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, October 7, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

String of peppers

Each year I buy a string of peppers at the farmers market. They are so beautiful, and I hang it up in the kitchen and the peppers dry out nicely. Then I first take the seeds out of one (I’m a pepper lightweight; not too spicy for me!) and put it in a soup or stew I’m making, then take it out later like a bay leaf. I only wish I could actually use up the whole string each year. Time to make some chili!

Make a little visit to Blue Monday, Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Ruby Tuesday, and Outdoor Wednesday. Why not? While you’re here, browse around, clicking on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

hot peppers, primary colors, little peppers, pepper strings, farmers market

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Published Tuesday, October 4, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Japanese garden

Highline Garden just north of Seattle’s SeaTac Airport has a lovely Japanese garden which, amazingly, was moved from another location not that long ago. Here is one view of it in August. Don’t you love seeing the blue sky and puffy clouds, even if it’s just reflected?

Visit 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 of fascinating photo fun. And you can always see the complete and up-to-date blog by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the curly lettering on the banner above.

highline japanese garden, water reflections, japanese black pine tree

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Published Saturday, October 1, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rieger begonia blossom

I have a hanging basket with four Rieger begonias planted in it, and each fall I take it in, it dies back, and in the spring as it starts to come up again, I repot it and put it outdoors. Very easy and successful. The four plants are similar but not the same, so it makes a great display, blooming in mostly shade the way they do. A very good plant!

Take a peek at Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Pink Saturday, and Today’s Flowers, for more fun in blogland. See the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above.

rieger begonia, yellow begonia with pink edges, begonia macro

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Published Thursday, September 29, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Orange bell peppers

Farmers markets are so great. I took a look at the prices in our local Burien Farmers Market and realized that sometimes they are only a quarter of the cost in the supermarket, and fresher to boot. Next year I am going to make more of an effort to make the Thursday market each week. I like that the money goes right to the farmer, too.

Take a look at what people have posted at Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Shadow Shot Sunday and Thursday Challenge (Golden) for more interesting photographs around the blogosphere. And if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see a nice bunch here.

With a nod to the king of peppers, Edward Weston, I choose this as my Best Post of the Week.

orange bell peppers, farmers market, pepper stem, peppers

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Published Tuesday, September 27, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Water view at dusk

That overlook near my house means a lot to me. I love scenic photos but it’s so challenging living a regular life with buildings and telephone wires always getting in the way of the sky. This blessing of a place has yielded several peaceful images of dusk over water, and I am grateful.

For you Seattle locals, there’s going to be a Bookfest in Kirkland this weekend, and I’ll be there signing my book at booth #20 AND giving a talk and slideshow at noon on Sunday, Room 2 at the Community Center. Please come and say hello!

Do visit Blue Monday, Pink Saturday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Skywatch Friday and Watery Wednesday. Please click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. Thanks!

Normandy Park view, Puget Sound, dusk, overlook, pink clouds, silhouette trees

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Published Sunday, September 25, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fall flower display

The Burien WA Farmers Market was a perfect place to visit on Thursday. Fruit and vegetables were plentiful, beautiful and cheap, and look at these flowers! The grower said he cuts back his mums not once, but twice, to get them flowering so compactly and timing them to bloom for this fall display. I wish I could have bought them all!

Visit Ruby Tuesday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Today’s Flowers, Color Carnival, Outdoor WednesdayScenic SundayMellow Yellow Monday, and Weekend Flowers for more fascinating photo fun, and be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

mums, chrysanthemums, flowering kale, farmers market, fall flower display, yellow mums, red mums

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Published Friday, September 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Two pink cosmos

There’s nothing like natural light, is there? These cosmos from my garden were catching just a bit of sun in their vase on the windowsill. This image, like most of the ones I show here, is straight out of the camera. When the light is right, most of the photo is just right there for you. Keep your eyes open and be quick!

Visit Pink Saturday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Today’s Flowers, Color Carnival, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Weekend Flowers, Shadow Shot Sunday and Macro Friday. See the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above. The light and shadows in this one float my boat so I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week.

pink cosmos macro, blossoms, garden, yellow center, pink petals

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Published Friday, September 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tiny sailboat and ferry

Seattle sits on Puget Sound and the sun sets over the water, behind various islands in the distance, and the western view can be so lovely, even in the typical gray skies we usually deal with in these parts.

Visit Skywatch Friday, Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Pink Saturday, Scenic Sunday and Weekend Reflections  for interesting photos around the blogosphere. Do click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if you see only one photo below and it will bring up a nice dozen or so for your viewing pleasure.

saliboat, ferry, dock, puget sound, sunset, dusk, reflected sunset, ripples

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Published Wednesday, September 21, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Snoqualmie Falls

I can’t believe I’ve lived in the Seattle area for eight years now and have never visited Snoqualmie Falls until now. It’s much closer than I had any idea of, and even though you can’t walk right up to the falls for another year or so until they finish the improvements, it’s still a fabulous view and well worth the trip.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor WednesdayScenic Sunday, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) for more photo fun. Browse around here first, why don’t you? Remember, if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the others. Thank you for visiting!

waterfall, seattle falls, snoqualmie waterfall, tumbling water, steam, water vapor, gushing

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Published Tuesday, September 20, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tiny red fuchsias

That Garden Club District flower show not too long ago was so much fun. I love seeing what other gardeners can grow that do well around here. I believe this is a hardy fuchsia, which means that the top part may die back in the winter, but the plant will survive. They bloom late, but so welcome in the garden.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Today’s Flowers, Color Carnival, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday,  and Macro Friday. Remember, if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the others. Thank you for visiting!

red fuchsia, hardy fuchsia, fuchsia display, shiny petals, red flowers

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Published Friday, September 16, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peace rose in the garden

Just this afternoon I went out to the rosebed and took this lush image. They are just so lovely to me. I don’t get tired of them and I hope you don’t either.

Visit Today’s Flowers, Color Carnival, Mellow Yellow Monday, Pink Saturday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday and Macro Friday.  You’ll be glad you did. And I’m trying a new meme this week, Weekend Flowers. Do browse around here first, clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos to get to all the photos here.

peace rose, 3/4 open, yellow rose with pink edges, garden rose macro

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Published Sunday, September 11, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dusk at the Conservatory

We’ve been having meetings at the Volunteer Park Conservatory (check out their brand-new website!) to help get the much-needed completion of the restoration funded. An extra benefit is going there after hours and catching the late afternoon light. There’s a wonderful video they’ve produced and you might notice that the plantings in it show it was taken just recently. Don’t you just love sunflowers?

Sorry for the late notice, but I will be at the Conservatory’s Plant Sale on Saturday, September 17, 10-3pm, signing copies of my new book, Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory: Blooming Month by Month. Directions on the Conservatory’s new website above. The plant sales there are always fabulous and the book is pretty neat, too! And the special launch pricing for my new book on this website will end Thursday, September 15, so if you were thinking about getting one for yourself and maybe one for a gift, now’s the time.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Outdoor WednesdayScenic Sunday, Skywatch FridayToday’s Flowers, Color Carnival, and Mellow Yellow Monday. See the complete and up-to-date blog here by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or on the banner above.

late afternoon light, bromeliad house, volunteer park conservatory

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