Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Sunday, April 12, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Volunteer Park Conservatory flowers

There is a beautiful old-fashioned glass building in northeast Seattle called the Volunteer Park Conservatory. A remarkable collection of exquisitely cared for plants and flowers, a must see, especially on a rainy day. Do you see the gardenia tree in the top one? The whole place smelled heavenly.

For more flowers around the world, click HERE.




Published Saturday, April 11, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Spring shadows

A sunny day, or a sunny moment, is a wonderful thing, and here in Seattle it’s extra appreciated. Thought you’d like to see the plants on my little greenhouse window in my kitchen, leaving shadows in a rare burst of sunshine. For more shadows artfully photographed, click HERE.



Published Thursday, April 9, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Skywatch Friday in Arizona

I was in the mood to show a few pix from that Arizona trip we took. There were many photos I really loved but I’ll just show three. These are from the St Xavier Mission outside of Tuscon. The sky was really that blue. For contrast, below are some of the candles lit by the faithful in the church’s exquisite interior.

For more skies around the world, click HERE.





Published Tuesday, April 7, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Water diamonds

I took this exactly one year ago at the old house. We had a huge mature wisteria and it dropped many leaves each fall, which I would leave on the begonias below it as mulch. Some actually made it through the winter that way. In any case, one wet morning there were these water diamonds sparkling there for me. Now you can see them, too.

For more visions of water from photographers in many countries, click HERE.



Published Sunday, April 5, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Spring is definitely here

Finally the puffy trees are blooming. Last year it happened mid-March, but this year almost 3 weeks later. That’s a lot! Lovely warm weather today, so I was out in the garden planting lettuce seeds instead of at the computer. This lovely tree, perhaps a plum? was bravely blooming by itself last week but now has company everywhere.

For more flowers around the world, click HERE.



Published Saturday, April 4, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Table Shadows

Oh, the blessings of a sunny day. Here’s a sweet shadow for you, a gift from a lovely day. For more truly interesting and beautiful shadows of all kinds, or to post your own, click HERE.



Published Thursday, April 2, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Typical gray skies in Seattle

I know I”ve lived in Seattle a long time when I begin to get excited about shades of gray in the clouds. This view of Puget Sound is from the overlook pretty close to my house. I believe the land out there to the southwest is Vashon Island, but I’m not certain.

I sure could use some puffy clouds in blue, but that’s what the other Skywatch entries are for. Click HERE to find some!



Published Wednesday, April 1, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link


The weather’s been, well, crappy. I really have to do gardening things, so I’ve started a bunch of seeds. I must say it’s a thrill to watch them come up. I’ve learned that old seeds germinate just fine. What I will do with all the plants I have no idea. A plant sale, perhaps? Anyway, aren’t they cute?

In case you are wondering, the top batch is cosmos on the left, bachelor buttons on the right, and below are four o’clocks just pushing up out of the soil.




Published Tuesday, March 31, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Scenic Watery Wednesday in Reno

Here’s a summer vision for you. The Truckee River wanders through Reno, Nevada, right downtown. They did a great job of making it accessible to all. People play and swim in it, and it is so delightful, especially with all that arid desert landscape close by. A veritable oasis; a perfect place for a stroll with a friend.

For more water envisionings, click HERE.



Published Monday, March 30, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Belltown mural

Belltown is a sort of hip and trendy area in downtown Seattle. I thought I’d post something a little different for Ruby Tuesday, the view down from sidewalk level to the parking lot near the cafe where I met someone for coffee. Note the very green weeds! A bit gritty, but the scene’s still vibrant and creative, doing that urban juxtaposition thing.

For more visions of red around the planet, click HERE.



Published Sunday, March 29, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

An abundance of flowers

I am giddy from the sunshine today: I am posting FOUR photos! Here on top are the flat peas coming up. I put them in way too early for this year’s cold weather, over a month ago in February, and they are finally doing their thing. I’ll have too many but what can you do?


And here are some crocuses, finally blooming. Spring is here, for sure. Let me know which of the three you like best, OK? Thanks.

For more lovely flowers from around the world, click HERE.





Published Friday, March 27, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Spider plant shadows

I think this plant may be a descendant of my original spider plant from the ’60s or ’70s. Yes, I had a macrame plant hanger then. Spider plants just keep having babies, and I feel like a murderer if I don’t make other plants from them eventually. Who knows how many have been given away, but I always keep one or two. Some bright light but not too much sun, a little plant food, and they are happy, living their little plant lives.

For more shadows seen by people all around the world, click HERE.