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 lovethatimage.com. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and thanks for visiting.

Published Sunday, July 27, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Stargazer lily macro

I had to look it up, but these stargazer lily parts are stamens, which are the pollen-bearing organ of a flower, consisting of the filament and the anther. I know you had better not get that pollen on your clothes, either—stain city. But inhale that fabulous perfume!

Pink stargazer lily with white edges shows off its perfect, pollen-laden anthers

Pink stargazer lily with white edges shows off its perfect, pollen-laden anthers, with daylilies in the background

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Published Saturday, July 26, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Canning jars of food

My friend Sherry has a fabulous garden and cans her own food. I am envious!

Pickled stringbeans, canned carrots and other goodies from the garden, home canned in Mason jars.

Pickled stringbeans, canned carrots and other goodies from the garden, home canned in jars.

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Published Thursday, July 24, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Coneflower

Coneflower, or echinacea, is a beautiful garden perennial and I wish I had some in my garden. This was taken at a local garden tour.

Orange coneflower or echinacea blooms in the July sunshine

Orange coneflower or echinacea blooms in the July sunshine

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Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Kitty looking out of window

This is a cat we used to have who has gone to kitty heaven. Rose was a very good guard kitty. She used to make sure everything outside was as it should be. She is missed.

Female marmalade cat gazes out of picture window from a tabletop

Female orange marmalade cat gazes out of picture window from a tabletop

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Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Visited my favorite Seattle haunt, the Volunteer Park Conservatory last week. You can see that restoration work is progressing on the Seasonal House on the right. Full project is due to be done in December. Aren’t the outdoor plantings lovely?

Restoration of the Volunteer Park Conservatory is progressing nicely

Restoration of the Volunteer Park Conservatory is progressing nicely

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Published Monday, July 21, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Seattle from Alki

The weather was quite cool and damp at the Alki Art Fair this weekend, but Seattleites are a hardy bunch and many came out to stroll and shop. Even gray skies can be scenic!

Looking north to Seattle's Space Needle, from Alki Beach, under dramatic gray skies

Looking north to Seattle’s Space Needle, from Alki Beach, under dramatic gray skies

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Published Sunday, July 20, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Brugmansia

Brugmansia, or Angels Trumpet, is a magnificent tropical flower that we can grow in the Pacific Northwest if we take them inside in winter. This beauty is blooming at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, currently undergoing the final phase of a huge restoration.

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Peachy pink brugmansia or Angels Trumpet blooms in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Published Friday, July 18, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Three Tree Point sunset

Drove to a scenic stretch of beach a few minutes from my house because it was shaping up as a great sunset. What do you think of it?

Three Tree Point beach, south of Seattle, at sunset

Puget Sound from Three Tree Point beach, south of Seattle, at sunset

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Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink lilies on the patio

Last year at this time my lilies were in full bloom.

Magenta and pink lilies on my patio against a blue sky

Magenta, ruby and pink lilies on my patio against a blue sky

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Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Blue hydrangea macro

I love this kind of hydrangea and they sure reward a close look. Those teensy white centers!

Tiny white flowers in the center of the blue hydrangea petals or bracts

Tiny white flowers in the center of the blue hydrangea petals with some purple veining

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Published Monday, July 14, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Red chairs

This row of orange-red metal chairs was casting shadows at the Sculpture Park in Seattle. A fine temporary sculpture right here!

Tomato red metal chairs casting fine shadows on the big patio at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Tomato red metal chairs casting shadows at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

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Published Sunday, July 13, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Leek flower bud

Leeks are remarkable plants in the garden. The first photo is the bud enclosed in its casing, with several inches of a green spike on top, looking like an alien hairdo. Below that is the ripe casing falling away, and the buds of the flowers showing themselves. They are at about eye level for me, so a bunch of them make quite an otherworldly show.

Leek flower still in its casing in the garden

Leek flower still in its casing in the garden

Leek flower with unopened buds emerging from its casing

Leek flower (about 2″ or 5 cm) with unopened buds, emerging from its papery casing

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