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 Tuesday, January 7, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink hibiscus

I think this is macro of a hibiscus flower, but I am not really sure. It must be a cousin if it isn’t a real hibiscus. It was blooming recently in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, and I just love the swirl of the petals and the funny center thingie that looks like a robot.

Pink hibiscus flower blooms in the Conservatory in Seattle

Pink hibiscus flower blooms in the Conservatory in Seattle

Linking to Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Floral Friday, Today’s FlowersRuby Tuesday 2, Monday Mellow Yellows, Pink SaturdayMandarin Orange Monday, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, and Saturday Show Off.  Click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see more of my, and I hope your, fave images.

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

Fireworks Flower

Clerodendrum quadriloculare Verbenceae or “Fireworks Flower” is blooming at Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, and it’s a great way to start the year off!

Fireworks flower blooms in January at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Fireworks flower blooms in January at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Participating in Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Floral Friday, Today’s Flowers, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Pink Saturday, and Saturday Show Off.  Thanks for visiting here, and don’t forget to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above for more pretty pictures.

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

Seattle’s Great Wheel

Still haven’t gone up on the huge new ferris wheel in Seattle, but here’s a photo of it at dusk I took last week. The LED lighting on it up plays in many patterns. You can see the viaduct, soon to be no more, at the bottom.

Seattle's Great Wheel in a wintery sunset scene, looking out over Puget Sound

Seattle’s Great Wheel in a wintery sunset scene, looking out over Puget Sound

Joining up at Skywatch Friday, Scenic WeekendsOutdoor Wednesday, Ruby Tuesday 2, Pink Saturday, Blue Monday, Thursday Challenge (Clouds), Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Water World Wednesday, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you so much for your visit here, and be sure to try a search of something like ferris wheel, just for fun.

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Published Saturday, January 4, 2014, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pike Place Market sign

I saw the iconic Pike Place Market sign at dusk on the way back to my car from seeing the fabulous Peru exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum yesterday (closing tomorrow; do not miss it!). Don’t you just love this view?

The famous red neon sign at Pike Place Market in Seattle

The famous red neon sign at Pike Place Market in Seattle

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

Winter arrangement

On my visit to Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory last week, there was this in the entryway:

Red berries and variegated leaves in an airy winter floral arrangement

Red berries and variegated leaves in an airy winter floral arrangement

Participating in Straight out of the Camera SundayRuby Tuesday 2, and Saturday Show Off.  Thanks for visiting here, and don’t forget to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the latest several pretty pictures.

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

Tropical orange flower

Here is a macro of a ruffled orange flower I do not know at all. It was blooming in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory this week. You can see the faint reflections of the glass roof supports in the water droplets.

Orange flower with yellow pointed center blooms in the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

Orange flower with yellow pointed center blooms in the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle

Check out Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, Floral Friday, Today’s Flowers, Monday Mellow Yellows, Mandarin Orange Monday, Orange You Glad It’s FridayStraight out of the Camera SundayWater World Wednesday, Weekend Reflections and Saturday Show Off. You might try a new tag or category here, or just click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see a few more images.

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

Lovely lichen

I love lichen (pronounced LIKE-en) and was happy to see this pretty piece of it on a wooden fencepost on a walk in the neighborhood.

Pale turquoise or silver-green lichen grows on a fencepost in winter

Silver-green lichen grows on a fencepost in winter

Linking with Scenic WeekendsOutdoor Wednesday, Straight out of the Camera Sunday, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, My Romantic Home, Wordless Wednesday and Saturday Show Off.  Thanks for visiting here, and don’t forget to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the latest several pretty pictures.

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

Dawn at Mt. Rainier

An exciting skyscape for you on this first morning of 2014. May this be the very best year of your life so far! Thank you to all the loyal and appreciative readers of this blog. Your unfailingly positive and insightful comments have been one of the true blessings in my life. Yay, blogging!

Dawn breaks over Mt. Rainier in Washington State

Dawn breaks over Mt. Rainier in Washington State

Joining Skywatch Friday, Scenic WeekendsOutdoor Wednesday, Monday Mellow Yellows, Pink SaturdayMandarin Orange Monday, Orange You Glad It’s Friday, Thursday Challenge (Clouds), Wordless Wednesday and Saturday Show Off. Thanks for visiting here, and don’t forget to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the latest several pretty pictures.

 

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Published Monday, December 30, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Bouquet in the mirror

Looking through some old photos, I found this one of me and a bouquet from my garden in California, from 1984, almost 30 years ago! I guess my interest in gardening, flowers and photography isn’t going away any time soon.

Roses and white flowers in a bouquet, with the photographer reflected in the background

Roses and white flowers in a bouquet, with the photographer reflected in the background

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Published Sunday, December 29, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Rose painting by Lynn Sykes

Lynn Sykes, one of the many talented readers of this blog, emailed me recently and asked if she had my permission to paint one of my rose images, Peace rose in the rain. Of course I said yes, and with pleasure. Imagine how thrilled I was to receive an image of her painting! Lynn lives in Langley, BC, Canada, just outside of Vancouver, and has only been painting for about a year. Lynn, you have a wonderful talent, and please keep this blog informed about your art career. Thank you for sharing this with us!

© Lynn Sykes 2013, painted in oil on canvas

© Lynn Sykes 2013, oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″

I’ve entered Lynn’s beautiful painting in Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, My Romantic HomeMonday Mellow Yellows, Pink SaturdayFloral Friday, Today’s Flowers, Water World Wednesday, and Saturday Show Off. Thank you for your visit here and please come back soon.

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Published Saturday, December 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Hedge of red berries

These are a kind of cotoneaster, pronounced “co-tone-ee-AST-er,” believe it or not. I mispronounced it awfully when I first saw the word. There are many kinds, from ground covers to big shrubs, and trees for all I know. Birds and squirrels love the winter berries, and they are so photogenic! The berries are about a quarter of an inch, or less than 1 cm.

Red cotoneaster berries on a winter hedge

Red cotoneaster berries on a winter hedge

Joining up at Scenic WeekendsOutdoor Wednesday, Straight out of the Camera SundayRuby Tuesday 2, Macro Monday, I Heart Macro Saturday, My Romantic Home, Thursday Challenge (Bright Colors) and Saturday Show Off. Thank you for your visit and please come back soon! Remember to click on Sara’s Fave Photos Blog above to see the latest photos here.

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Published Saturday, December 28, 2013, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Glass kimono

I am embarrassed to admit that in the ten years I have lived in the Seattle area, yesterday was my first visit to the Bellevue Arts Museum. Beautiful place! They permitted photography on the first floor, and I was totally entranced with this life-size cast glass sculpture. I am including a full image of it, plus the information posted on the museum wall about it.

Cast glass sculpture Odoriko by Karen LaMonte in the Bellevue Arts Museum

Detail of the cast glass sculpture Odoriko by Karen LaMonte, in the Bellevue Arts Museum

Life size glass sculpture of a kimono

Life size glass sculpture of a kimono

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The top two images are Straight out of the Camera Sunday and I’m also linking this to Shadow Shot Sunday 2Wordless Wednesday and Saturday Show Off. Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

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