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, May 4, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sunset over Puget Sound

I was at Highline Community College the other day and found this amazing view of the Olympic Mountains and the waters of Puget Sound. The skies have been clear and beautiful this week here in Seattle and we so appreciate it.

View of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound at sunset

View of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound at sunset

Participating at Outdoor Wednesday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Scenic WeekendsMonday Mellow Yellows, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters Sunday, and Weekend Reflections. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Share

Published Thursday, May 2, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Columnar apple trees

I love our two columnar apple trees. These are dwarfer than dwarf trees, bred to do well in containers or on patios. These two trees are 7 or 8 years old and have been in the ground a few years. One has red apples and one has yellow, and both are yummy. At this stage, the most important thing you can do for your fruit trees which need pollination is to make like a bee. Unless you have lots of bees and other helpful insects around, go out there with a little dry paintbrush, or a Q-tip, and go back and forth between the blossoms of the two trees. It’s incredible what a huge difference this makes in the amount of fruit that you get. Do it a few times so you get the early blooms and the late ones. Apple crisp, here I come.

Two columnar apple trees blooming in a bed of forget-me-nots

Two columnar apple trees blooming in a bed of forget-me-nots

Linking up at My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Scenic Weekends, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Floral Love and a new meme, Fishtail Cottage Tuesday. Thank you for stopping by here, and happy Spring to you. May your garden flower well for you.

Share

Published Monday, April 29, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red and purple primroses

The color of these primrose flowers is hard to photograph properly. It’s a wonderful blend of purple and magenta and red, with bright yellow centers to set it all off. And those healthy, crinkly leaves. I want some!

Purple, magenta and red primroses with their deeply textured leaves

Purple, magenta and red primroses with their deeply textured leaves

Check out Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Ruby Tuesday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Monday Mellow Yellows and Macro Monday. Let’s try a new meme today: Floral Love. I appreciate your stopping by here so very much. Thanks!

Share

Published Sunday, April 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spiky striped leaves

These wonderful leaves were in a planter outside a commercial building in Seattle. What a difference some backlighting makes! The leaves might be a kind of dracena. Stay back!

Yellow and green spiky leaves in sunshine

Yellow and green spiky leaves in sunshine

Participating at Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday and Monday Mellow Yellows. Glad to have you browse around here and thanks for visiting. And check out the “7 Secrets to Better Flower Photos” at right, for free!

Share

Published Friday, April 26, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

One red tulip in yellow field

I took this awhile ago when I was at the Skagit Tulip Festival in Washington. Who can resist the message, whatever it is—Bloom where you are planted? Be who you are? Primary colors rule? What caption would YOU put on this image?

One red tulip blooms in a field of yellow flowers

One red tulip blooms in a field of yellow flowers

Linking up at Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Scenic Weekends, Ruby Tuesday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday and Monday Mellow Yellows. I love this image and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week. Thank you so very much for visiting. Why not browse around a bit, long as you are here?

Share

Published Thursday, April 25, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Olympic Mountains at sunset

Puget Sound has so many beautiful water views. This was taken at Redondo, a little town south of Seattle, and those are the snowy Olympic Mountains out there in the distance.

A seagull flies over Puget Sound in this Pacific Northwest view of the Olympic Mountains

A seagull flies over Puget Sound in this Pacific Northwest view of the Olympic Mountains

Check out the great photos at Outdoor WednesdayStraight out of the Camera Sunday, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Scenic Weekends, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters SundayMonday Mellow Yellows and Weekend Reflections. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Share

Published Sunday, April 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

True glass ceiling

My BFF and I went to the new Chihuly museum in the city center in Seattle. I wasn’t expecting to like it all that much, but it was wonderful. This photo is a tourist being blown away by the remarkable glass sculpture ceiling, filled with sea-creature-and-flower-like forms. I like the light shadows on the walls almost as much as the sculptures.

The glass ceiling of colorful blown glass forms at the Chihuly Museum in Seattle.

The glass ceiling of colorful blown glass forms at the Chihuly Museum in Seattle.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Ruby Tuesday 2, Straight out of the Camera Sunday and Monday Mellow Yellows. I love this image and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week. Have a great day and come back soon.

Share

Published Thursday, April 18, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink magnolias

The magnolias are gorgeous this year. This tree in our backyard is one of the many dotting the neighborhood right now. And the horses in the pasture adjoining our property just love the fallen petals. They even eat the blooms that they can reach off the tree! No harm seems to be done.

Pink Japanese magnolias against a sunny sky in springtime

Pink Japanese magnolias against a sunny sky in springtime

Two horses graze magnolia blossoms on a sunny spring day

Two horses graze magnolia blossoms on a sunny spring day

Visit My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Scenic WeekendsCamera Critters and Macro Monday. I appreciate your stopping by here and hope it’s flowering gangbusters where you live.

Share

Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red fritillaria

These red fritillaria, or checkered tulips, decorating my garden this week just float my boat. Both this kind and the other more purple-and-cream color a few posts below are doing so well in my garden. I love things that just come up and bloom, all by themselves. Those are grape hyacinths in the background, also easy and fun, and so welcome in springtime.

Dark red checkered tulips, or fritillaria, in the garden

Dark red checkered tulips, or fritillaria, in the garden

Participating in My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday and Macro Monday. Thank you so much for visiting and come back again soon. Sign up for email notification on the upper right so you don’t miss a post.

Share

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Gray day at Bowman Bay

I’m wishing camping season was here already. I love getting to spend all day and night in the fresh air, even if the weather is not so perfect. I don’t want to tent camp in the rain because cooking is just impossible, but gray is OK. Here’s a photo of Bowman Bay, at Wahington’s Deception Pass State Park, on a gray and slightly foggy July day last summer.

A sailboat at rest in Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park in Washington

A sailboat at rest in Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park in Washington

Participating with this post at Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters Sunday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Scenic WeekendsWeekend Reflections and Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks so much for visiting! If there’s only one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to see the rest of the blog’s recent posts.

Share

Published Sunday, April 7, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulip in the rain

It’s raining. Yesterday there were a couple of breaks from the wet; today not so much. Here is a tulip out in front of my house taken on a weekend afternoon in Seattle.

Raindrops on dark pink and orange tulip petals

Raindrops on dark pink and orange tulip petals

Linking up in My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s FlowersOutdoor Wednesday, Thursday Challenge (Pink), Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters SundayShadow Shot Sunday 2, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday and Macro Monday. Thank you so much for visiting. Try a new tag or category, just for fun, why don’t you? See the tag cloud at the lower right for ideas. Have a great day.

Share

Published Saturday, April 6, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Nodding fritillaria

These sweet and strange fritillaria bulbs have been coming up in my garden like champs. The checkered patterns on the sides are so extraordinary that when I first saw a drawing of them, I thought it was a joke. Now that I can grow them in my garden, I love the tops like paper lanterns and their lovely, nodding stems. So shy, so strange.

Frittilaria (checkered tulips) nod their heads, in a rainy flowerbed

Frittilaria (checkered tulips) nod their heads, in a rainy flowerbed

Participating in My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Thursday Challenge (Spring), Pink Saturday and Macro Monday. Glad you stopped by!

Share