthday, hubby!

Orange-y Perfect Sponge Cake on an old glass cake plate

Orange-y, lemony Perfect Sponge Cake on an old glass cake plate

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Published Friday, June 14, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink peony

Oh, the peonies. I picked a huge bunch of them, just for me.

Pink peony opening in a bouquet

Pink peony opening in a bouquet

Participating in Pink Saturday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Fishtail Cottage Wednesday, Macro Monday and Garden Tuesday. Trying a new meme, Pink Home, this week. I appreciate your visit here and hope you return soon.

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Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

At the waterfront

This scene at the edge of Puget Sound in Seattle is from a couple of years ago at this time of year. I felt like posting something with water. I think this qualifies, and the sailboat is a bonus.

A sailboat at rest at the Seattle waterfront near Ivar's restaurant

A sailboat at rest at the Seattle waterfront near Ivar’s restaurant

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