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 Wednesday, May 2, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Guest photo: India

My favorite cousin just got back from her first trip to India, and she has shared her favorite photo with us, taken on the steps of the Ganges river. This is what she had to say about it: “The richness of multi-sensory experience was so palpable, I could only be in the present moment, always. This is in Hariwar, at Ma Ganga, washing, dunking, blessing, offering.”

I love this image and I hope you enjoy it also. I think it is remarkable and am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

It’s a good offering for Scenic Sunday, Outdoor WednesdaySOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Mellow Yellow Monday and Pink Saturday. Please follow this blog on the new widget to the right if you enjoy the photos. And thanks for visiting!

India street scene, cotton clothing

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Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pond reflections

I’ve taken photos of this pond at Highline Botanical Garden, south of Seattle, before. This latest one was taken a week or so ago on my birthday. Wasn’t I lucky to have some blue sky and calm weather on my special day? Of course you’ve got to be quick, in a city where “sun breaks” is an actual weather forecast.

Lots of lovely blogs out there with other versions of photos with a theme. You might visit Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, A Piece of Heaven, Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor WednesdaySOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Weekend Reflections, and Wordless Wednesday. Do remember to click on the blog title, Sara’s Fave Photos Blog, for the complete story here. And thanks so much for visiting!

highline botanical garden pond, garden pond reflections, sky and trees reflected in water

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Published Monday, April 30, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red Lion amaryllis

This is the second amaryllis plant that I have managed to make rebloom. Isn’t it pretty? This rebloom might even look better than the original bloom last year! Clever me. (Note: if you grow these, it is very important to put them in a heavy enough pot so they can’t tip over.) I use the Schultz liquid drops to make a weak fertilizer when I water so I don’t have to remember which plant needs what and when, and I think they like this regime, plus a south windowsill.

Of course, Ruby Tuesday 2 is the place to visit for more great shots with red featured in them. You also might want to visit Macro Monday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Today’s Flowers, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Why not? 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 whole enchilada here.

red lion amaryllis, multi blossom amaryllis, big red flowers

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Published Monday, April 30, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Purple anemones

I love anemones. They are low to the ground and have no scent to speak of, but their brilliant contrast with those black centers just float my boat. I think I like them especially because I remember them in a still-life painting, by Redon (in google images, type in “redon artist anemones”) and was entranced. Somehow the fact that these flowers existed a long, long time ago adds to their allure.

You might want to check out Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Today’s FlowersShadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Monday, and Outdoor Wednesday, just for fun. If you’ve arrived via a link, clicking on the curly letters above of Sara’s Fave Photos Blog will bring you the latest and complete photoblog experience here. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon.

purple anemones, lavender anemones, purple flowers with black centers, six petals

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

Pink Saturday featured blog

I’m very excited that this week Sara’s Fave Photos Blog is the featured blog at Beverly’s delightful party of pink, Pink Saturday. Thank you, Beverly! I thought I’d have some special orchids from my recent visit to the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show. It was amazing and inspirational. Here are three photos showcasing their remarkable display, in pink, of course.

pink and orange butterfly orchids, dark background, phalaneopsis orchid

nybg orchid show, orchid arch, orchid bower, man photographing orchid display

orchid display, pink shades of orchid flowers, nybg orchid show

Also, please visit Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2Today’s Flowers, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and Mellow Yellow Monday, if you have a moment or two. Great memes!

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

Bleeding heart in late-day light

Here in Seattle we’ve had just fabulous weather the last few days. I wasn’t able to get to the tulip fields, but I did get a few wonderful photos in my garden yesterday. That lovely late afternoon light! They call it the Golden Hour for good reason. I hear it’s also beautiful at dawn, but not being an early riser naturally, I wouldn’t know about that. Late in the day for me! These bleeding hearts or dicentra are very happy in our acid soil up here, as are the sweet forget-me-nots you can see on the left. Behind the bleeding hearts is an old-fashioned red azalea bush, all just coming into bloom. I love springtime, and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

You might want to visit Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2, for some great photos with a theme.

Author Appearance Alert! I will be meeting fans and signing books at the gorgeous shop Martha E. Harris Flowers & Gifts in Madison Park in Seattle on Friday, April 27, 1-4pm. And we’ll have jewelry made from the book to check out! Please come and say hello.

bleeding heart, pink and white heart shaped flower, dicentra, shadows

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Published Saturday, April 21, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sunset over Puget Sound

We went to an event at Pike Place Market yesterday on my birthday, and forget all about the artisanal food and wine going on—there was a scenic sunset moment that got all my attention. With a seagull!

Other places for interesting photos around the blogosphere are Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera),  Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Mellow Yellow Monday, A Piece of Heaven, Skywatch Friday, and Weekend Reflections. Please follow this blog on the new widget to the right if you enjoy the photos. Thanks for visiting!

seagull, silhouette, sunset, clouds, puget sound, boad, dusk

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Published Thursday, April 19, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peach tulips in the rain

Stopping by Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market today I saw a whole cartload of tulips in the rain. Since tomorrow’s my birthday, a special treat for you is TWO tulip photos. Hope you like them. I really do, so I’m calling it my my Best Post of the Week.

You might want to pay a visit to Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Mellow Yellow Monday, Thursday Challenge (Spring), Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Pink Saturday for lots of lovely images to delight you. Please remember that if you’ve arrived via a link, clicking on the curly letters above of Sara’s Fave Photos Blog will bring you the complete photoblog experience here. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon.

peach tulips with raindrops, tulip bouquet, tulips in the rain, peach and white tulip buds

 

big bunches of tulips, red tulips, cart of Pike Place Market tulips, mixed color bouquets

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Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Flowering white tree

I took this photo in Connecticut when I was there not too long ago. I am sure it is not a cherry tree, but I don’t know what kind of tree it is. Anyone know? Perhaps an ornamental pear, or something like that? These fine old trees really are amazing in the northeastern U.S. landscape, with everything so totally gray in the winter and then these bursts of blossoms. Yay, Spring!

Visit Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Thursday Challenge (Spring), Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday and Pink Saturday (a tiny bit of pink!) to have a fine photo fun time. Be sure to click on the curly letters of Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to be sure you are seeing the latest photos here, especially if you’ve arrived via a link to this post.

spring, springtime, blooming white tree, big tree with white flowers, old tree white flowers

 

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Published Monday, April 16, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Football lily

Football lily, or Haemanthus multiflorus, is a new flower for me. I found this in the Wave Hill conservatory, on my recent visit to New York City. I am including the second photo so you can see the fascinating green starburst, spiky bud form as well. The flowers were almost as big as my hand!

You might want to check out Today’s FlowersWeekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Pink Saturday for more photos with a theme. If you have arrived via a link, there might be more recent photos here. Click on the Sara’s Fave Photos Blog curly letters above to see!

red puff flower, tropical red spiky ball flower, Haemanthus multiflorus

pink puff flower, pink ball flower with red centers, green spiky bud, Haemanthus multiflorus

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

Orange hibiscus macro

Tonight I was at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, attending its annual Friends of the Conservatory meeting. The first part was in the Conservatory itself, with perfect late afternoon light showing off many of the exquisite floral displays to perfection. Here is an orange hibiscus flower, all glowing in the light.

Please explore Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Mellow Yellow Monday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday, if you have a minute or two. If you’ve arrived via a link, clicking on the curly letters of Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above will get you the complete photo collection here.

orange hibiscus blossom macro, orange and yellow hibiscus with red center

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Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spring scene of tree near pond

This spring scene of a tree near a pond was taken on my recent trip to Connecticut. Don’t you just love the pattern of shadows? The reflection of the spring flowers on the water surface isn’t too shabby, either. What a lovely day that was. I am so glad I always have my camera with me! Speaking of which, don’t forget to download the “7 Secrets to Better Flower Photos” at the right. You don’t need more than a pocket camera to take really nice pictures, is how I feel about it.

You might enjoy Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, A Piece of Heaven, Skywatch Friday  Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, and Wordless Wednesday. Please follow this blog on the new widget to the right if you enjoy the photos. Thanks for visiting!

bare branches of old tree next to reflecting pond on spring day

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