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 Saturday, December 3, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Poinsettia and lights at the Conservatory

I was at the lighting ceremony at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory last night, and it was exciting to see that amazing structure outlined in lights. I had never been there at night and it was strange to see “my” beloved flowers and plants in the almost spooky shadows. Of course I had to take a photo anyway. Here’s a pretty poinsettia for you, and the lights!

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Ruby Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday and Macro Flowers Saturday for other neat photos around the world. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog here, and thanks for visiting!

poinsettia macro, poinsettia close up

volunteer park conservatory, new lights, night lights at the Conservatory, seattle

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Published Friday, December 2, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Glass tile jewelry

When my daughter was visiting recently, we went to a crafts fair to exhibit the Flowers book and were envious of all the traffic (and sales!) at nearby jewelry booths. Since she has made jewelry and is “crafty,” she got the idea of making jewelry from a copy of the book and next thing I knew, she’d ordered supplies and we were off and running. Made from glass tiles and a damaged copy of the book, each piece is unique! We’ve made pendant necklaces, earrings and  magnets. Still not ready to offer online, but hoping to do that soon. You can see the pretty things in person tomorrow and Sunday, Dec. 4,  if you are in the Seattle area. See the Media page (Upcoming Events) for details.

Visit SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Weekend Reflections  and Macro Flowers Saturday for lots of photo fabulousness. Clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos brings you the complete blog here. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you this weekend!

glass tile jewelry, glass jewelry, ferns

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Published Tuesday, November 29, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Autumn leaves reflection

You have to love nice weather after a rain. Nothing makes a walk better than to come across a scene like this one, wandering around the neighborhood. This was over a week ago and by now those leaves are history, I am sure, but, like a flower in bloom, they were good while they lasted.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Weekend Reflections for some fascinating photographic fun. If you have a moment to poke around here, I think you’ll enjoy it. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog. Thanks for visiting!

fall foliage in a puddle, autumn leaves reflected, perfect autumn scene

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Published Monday, November 28, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Autumn leaves at night

Before the pretty leaf season is well and truly over, I wanted to post this image I took in a parking lot a few weeks ago. I’ve never done a nighttime shot of the outdoor, natural world that I’ve liked so much. Hope you like it also.

Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Scenic Sunday, Ruby Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Shadow Shot Sunday are all good photo meme sites where you can compare different approaches to a visual theme. And as always, browse around here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

fall foliage at night, red and yellow leaves, nighttime leaves, streetlamp on tree

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Published Friday, November 25, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pansies from the back

A visit to a friend’s garden yielded some actual flowers blooming. These little pretties look as good from the back as the front, I think.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday for lots of photo fun. Of course, you are invited to look around here. Clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos will give you the complete blog.

lavender pansies, purple pansies, garden pansies, pansies from the back

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Published Wednesday, November 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Leaves in the wind

We had some big wind, and that means the pretty leaves are leaving. Sigh. They were so very lovely this year. Let’s give thanks for their show for us, shall we? An attitude of gratitude is the way to live life, all year round.

Take a peek at Ruby Tuesday, Scenic Sunday, Wordless Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Skywatch Friday and Blue Monday, if you can. Do browse here first, and hope you enjoy what you find. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

red japanese maple leave, coral bark maple, leaves against sunny sky, blue sky and white clouds in autumn

 

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Published Tuesday, November 22, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rainy autumn sidewalk

This was taken earlier this week in Seattle’s Volunteer Park at the Asian Art Museum, close by the Volunteer Park Conservatory, which loyal readers of this blog know that I love so much that I did a book on it. And by the way, since the holidays are upon us, the Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory: Blooming Month by Month book is on special holiday pricing! It’s a perfect gift for gardeners or anyone who loves flowers, and it’s so relaxing and soothing that health care professionals adore it for their waiting rooms. Read a full description and see sample pages on the home page here. And get a few copies today!

Please visit Ruby Tuesday, Scenic Sunday, Wordless Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, and Outdoor Wednesday for some excellent photos around this beautiful planet of ours. Perhaps you’d like to visit a new tag or category here, first? Just click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the complete blog (so many choices!) here.

fall leaves, japanese maple tree in autumn, red and gold leaves, rainy day

 

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Published Monday, November 21, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bleeding heart flowers

In keeping with my six-month opposite date for blog posts when it’s gray outside (see post below), here is some bleeding heart (dicentra) from my next door neighbor’s garden, taken in May. Ah, the sunshine! Since Seattle is quite north, these lovelies can do all right even with some sun, but when I gardened in Northern California, they needed to be in shade only.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday for tons of fun in photo blogs around the world. But first, see the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above. Thanks for visiting, and I’d love to read what you think about this photo.

dicentra, pink and white bleeding heart, bleeding hearts on a stem, bleeding heart macro

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Published Friday, November 18, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rhodendron macro

Sometimes when I get a real desire for photos of flowers and there’s nothing outside looking good, I find that the ones that satisfy are almost exactly six months opposite today’s date in the archives. So enjoy these rhododendron blossoms from May of this year. We’ll get there again, somehow.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday for lots of photo fun. And you can always see something new here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos .

rhodie, rhodies, pink rhododendron macro flowers, close up of pink rhodies, peach rhodies

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Published Friday, November 18, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pomegranate arils

I learned a new word recently and I’m showing it off. Pomegranate seeds are actually arils. What a great Scrabble word! And I’m getting much better at peeling them. I no longer get everything stained red from the cut seeds. Slice off the skin at the top and the bottom, carefully score the skin along the six ridges (not that easy to see, but they’re there), peel off the skin and the insides separate beautifully. Not only that, but if you do all the separating in a big bowl of water, the white parts all float and are super easy to clean off! A great big pomegranate took only a few minutes to get gobble-ready.

Check out Ruby Tuesday, Macro Friday and Macro Monday, if you have a minute, and browse around here for lots of neat stuff too. If there’s only those red seeds below, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the whole enchilada.

pomegranate arils, pomegranate seeds macro, red fruit, fresh fruit

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Published Wednesday, November 16, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Puget Sound sunset

The days of the Viaduct in Seattle are numbered as they are tearing it down and boring a tunnel under downtown instead, but you can still see the most beautiful views of Puget Sound just by driving along. Let’s hope the proposed waterfront park replacing it (in 2016?) will be at least as scenic a viewpoint.

Please go to Scenic Sunday, Wordless Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, and Skywatch Friday, for photo fun in blogland. Remember, always see the latest photos here by clicking on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner.

sunset with gray clouds, scenic seattle puget sound

 

 

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Published Monday, November 14, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

A red rose for you

Don’t you wish someone gave you this bunch of roses? I know I do. Let’s pretend you have them right now. “For me?” “Yes, for you!” “Why thank you!” “You are so welcome. You deserve them.” There, doesn’t that make your day?

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday, when you get a moment. While you’re here, try a new tag or category. And always find the latest post here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos above.

dark red roses, roses macro, bouquet

 

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