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

Slideshow in Des Moines, WA

I know it’s a bit of late notice, but I’ve just been so busy preparing for my SLIDESHOW of pretty pictures from my book coming right up on Weds., Feb. 6, 2013 in Des Moines, WA at 10:45am. Lunch is included with admission of $9. The Chinook District of the Washington Garden Clubs is having me speak and show images from my book “Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory.” The amazing and gifted senior gardener David Helegson will also be there to say what’s going on with the drama at the Conservatory, and answer horticultural questions, too. Here’s the link to the facebook page.

And something new! Besides having the book and some of the sparkly jewelry we make from it there, we’ll also have the brand new 8×10 matted prints of some favorite images from my book! This photo does NOT do them justice.

Matted photo prints from "Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory"

Matted photo prints from “Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory”

The fern, I think, is my own top fave. You?

Linking up to Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, and Monday Mellow Yellows.

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Published Friday, February 1, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Duck swimming at sunset

Looking thru the archives for something with water, I found this image I took in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. I believe it was at the Flamingo Hotel. And you just can’t go wrong with water AND sunset light.

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Black and white duck on pink sunset water

Linking to Pink Saturday, Catching the Light, Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters, Photog Friday, Camera Critters, Scenic Weekends, Thursday Challenge (Water) and Weekend Reflections. Thanks for visiting, and come back soon! Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see some other neat images.

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Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Snapdragon macro

This pretty snapdragon flower stem is from the garden in our last house. That location had one really great feature of getting late afternoon sunlight, almost from the horizon. What a flower photography bonus! If you’ve read my “7 Secrets” of better photos (free download at the right) you’ll know I’m a big fan of sideways light. Anyway, it’s reminding me to plant some snap seeds this year.

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Frilly snapdragon flowers

Linking up to Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Ruby Tuesday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Photog Friday, Catching the Light, Scenic Weekends and Macro Monday. To view a few more photos here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above. Thanks so much for visiting, and come back soon.

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Published Sunday, January 27, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Colored calla lilies bouquet

The NW Flower & Garden Show is coming up in a few weeks here in Seattle at the Convention Center, and my daughter Lila and I will be there at Love That Image‘s booth 2806 with the book, the jewelry, and now prints as well. So exciting! Naturally (besides madly making jewelry pretties) I am taking a look at some past favorite flower photos I have taken there. This one just thrills me. I have no idea what the textured yellow ball flowers are. Anyone?

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Calla lily bouquet with mystery yellow ball flowers

Joining up this week at Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Ruby Tuesday 2, Photog Friday and Macro Monday. To see about ten more photos here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above. Thanks for visiting, and hope to see you again soon.

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Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Horse in fog

It’s been quite cold and foggy in the mornings. Today it was very white and peaceful out there. The horse in the pasture next door added a nice, scenic element. Thanks, horsie!

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Horse grazing on a foggy winter morning

Participating in Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters, Photog Friday, Camera Critters and Scenic Weekends. Thanks so much for visiting!

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Published Saturday, January 19, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red glads

Here’s a little peek back into summer for you. These red glads (gladioli?) were taken in my backyard at the beginning of August. Oh, it will get here again, I am sure.

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Dark red gladiolus

Participating in My Romantic Home, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Ruby Tuesday 2, Photog Friday and Macro Monday. If you’d like to see about ten more photos here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above. Thanks!

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Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ferris wheel sunset

What a difference a few days makes (see a few posts down)! I know I shouldn’t take photos while I am driving, but who could resist with a view like this out the window? This view from the elevated Viaduct won’t be here much longer, either. I just point the camera in the general direction, take as many as it can take, and sometimes I am lucky, like with this beauty. This is Seattle’s brand new ferris wheel, just opened this summer.

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Sunset over Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction, a giant ferris wheel

Visit Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters, Pink Saturday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Photog Friday, Catching the Light, and Scenic Weekends. If there’s only the one photo here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above for the rest of the pretty pictures. Thanks and hope to see you again soon.

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Published Sunday, January 13, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Curtain shadows and hatiora

When it gets really sunny in the winter it gets cold. I just stay in and be warm, and enjoy the shadows on the curtains that the low sun makes. You can see the hatiora, or drunkard’s dream, in the photo below. How cheerful on a winter’s day: sunlight and bright yellow flowers.

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Plants cast their shadows on my kitchen curtains, on a cold, sunny morning

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Hatiora, or drunkard’s dream, flowers in January in a sunny Seattle window

Joining up at My Romantic Home, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Monday Mellow Yellows, Photog Friday and Macro Monday. Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see about ten more photos here. Thanks for visiting, see you soon again!

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Published Saturday, January 12, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink tulip bouquet

I am happy that a few of my spring flower photos are on display at Today’s Flowers this weekend. I know it is rushing the season, but spring is so wonderful for those of us who just love flowers. This bouquet of pink and white tulips is a simple one, but so satisfying to me. The flowers have long faded, but the photo lives on. Not to get too spiritual about it, but maybe this is why flower photography has such a punch. It’s like cheating death, in a way. In any case, hope you enjoy the image. I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

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Pink and white tulip bouquet

Joining up at Today’s Flowers, My Romantic Home, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Ruby Tuesday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, and Macro Monday. If there’s only the one photo here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above for the rest. Thanks for visiting, and please come back soon!

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Published Friday, January 11, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Moon over Mt. Rainier

A trip to the archives for a blue sky, and who wouldn’t like to have Mt. Rainier and a full moon decorating it, in the late afternoon light?

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A full moon over Mt. Rainier, seen from the Normandy Park overlook

Joining up at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Water World Wednesday, (snow!) Nature’s Footsteps Waters (snow!) and Pink Saturday. Today, we’re trying out a brand-new photo meme, Scenic Weekends. If there’s only the one photo here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above for the rest of the pretty pictures. Thanks and hope to see you again soon.

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Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Apricot roses bouquet

Now that it’s a go with us exhibiting at the NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle (come see Love That Image in booth 2806!), I’m having a lot of fun browsing through my photos from the last few years. I love that show, even if the garden exhibits are extremely dark, I guess to keep the plants from wilting or something. It does make photography a challenge, since many of us prefer natural light, and I find tripods so annoying. The solution is a camera that can take photos in low light. I use the Canon Powershot S95, now kind of outdated, but it works pretty darn well for a tiny thing that fits in my front jeans pocket. Be sure and download my Seven Secrets at right for tips on better photos, all with just a regular, simple camera.

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A perfect bouquet of apricot roses at the NW Flower & Garden Show

Participating in Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma, Shadow Shot Sunday 2Macro Monday, Monday Mellow Yellows and a new meme, Photog Friday. Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the other images here. Thanks for dropping by and have a Happy New Year!

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Published Saturday, January 5, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulip opening

A fine image for the beginning of January, don’t you think? This was taken at the most recent NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, the largest garden show on the West coast. And we will be there! Daughter and jewelry designer Lila, and I, will be showing our jewelry and of course, my Flowers book in booth 2806. Come see us!

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Yellow and white striped tulip is almost open

Visit Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend FlowersNF Blo-Ma and Monday Mellow Yellows (new meme!). Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the other images here. Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

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