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 Friday, February 10, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink orchid beauty

Yesterday I was at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which is open through Sunday, volunteering at the booth for the Volunteer Park Conservatory. It was great to see such an outpouring of concern and support for Seattle’s threatened icon. Before my shift, of course I wandered around taking photos. The Orchid Society’s display with the big wooden structure evoking the facade of our beloved Conservatory and helping to celebrate its Centennial was the greatest. Here is one of their perfect orchid specimens.

Please visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnival, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Pink Saturday for lots of lovely pictures from around the planet. As always, a reminder to click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if you’ve arrived via a link and see only the one post below.

100 years, 1912 to 2012, Volunteer Park Conservatory

 

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magenta pink orchid with dark background

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Published Monday, February 6, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ice on Coral Bark Maple branches

Just two short weeks ago we had an incredible ice storm, and today it was sunny and over 60 degrees out! I am just being perverse in showing this photo of the Japanese Coral Bark Maple branches coated in the ice—on such a lovely day as today. But I want to have one last (I hope!) look at real winter before we forge ahead into the burgeoning spring.

You’ll enjoy visiting Ruby Tuesday 2, Scenic Sunday, Thursday Challenge (Red), Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Watery Wednesday, A Piece of Heaven and Skywatch Friday. If there is only one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the entire blog.  

red maple branches in ice, ice coating branches, coral bark japanese maple in winter

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

Summer glads macro

All my photos lately are of ice or other winter subjects, and I’m tired of it. Let’s have some summer sun! These picotee (different color on the petal edge) gladioli, or glads for short, were in my garden early one August, just about six months away from today. That means our Australian friends are seeing these for real! Our day will come, of course. Just you wait.

Lots of fun things to see at Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnival, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Pink Saturday if you love photography. Isn’t the internet wonderful? If only one photo is below, do click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner on top to see the whole deal here.

pink and white glads with yellow centers, gladiolus, glads in garden

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

Pink cyclamen macro

Even though the focus is a little softer than I’d like, this image of pink cyclamens from a recent Garden Club district meeting flower show pleases me. It’s funny how challenging it can be to photograph something that is so beautiful, graceful and perfect in person, so full of life and freshness, and make it convey even a small amount of that liveliness. You’d think the camera would just record it, but no. Such is the challenge of a person who loves to take photos of flowers.

Do wander over to Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday for more photo fabulousness. And of course, if there is only one photo below, you can click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above to see the entire blog.

pink cyclamen, pink and magenta cyclamen, cyclamen macro

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Published Friday, February 3, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bare branches, reflected

There’s a supermarket not too far from me (Renton, WA Winco, for the locals) that has a parking lot that is quite open and on a slope so that it just seems to have more light and sky than your average parking lot. I always look up when I am there, and this time I just loved how the trees and sky were doubled in the car windows. Hope you like it, too.

Visit Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), A Piece of Heaven and Skywatch Friday for more interesting photos. You can see all the photos here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

winter sky, clouds, bare branches, reflection in car window

 

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

Ice on branches

This is from the ice storm three weeks ago. That was really something. The ice was already beginning to melt when I finally was able to get outside to take some photos. We were lucky and our power never went out, although I heard later that people fairly close did lose power for a couple-three days. I am so very grateful we didn’t. I hope you get some every-day luck like that, too.

Check out Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday to see other photos on a theme. Explore the full blog by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Sunday, January 29, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Daffodil shoots emerging

It may be a long haul until actual spring that has flowers and warm weather, but I am all psyched when I see these little shoots of daffodils emerging in winter’s melting snow. So brave and yet so tender looking! This inspires me, so I am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Have a look at Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday for more neat photos. Perhaps do a search here for snow, or winter, first? Always return to the full blog by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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

Double Delight rose in my garden

I need to see some flowers blooming, so a trip to the archives from June 2007 is just the thing. Double Delight might be my favorite rose. It’s sturdy, available in nurseries everywhere, and supremely fragrant. Let us gaze on this image of summertime! It will get here, we know. And for you “down under” folks, hope you are enjoying your time in the sun.

Do check out Ruby Tuesday 2, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday to see excellent pictures from around the world. Try something new here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, if you have a moment.

double delight rose macro, red and white rose, full blown rose, fragrant rose

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

Bare branches

I took this a month ago but no change in the bare branches has occured yet. Spring is showing a few early hints, but not so you’d really notice. This was taken at dusk at Volunteer Park, close to my favorite haunt, the Conservatory. They’re doing a Wine and Chocolate Tasting for Valentine’s Day, by the way. How romantic!

This photo is, or will be, linked to these memes: Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), A Piece of Heaven and Skywatch Friday. If you have arrived via a link and there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the rest of them. Thanks for visiting!

bare tree branches silhouetted against the winter sky at dusk

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

Hatiora or Drunkard’s Dream

This cheerful cactus houseplant blooming on my windowsill is very happy, and making me happy in the process. It’s called hatiora (ha-tee-OR-a) or Drunkard’s Dream because the teensy cactus stems sometimes look like bottles. The flowers are only a quarter inch or a centimeter.  I call it a matchstick plant, but that’s incorrect. I actually have several plants, for one reason or another, and this is the only one blooming, and it’s covered in blossoms. I guess in the northern Seattle lattitude, full southern exposure is the way to go.

Why don’t you check out Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for some great pictures around the world. Find lots more interesting photos here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or above.

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Published Friday, January 20, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pieris buds in ice

Seattle had a big ice storm, as you may have heard. I really wanted to get outside and take photos yesterday, but the weather was just too bad. Today it all began to melt, but I got out there before it was all gone and captured some great images. This pieris shrub is also called andromeda. I didn’t even realize it had already set buds until I was outside looking closely. It doesn’t seem to be the worse for wear.

Take a look at Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, and Ruby Tuesday 2, for more fascinating photos. Do browse around here first by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

ice on red buds, andromeda buds, pieris buds in winter

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

Snow-covered trees

These trees are in my backyard in Seattle, Washington, and this was taken in this first snowstorm of the season. The one on the left is a magnolia, and the one on the right is a pink dogwood. They will certainly look different in a few months!

This photo is or will be linked to these memes: Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Skywatch Friday. If you have arrived via a link and there is only one photo below, if you click on Sara’s Fave Photos you will see the rest of them.

snow covered trees, tree branches, winter scene, snow scene, garden snow landscape

 

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