Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Tuesday, July 15, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Faves from last year


I haven’t been taking enough pictures recently to have ones worthy of sharing, so I thought I’d look at last year on this date and see what I found. Voila! Some very nice ones. The first was taken at the Darrington Bluegrass festival, in a sunny moment. I do not know the name of the beautiful mountain.

And here are some daylilies that I grew in the Des Moines house. They are only in their third year here in the ground. Our new house in Normandy park will definitely have some of these, after the garden gets going.



Published Monday, July 7, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Rose in the rain


Back at my old place, doing some gardening while waiting to sell it, a little drizzle was followed by a bit of weak sun. I saw a Peace rose glistening and had to run get my camera.


Published Monday, June 23, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Whidbey Island Garden Tour


We went on the ferry and strolled through several gardens on the Whidbey Island Garden Tour on Saturday. While none of the gardens truly thrilled me, there is always much to learn and photograph. This rose is called Hot Cocoa.

There was also a honeysuckle vine I had never seen. Alas, it had no scent. But how beautiful it was!



Published Friday, June 20, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Fabulous foxgloves

foxgloves.jpg Our new neighborhood has a few lovely gardens. This strip of foxgloves takes my breath away.


Published Saturday, June 7, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Seattle P-patch snaps


They’re not in my garden, but they are beautiful. The mild winter helped snapdragons overwinter nicely this year. This P-patch community garden on Thomas Street in Seattle is such a lovely place for a late-afternoon stroll, even on a cool and cloudy day.


Published Sunday, June 1, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

A portrait

Katrina drawing

I won’t be doing too many portraits, but sometimes you just have to. This is our granddaughter Katrina, drawing a picture. She is five years old.


Published Sunday, June 1, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Moved to new place


The reason for the long gap in before the last photo is that we moved from Des Moines WA to Normandy Park WA. Our new yard is big and looks even bigger as it connects up seamlessly with the properties on both sides, plus a horse pasture with two beautiful horses is directly in back. I did want to post a nice photo from my yard, but the weather did not cooperate for a good photo EXCEPT for this shot of my neighbor Dan’s yard right next to ours. I promise you’ll have ones of my actual yard in the future.


Published Monday, May 26, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Folklife Festival in Seattle

The Needle and music stage

We went to the Seattle Folklife Festival for the first time, and rode the monorail, also for the first time, to get there. It was a perfect, perfect day, with warm and sunny skies; just heaven. Lots of music that made you dance. There’s nothing like live! This group was the Clumsy Lovers, a celtic bluegrass band, and a stomping good time it was. The Space Needle behind the stage was visual perfection to add to the sensory overload below it.


Published Tuesday, April 22, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

My Birthday in Seattle

First we went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Seattle Center. This detail is of the Experience Music Project.
These tree roots are at the Seattle Center. Amazing! I wonder why they do that.
Then a chilly walk on Alki Beach, for the first time for me. Even though the weather was windy and cold, especially the rain cloud that was not raining on us, yet, the scene was so beautiful. Can you see the group of ducks on the water?


Published Sunday, April 13, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Magnolia at sunset

magnbacklit1.jpg I am blessed with this magnolia tree in my backyard, and a hillside location that catches the very late, pink light of the sun setting over the Olympics. I’ve been trying to catch the magnificence of the tree in all its glory, and yesterday the light was just like I like it. Digital cameras are so wonderful! I would never have kept shooting like I did, hoping for the perfection of bloom and light, with a film camera. I just love that it’s all free!


Published Thursday, April 10, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Scallions, or green onions?

Scallions, raised beds, Des Moines

Here are some scallions getting ready to bloom. I planted some seeds three years ago, and was surprised to find they come back every year, even spreading little new ones by seed. So firm and vigorous looking! In the back you can see some grape hyacinths, also an easy to grow and welcome sight in the spring.


Published Wednesday, April 9, 2008, OK personal/derivative use; link

Richmond Beach, near Shoreline, WA

Richmond Beach, near Shoreline, WA

Thought I’d take a break from flowers. This is Puget Sound in all its cloud and sky glory. You’ve got to like clouds to live around here. We were visiting a friend in Richmond Beach and it was brand new to us. Can’t beat a water view.