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, 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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Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fresh vegetable plate

Every New Year’s Eve I cut up some vegetables for our after midnight snack, along with the crabmeat and cream cheese dip, with potato chips! Hey, the veggies cancel out the yummy fats, is how I think. Hope you had a wonderful celebration, and the luckiest year to you in 2013.

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The carrots and broccoli are from our backyard!

Joining up at Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps WatersRuby Tuesday 2, 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 come back soon!

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Published Tuesday, January 1, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Orchid bouquet

Now that it’s been arranged that we will be showing our new glass tile jewelry and Flowers books a the NW Flower & Garden Show in February, I am all excited to review some of the images I’ve taken over the past few years. You sure can see some great flowers at that show! And today, on New Year’s Day, here’s a gift bouquet for you. May your year be filled with exotic blooms and comforting old standards.

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Stunning bouquet of orchids, roses, ranunculus, camelias and others at NW Flower & Garden Show

Participating in Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Weekend Flowers, and Ruby Tuesday 2. Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the rest of the images here. Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year to you and those you love.

 

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Published Saturday, December 29, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Snow on trees

No snow yet this year, but here’s a lovely scene from my back yard from last winter.

Please visit Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters, and Pink Saturday (snow). I appreciate your stopping by, and please come back soon.

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Fresh snow on magnolia and dogwood trees

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Published Friday, December 28, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Kayaks in Bowman Bay

As this year comes to a close, this photo of two kayakers on Bowman Bay, right off of Deception Pass in western Washington State, really “floats my boat.” It symbolizes the feeling I have of moving out into life, alone but with a companion, on water which is dangerous but gives so much pleasure. The blue sky and water, the calm day, the companionable silence, and the feeling of freedom, make this a picture of my wishes for you in 2013. May you have these blessings and more.

In the ancient system of I Ching, water is the symbol in two of the eight basic parts of the hexagram. One is the symbol for Danger, and one is the symbol for Lake, or Pleasure. I love that.

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Two kayaks on scenic Bowman Bay, WA

Participating this week at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps WatersRuby Tuesday 2, and Mellow Yellow Monday. Thanks for visiting, and come back soon! 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!

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Published Tuesday, December 25, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Christmas centerpiece

My sweet sister-in-law in Connecticut just sent me the prettiest photo, snapped with her phone. I love it and hope that you all enjoy it, too.

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Pine branches, pine cones, and a candle. Merry Christmas!

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Published Sunday, December 23, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spectacular Christmas lights

There’s a lady not too far from my house who really goes all out with the holidays. She does amazing things at Halloween and July Fourth, as well. But the Christmas display is my favorite. At this time of year, in this northern latitude, we love lights! Below is the view from the road in front of her house, showing the reflection on the top of my car as I steadied my camera, and below that is a closer view which includes Santa in the gazebo. There’s a huge Christmas village inside the home, but we’ll save that for another day. Merry Christmas!

Visit Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic SundayRuby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, Mellow Yellow Monday, and Weekend Reflections. If you’d like to see the latest photos, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above. Thanks!

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Normandy Park, WA holiday lights

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Santa waving from the gazebo

 

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Published Friday, December 21, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle ferris wheel

This summer a new attraction opened in Seattle at the waterfront, a huge ferris wheel. Do you see the two sports fields in my rearview mirror? So many curves in this photo! You can still drive on the viaduct past it, but not for long. I haven’t ridden on it yet, but I plan to. Even though the gondolas are enclosed, I am betting that the view will be spectacular. I will bring my camera.

Joining up at Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic SundayRuby Tuesday 2, Water World Wednesday, Nature’s Footsteps Waters, 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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Seattle’s new, enclosed-car ferris wheel on a typically gray day

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