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, June 5, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Colorful boat hulls

When I went to the East coast in March, I was lucky enough to take some scenic drives, especially in Connecticut. You can’t go wrong with boats stacked on the beach, waiting for the good weather to come again. Especially with colors like these! Come to think of it, this would make a neat jigsaw puzzle, wouldn’t it?

You might check out Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday, A Piece of Heaven, Ruby Tuesday 2, Color Carnival, Mellow Yellow Monday and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Lots out there worth a browse. But poke around here first, why don’t you, and maybe click on a new tag or category, just for fun.

kayak shells on the beach, boats stacked for winter, colorful boats, boat hulls

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Published Monday, June 4, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red geum

A happy garden perennial that blooms so brightly, geum (GEE-um) is a nice tall flower (2-3 feet, or a meter) with sprays of brilliant red that dance above a rosette of very toothed leaves. No fragrance, but very long blooming, especially when deadheaded. Hope you have this crowd-pleaser in your garden. An easy one to grow!

Check out Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, and Color Carnival and don’t forget to click on the Sara’s Fave Photos Blog banner above to see the whole blog here.

geum, red geum, geum with bee, garden perennial, red frilly flower, tall red flower

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Published Saturday, June 2, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rhodies in Volunteer Park

The rhododendrons are really gorgeous this year. The winter has been pretty mild, with plenty of water, and with the brutally cold winter the previous year, I guess the plants are breathing a sigh of relief and blooming their hearts out in gratitude. This scene in Seattle’s Volunteer Park is just one tiny slice of the magnificent display that rhodies put on for us in the Pacific Northwest.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Pink Saturday to see lots of great photos from around the planet. And if you’ve arrived via a link, be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the complete blog here. Have fun!

mature rhododendrons, volunteer park, pink and red rhodies

 

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Published Thursday, May 31, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Mt. Rainier over I5 near Seattle

There’s one brief spot on Interstate 5 driving south from Seattle with a great view of Mt. Rainier, where you have an unobstructed view of The Mountain, as the locals call it. Really, it should be The Volcano, but that’s another post. Yesterday the weather was changing and our beautiful mountain was wearing a hat for us, and even though it’s through the windshield, I thought you’d like to see this scenic vista, cars and all. And a side note: I believe the mountain is maybe 40 miles away as the crow flies. No long lens was used to make it look closer.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Skywatch Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, and A Piece of Heaven, if you have a minute. Thank you for stopping by here, and hope to see you again soon.

Mt. Rainier, mount rainier, mount ranier, Interstate 5 looking south, dusk view of mt. rainier

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red Shirley poppies

I don’t know who Shirley was, but she must have been quite an individual to have a flower like THIS named after her. These are bigger than my hand, and you just can’t get showier, in my opinion. Red, red, red. These were taken last week at the Burien, WA Farmers Market. Such a pleasure!

Visit Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Color Carnival for more neat photos. If you like what you see here, please follow this blog with the widget to the right. Thank you so much for visiting, and come back soon.

shirley poppies, poppy petals, red poppies with black centers, big red poppies

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Published Monday, May 28, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Golden yellow orchid macro

Oh, that Seattle Volunteer Park Conservatory and its orchids! A total sensual delight, especially when a stray bit of sun reveals even more frills and curves. I am a fan.

You might explore Mellow Yellow Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral FridayMacro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera),  Color Carnival, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Please leave a comment here if you have something to say; don’t be shy.

yellow and peach orchid, orchid macro, orchid in sun and shadow

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Published Friday, May 25, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Meadow rue macro

Last year I posted a photo of the leaves of this lovely garden perennial, meadow rue, and here are the flowers. Each little puff is about the width of my finger, and the flowers are on top of a nice, tall plant at my eye level, which I appreciate. Perennials are the stars of the garden, as far as I am concerned. You get them going and they just keep doing their thing, all by themselves. So helpful!

It’s very hard to get the color exactly right. They are really a soft lavender, but this photo looks kind of magenta pink-ish. Sometimes photography seems so simple but is so challenging when you want to get an accurate rendering of color. I do my best, which is all anyone can do.

Interesting blogs around the planet are Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral FridayMacro Monday, Pink Saturday, Color Carnival, and Outdoor Wednesday. Don’t forget to follow this blog with the widget on the right if you enjoy the photos here.

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Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Birds on pilings

I would have called them pier supports, but I am told they are called pilings. They look more like chromosomes to me, actually! This was taken at Dyes Inlet in Silverdale, Washington, in February. I just wanted to look at some water that was not rain or drizzle. Isn’t it cool that this is a color image?

You might pay a visit to Scenic SundaySOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Skywatch Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections, and Wordless Wednesday. There’s a lot of talent out there!

Be sure to click on the curly letters of Sara’s Fave Photos above to see the complete blog here if there is only one photo below. Thanks for visiting!

pilings reflected in still water, monochrome, black and white, dyes inlet, silverdale, washington, ghost pier

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Published Monday, May 21, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Double lilacs

Can’t you almost smell them? Lilac shrubs are very long-lived, I understand, so sometimes there’s a bit of a wait before they will flower, even if conditions are good. I know they can get huge, as I once saw clumps of them in Maine that were the size of small apartment buildings. Here in Seattle the acid soil can be a problem, so a handful of dolomitic lime in the fall and spring has really helped. Finally, the flowers are beginning to look like something this year. They bloom on last year’s growth, so I’ll wait until next year for a bouquet.

You might check out Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral FridayMacro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Pink Saturday, Color Carnival, Outdoor Wednesday, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Try a new category or tag, perhaps My Garden or Close Up, just for fun?

double lilacs, close up of lilac trusses, lavender lilac with pink tips, against blue sky

 

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Published Sunday, May 20, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Grape-leaf passion flower

This grape-leaf passion flower, or Passiflora vitifolia, is in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, seen on a recent visit. It’s also on page 32 of my book, Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory, available on this website, at the Conservatory’s Gift Shop, and also on Amazon, by the way. I think this image might even be better than the one in the book! Oh well, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes the flowers pose so prettily for the camera, don’t they?

Interesting photo memes include Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and it looks like Color Carnival is happening again, too!

grape leaf passion flower, grapeleaf passionflower, passiflora vitifolia, red tropical flower macro

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Published Friday, May 18, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Round food

Here’s some round food in some squarish bins. Photo fun at the Farmer’s Market yesterday!

This photo qualifies for SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Pink Saturday (those potato skins look awfully pink), Ruby Tuesday 2, Mellow Yellow Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. I sure miss that Color Carnival meme, as this would be a perfect entry. Anyone want to start that up again?

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bins of produce, farmers market, bright plastic bins, colorful, round, apples, red potatoes,  onions

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Published Thursday, May 17, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Colorful bouquet

Today my daughter and I were at the Burien (WA) Farmers Market. Wonderful weather, if a bit nippy, and the flowers for sale were spectacular. Here’s one of the bouquets we saw—for $5 each!

You might like Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Ruby Tuesday 2, Mellow Yellow Monday, and Outdoor Wednesday, with lots of great pictures, too. If there is only one post here, be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog on top or at upper right to see the entire blog here. Thank you so much for dropping by.

shirley poppies, orange poppies, big poppies with black centers, euphorbia flowers, yellow flowers, bouquet, farmers market flowers

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