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 Tuesday, July 10, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Simplicity rose

This rose, which I believe is called Simplicity, is growing in a neighbor’s yard. It’s very healthy and seems to get no care at all. I’d like to have a rose garden with only tough, healthy roses like this, but how can you really tell in the nursery? Does “disease resistant” really mean anything? And don’t mention Knockout roses, because they still don’t have fragrance. Why bother with roses without fragrance?

This photo post is participating in Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera). Thank you for visiting here. Browse around to see what you can find. Click on the tag Pink, perhaps?

simplicity rose, pink rose with water droplets, drooping rose in the garden

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Published Saturday, July 7, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Black petunia with yellow star

Isn’t this an exquisite planting? Those new, dark petunias, some kind of yellow striped grass, a dark heuchera (pronounced HOOK-er-a) and the sedum with pink edges look so great together. It’s in front of the door at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory. Go see it.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, and Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for more neat photos. Also, the dappled sunlight and subtle colors make me happy, so I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

black and yellow petunia, yellow star petunias, dark purple petunias, black petunias with yellow stars

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Published Thursday, July 5, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lake Burien fireworks

The gods smiled upon us and the Fourth was sunny. Usually in Seattle we figure summer starts July 5th and ends before Labor Day, but this year life was good. Our friends with a home on little Lake Burien had their yearly fireworks party, and of course I needed to take photos, but not bother with anything like a tripod or special “scene” settings. Thinking first does help, as does bracing my arm on a chair back if possible, but besides that, I am happy just to aim at the loveliness and capture a bit of it with what I have with me.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, and Weekend Reflections, just for fun. Thanks for visiting here!

pink and green fireworks, fireworks reflected in lake, silhouetted people watching fireworks

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Published Tuesday, July 3, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tree silhouetted in a sunset

That Trader Joe’s parking lot in Burien WA has been the scene of some good sunsets. A big open expanse looking west is sometimes very hard to find. Yay, parking lots! And yay, Trader Joe, too! I love that place.

This sky is kind of pink, kind of yellow, and just peachy to me. Hope you agree.

Check out Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday,  Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Mellow Yellow Monday and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), why don’t you?

leafy tree silhouetted against the sunset sky, black tree against a yellow sky

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Published Monday, July 2, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Home grown strawberries

I saved the plastic container from the store-bought berries bought earlier and picked some real fresh fruit from our strawberry bed. Aren’t they just gorgeous? It’s funny, but sometimes the smallest ones are also the sweetest. Go figure.

Neat sites to visit, with links: Color Carnival, Ruby Tuesday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Macro Monday. Check ’em out! And if you’ve arrived via a link and there is only the one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see more photos here.

red strawberries macro, shiny red berries, close up of red fresh strawberries with green hulls

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Published Sunday, July 1, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hosta leaf macro

Visiting a friend’s garden recently, she showed me her big-leaf hostas so happy under the trees, in a beam of sunlight. Snap! Photo fun, for sure.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday and Macro Monday if you have a minute or two. You’ll be glad you did.

green hosta leaf,hosta shadows, seersucker hosta leaves, hosta leaf patterns

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Published Monday, June 25, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Roses in the garden

I just love that late-afternoon light. After MUCH rain and clouds, the sun peeked out the other evening and of course I was out there with my camera. These are mostly ‘Double Delight’ roses, my long-time favorite rose. Very available in nurseries, fabulous fragrance, strong grower. And this image is purely SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera).

This year I am attempting to grow roses without the usual systemic plant food laced with pesticides, hoping that this year I won’t feel the guilt of watching a robin poking for bugs in the soil and hoping the robin is OK. I am using alfalfa meal as a fertilizer this year and so far am very happy with the results.

Other interesting photo sites: Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnival, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday,  Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Mellow Yellow Monday and Macro Monday. And do browse around here first. Maybe click a category on the right like “My Garden”? Thanks for visiting!

double delight roses, roses against blue sky, close up of garden roses

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Published Sunday, June 24, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

‘Proud Land’ garden roses

This may be my new favorite rosebush in the garden. Growing roses in the Pacific Northwest is tough with our damp climate. I have 18 different rosebushes in front of my house and after three years, ‘Proud Land’ seems to be the star. It’s huge, disease resistant, and just covered with dark red, fragrant flowers. Very satisfying. I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week.

For more cool photos, you might pay a visit to Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnivaland Ruby Tuesday 2. If you’ve arrived via a link and there is only one photo  below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the complete collection here. Thank you so much for stopping by!

proud land rose, red rose, roses in the garden, rosebush in sunlight. red roses, rose buds

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Published Friday, June 22, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Puget Sound sunset

Finally, a scenic post! Even I get tired of flower photos sometimes. But not for long, as you will see. This sunset overlooking Puget Sound was taken at a different spot than my usual overlook which sadly doesn’t get a good view west. This is from a beach in Three Tree Point, WA, quite close to my home. You can bet I’ll be back.

If you have a minute or two, visit Scenic Sunday, Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Skywatch Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, A Piece of Heaven, and Weekend Reflections, why don’t you? Thanks for visiting here, always.

three tree point sunset, puget sound sunset, dusk over the water

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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fuchsia macro

OK, enough with the peonies, for a little while at least. Feast your eyes on these fuchsias. What an explosion of form and color. I took these at the VPC not too long ago, and if you have a chance, you should definitely check out their displays. So many kinds, and all so graceful. Little ballerinas, perhaps?

Check out Macro Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Pink Saturday, Floral Friday, Color Carnivaland Ruby Tuesday 2. If you like these photos, sign up for email notifications (Subscribe) at the upper right so you won’t miss a post. Thanks!

pink and purple fuchsias, fuchsia buds, pink buds, chinese lantern buds

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Published Monday, June 18, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peonies in the garden

It’s kind of peony week here. I’ve loved peonies for so many years, and this is the first year they’ve really been truly magnificent in my garden. I’ve been sprinkling dolomitic lime around them, spring and fall, for the past 2-3 years, and with our acidic soil in the Pacific Northwest that has made a huge difference, but they need a certain level of maturity to really take off. Finally! Now I want to have those dark red ones, and the dark, dark wine red ones, too. Maybe a visit to the nursery is in order. I have peony fever.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Pink Saturday, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, Color Carnivaland Mellow Yellow Monday. Glad you could visit here today.

pink peonies with yellow centers in the garden, pale pink peonies, peony buds

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Published Saturday, June 16, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dianthus buds

Sometimes I like the bud stage almost more than the fully blooming stage. All the possibilities! Like the peony buds in the post below, this scene in my front yard feels so full of life to me. Behind the dianthus budding up a storm in front, there is pink sea thrift and white alyssum blooming in back. The shadows on the rocks make me happy, too, especially in this typically gray Seattle weather.

For more interesting photos, visit SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Scenic Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Pink Saturday, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. And thanks for stopping by!

little carnations, omeria, sea thrift, plants in bud

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