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, 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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Published Saturday, November 12, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

White clothes in closet

This image is from a visit last year to Ft. Worden in Port Townsend, WA. There’s a tour of what used to be an officer’s quarters turned into a museum, and a closet had these lovely old white clothes hanging in it. I loved the peaceful quality of the light shining on them. No color needed!

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday and Unique Exposures Weekend Challenge (White) for more photo fun, and be sure to browse around Sara’s Fave Photos for something new to you first.

old cotton underclothes, clothes in a closet, window in closet, white undies, old fashioned slips

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Published Friday, November 11, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Three orchids in three vases

The Holiday Open House at Trudy’s Floral Design in Seattle was so much fun yesterday. I met all kinds of really nice people, signed some books, and of course amused myself with photographing some of the beautiful displays. What a great party. If you missed it you must come next year.

One lovely woman said I inspired her because I created the Flowers book with only my pocket camera, not a lot of fancy equipment. That’s a pet peeve of mine, the idea that you must have super-expensive, complicated (and heavy!) equipment to get great photos. Just not true. If you are interested in learning more about my simple approach to photography, please download the “7 Secrets” pdf to the right in the sidebar. And then please write and tell me if it helped you.

If you have a moment, visit Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Watery Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, Today’s Flowers, Weekend Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Macro Flowers Saturday. It’s loads of fun to see the talent of people around the planet. If the photo of orchids in the vases is the only one here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for more. Thanks for visiting!

3 orchids in a vase set, black wrought iron, green glass vases with pointed bottoms, green & pink orchids

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Published Thursday, November 10, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Taking a break

One way to take a break after a long car trip is to lie flat on your back on the carpet in the sunshine, like a cat. Naturally, the shadows really sing to me in this one. And the toenails. I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, if you like shadows, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for well seen shots around the blogosphere. Don’t forget that if there’s only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the rest of them.

woman supine, woman in jeans on carpet, sunshine and shadows indoors

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Published Tuesday, November 8, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Birds on the water

We were at the Normandy Park, WA cove and saw a huge bunch of birds (common murres?) on the water. This photo shows only a small portion of them. They were sitting out there and then, whoosh, they all went into the air at once and settled a ways away. Quite beautiful to see them fly like that.

Visit Outdoor Wednesday, Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, Scenic Sunday, Wordless Wednesday and Blue Monday. Before you go, try a new tag or category (Waterscapes, perhaps?) or just click Sara’s Fave Photos for the full blog here.

common murre colony, sunlight on water, birds floating on Puget sound

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