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 Wednesday, February 26, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink pieris

This pink pieris japonica shrub, or andromeda, is growing at my driveway and just coming into bloom. It has a sweet, delicate fragrance. It is also called lily of the valley shrub.

Pieris, or andromeda, begins to bloom in late February in Seattle

Pieris, or andromeda, begins to bloom in late February in Seattle

Joining up at Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink SaturdaySeasonal Sundays, Ruby Tuesday 2Our World Tuesday, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, My Romantic Home and Saturday Show Off. I appreciate your dropping by here first.

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Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cherry tree buds

It finally stopped raining and I went for a walk. The cherry tree in a neighbor’s yard is ready to flower!

Pink cherry blossoms, still in bud

Pink cherry blossoms, still in bud

Participating at Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink SaturdaySeasonal Sundays, Ruby Tuesday 2Our World Tuesday , Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Nature Notes Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, My Romantic Home and Saturday Show Off. Thank you so much for your visit here.

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Published Monday, February 24, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lily of the Valley

I sure would like to post something from the outdoors, but it is STILL raining. These tiny lilies of the valley (lily-of-the-valleys?) were at the recent NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle.

Pretty little fragrant white bells bloom in February indoors at the NWFGS

Pretty little fragrant white bells bloom in February indoors at the NWFGS

Joining up at Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday,  Straight out of the Camera Sunday, and Saturday Show Off. Thanks for your visit here and please come back soon.

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Published Saturday, February 22, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Orange tree with fruit and flowers

A few years ago I visited the Conservatory in San Francisco, California, at just this time of year. They had an intensely fragrant orange tree that was blooming and fruiting at the same time.

San Francisco's Conservatory displays an orange tree in bloom, with fruit

San Francisco’s Conservatory displays an orange tree in bloom, with fruit

Linking to Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Monday Mellow YellowsOrange You Glad It’s Friday, and Saturday Show Off. Thanks for your visit here and please come back soon.

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Published Friday, February 21, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tulips and a pansy

Another photo of those frilly tulips decorating my kitchen, and a special bonus photo of a mauve pansy macro. The ones with the faces are my favorites. I get to be Guest Friend at Today’s Flowers this weekend, so be sure to pay them a visit for some great flower photos from around the world.

Red parrot tulips with white fringed edges

Red parrot tulips with white fringed edges

Lavender pansy with a black face, close up

Lavender, pink and purple pansy with black markings, close up

Also linking to Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink SaturdayRuby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, NF Blo-Ma TuesdayNF Catching the Light Monday, Monday Mellow YellowsOutdoor Wednesday, My Romantic Home and Saturday Show Off. I’m trying a new meme, Seasonal Sundays today. To see the most recent images here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos above. Thanks so much!

 

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Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Late summer dahlias

It’s been pretty gray and I haven’t managed to get outside much when the sun did peek through, so it’s back to the archives for a blast of sunshine. Dahlias are such summer stunners.

Yellow dahlias with pink tips bask in the late summer sunlight in the garden

Yellow dahlias with pink tips bask in the late summer sunlight in the garden

Joining up at Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink SaturdayRuby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, NF Blo-Ma TuesdayNF Catching the Light Monday, Skywatch FridayEin Stück Himmel, Shadow Shot Sunday 2Monday Mellow YellowsOutdoor Wednesday, Blue MondayMy Romantic Home and Saturday Show Off. To see the most recent images here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos above. Thanks so much!

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Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Brugmansia print

These lush, tropical brugmansia flowers bloom for long periods and can survive as houseplants in the Seattle area if taken indoors when it gets cold. I love their heavenly shapes and fragrance (they are also called Angels Trumpet) and used this image for the cover of my book. The swirly buds start out yellow and become peachy pink as they mature.

This image is available as a signed print for your home or office, one of the 15 best images from my book, Flowers of Volunteer Park Conservatory: Blooming Month by Month. Prints have no watermarks, of course. All are 8″ x 10″ archival-quality photo prints, beautifully matted in white to 11 x 14″. Shop here or by clicking on the Prints tab above.

Ecuador Pink brugmansia at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, available as a print

‘Ecuador Pink’ brugmansia at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, available as a print

More great photos at Today’s Flowers, Floral Friday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Blooming Friday, Pink SaturdayRuby Tuesday 2, and Saturday Show Off. I appreciate your visit here and hope you return very soon.

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Published Monday, February 17, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Valentine tulips

This year my sweetie got me these pretty white-edged red parrot tulips that I can put in the garden for next year.

Red parrot tulips with fringed white edges bloom on my kitchen table

Red parrot tulips with fringed white edges bloom on my kitchen table

Participating in Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink SaturdayRuby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro SaturdayStraight out of the Camera Sunday, NF Blo-Ma TuesdayNF Catching the Light Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2My Romantic Home and Saturday Show Off. Please click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to see the newest images here. Thanks!

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Published Sunday, February 16, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Mt. Rainier at dusk

This photo is from exactly one year ago, taken at the overlook right near my house. All the rain going on in Seattle lately doesn’t yield much in the scenic mode. But who doesn’t like snow-covered active volcanoes in the sunset?

Snow looks pink in the sunset light at Mt. Rainier in Washington in the Pacific Northwest

Snow looks pink in the sunset light at Mt. Rainier in Washington in the Pacific Northwest

Linking up to Outdoor Wednesday, Water World Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Skywatch FridayEin Stück Himmel, Pink Saturday, Nature Notes WednesdayOrange You Glad It’s Friday, Our World Tuesday and My Romantic Home. Thank you for visiting here. Try a new tag or category, like sunset, perhaps?

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Published Sunday, February 16, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink ranunculus

At the NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle last week of course there were exquisite flowers everywhere. Sometimes just one flower can capture an awful lot. I love this peachy pink ranunculus blossom in its abundant perfection. I love this image and am calling it my Top Shot of the Week.

Many-petaled pink ranunculus blooms at the NW Flower & Garden Show

Many-petaled pink ranunculus blooms at the NW Flower & Garden Show

Joining Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Pink Saturday, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro SaturdayStraight out of the Camera Sunday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, and Saturday Show Off. Remember to click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to see the latest images here. Thanks!

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Published Saturday, February 15, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Dried hydrangeas

Really, this post is about the shadows more than the dried hydrangea flowers. But I am proud of the flowers, as I grew and dried them myself.

Dried blue hydrangeas cast shadows in winter sunlight

Dried blue hydrangeas cast shadows in winter sunlight

Joining up with Today’s Flowers, Floral FridayBlooming Friday, Blue Monday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and Saturday Show Off. Click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to see the latest photos here. Thanks for your visit and please drop by again soon.

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Published Thursday, February 13, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Valentine treat

Went to a meeting last night and look at what was there! We were surprised to find that the hearts on top were rings, not candy. For very small fingers.

Valentine's Day treats of rings over iced brownie mini-cupcakes. Yum!

Valentine’s Day treats of rings over iced brownie mini-cupcakes. Yum!

Linking to Guest Heart Thursday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Macro MondayRuby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, Blue Monday, and Saturday Show Off. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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