Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Thursday, August 9, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dusk at Bowman Bay

This photo gives me such a feeling of peace. I love the quiet at the water’s edge. Bowman Bay is part of Deception Pass State Park, in western Washington. That is Puget Sound you are looking at. May all your days end this peacefully.

Participating in Unique Exposures, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera). Thank you so much for visiting here. Come back soon! And please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above if there is only one photo below.

deception pass, deception pass state park, dusk at water's edge, sailboat at dusk, islands in silhouette

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Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Garden Tea

The pretty teapot two posts below needs some context. The scene and day was so lovely, I thought I’d show you the deck and tables all set out. Let’s have a tea party!

Participating at Pink Saturday, Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Ruby Tuesday 2. Thanks for stopping by.

tea party in the garden, dappled sunshine on deck,woodsy party setting

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Published Sunday, August 5, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hydrangea macro

Hydrangeas are some of my top fave flowers. Not only do they bloom in quite deep shade, as well as in the sun in this latitude, but they are super easy to propagate. When cutting back in the spring (they bloom on old wood, so don’t go too far), take some woody stems you’ve pruned and stick them into the ground pretty well, under the mother plant so they get shaded and do not dry out. Keep them watered and maybe in July, check on them and I bet that more than one will be sprouting new leaves, showing you it has rooted. Dig it up, pot it up, and voila, a new hydrangea plant!

One other thing about hydrangeas: as shown by their name, they need water! Do not let them dry out, and wilting is hard on a plant. But at least it will forgive you and recover, if not too very dry.

I am participating in Macro Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Flowers, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Floral Friday. If you have arrived here via a link and there is only this one photo below, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the complete production.

partly blue hydrangea, garden hydrangea, blue and green hydrangea, puffballs

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Published Saturday, August 4, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Teapot with flowers

One of the members of our local Garden Club does teas so very well. Her deck is just heaven on earth on a lovely summer day. Yesterday she put on one of her famous teas for us, and dressed the tables up so prettily with mini-bouquets in tiny teapots. I love this idea and must get some small teapots to do it, too.

More cool photos at Pink Saturday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Macro Monday, Scenic Sunday, Color Carnival, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, and Ruby Tuesday 2. Thanks for visiting here, and come back soon!

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Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Coupeville sailboat races

On our short little getaway last week, a little visit to Coupeville on Whidbey Island, Washington, was just the thing. Victorian houses with pretty gardens, adorable shops, and scenic boats and sky, not to mention perfect temperatures, made for much happiness. Isn’t this sky just great?

Participating in Ruby Tuesday 2, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera). Thank you so much for taking a peek here.

tiny boats, cirrus clouds, sailboats, boats with red sails, coupeville, puget sound, whidbey island

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Published Friday, July 27, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lavatera

This is a new flower for me. I was admiring a huge shrub in a beautiful garden in Coupeville, WA, when the owner came out and chatted with us. To me, this lavatera looks like it is related to hollyhock. I wish I had the space to grow this, as it looked about 6 feet (2 meters) tall and wide, and she said it was four years old, and you cut it to the ground each winter. What a stunner!

See more neat photos at Pink Saturday, Macro Monday, Scenic Sunday, Color Carnival, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera). Thanks so much for visiting here.

pink lavatera, lavatera macro, lavatera in the garden, sunshine on lavatera

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Published Thursday, July 26, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cap Sante marina boats

While we were camping at Deception Pass, our friends with a boat invited us to it for a drink. They keep the pretty cabin cruiser docked at the Cap Sante marina in Anacortes, WA, only a few minutes away from where we were. The magic of cellphones! Walking out to their slip, I was just blown away by the beauty of the sun, the water, and the scene. This one, too, is just straight out of the camera. Love those sunny days.

Take a look at Scenic Sunday, Color Carnival, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for other neat photos. Thanks so much for stopping by here, and please do leave a comment if you have something you’d like to say.

boats, sailboats, marina, sunny, water reflections, blue sky, cap sante, anacortes, washington

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Published Monday, July 23, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Wooden kayaks

Strolling along the shore at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park in Washington, I encountered this gorgeous pair of wooden kayaks. The light, the scenery, the kayaks made this one of my top fave shots, ever. It’s completely straight out of the camera (see SOOC Sunday for more), too: just all there waiting for me to click the shutter. And only seconds later, the owner of the beauteous boats came and dragged them to the parking lot, and that was that. You gotta be quick. I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week, but this is a good week for scenic photos for me, so please click on Sara’s Fave Photos above and check out the other images, especially the ones immediately above and below this post.

This photo is entered in Ruby Tuesday 2, Scenic Sunday, Color Carnival, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks  so much for visiting!

wooden kayaks, red and turquoise kayaks, deception pass, bowman bay, pebble shore, puget sound

 

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Published Sunday, July 22, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink thistle

Close to the water at Bowman Bay, part of Deception Pass State Park in the Pacific Northwest, were growing these pink flowers, which I’m pretty sure are in the thistle family. They were about waist high. In the background is the pier into the bay, a lovely stroll out towards even more beautiful views.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday and Macro Monday for other interesting images. So glad you could drop by here.

deception pass, bowman bay, state park, pink thistle flower, pink puff flower, water and pier in the background

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Published Sunday, July 22, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bowman Bay in Deception Pass, WA

We went camping. A short trip filled with fabulous weather, pouring rain, and absolutely gorgeous scenic views. Deception Pass State Park may be a bit noisy with the jets from a naval base thundering overhead, but it was so very lovely, I forgave the noise. That said, I did wait quite a while for the silence I wanted as a background for this very short video of the waves lapping the shore at Bowman Bay. We camped only a few hundred feet from this shore. Lucky us!

Participating in  Scenic Sunday and Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks for visiting!

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Published Sunday, July 15, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Petunias, pansies, and a birdhouse

My friend with the pretty hostas can do flowers so well. Here’s a sunshiny shot of the flowers on her shaded deck. Yes, there were cookies and iced tea, too!

Interesting sites for you: Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera).

pink petunias in terra cotta planter, yellow and black pansies, sunshine on a porch

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Published Thursday, July 12, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fireworks in a blue sky

There were some really beautiful moments last week on the Fourth with the clear skies we had. Here’s a peek at how lovely the fireworks looked on a sky not fully dark. All around little Lake Burien (near Seattle) people lit red lights on the shore, and the one near us gave this tree an eerie light.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival, Ruby Tuesday 2, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for other interesting images. Thanks for visiting here!

golden fireworks cascading on a clear blue evening sky

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