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 Monday, October 24, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lilac leaves in autumn

Last year I planted several different lilac shrubs in front by the street. I had a few flowers this spring (they are young plants, and lilacs are very long lived and so take their time about flowering) but this season I am surprised to find that some of the leaves are yellow, some purplish, and some have these pretty red and yellow leaves, with pink tones. All right!

Try some new sites: Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday, Pink Saturday, Macro Friday, Macro Monday and Outdoor Wednesday. Quite interesting, you’ll see. But first, be sure you have the complete blog on view here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

autumn leaves, fall color, red and pink leaves

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Published Sunday, October 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Magenta cyclamens

This photo was taken of an outdoor planter on the street outside of Trudy’s Floral Design in Seattle, which by the way is having a Holiday Open House pretty soon on Thursday, November 10. Cyclamens are very beautiful in person, but their graceful flowers are hard to capture “on film,” as we used to say. That’s the great thing about digital; you can just take a dozen or so until you get one that works.

Take a browse at all the talent at Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, and Outdoor Wednesday. While you’re here, do look around, perhaps trying a new tag or category, clicking on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

cyclamens macro, pink cyclamens, magenta cyclamens, graceful petals

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Published Friday, October 21, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

‘Front Page’ rose

Hope you don’t mind a visit to my rose garden in July. This lovely is called Front Page, and it’s very fragrant. As a rose should be! After all, with so many flowers to grow, why deal with thorns and black spot if not for the fragrance?

Try checking out these cool meme sites when you have a chance: SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday, Scenic Sunday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Macro Flowers SaturdayRuby Tuesday and Outdoor Wednesday. Whew! Don’t forget that if there’s only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the rest of them.

front page rose, deep pink roses, roses in a garden, rosebush, perfect roses, pink roses

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Published Thursday, October 20, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Horse grazing in sunshine

I took this photo from my bedroom window exactly a year ago. This year I found out that the horse in our neighbor’s pasture absolutely loves to eat those cosmos flowers which I planted much too near the fence. Next year I’ll plant enough for both of us.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic SundaySOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Pink Saturday and Weekend Flowers, if you have a minute. And if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see a nice assortment here.

pastoral scene, garden scene, flower border, horse eating grass, sunny day, shadows

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Published Tuesday, October 18, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Redondo, WA waterfront

You’ve got to love shades of gray to live in Seattle. This is a little waterfront town, Redondo, right on Puget Sound, the other day when the sky almost looked like snow. It wasn’t all that cold, but it sure felt like winter was around the corner. Coming back to this after a few days, I really like the simplicity of the forms. I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, Weekend Reflections and Wordless Wednesday for more fun with photos. Please click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. Thanks!

monochrome, black and white, water scene, waterfront, winter sky, cloudy sky

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Published Monday, October 17, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Autumn ivy

I like the early parts of autumn, where the leaves are just starting to show their true colors and tease us with the color to come. The Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle has some lovely old buildings, including this one—so scenic I wish I lived here!

Browse around SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, and Ruby Tuesday, why don’t you? and be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

fall colors, ivy around doorway, brick building, autumn, scenic fall scene

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Published Sunday, October 16, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spathiphyllum or peace lily macro

Spathiphyllum is a very common houseplant and does well with a bit of neglect and in dark spaces. I’m pretty sure that the white part is a bract, or a differently colored special leaf, and the true flower is the pebbly, spiky part. It was one of the very first houseplants I ever got to bloom. This particular one is in the Volunteer Park Conservatory, which is my favorite flower haunt in Seattle.

Visit Mellow Yellow Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Monday, Macro Friday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, and Weekend Flowers, if you get a chance. But first, see the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above.

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Published Saturday, October 15, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Perfect pink rose

On that visit to Trudy’s Floral Design a couple of days ago, I spotted a perfect pink rose in a little vase. Let us all admire the perfection of a rose. Why does it continue to fascinate us so much?

Visit Macro Monday, Macro Friday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, and Weekend Flowers, if you have a minute for photo fun. You might click on a new tag or category while you are here first. And if you like what you see here, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos for more pretty pictures.

full blown pink rose, light pink rose in vase, open pink rose, rose macro

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Published Wednesday, October 12, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Chinese lantern flowers

I visited my favorite Seattle florist, Trudy’s Floral Design, this afternoon. I love that Trudy grows some of her flowers in her own garden. It was so great to see beautiful and unusual flowers close up again. Since the full-year project of visiting the Volunteer Park Conservatory each month last year to take photos for my book, I have been missing masses of beautiful flowers. I’ll have to do something about that.

NEWS FLASH: I’ll be signing books at Trudy’s Floral Design at her holiday Open House on Thursday, November 10, from 2:30 to 6:30. Please drop by and enjoy her lovely flowers, special decorations, a tree and poinsettias, plus goodies!

Take a look at Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Macro Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Macro Flowers Saturday, Today’s Flowers, and Weekend Flowers. And if you’ve arrived via a link, be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the entire blog.

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Published Tuesday, October 11, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Boat ramp

I’m still not ready to let summer go. In August we went on a brief camping trip on the Olympic Peninsula (Western Washington) and visited this little lake, Wildcat Lake. Boat ramps intrigue me. When I first saw one as a child, I didn’t know what it was and was mystified. A road into the lake? How strange. I still think they are evocative, you might say. Just waltz right in . . .

Visit Blue Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Weekend Reflections and Wordless Wednesday for lots more photo fabulousness. Remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

boat launch, boat ramp, lake vista, lake reflections, summer fun

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Published Sunday, October 9, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Polish pottery

I’m not even sure if this shop downstairs at the Pike Place Market in Seattle is still there. I was thinking of a photo for the theme of Pattern and found this image from last year. I love the combinations of the patterns! Wish I could have every single one of these squat and charming objects. They have a very toy-like appeal to me. Let’s play!

Visit Blue Monday, and Unique Exposures Weekend Challenge (Pattern) for more interesting variations on a theme. Remember, if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the others. Thank you for visiting!

blue pattern polish pottery, woman dish, teapots, dishes

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Published Saturday, October 8, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Gladiolus macro

At a District Garden Club flower show not long ago, late summer flowers were in glorious abundance. I was a bit distracted as I was selling copies of my book there for the first time in front of the public. They were very well received, I’m happy to say. It was so much fun, meeting fans and signing books. But even though there wasn’t much time for photography, I did get this image, which I love very much. I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week, too.

Visit Macro Monday, Macro Friday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, and Weekend Flowers, if you get a chance. But first, see the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above.

peach gladiolus, peach glads, close up of pink glads, glad blossoms

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