Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Saturday, March 14, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Apple trees and vineyard shadows

I took this in Sonoma County, California on a February day. Actually, February is a great time of year there as the grass is very green, as you can see, and the old apple trees reveal their shapes so beautifully.

For more creative photos of shadows, or to post one of your own, click HERE. You’ll be glad you did.

You can also post your scenic photos for Scenic Sunday HERE. Try it!



Published Thursday, March 12, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

A pink sky for Skywatch

You can’t beat sunsets for enjoying looking at skies. I don’t know why we love them so, but we do. Add in a few boats and a still evening, and we are so happy to be there. The magic of photography is that we can keep those moments, and remember. Happy Skywatch Friday to you all!

For more beautiful skies around the planet, click HERE.



Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Leaves and greenery

It’s actually not that easy to take a photo of just green things and have it look good, no matter how wonderful the real place was. I’ve tried many times, believe me. Here’s one I like for you to contemplate, also taken at the Portland Japanese Garden.

It might even look good in black and white or sepia. All right, which do you like better? I think I like the green one best.




Published Tuesday, March 10, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Fish for Watery Wednesday

These koi were at the Portland Japanese Garden. An truly spectacular place, and soon it will really be coming into its spring wonder. I totally recommend it. Just wait until the azaleas bloom.

But for water photos of all kinds, click HERE.



Published Tuesday, March 10, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Glad about glads, for Ruby Tuesday

Here’s a shot of late July glads from my last garden in the Des Moines WA house. They are so easy to grow and increase by themselves. And do you see the red cherry in the background? I did bring some corms to the new place, but it will take a bit before they reach this density.

For more photos of ruby delight, click HERE.



Published Sunday, March 8, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

A rose for you today

This is the spirit of June, as far as I am concerned. I was blessed that day with being able to see, smell and photograph what seemed like a million roses at the Woodland Park Rose Garden in Seattle, right next to the zoo. I prefer roses to animals, myself.

Every now and then, I feel like posting a photo from that glorious day. Wish we could smell it, too.

For more flowers around the world, click HERE. Why not post one of your own and join in?



Published Saturday, March 7, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

A picnic with shadows

This photo just interests me.  I don’t even mind that the group of picnickers is sort of cut off. It just gave me a funny feeling, that  huge lawn, the brief shadow as the sun peeked out. I hope you like it also.

For more intriguing shadows, click HERE.



Published Thursday, March 5, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Clouds from above for Skywatch

Here are some clouds somewhere between Seattle and Arizona, from that otherworldly perspective, above. I don’t know why it’s exciting to see clouds from above, but it is. I think it activates my childhood fantasy of bouncing or resting on them. Anyway, I thought it’s pretty.

For more skies watched all over the world, please click HERE.



Published Tuesday, March 3, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Leaves on the Red Bark Maple

Here’s a shot from November of leaves on the amazing red-bark maple below. I thought you’d like to see that the stems and twigs are really red, no fooling.



Published Tuesday, March 3, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Watery and Wordless Wednesday ferry wake

This was taken from the Larkspur ferry in Northern California just north of San Francisco, in the San Francisco Bay. I love the living shape of the water. For more watery fun, click HERE.



Published Monday, March 2, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Red twigs for Ruby Tuesday

This is actually a Japanese maple tree of some sort. Doesn’t it look amazing? The red is RED, full on. It’s taken from my neighbor’s, looking at my front yard. It will almost be a shame when the leaves come out.

For more fascinating photographs using the color red, click HERE. And try posting your own, too. It’s tons of fun.



Published Sunday, March 1, 2009, OK personal/derivative use; link

Flower for today: early rhodie

It was not as cold as it had been, before this latest rain cycle, so the other day I got out for a walk. There were some rhododendrons actually blooming. Spring is always so amazing. The thrill of the first one! Of course, as my sister says, “Somebody has to go first,” so I guess I shouldn’t always feel so surprised. Everyone else still sleeping, and this brave soul just blooming its little heart out.

For more flowers around the world, click HERE. You can post your own, too. Do it!