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 Monday, August 3, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Digital photography class, free!

Sorry I haven’t posted this earlier, but there’s still time to sign up for the last session (composition, should be fun) of the free Digital Photography online course offered by I’ll be there!

Their course offerings have been spectacularly wonderful, and all free. You can purchase the webinar and handout downloads, but you don’t have to. Highly recommended.

4-Week Digital Photography Course

This is the final week of John Greengo’s digital photography course. And this is the topic we’ve all be waiting for. You’ve learned the technical aspects of your camera, is the fun part.

Date/Time: Wednesday Aug 5, 11am Pacific
Length: 90 Minutes


Published Sunday, August 2, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Scenic flowers

This was taken on a HOT day this week at Pike Place Market, world-famous tourist mecca that rightly deserves a must-see if in Seattle. I love the way they have flowers on that roof. Note that the building on the right is not Pike Market proper, but the flowers roof the entrance to the actual market.

Visit Flowers for Today (their One Year Anniversary is next week, and I am honored to be posting as Guest Friend on that special day!) for more fabulous flowers, and Scenic Sunday for more scenic wonders.



Published Saturday, August 1, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Patio shadows

Somehow this shadow shot reminds me of a hairdo; I don’t know why. I sure love these sunny days! For more shadows around the world, check out the Hey Harriet blog’s truly fascinating meme, Shadow Shot Sunday.



Published Saturday, August 1, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link


The tender color of these daylilies from my friend Eileen’s garden is just so beautiful to me.

I can’t get over how many daylily forms and colors are available. These are so different looking than the orange ones I posted recently. I also like daylilies because they bloom well in part shade, which is very useful in most gardens.

One more thing about daylilies: I’ve read that they are very good interplanted with daffodils, as the daffs are dying down as the daylilies are coming up. I like continuous bloom, or succession planting, whenever possible.

For more things pink, visit Pink Saturday, a meme with a really great group of dedicated bloggers who post amazing photos.



Published Friday, July 31, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

The Blue Angels for Skywatch Friday

We were at a friend’s house on Lake Washington in Seattle, enjoying the perfect weather (finally!) when my favorite super noisemakers roared by. What a kick!

Visit the other views of different skies at Skywatch Friday, a huge and successful meme that has people looking up around the world.



Published Thursday, July 30, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

String beans and storage tip

You can’t really call them green beans when they look like this. The yellow ones are called wax beans and the package on the purple ones says they will be green when cooked. We’ll see. They sure taste great just like this.

Here’s a tip: When storing, make sure they are in a plastic bag but DRY (wash just before eating or cooking). Peas like it moist in storage but beans, surprisingly, do not. That avoids the disappointing rust yuckiness. Also, you think you will remember which you picked when, but you won’t. Mark the bag with the date!

Home gardens are the ultimate in local, fresh, and hopefully organic food. And a package of seeds is so cheap, plus the seeds last many years if stored in a dry place. So grow your own! And for more GREEN ideas, visit Think Green Thursday.


UPDATE: I cooked them tonight, steamed the way I always do, and sure enough, the purple ones became green. Check it out! Top one is after cooking a bit and stirring, bottom one a bit firm but tender. No purple! They were yummy.




Published Tuesday, July 28, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Lake Cushman, cool afternoon

It’s brutally hot here, record-breaking for Seattle, today in the upper 90s. That may not impress some of you, but I believe that 100 degrees F. is the Seattle record. And only 13% of us have air conditioning. And one forecast says 102 degrees tomorrow!

So! Here is a picture of coolth for all you overheated locals. This is Lake Cushman, WA, taken last week on our camping trip. Enjoy! And for more water visions everywhere, get cyberwet and visit Watery Wednesday.



Published Monday, July 27, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Red dahlia in mixed bouquet

A week or so ago I went on a local garden tour and one place had bouquets of flowers on tables. This one dahlia looks more like an illustration than a photo! But I think it qualifies for Ruby Tuesday. Take a look there for more red seen everywhere. And while you’re at it, visit Macro Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday, too! I love memes.



Published Saturday, July 25, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Hybrid daylily

These fancy daylilies are really something. The colors, the ruffles, the extra petals. The hybridizers have been busy! This was in a friend’s garden and I wish I had some. They do OK in part shade, you know.

Sometimes when I am taking a photo of a flower whose petals are in direct sun, the background blacks out and I get this exciting chiaroscuro effect, straight off the memory card. Isn’t it something?

For more flowers seen around the world, visit Flowers for Today. And for more brilliant color, visit Color Carnival, two great memes.



Published Saturday, July 25, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Camping shadows

The first couple of days were warm and sunny; perfect shadow capture weather. Here is our cooler and a path in the campground.

For more scintillating shadows, visit Shadow Shot Sunday.




Published Saturday, July 25, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Pink Sedum

This adorably pink ground cover was growing at Whitney Nursery and Garden over in Brinnon, WA. A delightful wander over 7 acres, on the Hood Canal. For more pink visions, visit Beverly’s Pink Saturday.



Published Friday, July 24, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Lake Cushman dusk

On Wednesday the weather was heaven and we were camping at Lake Cushman, WA. Here is what it looked like in the evening, wading at the shore.

For more skies seen around the world, visit Skywatch Friday.