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, March 24, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cherry tree

This cherry tree near Seattle’s soon-to-be-demolished Viaduct, not too far from Pike Place Market, always blooms the earliest of any that I see. Its urban setting might be a bit dark and certainly noisy, but the somewhat protected space encourages such a cheerful early display. We love it. It will be interesting to see how it fares in the coming years.

I am on a trip to New York and am posting by preschedule. Please follow this blog on the new widget to the right if you enjoy the photos. Thanks for visiting!

Visit Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday and Pink Saturday. Also check out Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera).

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Published Wednesday, March 21, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Transparent building

This “transparent” building was decorating my ride home in Seattle the other day. I love how glass looks on buildings at times like this. Something so simple as glass doing something so magical!

Please visit  Skywatch Friday for magnificent sky photos taken around the planet. Also check out Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

I will be away for a week or so and have scheduled some blog posts for while I am gone. I hope you enjoy them and look forward to sharing some new photos with you from the New York City area when I return.

seattle glass building, bare trees reflecting in building windows, blue sky

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Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Burien rainbow

Even a plain old rainbow is worth looking at. March is definitely rainbow month around here. Hope you enjoy this one.

It’s a stretch to say this qualifies for Watery Wednesday, but all that water vapor has to be in the air, right? No water, no rainbow. Other neat places to check out are Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Mellow Yellow Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday and Wordless Wednesday. Thanks for visiting here!

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Published Monday, March 19, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spring flowerbed

I do like watching what the pros plant. This flowerbed of spring bulbs and pansies is such a vibrant color combination. I usually think of spring as pinks and pales, but this makes me rethink that. What do you plant for spring in your own garden? Deep colors, or Easter-y ones?

Why not pay a visit to Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday or Ruby Tuesday 2? You can click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above to see all the photos here. And since Google Friend Connect is ended for non-Blogger sites, I invite you to follow this blog with the widget at the right. Thanks!

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Published Sunday, March 18, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Frilly purple pansy

Those displays of nursery starts really excite me. Naturally I’d like a garden like this, with hundreds of healthy plants (at eye level!) massed together and all color coordinated, but I am not such a disciplined gardener, and anyway, who has the ready, cultivated beds waiting for such a big infusion? But in buying only plants I love, and fitting the new ones into the existing scheme of things, I do get such a sense of satisfaction. When it works out well, of course.

This frilly purple pansy is just so cute in macro, to me. Too cold and wet for me to go into the garden yet in Seattle, this image will just have to do.

Be sure to visit Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday and Mellow Yellow Monday. If you have arrived via a link, click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above for the rest if the photos here. You can also click on a tag or category, or use search, for some new images.

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Published Saturday, March 17, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fragrant gardenia

I know there’s no point in mentioning fragrance in a photo, but how can you show a gardenia flower without doing that? They were my mother’s favorite flower, and I love how simple and unassuming they are, but so powerful in their effect. Sort of like her. In any case, I wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day and hope you have fragrance in your life today.

I took this at Swanson’s Nursery which is now carrying my Flowers book in their Urban Living gift shop. One of my favorite nurseries in the Seattle area.

Lots of lovely photos in these sites: Today’s Flowers, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday and Mellow Yellow Monday. Don’t forget to follow this blog with the new widget at right, now that they’ve discontinued Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger sites like this one. Much appreciated!

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Published Friday, March 16, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sunset with Space Needle

Everybody loves sunsets. It’s just one of those human things, I guess, to love a beautiful thing that lasts but a moment. This sunset with Seattle’s iconic Space Needle in it was a silver lining, you might say, when I was trapped in traffic going down a big hill. I watched as the sky turned from gray clouds to pinkish and then peak at a deep coral with lavender undertones, and was able to stick my camera out of the side window and have at it. Just for Skywatch Friday!

Other fun memes in blogland are in Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Pink Saturday. Definitely worth a visit. Do browse around here first. If you have arrived via a link, click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above for the complete blog.

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Published Monday, March 12, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Moss in the Pacific Northwest

They say if you stand still long enough in the Pacific Northwest, moss will grow on your nose. I don’t know about that, but the stuff on trees and in lawns is pretty spectacular. Green, green, green! Naturally, the rainiest months (September through June) are the mossiest. I’m calling it my my Best Post of the Week.

You might want to browse some of the meme entries in Scenic Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday (not much visible water here, but so moist!) and Wordless Wednesday. You are always welcome to check out a new tag or category right here. If you have arrived via a link, click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above for the complete blog.

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Published Saturday, March 10, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink calla lilies

My daughter is staying with us for a bit, and here is a photo of the pink calla lilies I got her for Valentine’s Day. I knew when I bought them that I would want to photograph them. What heavenly, sensuous curves and colors these flowers have. Wish I could grow them, but so far, no luck.

You might want to visit Today’s Flowers, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Pink Saturday. And using the search field in the upper right could be fun, too.  “Bouquets,” perhaps?

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Published Friday, March 9, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Daffodil buds in sunlight

Daffodils have such great buds. I love the way they look like tapered fingertips with green fingernails. Maybe? Anyway, their strong reach towards the weak late winter sunshine is so much appreciated. They are promising springtime!

Lovely places to visit include Scenic Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and  SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera). Thank you for visiting!

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Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pond at Highline Botanical Garden

Browsing through the archives for a water photo for Watery Wednesday, I found this photo of the pond at Highline Botanical Garden (north of SeaTac Airport) taken exactly two years ago. We had sun like this today but it was super cold out, with actual snow decorating the lawn this morning. I was so happy that I had this fresh-looking scene to share with you today.

You might also enjoy Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, A Piece of Heaven, Weekend Reflections,  Shadow Shot Sunday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Skywatch Friday.

I invite you to become a follower of this blog with the new Linky Followers widget to the right, now that Google Friend Connect has been discontinued for non-Blogger sites. On with the new!

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Published Saturday, March 3, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red primroses

Some plants are just photogenic, and primroses are a prime example. Maybe it’s the shiny leaves, maybe it’s the simplicity of the petal forms, but if the light is good and the flowers are pretty, you are going to get a good photo of these cuties. I just want to take home the entire nursery-full.

Google Friend Connect has been discontinued for all non-Blogger sites. I am trying a new Linky Tools followers widget to the right. I hope you will use it to follow this blog, and I apologize for your trouble of doing it twice for all those who have previously followed.

Be sure to visit Today’s Flowers, where I have the honor of being Guest Host on Sunday. Other lovely places around blogland are Mellow Yellow Monday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Ruby Tuesday 2. Thank you for visiting!

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