Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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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.

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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.

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Published Friday, June 17, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink peony blossom close up

Who doesn’t love peonies? Their wildly ruffled but so tender petals, the color of a baby’s cheek, that soft fragrance, and even their handsome foliage. Yum. These are in a neighbor’s garden as mine are still round buds.

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Published Tuesday, June 14, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bleeding heart leaf with raindrop

Bleeding heart, or dicentra, is one of those great aquaphobic leaves that give lady’s mantle a run for their money when it comes to pretty raindrops. I put one in a newly-cleared shady part of the garden and it seems to be very happy, which makes me happy.

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Published Monday, June 13, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Roadside daisies

I do love daisies, especially these simple ones that grow in gravelly roadside strips. What a difficult environment for such a lovely, perfect flower. I’d grow them in my garden if they sold seeds for them, although they probably LIKE the harsh roadside environment. I tell my plants to “Bloom where you’re planted,” but sometimes they don’t listen.

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Published Friday, June 10, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Garden with pink rhodies

Took a walk this afternoon and was lucky enough to happen past this pretty scene in the brief bit of sunshine, before the cloud cover took over. Isn’t backlighting the greatest? I just love the way it looks in a garden. I like it so much I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week.

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Published Thursday, June 9, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle waterfront

The other day the sun was pouring through heavy clouds and I so wanted something lovely and scenic, but zipping along at freeway speeds and shooting across my husband’s arms and through the closed window (no time to open it!) I just clicked and hoped for something good. I think this one somehow has a very old-fashioned look, and you might think it’s monochrome except for the red windsocks. I’ll miss that viaduct when it’s gone.

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Published Monday, June 6, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink rhododendrons with speckled throats

You can’t beat the Pacific Northwest when it comes to rhododendrons. Some tower over the landscape, some are solidly covered with blooms, some are just thrilling in their abundance. I only wish for fragrance, but I’m like that. An iffy bloom with fragrance trumps stupendous with none, or I’d like to think so. Color combos like this one, however, make me set that prejudice aside!

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Published Sunday, June 5, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

White dutch irises

From my backyard, the other day. I already pulled up the forget-me-nots since then. They fill in so well, looking great when not much else is blooming, but then a certain point is passed, and out they go. No problem with new plants volunteering for next year, of course, perhaps even too vigorously reseeding, but when you have a big place to fill up, these do a fine job. And the dutch irises seem to be quite easy, as well, returning now for the third time and more than I planted. Gardening is so fun when it works out well.

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Published Friday, June 3, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink lupine

Sunshine today, sunshine this weekend, yay and yay! Went out and snapped a million (well, a few) photos in the late afternoon light, of course my fave, considering I am not a morning person by any means. The lupines did remarkably well this winter. I think it was so cold this spring that the slugs stayed sleeping and let them get going unmolested. I planted these from seed maybe three years ago and look at them!

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Published Thursday, June 2, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Big white puffy clouds

I think it’s so neat that you can see the white cloud reflected in the water. I don’t remember seeing that before, although I must have, mustn’t I? This taken just the other day at my favorite overlook over Puget Sound, looking south. Hope your day is a blue sky and puffy clouds type of day.

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Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Raindrops on leaves

I hope you are not tired of water droplets on leaves. It’s a theme around here. I keep getting excited and get out there right after a rain to get a good photo of those raindrops decorating everything. I’ve gotta have something to keep me going in this weather.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Macro Friday, Macro Monday, and Wordless Wednesday if you like memes, or photos with a theme. And if you use the search in the right corner, you can find all sorts of interesting photos here. Maybe try raindrops? Do click on the banner above, Sara’s Fave Photos, to see the latest photos here. Thanks for visiting!

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