Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Tuesday, May 19, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Brunch feast for Ruby Tuesday

Food is like dance, in a way. So beautiful, and so fleeting. This beautiful brunch spread was created to celebrate my visit to the East coast. The smoked fish (you can just see the lox plate in the upper left), the fruit salad, and the veggie plate were joined by scrambled eggs and mimosas. And bagels, of course. A perfect meal, as far as I am concerned.

For more red visions, or to post your own (do! it’s fun), click HERE.



Published Sunday, May 17, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Blushing Lady tulip

These tulips were part of the bulb marathon we planted last fall. Nothing on the package said they were more than twice the size of a normal tulip. If you look at the photo of my garden a few posts down, they are quite tall and you can see a couple behind the left vegetable bed. I have never seen anything like the size of these flowers. And they are beautiful as well!

For more flowers around the world, click HERE.




Published Saturday, May 16, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Upper West Side NYC shadows

I took lots of photos on my trip, of course, but mostly the gray Seattle weather seemed to follow me to New York, which is not so good for shadows. But one lovely afternoon we were walking around the Upper West Side and the light coming through the trees in Central Park across the street was just perfect. I can’t decide which photo I like best, so please help me choose. Long shot, or closeup?

For more excellent shadows seen in the most unlikely places, click HERE.

And for more scenic shots, click HERE.




Published Thursday, May 14, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Backyard, one year later

I realized it’s been just a year since we moved in. We dug up lawn and planted bulbs, dug the vegetable beds, and in general dove in to a very neglected situation. Today the sun peeked out and this is what it looks like out there. Not as good as it will look next year, but such an improvement over last year!



Published Thursday, May 14, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Empire State Building Sky

Here’s a New York City shot for you. There was one perfect sunny day and I took advantage of it. I used to work in this building on the 53rd floor, so many years ago. The windows opened and you could hear the traffic like it was at street level, surprisingly.

Romantic note: My neighbors just got back from a trip to NYC and he proposed at the top of it!

For more skies around the world, click HERE.



Published Wednesday, May 13, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Green Thursday in Crocheron Park

Here’s a photo from my trip to New York, taken in Crocheron Park in Bayside, Queens—my old stomping grounds, you might say. The weather was mild and dry, and perfect for a quick walk.

The new Think Green Thursday meme doesn’t need postings to be a green color or even a photo, but photos and greenery suit me fine. For other ideas on being green, click HERE.



Published Tuesday, May 12, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Watery Wednesday Snowscape

This is such an unusual photo that I had to share it today. I took it on my trip to NY from Seattle at the beginning of the month. This view out the airplane window was somewhere in the middle of the country, past the Rockies I think. It looks like a map of itself! I have no idea if the snow was deep or not, but I have never seen the earth look like this from above. I know it’s a stretch from water to snow, but this one is as magical as water, I think.

For more shots of water in all its many manifestations, click HERE.



Published Tuesday, May 12, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

"What-cake" for Ruby Tuesday

The story in our family is that Mom would make the requested strawberry shortcake for a birthday, but since it had to be kept refrigerated until after dinner, when we saw it there after school she would pretend that we were dreaming and say, “Cake? What cake? There’s no cake there,” so that we could all enjoy the “surprise” later. Mom is gone now, but What-cake lives on. Here’s the one, almost exactly like she used to make, from my recent birthday.

For more ruby redness in photos around the world, click HERE.



Published Wednesday, April 29, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

I’ll be away, back mid-May . . .

I’m going to New York City for a week or so.

But while I’m gone, here’s a link to an absolutely amazing group of travel photos my friend Kurt West took in his recent biking and hiking adventure in the great American Southwest. A photo from it:


You can see all the rest of his fascinating photos HERE.

See you when I get back, with lots of great new photos, I am sure!


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

Pond reflections for Watery Wednesday

This is from last July down at Normandy Park Cove beach. Spring is great but I want it to be warm already. Don’t we all?

For more amazing water manisfestations, click HERE.



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

Ruby red tree

Red trees aren’t just a fall thing. The tree across from my new house went from bare branches to pinkish, to red, and for all I know gets to purple, but right now it’s such a lovely ruby color, especially in the late afternoon light. Happy Spring to all!

For more interesting red things, so creatively presented, click HERE.



Published Sunday, April 26, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Three flower photos for today

I know I should save some faves for when there is nothing blooming, but I can’t resist. The first, top one is rhododendron branches I forced from completely closed buds. I was having a party for my birthday (do not ask how many years; a shocking number) and wanted a big bouquet. They took about a week to get from completely closed to this. I put them in very warm water, almost hot, to begin with and it really gets them going.


Then I had to post this checkered lily, Fritillaria meleagris, that came up in my garden. Awfully cute, don’t you think? But it looks more like a tulip than a lily to me.


And finally, this is from my next door neighbor Ele’s garden. The hostas and I think snowdrops (bluebells?) looked so pretty with the sun lighting them up.


And if you still crave more beautiful flowers around the world, click HERE for the greatest photo meme, Flowers for Today.