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 Saturday, March 26, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

New entry at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

In a sunbreak a couple of days ago, I took advantage of the great spring weather to head out to one of my favorite haunts, the Volunteer Park Conservatory, one of Seattle’s true hidden gems. They have redone the entry and it is so fabulous! Now a curved space greets you and you feel surrounded by the tropical foliage and flowers. And the shadows of the Peacock Window are a bonus.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday for more intriguing shadows seen everywhere and SOOC for more straight-out-of-the-camera shots. If you see only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog. Thanks!

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Published Friday, March 25, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tiny pink spotted orchids

These tiny pink orchids (anyone know the name?) are only an inch or 2.5 cm wide, and you can see they are dwarfed by the phanaenopsis orchids and maidenhair ferns in the background. Aren’t they adorable? I saw them just yesterday in Volunteer Park Conservatory. By the way, I’m getting closer and closer to getting my new book to the printer, and flowers and the Conservatory will definitely be involved! Stay tuned.

Visit Pink Saturday, Macro Friday, Color Carnival, Mellow Yellow Monday Macro Monday, Ruby Tuesday, SOOC Sunday, and Today’s Flowers for more fascinating photos and if you have a minute, do click on Free Photos “next door” for an additional selection of pretty flower and scenic photos. The full blog here may be found at Sara’s Fave Photos.

tiny spotted pink orchid flowers with yellow centers

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Published Thursday, March 24, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Puget Sound in sunshine

When the sun shines, you are supposed to make hay, or in my case, take photos. The other day was such blessed sunshine (has to last us for weeks, sometimes!) that I’m still sharing the photos I took that day. Isn’t this vast, sunny view of Puget Sound energizing and peaceful at the same time?

Visit Skywatch Friday for more beautiful skies around the world. Share one of your own if you like; it’s even more fun that way. Scenic Sunday and Blue Monday are very good, too. 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.

scenic, water, cloudscape, sunshine, rippley water, blue skies, vast

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Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Green mossy path

The Pacific Northwest has green down pat. If it’s metal, it rusts, and if it’s not, it’s mossy. Roads, roofs, entire tree trunks (NOT just the north side!), rocks, everything. Especially in March. This completely unadjusted photo is of a street near my house last week. Can you say Green? I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week, too.

Green is the theme of the Thursday Challenge this week. I say this qualifies. Also, check out Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC Sunday, Watery Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, Scenic Sunday and Wordless Wednesday, just for fun. As always, if only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete assortment.

Oh, and tomorrow is my THREE YEAR blogoversary! Wheee! And I owe so much to Perry Internet Consulting, with the fabulous Marsha Perry at the helm. Couldn’t have done it without you, Marsha.

mossy, puddle, reflection, road, verge, roadside, lawn, moss

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Published Tuesday, March 22, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Longboarder on Puget Sound

Saturday at Normandy Park Cove beach (south of Seattle) we enjoyed the sun and mild temperatures, watching this young woman on a longboard and her dog paddle by. Don’t the reflections of the sun look like little stars?

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Blue Monday, SOOC Sunday, Weekend Reflections, Camera Critters AND Wordless Wednesday, if you have a moment to see some really neat photos out there. Check out Free Photos “next door” to see what’s new, and do click on Sara’s Fave Photos here if there is only one below.

long board, swimming dog, paddling, scenic, Puget Sound, wet suit

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Published Monday, March 21, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink andromeda

Not sure whether this is best called Japonica, Pieris, or Andromeda, this big shrub with tiny bells is actually fragrant! The white-flowered one is, too. Lean your nose in and inhale. Very sweet. I had no idea until someone told me last year. This pink one is blooming at my driveway and I caught it on our rare burst of sunshine on Saturday.

The red stems count for Ruby Tuesday, I think. Visit Macro Monday, Outdoor Wednesday and Pink Saturday, and if you have a minute, do click on Free Photos “next door” for an additional selection of pretty flower and scenic photos.

pink pieris, pink delight, pink japonica, pink andromeda, fragrant flowering shrub

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Published Sunday, March 20, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Forsythia in bloom

This shrub used to be seen all over, but not so much any more. Plants have fashions, and this one is passe, apparently. I grew up seeing these blooming forsythias everywhere in the earliest spring. My old house had a big one that was hardly flowering because big trees had grown up around it, shading it, but one branch touched the ground and rooted, so I took it with me. And three years later in some sun, look at it!

Visit Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival, Outdoor WednesdaySOOC Sunday and Today’s Flowers and be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to view the complete blog if you see only one photo below.

yellow shrub, spring flowers, tiny yellow flowers

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Published Sunday, March 20, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Daffodil buds

This weekend is finally sunny! Yay! The garden is basking. These daffodil buds in my front yard are trying so hard to become flowers. Happy Spring, everyone!

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, Today’s Flowers, SOOC Sunday, Outdoor Wednesday and Macro Monday for more photos with a theme. Check out Free Photos next door to see what’s new, and do click on Sara’s Fave Photos here if there is only one below.

green buds, close up, macro, narcissus buds, translucent

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Published Friday, March 18, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink petunias

These petunias were planted on a huge, long, tall wire wall at Furney’s Nursery, south of Seattle, WA. It’s an amazing display that they have been doing for at least a couple of summers now. I’ve also planted some petunia seeds which are now just showing their seed leaves, and may show them this photo to inspire them to grow up big, strong and beautiful!

Visit Macro Friday, Macro Flowers Saturday, Color Carnival, Pink Saturday and Today’s Flowers for some really wonderful photos. If only one photo below, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete display.

veined petunia, masses of petunias, single petunias, pink and purple petunia blossoms

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Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fishing pier

A neighborhood fishing pier in Des Moines, Washington, out over the waters of Puget Sound. Since it’s been raining and wintry for it feels like months and months unendingly, I thought I’d go to the archives for a sunny day to cheer us up here in the Pacific Northwest. I like it here but sometimes the weather really gets to me. I want to go outside and garden! This photo is my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday for photos with a theme, as well as Blue Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday, Skywatch Friday and Scenic Sunday. I love photo memes; can you tell? If there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for others.

pier, rocks, blue sky, puffy clouds, water, Puget Sound

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Published Monday, March 14, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulip and daffodil bouquet

From about a year ago, here’s a breath of Spring for you from the Pike Place Market near the waterfront in downtown Seattle. I sure love those bouquets. I’ve got to go down there again soon, just to breathe the scent of the flowers. And to take photos, of course.

Visit Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival and Ruby Tuesday for more neat photos, and SOOC has more straight out of the camera stuff. Do check next door at Free Photos to see what’s new. And if there’s only one photo below, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the rest of them.

tulips, daffodils, salal, close up, macro, Pike Place Market, brown paper wrapper

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Published Sunday, March 13, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lady slipper orchid

Another show stopper from the NW Flower & Garden Show in February. Shows like that help those of us hopelessly addicted to flower photography to make it through this endless winter. I’m sorry I’m so bad with specific names of plants; I only recently learned that this type of orchid with the cup is called “lady slipper.” At least it’s something. Any orchid experts out there with the real name?

Visit Macro Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday. Today’s Flowers loves flowers and Shadow Shot Sunday loves cool shadows! If you see only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the complete blog. Thanks!

pouch, cup, yellow spotted with stripe, macro, NW Flower & Garden Show

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