Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Friday, April 5, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Daphne blossoms

Daphne odora marginata is a fabulous, mostly evergreen shrub that grows very well in the Pacific Northwest. It likes acid soil and not too much sun. I’ve always had good luck with them and adore them for their intense fragrance and also for the cheerful start to the spring blooming season they provide. One little bouquet of these tiny flowers will scent up the house.

Daphne odora marginata blooms on a sunny windowsill in late March

Daphne odora marginata blooms on a sunny windowsill in late March

Linking in My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Scenic Weekends, Pink Saturday, Thursday Challenge (Spring), and Macro Monday. Have a great weekend, and hope you get some sun and fragrance in it. Thanks for dropping by here.

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Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Variegated hostas

This clump of old-fashioned variegated (green and white leaves) hosta grows in a very protected area at my front door and is up early, almost fully leafed out. When I was a tiny tot in Philadelphia in the fifties, I remember these grew at our house. Plant nostalgia!

Variegated hosta leaves almost fully leafed out.

Variegated hosta leaves almost fully leafed out.

Linking in My Romantic Home, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Thursday Challenge (Spring), and Macro Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by here. Come back soon!

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Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Plum tree blooming

The sun was out! Our five-graft plum tree in the back is popping into bloom! This is its second year so we might get a plum or two. I love the idea of five different plums on one dwarf tree. Jars of jam, here I come!

Young plum tree opens white blossoms in the sunshine

Participating this week in My Romantic Home, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Scenic Weekends, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2Thursday Challenge (Spring), and Macro Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by here, and hope it’s Spring where you live. 

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Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

More cherry blossoms

Saw these incredible trees today in Georgetown near the Seattle Design Center. That neighborhood has the most magnificent old cherry trees! If you are a fan of streets lined with masses of pink, head on down there. For your oooh-ing pleasure! I love this image and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Old cherry trees covered in pink flowers

Linking in Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Scenic Weekends, Outdoor Wednesday, and Pink Saturday. Maybe try a new tag or a search, just for fun. You never know what you might turn up.

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Published Tuesday, March 26, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle Space Needle

Took this photo of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle in early spring just on Friday in Belltown. Don’t the clouds look pretty? We do clouds well here, or at least have lots of them. Usually all seamless gray, unfortunately. This kind is so much nicer, especially when there’s a bit of blue, too.

Seattle's iconic Space Needle, seen from Belltown, against a cloudy sky

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, seen from Belltown, against a cloudy sky

Participating with this post at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Scenic Weekends, 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.

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Published Monday, March 25, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cherry blossoms

In Belltown (a trendy neighborhood in Seattle) on Friday, lots of cherry trees, some with these burgundy colored leaves, were blooming. Here’s a pretty photo with the heavenly blue sky showing in the background. NOTE: I’ve been advised that these are plum blossoms, not cherry. Still beautiful!

Ornamental cherry blossoms at the peak of their bloom.

Ornamental cherry blossoms at the peak of their bloom.

Check out Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Monday, Scenic Weekends, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday and Ruby Tuesday 2. Thanks for visiting and do click on the Sara’s Fave Photos above to see all the other photos here.

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Published Saturday, March 23, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Glass building reflections

Finally, a current photo, hot off the memory card. I was lucky enough to be in Belltown yesterday, an area of Seattle I don’t usually get to walk around. And it was sunny!

Trees and sky reflected in a glass building in Seattle

Trees, other buildings and sky reflected in a glass building in Seattle

Linking up at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Scenic Weekends, Outdoor Wednesday and Weekend Reflections. If there’s only one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos above. Thanks for visiting!

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Published Thursday, March 21, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Burien, WA in Springtime

The weather has been so cold, gray and rainy, but there have been “sunbreaks.” This was taken during one of them at this time last year. You are looking south on First Avenue in Burien, not so far from me, south of Seattle. Puffy clouds and pink trees make a landscape for me, any time.

Spring scene with cherry trees and clouds in Burien, Washington.

Spring scene with cherry trees and clouds in Burien, Washington.

Participating at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Scenic Weekends, Monday Mellow Yellows, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday and Ruby Tuesday 2. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if there’s only one photo here, and you might try a new tag in the tag cloud to the right—maybe scroll down a bit. Thanks for visiting!

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Published Monday, March 18, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink peony macro

The red tips of the bushes are just beginning to peek through the soil outside, but those red tips will become flower heaven, come June. Here are some perfect pink peonies for your pleasure. Breathe deep, now!

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Ruffled, soft pink, romantic peonies from my garden in June

I’m entering this link at Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s FlowersMy Romantic Home, Macro Monday, Scenic WeekendsMonday Mellow Yellows, Outdoor Wednesday, and Pink Saturday. Thanks so much for visiting here. Be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if there’s only one photo to be seen.

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Published Sunday, March 17, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Purple anemone bud

I’m still enjoying the flower photos I took at the NW Flower & Garden show in Seattle last month. Soon I’ll get outside and show what’s starting out there as spring slowly arrives. But these deep purple anemones, paired with pansies, are so perfect and lovely that I just can’t resist.

Purple anemone just coming into bloom

Purple anemone just coming into bloom

Linking up at Catching the Light MondayShadow Shot Sunday 2, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers and Macro Monday. Thanks for visiting here, and don’t forget click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if there is only the one photo showing.

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Published Friday, March 15, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Giant star bouquet

Here’s a bouquet that you just don’t see very often: a giant star. It was another of those florist competitors in the NWFGS in Seattle last month. You shudda seen it!

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Dark red roses, hydrangea and chartreuse mums and more make up this gigantic star bouquet

Linking up at Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, and Ruby Tuesday 2. Thanks for visiting here. Be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if there’s only one photo here. The others will be revealed!.

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Published Tuesday, March 12, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Winter creek

This image is from this time of year, back in New York City, at some park I was visiting. Still lots of wintery bare branches, but the green shows spring is on its way.

Bare branches and roots reflect in a wintery New York City creek

Bare branches and roots reflect in a wintery New York City creek

Joining up at Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters Sunday, Weekend Reflections, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and Scenic Weekends. Thanks for your visit here; you are always welcome to browse around. Try a new tag or category, perhaps?

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