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, October 12, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cape Sundew plant

This is my little carniverous Cape Sundew (drosera capensis) plant that I got to help with fruit flies in my kitchen. The plant is about as wide as my hand, and the flower stem is almost a foot tall! I don’t know that it traps all that many fruit flies, but it’s cute, and I was thrilled when it recently began to flower. As instructed, I keep the saucer half filled with water, in part sun, and it seems to be happy. Bonus: TWO photos this post!

Cape Sundew (   ) on a windowsill with fruit flies in its feathery leaves.

Cape Sundew (drosera capensis) on my windowsill with a few tiny fruit flies in its feathery leaves. The flower stem is at upper right.

Cape Sundew flowers, about 2" or 10cm tall on a stem about 12".

Tiny pink Cape Sundew flowers, each less than half an inch (1 cm) on a stem about 12″ tall.  Only one flower blooms at a time.

Linking to Our World TuesdayToday’s Flowers, Floral Friday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Pink Saturday, My Romantic Home, and Saturday Show Off. Thanks for visiting and please come back soon.

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Published Saturday, October 11, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Vanda orchid

At the last day before the recent temporary closure to complete the restoration at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory (reopening Dec. 6!), these purple vanda orchids did their amazing thing.

Backlit vanda orchids show an almost plaid pattern at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Backlit vanda orchids show an almost plaid pattern at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Connecting up with Our World TuesdayToday’s Flowers, Floral Friday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Pink Saturday, and Saturday Show Off. Why not try a new tag or category while you are here?

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Published Thursday, October 9, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Sky with white clouds

In my backyard…

Swirly puffs of white clouds in a blue sky

Swirly puffs of white clouds in a blue sky

Linking up to Skywatch Friday, Our World TuesdayOutdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, My Romantic Home, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you for visiting here and please—come back soon.

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Published Thursday, October 9, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fall hydrangea blossoms

Hydrangeas are some of my top fave flowers, blooming all summer and even looking good into the fall.

Hydrangea blooms with fall color

Hydrangea blooms with fall color

Connecting to Our World TuesdayToday’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Pink Saturday, My Romantic Home, and Saturday Show Off. Try a new tag or category while you are here, and please visit again soon.

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Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Near Staircase campground

Not too long ago we went camping at Staircase, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and took a hike near the river there.

River scene on a sunny day

River scene on a sunny day

Linking up to Skywatch Friday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Our World TuesdayOutdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Water World Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you for your visit here and hope to see you back very soon.

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Published Monday, October 6, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Koi fish in aquarium

We were in a Chinese restaurant with aquariums (aquaria?) and one had several koi fish in it, maybe 10 inches or so big. Hand held and slow exposure so not very sharp, but still I like this photo very much.

Golden koi swims in an aquarium

Golden koi swims in an aquarium

Joining Camera Critters, Our World Tuesday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Water World Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you so much for your visit here and do click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if only one photo is visible here.

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Published Sunday, October 5, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Multicolored dahlias

Dahlias are loving the long, warm summer that Seattle is enjoying so much this year.

Red-and-yellow and purple dahlias in early fall sunshine

Red-and-yellow and purple dahlias in early fall sunshine

Linking up with Our World TuesdayToday’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, I Heart Macro SaturdayStraight out of the Camera Sunday, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Ruby Tuesday 2, and Saturday Show Off. Please visit here again soon.

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Published Friday, October 3, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cotoneaster berries

This is a close up of a cotoneaster (ka-tone-ee-AST-er) shrub in our yard, beloved by birds and photographers alike. The berries are small, about the size of a pea, and they adorn the arching branches in fall and winter. I was amazed to learn its pronunciation, by the way. I was sure it would be something like cotton-Easter. But no.

Bright red cotoneaster berries add color and bird food to a backyard

Bright red cotoneaster berries add color and bird food to a backyard

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Published Thursday, October 2, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

California poppy

California poppies (the State Flower of California) are so beautiful in their simplicity. Very pretty and dependable in the garden, but reseed almost too easily. I deadhead to keep them from taking over.

Orange California poppies in my Seattle garden

Orange California poppies in my Seattle garden

Joining up with Skywatch Friday, Our World TuesdayToday’s Flowers, Floral Friday, Outdoor Wednesday, Garden Party Thursday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma Tuesday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, Mandarin Orange MondayShadow Shot Sunday 2Straight out of the Camera Sunday, My Romantic Home, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you so much for your visit here and do click on Sara’s Fave Photos above if only one photo is visible here.

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Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Lake Cushman reflections

Our recent camping trip to the Lake Cushman area in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington had sunshine and reflections on still water.

Trees and sky reflected on a calm Lake Cushman in Washington

Trees and sky reflected on a calm Lake Cushman in Washington

Linking up to Skywatch Friday, NF Catching the Light Monday, Our World TuesdayOutdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Water World Wednesday, Weekend Reflections, and Saturday Show Off. I appreciate your visit here and hope to see you back very soon.

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Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Ballet costume bodice

McCaw Hall in Seattle is home to Pacific Northwest Ballet and frequently displays ballet costumes in its light-filled lobby.

This romantic tutu in pale turquoise is on display at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA

This romantic tutu in pale turquoise is on display at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA

Thank you so much for your visit and hope to see you again soon. I’ve posted this image in Saturday Show Off.

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Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Horse and rider in the park

At Seattle’s Volunteer Park on Sunday, there was a horse, a rider and a person walking.

A horse and rider walk through the park on a sunny afternoon

A horse and rider walk through the park on a sunny afternoon

Participating in NF Catching the Light Monday, Camera Critters, Our World Tuesday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Outdoor Wednesday, Scenic Weekends, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and Saturday Show Off. If there is only one photo showing here, please click on Sara’s Fave Photos above to see a few more pretty pictures.

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