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 Tuesday, August 24, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sol Duc River & Madison Falls

I’m going to try to embed the link to the youtube video here.

It worked! But here’s another photo for you for Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday and Scenic Sunday. It’s of Madison Falls right off the Elwha river, same Olympic National Park and pretty close to the Sol Duc. The waterfall is about 40 or 50 feet high, but the great thing is it’s only a five-minute stroll from the parking lot. So cute, and you can get there in a wheelchair if you want to (if someone will push you up a mild grade). I was disabled at one time and there were so many things I couldn’t do, so I really appreciate a scenic delight that is accessible to people who cannot walk well.

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Published Monday, August 23, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red orchid

I think this orchid is a kind of phalaenopsis, or butterfly-shaped one, but I can’t be sure, because when I am photographing flowers all thought of identification flies out of my head. I just see how beautiful they are and yearn to capture them perfectly. This beauty lives at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

To all my international visitors, I hope the addition of Google Translate makes your time here more enjoyable. People from around the planet visit this blog and I am so grateful and happy that tools like Google Translate exist. Welcome to all!

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more ravishing redness, Color Carnival for more brilliant colors, and SOOC for more straight-out-of-the-camera shots.

If you like, search this blog for Volunteer Park Conservatory and see what other gems I’ve captured from there. And return to the latest post, always, by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos above.

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Published Saturday, August 21, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Peace roses

These are from my Peace rosebush a few weeks ago. There are still blooms out there, but not in the full heady flush you get in July. Enjoy their vision of perfection.

Visit Shadow Shot Sunday for more interesting shadows, Today’s Flowers for more lovely blooms, Macro Monday for more wonderful close ups and Mellow Yellow Monday for more photos with a splash of yellow. If you’ve arrived via the permalink, you can find the latest posts at Sara’s Fave Photos. Don’t be shy; click it and see what’s new!

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Published Saturday, August 21, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink dahlia bouquet

Pike Place Market is in full dahlia mode. I’ve read that our cold and rainy spring (and summer!) has wreaked havoc on the dahlia tubers in the fields, but you’d never know that at the Market. I especially love the completely unique and unusual combinations in the bouquets. Notice the dark green kale leaves for greenery. Wonderful!

Visit Pink Saturday and Macro Flower Saturday for more great photos in blogland. If you’ve arrived via the permalink, be sure to click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to check for more recent posts. And while you’re here, try a search for Pike Place Market, perhaps.

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Published Thursday, August 19, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Foggy sunset

At the Dungeness Recreation Area near Sequim, WA, right after we saw the bald eagle below, as the sun was setting it peeked in and out of the fog. Moody, evocative scene. The foghorn sounded every once in awhile, just to add to the effect.

Visit Skywatch Friday for more kinds of skies seen all over the world. Scenic Sunday has amazing photos, too.

If you have arrived via the permalink, be sure to look around for something new. How about trying a search for “sunset”? The latest posts can always be found at Sara’s Fave Photos, above.

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Published Wednesday, August 18, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bald eagle

At the Dungeness Recreation Area north of Sequim in the Olympic Peninsula is a wonderful trail, free to use, of a bluff along the water of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The weather was quite cool and foggy but of course it was a great walk anyway, nice easy stroll, when what did I see but a bald eagle, sitting right there. He was maybe 30 feet away. The little Canon S90 didn’t do too bad, considering the low light and the distance. I loved that he was looking out at the view, same as us.

Let’s try a new meme. How about Camera Critters? A very popular group of talented photographers.

If you have arrived here from the permalink, you can get to the latest posts by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos above. While you’re here, be sure to check out a new tag or category. How about “Landscape”?

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Published Tuesday, August 17, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sol Duc River

The Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest has some magnificent scenery. On our way to check out Sol Duc (pronounced Sole Duck) hot springs (we weren’t impressed; just big outdoor regular swimming pools and $12 per person to swim; maybe they might have more appeal in cold weather) we stopped at a roadside rest near the river. Now this was worth a visit! I tried to upload a video but wasn’t able to compress it enough. Any recommendations on how to do that? They are MOV files. I did download a program called MPEG Streamclip but have no idea of what settings to use. Any help appreciated.

Anyway, here are a couple of stills. You’ll just have to imagine the loud burbling and plashing noise and the silence all around it.

Visit Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday for more interesting photos on the theme. These are both SOOC, and make the grade for Scenic Sunday also.

While you are here, check out a tag like “scenic.” Arriving via permalink, the latest posts are always at Sara’s Fave Photos above.

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Published Monday, August 16, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Windowbox flowers

We went to Sequim (pronounced “skwim”) WA and had a great few days of vacation, camping and doing the relaxation thing in the very warm weather. Notice the cloudless blue sky reflected in the window? Meeting some friends for lunch, the restaurant had a particularly fine windowbox. I envy people who can combine flowers so well. Well done, Oak Table Cafe! And the food was good, too.

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more reds of all kinds. And this shot is straight out of the camera, or SOOC, where you can see more like that. Color Carnival has more bright, vibrant colors. Weekend Reflections has more visual reflections, too.

Browse around here for something new today. Perhaps a tag called “rain” might refresh on a warm day? And if you’ve arrived via the permalink, do click on Sara’s Fave Photos for the latest posts.

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Published Saturday, August 14, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Summer flowers at Pike Place Market

It’s been awhile since I showed you a display from the Pike Place Market in Seattle. This slice of flower heaven is an ever-changing spectacle of florabundance. I try to go every few weeks, and every time I am agog at the magnificent displays. Hope you like this recent one.

Visit Today’s Flowers for other flowers around the world. Color Carnival has more brilliant color. And Window Views (formerly Window Wednesday) has great shots with windows and doors.

And as long as you’re here, browse around by clicking on a new tag or category you’ve never tried before. Return to the latest post by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos.

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Published Tuesday, August 10, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Puget Sound on a sunny day

Puget Sound near Seattle has many moods. This one was bright and exuberant, or at least the camera angle makes me feel that way when I look at it. Hope it doesn’t make you dizzy!

Visit Watery Wednesday for interesting water shots of all kinds and Outdoor Wednesday, too.

I’ll be away from my computer for a few days and hope to visit you when I return. Please leave a comment so I’ll know you visited! Thanks!

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Published Monday, August 9, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dahlia bouquet

A recent visit to Seattle’s Pike Place Market flower vendors delighted and impressed, as always. What a place. Do you know that the flower vendors can only sell the flowers they have grown themselves?

Here’s a dahlia bouquet with the original touch of being ringed with marigolds. Or maybe they are coreopsis. Don’t you want it on your kitchen table, whatever they are called?

Visit Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday, Color Carnival and Ruby Tuesday after poking around here. If you’ve arrived via the permalink, Sara’s Fave Photos has the regular blog.

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Published Sunday, August 8, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Throatwort flower

Here’s a new flower, to me at least. When I was at the Volunteer Park Conservatory event last week, the head gardener, talented David Helgeson, showed me this unusual flower called Throatwort (trachelium caeruleum). I think it’s beautiful. That’s a maidenhair fern on the left, and coleus on the right. By the way, I totally love using google images for plant identification and info.

Visit Flowers For Today for more flowers from around the world, and SOOC for more straight-out-of-the-camera shots. As long as you are here, though, you might as well try a tag like “purple” or perhaps “bouquet.” If you’ve reached this post via the permalink, the latest post and full blog is always at Sara’s Fave Photos, above.

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