Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Tuesday, January 17, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hummingbird in the snow

We had our first snow this winter two days ago. I love that brief time when the snow has fallen but no wind has come along to disturb the frosting on trees and shrubs. I went outside to our patio, standing under the eaves so my camera wouldn’t get the silll-falling snow on it, when I heard that familiar Anna hummingbird whirrr. There she was, and what a scenic, snowy backdrop she had as she rested on her red feeder! I like this for the snow frosting everything like icing as much as the beautiful little bird, so I am calling this my Best Post of the Week.

Since several of you asked, they do stay in this lattitude nowadays because people like us provide feeders. It is not usually freezing here, and if it does freeze, we take the feeder in overnight so it’s liquid in the day.

Snow counts as water for Watery Wednesday, doesn’t it? Also, visit Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Camera Critters and Ruby Tuesday 2. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog collection here. Or try a tag like “Scenic” in the right sidebar down a bit, or a search for “Snow” in the upper right field, perhaps, to see something new.

hummingbird on red feeder, snow scene with hummingbird, winter

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

Umbrellas on the ceiling

This ceiling was in a strip mall Chinese restaurant in Northern California, in Santa Rosa. The food was quite nice, but I think the ceiling was really memorable. It seemed like a stage set, or somehow underwater like jellyfish. My hat is off to the people who dreamed this one up and set it up.

Visit Ruby Tuesday 2, Color Carnival and Pink Saturday for lots more color fun. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the whole blog here first, if you have a moment. Actually, it might take you more than a moment, because I’ve realized that I’ve now posted over 1,000 photos here. I amaze myself!

paper umbrellas, chinese decor, ceiling unbrellas, pink, green paper parasols

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

Plate of hard cooked eggs

It’s great when all the eggs peel well, isn’t it? Don’t you hate those infuriating ones that refuse to peel properly, even though they were cooked and handled the exact same way as their carton-mates? Hope you enjoy this study in white. And yes, the devilled eggs that came later were extremely good.

Check out Shadow Shot Sunday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Friday, Weekend Exposures (Still Life) and Macro Monday for fascinating photos. If there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete collection here.

hard cooked eggs, hard boiled eggs, peeled eggs, chicken eggs, plate of eggs

 

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Published Friday, January 13, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink bougainvillea in my living room

We have a “tree” (standard) bougainvillea in a pot that we put on the sunny patio in the summer and bring inside when it gets cool. It’s very sensitive and usually loses all its leaves in protest when it is moved, in or out. This year it forgave us, as I babied it as much as possible. And lo! a flower! They are much pinker in July, but I’ll take it.

Please visit Shadow Shot Sunday 2, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, and Pink Saturday for more neat photography around the world. Take a look around here first by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

pink bougainvillea macro, close up, bract, pale pink flower indoors

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Published Tuesday, January 10, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Boats and rainbow

This view of boats at the Port Townsend, Washington marina would be pretty nice with just the boats and water, but add in a spectacular, low-arc rainbow and you get something special. At least I think so. I did post another view of this scene before, but this one has never been shown. Love those archives!

View Skywatch FridayOutdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and new meme A Piece of Heaven if you get a chance. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see all the photos here.

port townsend, boats, marina, reflections, rainbow, shallow arc

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Published Monday, January 9, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red azaleas

More brilliant magenta pink/red springtime azalea flowers for you from May while I deal with the grayness outside. It’s interesting how a review of photos I took several months ago shows me that my ideas on what makes a good photo sometimes changes. This one I had tagged with one star (Worth Keeping). But now I compare it with other azalea photos taken that day and I like this one better than the others I tagged with more stars. It teaches me to look at what I preferred then but to take another look at what I set aside. You never know.

Take a look at Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Scenic Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Floral Friday, Color Carnival, Ruby Tuesday 2 and Pink Saturday to see more wonderful photography. Browse around here first by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

magenta azaleas, flowering shrub, dark pink azaleas, red azaleas, spring flowers in sunshine

 

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Published Sunday, January 8, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Orange tulip shadows

I know we’ve barely started winter, but I saw a tiny bulb shoot today! So naturally I’m dreaming of spring. Here’s a pretty pair of May tulips for you, under a neighbor’s tree just leafing out. I can dream, can’t I?

Check out Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Floral Friday, Color Carnival and Mellow Yellow Monday for lots of fascinating photos around the blogosphere. Find lots more searchable photos here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos here or above.

orange blush tulips, tulips in sun and shadow, tulip macros, red and orange tulips

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Published Thursday, January 5, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Winter tree reflections

One of Seattle’s nice old brick buildings in the Greenwood neighborhood, with the winter tree shapes casting shadows on the building and reflections on the glass. I was driving by, stopped at a red light, and blessedly had time to get the window down and snap the photo. Sometimes you’ve got to be quick! I like the way the sky in the window is almost more important than the real sky, and I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week.

Skywatch FridayOutdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Weekend Reflections, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) new meme A Piece of Heaven, and Blue Monday are all fun places to visit. Remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

old brick building in late afternoon light, bare trees, reflected in windows, blue sky, winter

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Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Foxglove flowers in rain

Yes, it is raining outside, but no foxgloves are now in the yard. Wait six months and there they’ll be! I really like the way the raindrops hang from the edge of the flower, and I hope you do, too.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Watery Wednesday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Floral Friday, Wordless Wednesday and Pink Saturday. You can find lots more cool photos here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos any time you like.

raindrops, digitalis, foxgloves, mauve, magenta, spotted bell flowers, rainy blossoms

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Published Tuesday, January 3, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Vegetable plate and Crab Dip recipe

After midnight on New Year’s Eve, I like to drink Champagne and eat crab dip with a fresh vegetable plate and ridged potato chips. It’s not the most common food for the first thing all year, but it’s what I’ve been doing for a long, long time. The crab dip is super easy.

Crab Dip 

One pkg. 8 ozs. Philadephia brand cream cheese, room temperature so it’s easier to blend
1/3 cup cream (or milk)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Dash garlic powder
Dash salt (optional)
One 6 oz. can crab meat

Put cream cheese and milk or cream in a bowl. Mix with a fork until smooth. Add rest of ingredients except crab. Mix until smooth. Add drained crab meat; mix well. There you go!

Potato chips are fabulous, but actually the veggies are all super good with some crab dip on them. Happy New Year!

View Macro Friday, Macro Monday, Ruby Tuesday 2, and Color Carnival for more neat photos. Do click on the Sara’s Fave Photos curly type above to see the whole blog here.

fresh veggies, vegetables cut up on plate, celery, endive, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red pepper, radishes, carrots, peas

 

 

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Published Sunday, January 1, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bananas in Cambodian market

Another photo from my daughter, travelling in S.E. Asia. When my mother lived in South Florida and actually grew bananas (she “fed” the grass-clipping mulch with cut-up kitchen vegetable scraps and had the only fruiting banana plant in her neighborhood) I was amazed to learn that bananas grow pointing upwards. Somehow I had always assumed that the fingers pointed downwards.

Visit SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Color Carnival, and Mellow Yellow Monday for interesting captures on a theme (photo memes). Before you go, check out a new theme or tag here, and thanks for visiting. Remember you can always see the full blog by clicking on the banner Sara’s Fave Photos.

outdoor market southeast asia, banana market cambodia, yellow and green bananas

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Published Sunday, January 1, 2012, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peace and possibilities

Happy New Year to all. I wish you, my loyal readers, all the happiness and love your heart can hold, in 2012 and always. And I wish you the joy of creativity! When an artist contemplates his or her work, it is one of the moments of true happiness that we have in this life. The world of the internet has brought people together in ways we never could have imagined. I am thankful every day for this blog (and my computer) which connects me to so many. Thank you for viewing my photos, and especially thank you to those who have taken the time to leave thoughtful, interesting comments. Much appreciated!

Amazingly, this is my 1,000th post! What a lovely coincidence.

If you have a moment, check out Skywatch Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Watery Wednesday and Pink Saturday. Because I just want to keep looking at this image, I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week. Do click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner for the entire blog.

scenic clouds in Pacific Northwest, sunset view, soft clouds and water scene

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