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, July 11, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hostas and red begonias

I was at the Volunteer Park Conservatory this evening at a special meeting on completing the restoration that was begun years ago, and of course I can never go there without taking a photo or two (a wild understatement). This shade planting outdoors is quite brilliant in color, not like the usual soft colors I think of for shade-loving flowers.

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red reiger begonias, chartreuse hostas, planting beds, shade plants

 

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Published Sunday, July 10, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peruvian lily or alstroemeria

This alstromeria or peruvian lily is one vigorous plant in my garden. It does give you pause when you planted a few rooted but shabby looking, scrawny plants last year and this year the clump is about 5 feet tall and almost as wide. They are beautiful but hid my peonies and so they will need to find a new spot. I read that any good garden spends about a third of its life in a wheelbarrow, and I must say that rearranging is what it’s all about. You can’t really know in advance how something will do, can you?

Visit Mellow Yellow Monday Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Macro Friday, Color Carnival, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) and Ruby Tuesday for more photo fabulousness. Browse around here first, why don’t you? Clicking on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner will always bring you to the latest post here.

peruvian lily, macro, flower, spotted petals, close up, orange, yellow

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Published Saturday, July 9, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Foxgloves or digitalis macro

I love tall flowers because you don’t have to bend down to see them closely and they look good from a distance, and ones that bloom in the shade, reseed themselves, and even appeal to hummingbirds are especially wonderful. These foxgloves are taller than I am, which is not too hard, and their graceful, tall spikes are the true high point of my garden right now.

Visit Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday,  Macro Friday, Color Carnival, and SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera) to view photos from around the planet. Please do click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. And thanks for visiting!

foxgloves, digitalis, vertical, close up, macro, spots, bells, pink, magenta, lavender flowers

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Published Tuesday, July 5, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dusk on Lake Burien

Oh, it was a glorious Fourth! In addition to everything else, the weather was PERFECT and warm and totally sunny. We were at a party on the shore of little Lake Burien in Washington state, near Seattle. Dusk and calm and trees and water make for a happy scenic-photo person like myself.

Like many of us, I’m a sucker for sunsets and am calling this simple photo my Best Post of the Week.

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boats at sunset, tree silhouette, calm evening, peaceful, water reflections

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Published Sunday, July 3, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

White peony blossom

The peonies have been spectacular this year. Some new ones have flowered for the first time. I love the delicacy of this white one, showing faint pink and yellow tones but still that perfect peony pearlescent puff.

Mellow Yellow Monday has more posts with a splash of yellow; Pink Saturday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday and Macro Friday are good, too. If there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for others. Happy Fourth to all my USA readers!

white peony flower, close up, ruffled petals

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Published Saturday, July 2, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Blue Girl rose

This rose is called ‘Blue Girl’ and is sort of lavender but looks pinkish in this light, don’t you think? My roses are finally blooming, after such a long wait. I thought I lost several in the hard winter we had, but now it seems all but one survived, which out of 19 isn’t too bad. I added lots of compost in the fall and spring, and they LOVE it, with blooms much larger than last year.

I love the lighting on this shot and am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Flowers Saturday, Macro Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Macro Friday for fascinating photography around the Internet. You might try a new tag or category here before you go, though. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos to get to the newest post here.

rosebud, half blown rose, rose bud, lavender rose, blue girl rose

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Published Thursday, June 30, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Astoria Bridge in the sunshine

We visited Astoria, Oregon a couple of years ago, on my birthday. Browing through old photos, I saw this view of the Astoria Bridge over the Columbia River, actually one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere, but so lovely on a clear spring day.

Enjoy more skies at Skywatch FridayBlue MondayOutdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Scenic Sunday, and Watery Wednesday are also fun. Don’t forget, you can always see the entire blog  by clicking on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner on top. Thanks so much for visiting!

astoria oregon, blue skies, old bridge, green bridge, columbia river

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Published Sunday, June 26, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink and yellow lupines

Lupines don’t last all that long, although if you deadhead them (remove the spent flowers) they can rebloom a bit. This amazing patch of them is in a neighbor’s yard. The other afternoon when it was sunny late in the day, I knew the light would be perfect for taking photos of them, so I hustled up the hill and there they were, in their glory. That was just a week or so ago, and this perfect peak has passed now. But the photo lives on!

As you’ve probably noticed, this photo is similar to the lupine header photo. It’s hard finding header photos that work in a very skinny slice! I thought you wouldn’t mind seeing a more rectangular composition of the same scene.

Visit Outdoor Wednesday, Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Scenic Sunday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival and Ruby Tuesday for more photo awesomeness. Do click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. And thanks for visiting!

pink and yellow lupines, masses of lupines, late afternoon light, garden

 

 

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Published Friday, June 24, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink peonies on my windowsill

My peonies are beginning to bloom. Here are the first two I picked from my yard. This year there are dozens of those wonderful spherical buds out there, all plump with possibilities. I love peonies!

Visit Pink Saturday, Today’s Flowers, Macro Flowers Saturday, and Macro Monday for more great images with a theme. Do click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. Thanks for visiting!

pink peonies, macro, close up, ruffled petals, light pink peonies in a vase

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Published Thursday, June 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Boats on the water

A gray sky, late in the day, but the calm water gives this a peaceful feeling. A little slice of Seattle for you.

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puget sound, reflections, sunset, peaceful, argosy cruises, sailboat

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Published Tuesday, June 21, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Raindrops on red stem

My neighbors had a party last week, and even though they have a great deck and yard, it rained. Not ideal for a party, but for those of us who ALWAYS carry a camera, it had its compensations. This evergreen clematis armandii, I believe, is very happy twining about his deck railing, even (and perhaps especially) in the rain.

You might check out Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), Scenic Sunday, and Ruby Tuesday for more photo fun. Do click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. And thanks for visiting! 

clematis armandii, twining stems, water droplet macro, rain on leaves

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Published Monday, June 20, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Big red fringed poppy

The huge poppies are blooming. These unusual ones, the size of my hand, were discovered in a neighbor’s garden on a recent walk. Aren’t they something? The photo doesn’t really do justice to the red color, either. That tomato red, and the dark, dark center just do it for me. Flower thrills.

Visit Ruby Tuesday, Color Carnival, Today’s Flowers, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), and Macro Flowers Saturday when you get a chance.

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shirley poppy, fringed poppy, big red poppy with black center, fringed petals

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