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 Sunday, May 12, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Yellow moth orchid

This exquisite yellow and magenta pink phalaenopsis orchid was blooming in the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle last time I was there. I love the warm colors and the exciting dots in the center. Come here, little pollinating insect!

phalaenopsis orchid

Yellow and magenta moth orchid at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

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Published Thursday, May 9, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lilac panicle

I learned the fancy word for what a lilac flower is: a panicle. Seems like a nice, strong word for a flower with such a remarkable shape and fragrance. Unforgettable. The ones in my front yard are finally beginning to bloom. Thank heaven for the garden.

Double lilac flowers decorate the sky.

Double lilac flowers decorate the sky.

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Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Turquoise succulent

I was at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle not too long ago and saw this rosette of a succulent in the Cactus House. Did you know they are having later hours for the summer? I’m so excited to hear that. Their new space with the tile floor is so beautiful (see below). Don’t you want to just sit there and read a book?

Rosette of hen-and-chicks sedum succulent at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Rosette of hen-and-chicks sedum succulent at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Seasonal House at the Volunteer Park Conservatory after remodel

Seasonal House at the Volunteer Park Conservatory after remodel

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Published Sunday, May 5, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Striped tulips

These red and white striped tulips were in a vase on a desk. I need to have some of these in my garden, absolutely. They look so antique and so totally modern, both.

Red and white striped tulips bouquet

Red and white striped tulips bouquet

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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