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

Mystery red tropical flower

I have no idea what kind of flower this is. It was blooming recently in the Volunteer Park Conservatory, and I was taken aback by its perfect beauty. Any of our blog readers from Singapore, the Phillipines or Malaysia, perhaps, know its name? [Thank you, Flitterkit of California, telling us it’s a red passion flower!]

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more photos with some red. Macro Monday, Color CarnivalMacro Friday, Today’s Flowers, SOOC Sunday are all great places in blogland as well. Click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above to show the full blog here.

tropical red flower with white center, pointy petals, brilliant red flower

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

White daffodils

I love the purity and delicacy of white daffodils. I took this at Volunteer Park Conservatory recently. Some day I’m going to have them coming up in my yard. Last year I bought a whole lot of “mixed” daffs but was disappointed to find them all plain yellow when they came up. Not that there’s anything wrong with yellow daffodils, it’s just that I really like the white fancy kinds, too. What kinds do you grow?

Visit Macro Monday, Macro Friday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Flowers on Saturday. I didn’t tweak this one at all, so it’s good for SOOC Sunday (straight out of the camera), too. It’s neat shadows qualify for Shadow Shot Sunday, as well. Check out Free Photos next door to see what’s new, and do click onthe  Sara’s Fave Photos banner on top if you see only one image below.

daffodils, white daffodil macro, white and pale orange daffodil, simple daffs

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

View from the fishing pier

Puget Sound views can be glorious, and sunshine really helps. I heard that we have had rain on 36 of the last 40 days (and those four were probably cloudy), and continuing showers and rain in the forecast. But Friday had a bit of sun, and I was lucky enough to get out to the Des Moines, Washington fishing pier for this euphoric view.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, Scenic Sunday, Blue Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Watery Wednesday for more intriguing works. Remember, the banner above with Sara’s Fave Photos brings you to the full blog here.

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

Sedum with pink edges

I love the way these little plants look like flowers. They are succulents, quite small, of the “hen and chick” kind, and these particular ones thrill me with their pink edges. Sedums can live in an old birdbath planter, which few plants can do. Do not overwater!

Pink Saturday, Macro Monday and Cactus Monday are great memes. Check them out! And the banner above with Sara’s Fave Photos will get you to the complete blog here.

sedum, pink edges, rosette, flower shape, succulent

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Published Friday, April 8, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sunny beach view

The last sunny day we had around here, at least one I have photos from, was March 19. Three weeks! It a view looking north at the Cove beach at Normandy Park, WA, in the Pacific Northwest, in the “convergence zone.” Today they do predict sunny weather, but it’s solid clouds as I write this. Sigh. It’s true yesterday we did have a sunbreak, and I finally got to take a few photos of the bulbs flowering in the yard (which I will show shortly), but how can you enjoy them if it’s cold and cloudy all the time?

Enough complaining. That’s what photos are for, to transport us to another time and place. Check out Skywatch Friday for more skies of all kinds around the planet, Blue Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, and SOOC Sunday for more photos with a theme. Click on the Sara’s Fave Photos banner above to show the full blog here.

rocky beach, sunny, puget sound, clouds and blue sky, high pressure, normandy park cove beach

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

Raindrops on leaves

I know that rain creates great photo ops in the garden. The challenge is, I don’t really like bending over and getting rained on. Those raindrops are so pretty, though! It’s hard to time it right when it stops, if it does, because then the droplets go away pretty quick. But I did get ONE shot out there this afternoon before it began to rain again.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Macro Friday, SOOC Sunday and Wordless Wednesday for more photo fascination. Be sure to browse around here first. Try a new tag or category, maybe?

alstroemeria leaves, raindrops, rainy weather, springtime, spring rain, green

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Published Monday, April 4, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red and orange tulips

This is from this time last year. We are so not up to fields of blooming tulips yet with this cold and wet spring. Soon there will be real spring weather but until then, let us gaze upon the glory of tulips!

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more photos with red in them. Color Carnival, Macro Monday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC Sunday, and Today’s Flowers are great, too. I wish there was a meme for sunshine. Someone? Don’t forget to click on Sara’s Fave Photos if there’s only one photo showing here.

skajit valley tulip festival, tulip macro, orange and red blush tulips, field of tulips, sunny

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

Yellow tulip macro

Tulips are such fun. They are a bit slow coming this year, what with all the rain and cold here in Seattle, so this is from an earlier year. But soon we will see them! I learned recently from gardening expert Ciscoe Morris that if you plant them in your garden and want to leave them in the ground, plant them deep, which I knew, but do not plant things over them that you will water during the summer. They must stay dry in the summer, otherwise they will rot. That explains a lot. Now I just have to think of a place to plant some where I will not want to put in anything over them that will need water. Hmmm.

Visit Macro Monday, Color Carnival, SOOC Sunday, Today’s Flower and Mellow Yellow Monday for more fun photos. Check out Free Photos next door to see what’s new, and do click on Sara’s Fave Photos if you see only one image below.

yellow tulip center, tulip macro, tulip close up

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

Gladiolus leaf shadows

Here’s another image of summer sun for you: gladiolus leaves. I planted some corms this spring and hope they do well where they are.

Shadow Shot Sunday has more interesting shadows for you to browse. Macro Friday and Macro Monday have more neat close ups, too, and be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

gladiolus green leaves, sword leaves, shadows, sunshine

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

Pink oxalis flowers

I’m pretty sure these pretty magenta pink flowers are a kind of oxalis. Please correct me if I’m wrong, all you experts out there. It was blooming in June last year, but I thought I’d show it to you as another sign of what is to come. Today I actually am seeing the sun poke out, so maybe some fresh flower photos can grace this blog soon! The daffs are blooming but it’s been too wet to get out and down close the way I like to. I like this cheerful image very much and am calling it my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Pink Saturday, Macro Friday, Today’s Flower, Color Carnival and SOOC Sunday for fascinating photos with a theme. Do check out a tag like Pink or Close Up (on the right) while you are here first.

small pink flowers, five petals, pink oxalis, clover leaf flowers

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Published Thursday, March 31, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle viaduct reflection

Driving north on Seattle’s viaduct, soon to be replaced with a tunnel, we think, the waterfront with its incomparable views is to your left and the city to your right. I love the big loading cranes, sometimes looking like actual big bird-cranes, and this reflection of them in the afternoon on a typical Seattle gray skies day caught my eye. Note the piece of Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower on the left.

Visit Thursday Challenge (Reflections), Skywatch Friday, Weekend Reflections, Window Views, SOOC and Scenic Sunday for more fascinating photos. As always, if there’s just one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the whole blog.

Smith Tower, seattle, reflections, waterfront, loading cranes, windows

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Published Tuesday, March 29, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fall cosmos in the rain

We have plenty of rain right now, but not the pretty, tall flowers nodding in it, yet. This macro of a mauve pink cosmos flower, grown from seed and drooping with rain in my backyard last September, will remind all of us gardeners that the season of blossoms and lushness will come again.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Macro Friday, Pink Saturday, Today’s Flower and Wordless Wednesday for more photo fun. Before you run off, take a look at the newest photos “next door” at Free Photos, and maybe a tag like Flowers or Rain here (at the right). And one more thing: click on Sara’s Fave Photos if you see only one photo below.

macro, raindrops on petals, pink cosmos, side view cosmos flower, rain on flowers, pretty flowers in garden

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