Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Monday, April 19, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulips in full color

This display of tulips outside of Roozengaarde in the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was the ultimate for me. I just couldn’t get over it. The enormous planting outside their gate was filled with the most spectacular displays of tulips I ever saw. Yes, the $4 admission to the totally magnificent displays inside was well worth the money, but this group of brilliant colors was the most amazing sight of the whole day, for me.

Photo note: For some reason, the technology of reproducing flower color isn’t always perfect, especially blue/purple tones. These purple tulips were the purest true purple in the world, but they look a little mauve-y or magenta here. Sorry, I tried.

Visit Ruby Tuesday for more red magnificence, and Color Carnival for more spectacular colors. And click on Sara’s Fave Photos to go back to the top of the blog.

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Published Sunday, April 18, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Another tulip

I have been tulip happy lately and I hope you aren’t tired of them yet. This is yet another Skagit Valley tulip for your enjoyment.

Visit Macro Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Color Carnival after you sojourn here. And rememeber, you can always get back to the full blog with everything on it by clicking on Sara’s Fave Photos on top.

This one gets my vote for Best Post of the Week, too.

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Published Saturday, April 17, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Apple blossoms

Here’s the thing about apples: they must have cross pollination to set fruit. And even if there is another apple tree nearby, if the bees aren’t out doing their thing, you may have to help nature along. Here in Seattle where sunshine is an occasional thing (“sun breaks,” anyone?) it will definitely increase your harvest to get out there and help.

How? Take a clean, dry, soft artist’s paintbrush, or even a Q-tip, and brush the pollen carefully on a bunch of flowers on Tree A. Then go to Tree B (a different apple variety) and brush some more. Back and forth a few times should do it. Of course for a big tree, you can only do so much, but for dwarf backyard trees, you will make a huge difference.

We have two trees of the “columnar” type. They’re a super skinny, super dwarf size, good in containers, and both can be hand pollinated in just a few minutes. Go back in a few days when more blossoms have opened and do it again. You’ll be glad you did.

Visit Today’s Flowers for more sweet flower photos.

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Published Friday, April 16, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Skagit Valley tulips

These were taken by my sister when we visited the tulip festival last week. I think hers are pretty wonderful. I wish I took that top one!

Please visit Macro Flowers Saturday, Color Carnival, Pink Saturday, Shadow Shot Sunday and Scenic Sunday after your visit here.

Remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

This one below is of me.

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Published Thursday, April 15, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulips and sky

Yet another view from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. For more skies seen round the world, visit Skywatch Friday. And try Scenic Sunday for more scenery, what else?

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Published Wednesday, April 14, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Photo heaven

This person was one of a jillion photographers entranced, as I was, at the incredible displays of flowers. Roozengaarden is just one of the paid tulip gardens in the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This year we paid their $4 admission, what the heck, but it was so worth it. Mind boggling.

Visit Thursday Challenge for more Green-themed photos (or Plants, Spring Growth, Gardens, Clothing, Green Things…). Color Carnival has more amazingly brilliant color.

To return to the full blog with my latest post on top, click on Sara’s Fave Photos above.

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Published Tuesday, April 13, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Skagit Valley tulips with snowy mountain

I promised you scenic, and this is about as scenic as it gets, as far as I am concerned. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a photo opportunity from heaven. Seeing all the people snapping pictures shows photography is alive and well in America today.

I know it’s a stretch, but I’m counting the snowy fields in the distance as an entry for Watery Wednesday. Certainly visit Outdoor Wednesday, and Color Carnival, too. And remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

I love this photo, and I’m calling it my Best Post of the Week.

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Published Sunday, April 11, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Roadside tulips

Before the main event at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, even the roadside produce stand got into the act with these potted tulips, harbingers of tulip ecstasy to come.

Visit Macro Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday for more close ups and yellow splashes of cheerfulness. And Blue Monday covers the other third of the color wheel for us! Color Carnival has more brilliant color, of course. Ruby Tuesday has lots of red, red, red for you.

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Published Saturday, April 10, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Skagit Valley tulips

I went to the tulip fields on Friday and it was just magnificent. Words fail me. Look for lots of tulip photos in the next while.

For more flowers around the world, visit Today’s Flowers.,  Color Carnival for more brilliant color. And try Scenic Sunday, too.

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Published Thursday, April 8, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Magnolia moon

I was in the back yard a couple of weeks ago, admiring the magnolia tree in the late afternoon light, when I saw the moon in the sky. Thank goodness I try to keep my camera in my pocket at all times!

Visit Skywatch Friday for more skies seen round the world, and Pink Saturday for more sweet pinkitude of all sorts. And remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

I really like the way the clouds and the magnolia blossoms both seem to dance. I’m calling this one my Best Post of the Week. Hope you agree.

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Published Wednesday, April 7, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Spring flowers at the Conservatory

I was at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle last week, and I thought I’d show you a photo of the marvellous planting of spring flowers outside. Those purple hyacinths just thrill me. Definitely drop by if you are in the area. And it’s free!

Check out Color Carnival for more brilliant colors.

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Published Tuesday, April 6, 2010, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

View of Astoria, Oregon

There’s a wonderful column, a tower, really, in Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River. You can climb it and the view is just as you expect, magnificent. This was taken at this time of year but a couple of years ago.

Go to Watery Wednesday for more fascinating photos of water, and Outdoor Wednesday for, well, you figure it out. Remember, you can always click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to return to the full blog with my latest post on top.

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