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 Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and thanks for visiting.

Published Saturday, November 27, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Princess flower

‘Princess Flower’ or ‘Glory Bush’ is blooming now at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle. The flowers are only an inch or two (3-5 cm) but bloom at such a dark time of year here. In the background are chrysanthemums, coleus leaves, and more huge pink mums further back. Do pay them a visit if you are in the area.

Visit Today’s Flowers for more beautiful flowers from all around the world. I have the honor of being Guest Friend there today. Thank you, Today’s Flower!

This post really holds up for me so I’ve put it in the Best Posts of the Week category. Hope you agree.

princess flower, glory bush, purple bloom, macro, close up, blossom, conservatory


Published Friday, November 26, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Skywatching bonus

I had to share this video of the Aurora Borealis with you. Have a wonderful holiday weekend. More wonderful skies at Skywatch Friday.

Aurora Borealis timelapse HD – Tromsø 2010 from Tor Even Mathisen on Vimeo.


Published Thursday, November 25, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Pink astrantia

Only three short weeks ago, this bloomed in my garden. Astrantia is one of my new favorite perennials. It bloomed and bloomed and bloomed, and seemed to be perfectly fine in quite a bit of shade. With pretty and unusually shaped leaves to boot, what more could you want from a garden plant?

Visit Macro Friday, Pink Saturday and Macro Flowers Saturday if you have a chance. This one is SOOC, or straight out of the camera, too. If you’ve found only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for more.

pretty pink astrantia flower, macro, bokeh, close up, bunch


Published Wednesday, November 24, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Snow sky

Looking at the new snow that had fallen out back on Monday, we could see from that dark, laden sky that more snow was coming. When the sky is darker than the land, it’s such a strange kind of look. I like the way this is a full color image but looks almost monochrome.

Visit Skywatch Friday for more skies seen around the world, and Scenic Sunday for great scenery. And have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

winter, monochrome, snow, trees, scenic, evergreens


Published Tuesday, November 23, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Snow falling on cedar

Yesterday when the snow was just getting going, it collected so beautifully on the trees in the backyard. That is one old cedar tree, and I’m sure it has seen worse storms than this one. And check out the bonus little video of the snow falling in the front yard!

Visit Watery Wednesday for more versions of water in all its forms. Outdoor Wednesday has more views of the world outdoors. This one is straight out of the camera, or SOOC. Scenic Sunday has more scenery, naturally!

If there’s only one photo here, it means you’ve arrived by a link. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the entire blog.

falling snow, snow, winter, trees, bare trees, cedar tree


Published Monday, November 22, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Japanese maple leaves

Well it’s snowing hard outside, so winter is truly here, calendar notwithstanding. But here’s one more look at the glorious colors of autumn, taken just a week or two ago. Aren’t those red stems great? I like them so much I’m calling this my Best Post of the Week.

Visit Macro Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday if you’d like more close ups and more cheerful splashes of yellow, and Blue Monday for more blue shades. Ruby Tuesday has more exciting reds. Color Carnival is always a fun browse, too. Taking a look at other straight-out-of-the-camera shots is fun. And if there is only one photo here, be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the rest of ’em.

red stems, maple leaves, fall, autumn, japanese coral maple, yellow leaves, sunshine


Published Sunday, November 21, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Flamingo Hotel reflections

On last week’s trip to Las Vegas for that conference held at the Flamingo Hotel, mid strip, like most conferences we were stuck inside for long hours, but there was a short break that included a walk through the Habitat section of the hotel’s grounds, with real flamingoes, by the way. I’ll post them later, but today wanted to share how the hotel looked reflected in one of the pools for the abundant birdlife. Do you see the fish?

Visit Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC (straight out of the camera), Window Views and Blue Monday if you’ve a yen for more variations on a theme, or the home blog of some great photo memes. And if there’s only one measly photo showing here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for lots more.

palm trees, sunny sky, water reflection, Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, silhouette, shadow


Published Sunday, November 21, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Sunday blog bonus

Well, I normally don’t mess with my camera settings much, hoping just to get the most accurate representation I can for pretty flower and scenic shots, but . . . I was at a conference of the Graphic Artists Guild and at the awards dinner someone showed me this cool technique. You set the shutter speed to 1/4 second and make the flash fire and sort of swoop the camera while you’re snapping the shutter. It helps to have a bright light source in the view, too. And yes, this one IS straight out of the camera! Was this fun or what? Please let me know if you like experiments like this, or if I should stick to flowers and scenic shots.

I found this site, ACoLab, that encourages artists to move a bit out of their comfort zones and the current theme is “Dreamland.”

If there is only one photo here and you’d like to see the whole blog, click on Sara’s Fave Photos.


Published Saturday, November 20, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Blush rose

I just love the way this rose looks. So tenderly colored, so perfect.

Pink Saturday has lots more pink things, and SOOC has more straight-out-of-the-camera photos. Today’s Flowers has blooms from around the world. Do check it out!

I’m trying out something new, for me: Twitter. Hey, better late than never. You can follow me @SaraLChapman, and I’ll be letting the world and my Twitter followers know about new posts here as they arise from my magic computer.

If there’s only one photo here, you’ve arrived from a link. To see the entire blog, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos, here or above.

rose, full blown, pink edges, blush pink, perfect


Published Saturday, November 20, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Black and purple pansies

I took this for the bright colors of the purple flower, but really, I think the black one is more interesting. Can you see the silky texture of the petals? I once saw a huge Georgia O’Keefe painting of a white and a very dark petunia, and the brilliant, almost iridescent quality of the actual painting of the dark one made me a fan of in-person art forever. In any case, I think it’s amazing what growers have accomplished. Truly this pansy is practically black. No color or other adjustments have been made.

Visit SOOC for more straight-out-of-the-camera photos, Color Carnival for more bright colors and Macro Flowers Saturday for more of those. If there’s just one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for more.

flowers, pansies, winter pansies, black flowers, close up, macro, purple flowers


Published Friday, November 19, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Decorative kale

Kale can be quite delicious if you cook it right, but this kind is just for pretty, as my mom used to say. A local nursery had such a nice collection. It’s practically a flower, don’t you think?

Visit Macro Friday for more macros of all kinds. This one is SOOC, or straight out of the camera. And as usual, if there’s just one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the full blog.

I like the lighting on this post a lot so I’ve put it in the Best Post of the Week category. I hope you agree.

decorative kale, vegetable, autumn, rosette, magenta, flower-like, curly, ruffled leaves


Published Wednesday, November 17, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link

Cloudy skies

I know everyone likes the sunshiny skies, but since this IS Seattle, once in awhile I have to show what it truly looks like. These clouds over Volunteer Park do have a little tone variation, and you can tell I’ve lived here for a bit, because I do appreciate that the clouds aren’t just one tone of gray! Seattle doesn’t actually get any more rain than New York City, say, only about 36 inches a year on average, but it sure is cloudy, a lot. Did I mention dark and cloudy?

Anyway, be sure to visit Skywatch Friday for more skies all around the world. Outdoor Wednesday has more outdoor photos of all kind, and Scenic Sunday has more great scenery. If there’s just one photo here, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the full blog.

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