Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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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.

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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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Published Thursday, June 14, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peony buds

Such great, round, pregnant shapes. It’s marvellous to think that these tight little spheres expand to the big, fluffy blooms like the one in the post below. By the way, I measured that one and it’s a full 7 inches across, and still going strong days later. I love peonies.

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spheres, spherical, round buds, peony buds, peony buds in the garden, against a blue sky

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Published Tuesday, June 12, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

One pink peony

This is the first peony bloom from my garden this year. It’s very large, about as big as my hand spread open. I wish I could send you the soft, delicate fragrance, which matches the looks so well. Don’t you wish you could just have a bed of them to lie on? Not that I would be able to, of course, but I love the idea.

You might take a peek at Macro Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Pink Saturday, Floral Friday, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), if you have time. Remember that clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above will bring you to the complete photoblog experience here.

pink peony in glass vase, pink peony with ruffled petals, one pink peony, round clear glass vase

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Published Saturday, June 9, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tropical rhododendron

This peachy pink tropical rhododendron was at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory a few weeks ago. What I love about these flowers is that unlike regular rhodies, they are fragrant, as well as beautiful. Such a sweet, charming aroma, wafting through the air. Hope you get to see and smell one in person some day.

This post is or will be linked to Macro Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Color Carnival, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and naturally, Pink Saturday. Also, the glowing center really makes me happy, so I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

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pink tropical rhododendron macro, peachy pink rhodies, back lit flower center, glowing

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Published Thursday, June 7, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Geranium leaf macro

This geranium was growing in a little greenhouse when I went back East in March. I love that you can see that it is a bit fuzzy and a bit shiny. Isn’t it pretty?

Check out Macro Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for more interesting photos around the planet. As always, feel free to click here and there around here first.

round leaf with water droplet, geranium leaf, two-colored leaf

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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!

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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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