Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Tuesday, February 15, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Reblooming amaryllis

I can’t believe I got last year’s amaryllis to actually rebloom. A miracle! Garden tip: For one thing, they tend to be so top heavy that I’ve learned to plant the bulb in a clay pot, not the plastic one provided in the “kit” sold around here. Toppling over is so not good for those huge blossoms. So after the bloom a year ago I kept the plant on my sunny, south-facing windowsill, kept watering with the dilute plant food I use for all my houseplants, enjoyed the sculptural strappy leaves all year, watched as they died back gradually, and was amazed when I saw a flower stem emerge!

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more photos with red, and Outdoor Wednesday. You might try a tag of RED here (lower right) first, just for fun.

scenic, flower bud, promise, spring, winter, red, blossom, bulb, bloom, re-bloom


Published Monday, February 14, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Daffodil in bouquet

At a luncheon a week or so ago, there were daffodils and some forced forsythia branches. How encouraging! Here they are, a breath of spring, just for you.

Visit Mellow Yellow Monday and Macro Monday after browsing around here first. And if there is only one photo below, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos above for the whole show.

daffodils, forsythia, bouquet, close up, yellow, macro, spring, springtime


Published Saturday, February 12, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Blue urn in the garden

Gray and rainy out today (nothing new there) so a dip into the archives yields this pretty blue urn, setting off the hydrangeas so nicely. And of course the shadow is what caught my eye first, being the shadow junkie that I am. Thanks for that, Tracy!

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday for more intriguing shadows, Today’s Flower for flowers around the planet, Scenic Sunday, and Blue Monday for photos with blue in them. And you might try a tag of Blue or Shadows here (lower right) for some fun, first.

hydrangea, shadows, sunny, flowers, grassy, lawn, green leaves, puff flowers, blue, aqua


Published Friday, February 11, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link


The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is coming up and I can’t wait. This year I am volunteering to do a stint at the Volunteer Park Conservatory booth so I get in free. Yay! Checking back over last year’s photos, I found this hellebore you might enjoy. Lighting is very challenging there for photography, especially the hand-held, available light kind that I prefer. This year I think I’ll take my monopod to help. But don’t you love that image stabilization thing all the new cameras have now? It really helps a lot.

Visit Macro Friday, Pink Saturday , Today’s Flowers and Macro Flowers Saturday for more neat images. But be sure to browse around here, first!

lenten rose, helleborus, back of flower, pink and white, close up, macro


Published Thursday, February 10, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Big puffy cloud

Took this last year around this time, over the roof of my house. I totally love clouds like this, and I hope you do, too. So exciting, somehow.

Visit Skywatch Friday for more skies around the world. You can post a sky photo and join in if you like. Blue Monday, Scenic Sunday, and SOOC (straight out of the camera) are worth a visit, too. Before you run off, take a look at the newest photos “next door” at Free Photos, and maybe a tag like Cloudscape here (at the right). And one more thing: click on Sara’s Fave Photos if you see only one photo below.

big, huge, white, cumulus cloud, blue sky, sunshine, trees, silhouette, house roof


Published Tuesday, February 8, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

McCaw Hall fountain

I’ve posted about this unusual flat fountain before, but I thought you might like another look at it in the mysterious dark colors of the night. I was lucky enough to have tickets to the Cinderella ballet by the Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall, and to me, the great building and surrounding area is almost as much fun as the performance.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, SOOC, Scenic Sunday, Thursday Challenge (textures) and Weekend Reflections for more neat photos. Try a new tag, or maybe search for “shiny”? Click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to view the complete blog.

seattle, night, nighttime, reflections, flat fountain, wet, shiny


Published Monday, February 7, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Radish display

When I was a kid I didn’t like radishes—too sharp and spicy for me. But now they seem to taste quite a bit milder than they used to. I think they grow different varieties, or maybe my taste buds changed. In any case, aren’t they beautiful to look at, if not to cut into the salad?

Visit Ruby Tuesday and SOOC (straight out of the camera shots), plus Thursday Challenge (textures) and Color Carnival, for more interesting photos with a theme. And they are certainly wet, so hop on over to Watery Wednesday also. Before you go, be sure to check out a new tag or category here, or Free Photos right next door, for a fun browse. And if only one photo appears below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the whole enchilada.

supermarket, vegetables, roots, red, fresh produce, fruitstand, radishes, freshness


Published Sunday, February 6, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Orange hybrid zinnia with yellow center

There’s nothing like a flower close up, or macro, to focus your attention. Let’s take a dip into the archives for some sun and color! I crave the July sunshine and the shadows it makes—also the subject of this photo. These hybrid zinnias like a rich soil and lots of sun and heat, and maybe need a little staking to stay up well, and don’t even have a fragrance, but they are so exciting in the garden. I’d say this one was about 4 inches across, or maybe 10 cm. Showy!

Visit Mellow Yellow Monday , Today’s Flower and Macro Monday, as well as Color Carnival and Thursday Challenge (textures). And if there is only one photo below, click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see them all.

macro, hybrid orange zinnia, cactus type, curved under petals, yellow center


Published Saturday, February 5, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Morning tree shadows

Taken in Windsor, California last month, this photo shows the moss and lichen on the bare winter branches of the oak trees. Amazing what a little sunshine will do.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday, SOOC, Thursday Challenge (trees) and Scenic Sunday for other photos you might enjoy. And definitely check out something like the Nature category if you have a moment.

I love this photo and I’m putting it in the Best Post of the Week category, but it was a hard choice between this and the radishes above! Just click on Sara’s Fave Photos to see the whole blog with those cute radishes a few photos above this one.

winter, bare branches, oak trees, forest, shadows, sunlight, morning, lichen, moss, california


Published Saturday, February 5, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

African violets

These magenta-and-white African violets with their thick, fuzzy leaves were photographed at our local garden club’s quarterly meeting and horticulture show. Do you see how the pink splotches are heart shaped? I’ve never had any luck with growing African violets myself, but do appreciate their cheerful flowers, especially at this dark time of year. Maybe I’ll try some again.

Visit Pink Saturday, Color Carnival, Today’s Flower and Macro Flowers Saturday for more neat photos. After browsing around here, of course.

houseplant, flowering houseplant, indoor violets, magenta and white, blooms, blossoms, flowers


Published Friday, February 4, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Healdsburg CA winter sky

Last month I went to Northern California Wine Country, and I am still enjoying the photos I took there and hope you are, too. This was taken at the square in little-but-so-artsy Healdsburg, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. I love the way some branches are bare, some leaves are green, some still seem to be in autumn mode, and the palm trees wave over all. But it’s all about the blue sky, isn’t it?

Visit Skywatch Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, SOOC (straight out of the camera) and Blue Monday for more photos on a theme. And check out Free Photos next door for more scenic and flower photos to browse, too.

branches, palm tree, bare branches, winter, autumn, blue sky, california, wine country, sonoma county


Published Tuesday, February 1, 2011, OK personal/derivative use; link

Bare branches at Spring Lake, CA

Even bare branches can look good when there’s water, sunshine, and reflections involved. This January view of the lake in Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa, California, was something that will look quite different in just a few months.

Visit Watery Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Sunday, Weekend Reflections, Blue Monday and SOOC (straight out of the camera) for some more interesting photos. And you might try a tag like “reflections” or hop over to Free Photos for even more scenic and flower photos. All free for personal use!

I’ve decided I like the almost lace-like texture of the black branches very much and am naming this post my Best Post of the Week. If you see only the one photo below, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the rest of them.

reflections, winter, silhouetted branches, lake, bare trees, ripples, glassy