Welcome to Sarah Bettey Photography, featuring photos
from the Mt. Hood to Portland, Oregon areas and beyond

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Waterfall behind Bagby Hot Springs

A trail behind Bagby Hot Springs winds into the woods. The trail is marked "1/2 mile to waterfall", but this is a short 1/2 mile. It took only a few minutes to reach the falls, which were about half frozen and surrounded by long icicles. You could walk behind the falls and look up to where the water spilled over the edge.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snow should stay in the mountains

It snowed in the Portland Metro area yesterday evening. Man, what a mess it makes when the snow leaves its normal "home" up in the mountains and comes down into town. Traffic accidents galore - its almost like a panic! We do get a good snowfall almost once a year, but it always seems to catch people off guard. Luckily, this morning, the temps are higher and the snowfall is already slushy and melting away.
I prefer the snow to stay up in the mountains, such as is pictured above. I took this photo Sunday on my hike up to Bagby Hot Springs (see posts this week for more of our adventures). This is crossing a bridge over one of the creeks heading up the trail, Whetstone Creek.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Row of Icicles

The temperature when we left the car at 9:30am to hike up to Bagby Hot Springs on Sunday was 27 degrees F. It wasnt bad though. Any wind was blocked by the trees surrounding us. However, the river was surrounded by ice. When crossing one of the trails bridges, I spotted this chilly looking log that had fallen over one of the quick moving water chutes.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bagby Hot Springs

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We did :) On Sunday, some friends from out of town came to visit and we went to Bagby Hot Springs. Bagby is a natural hot springs site located up in the wilderness beyond Estacada, OR. The site is about a mile hike in, and consists of a variety of tubs and bathhouses. This time of year it is much less popular than in the summer due to the snow. But the 138 degree crystal blue waters provide comfort in even the cold weather. We got there early and claimed the main tub on the open deck. We stayed til it started to get darker and hiked out. This week I will post some pics from our adventure.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Frosty leaves

It is cold out again! This morning I backed out of my garage and the world was covered in frost. Its almost 1pm, and the temperature has only gone up 2 degrees above freezing. Brr!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Las Vegas Bowl

Today is the day of the Las Vegas Bowl, where our Oregon State Beavers play their last game of the 2009 season. GO BEAVS!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Today is the first day of winter, AKA the shortest day of the year. The way I look at it is that the days will only get longer from here on out ;)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Going South

Almost every time you go outside, you can hear the distant honking of a group of geese. Look up and you see their triangle formation as they head south towards warmer weather.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Swollen Creeks

The creeks are swelling around the area from the extensive rainfall.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Welcome Back, Rain

After our cold, icy weather lately, rain is a welcome sight. It means there is significant cloud cover and that the temperatures are staying warmer than they have been. In the past 24 hours, and looking forward for the next few days, we are getting about an inch of rain per day here in our area.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ice Storm

Saturday night was quite the weather adventure. Reports had been predicting snow and ice for the whole week, but nothing had come of it. My husband and I went to a friends for dinner and ended up getting stranded there overnight. The frozen rain coated everything and made it impossible to drive. The next morning we woke up and someone had hit my husbands truck, which had been parked on the street. Not a good way to wake up. But at least noone was hurt. Luckily the ice is all gone now and the temperatures are suppose to raise this week. In the meantime though, its off to get his truck repaired :(

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cloud capped hills

The clouds creeping over the Jones Canyon hills. Have a good weekend!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Temperature above 30 today!

The current temperature is 31. I dont know if it will get above freezing today, but if it does, it will be the first time in about a week! The unusually cold temperatures have frozen everything around. I thought this stump, with its rings accentuated with frost, was interesting.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sherars Falls

I am not through posting pictures from my camping trip to Central Oregon two weeks ago ;) This one is of Sherars Falls on the Deschutes River. Sherar’s Falls is a traditional fishing site used by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Purchased by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the 1970s, the falls and lands adjacent to them have been put into trust. Currently, the Bureau of Land Management maintains the lands for the Tribe, however, tribal members continue to build their scaffols and fish for salmon at the falls.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Frosty Weather

In the past week, the weather has gotten colder and colder every day. It is presently 11:45am, and only 27 degress F. The skies are totally clear, so there is no cloud layer to provide any warming blanket. Every morning, the dew freezes and leaves an icy layer of frost on everything it touches.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lights at Hoodland

Heading over the mountain on the way to Thanksgiving at my Dads, we made a quick pit stop in Welches at the Hoodland Thriftway. They had put up their Christmas lights, which shone through the dawn light. The mountain silohuetted in the distance is Huckleberry Mountain, which is a foothill on the southwest side of Mt Hood. It is also the mountain I grew up on!

On another note, today is the Civil War for the Rose Bowl between the OREGON STATE BEAVERS and the oregon ducks.

GOOOO BEAVS!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dechutes River at Warm Springs

Before heading out for camping this past weekend, we went to my Dads house in Prineville (Central Oregon) for Thanksgiving. This was taken at dawn at the roadside stop along the Deschutes River in Warm Springs, OR.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jones Canyon

This is the view looking north up the Deschutes River from our campsite this weekend in Jones Canyon. This was taken right before dusk.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A week of camping pictures

I'm back from a long weekend of camping. We stayed in Jones Canyon, which is in central Oregon off the Deschutes River. It was fairly chilly the whole time, and occasionally raining. But when the sky opened up and the sun came out, the area was so beautiful it made you forget. This week (and perhaps a part of next), I will be posting pictures from our trip.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Morrison Bridge lit OSU Beaver Orange

Starting yesterday, and running thru December 3rd when the Oregon State vs Oregon "Civil War" game is held, private donations have been made to light the Morrison Bridge orange, in celebration of our OSU Beavers. The winner of the annual rivalry will claim the Rose Bowl game this season. I just HAD to go downtown to get this picture tonight before leaving for the holiday weekend. GO BEAVS!!!!

(PS) Happy Thanksgiving! I will post again on Monday the 30th when we return from family gatherings and a 4 day camping trip!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Portland Trailblazers!!!

Last night my husband and I, his brother and his girlfriend went to the Blazers vs Bulls game at the Rose Garden. The Blazers kicked butt, winning 122-98. I only had my little play camera and was sitting in the 300 section (so pretty high up) but still got this fun shot of the "play of the day". Good times!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Snowboarding time!!!

This is a view of Mt Jefferson taken through a ski lift up at Timbeline on Mt Hood. Its snowboarding (and skiing) time again!!! With the cloudy, wet weather we have been having, the snow levels are higher than normal. Typically the resorts on the mountain aim to open on Thanksgiving weekend, but they opened weeks early this year!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birds getting ready for winter

The sun peeked out a few times yesterday and this morning. I think this duck was stretching out to enjoy the rare warmth. Lately, it is getting more frequent to hear the geese overhead, flying south for winter. I hope to get a good picture of them this autumn. Too bad I get out of work after dark :(

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snow Berries

These inedible Snow Berries can be found all over, in clumps around damp, swampy areas (which are plentiful around her this time of year!). They usually bear the fruit in the late summer, and the berries hang around long after the leaves have left the plant. I took this picture before this happened, cause once the leaves are gone, its much less attractive to photograph ;)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Late Blooming Rose

This weekend I clipped down the rose bushes in my back yard in preperation for winter. But not before taking this one last picture of this late blooming rose. If only I could pass the fragrance of this beautiful rose along with the image ... ;)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wishing for more of these clear skies

It seems like forever since we have seen blue skies like this, although this was only taken a few days ago. It was a short break in the cloudy, rainy weather.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rainbow Trout Pond

At the Bonneville Dam, there are many fish ponds, but this one is particularly packed!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Leaf covered road

You can barely make out the road beneath the thick layer of leaves on the ground.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Multnomah Falls in Autumn

Multnomah Falls is a very popular tourist attraction, even on a wet, soggy autumn day like this.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Full Moon Week

This past Monday night was a full moon, but I was not able to get out with my camera until Wednesday night. Good thing I did, because it has since clouded over and there is no chance of seeing the autumn moon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Autumn Reflections

There was just enough sunlight bouncing off the yellow leaves to reflect nicely on the still pond below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mystery Berries

Any ideas as to what these mystery berries are? They are on a bush in my moms yard. The reddish-orange stands out against the otherwise "done" garden.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sun hits the leaves

For the first time in what seems like weeks, the sun came out this weekend. The warm light finally hit these changing leaves.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Here it is, the pumpkin I posted last week, in its newly carved glory!!! Happy Halloween everyone, and GO BEAVS!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Grassy Water Droplets

The dewy mornings make for a layer of water droplets on all the blades of grass. Lovely!

A thought to ponder: People are often confronted with the “grass is always greener” dilemma. In simplest terms, take a look at your problems compared to those of other people. Would you trade your problems for theirs? That’s what I thought… :) The grass is definitely not greener. It’s brown and wilted and in some spots it’s just cement.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Piles of Leaves

The piles of leaves around the neighborhoods are growing, and the trees are looking more bare. The house on the corner of our street has no lawn, just a blanket of fallen leaves.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Photo Friday: Autumn 09

Photo Fridays theme this week is Autumn 2009. I have taken a handful of pictures this autumn so far, but I chose this particular photo for a more personal reason. In August, my husband and I moved into a house and this is the large tree in the front yard. I think it best represents where we have gotten to in our life this year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Water Droplets on my Pumpkin

My pumpkin is sitting outside waiting patiently for me to get the time to carve it. While it waits, however, it seems to get rained on quite often. I thought it made for a nice autumn picture.

I also realized that I passed my year anniversary of blogging (Oct 9!!). A year goes by so fast...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I <3 Mushrooms

I love this time of year most of all because of the mushrooms. We have so many unique varieties that appear in the autumn. This one has always been my favorite. It stands about 4 inches tall, which is pretty impressive for a delicate fungi!

Monday, October 19, 2009

No Play Today

The rain has been falling at a steady pace the past week or so. But I hear sometime this week its supposed to stop and we will have some dry fall days. I hope! I need to get out and take some pictures!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Odd Red Rainbow

On my way home from work two days ago, I spotted a rainbow in the distance. This is not too unusual this time of year. The odd part was the sky behind it. The clouds were all tinted red because behind me the sun was setting. It seemed to distort the colors of the rainbow itself a bit too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What kind of little flower is this???

I spotted this little, star shaped flower floating along with the seed fluff in the creek. Does anyone know what kind of flower this is?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tree in transition

Funny, the different speeds that trees change to their fall colors. There are some trees that are totally leaf-less already, some that have changed to all red or yellow. And then there are some like this one that have just started their transition. The outside leaves are already red and orange, but the more tucked away inner leaves are still green.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Juniper Berries

I am trying a new meme today -- Blue Monday! Its a bit challanging to find something blue out in nature that is not sky/water related. But I thought this picture of juniper berries, taken in central Oregon when I was there a few weeks ago, was appropriate!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Going to seed

These flowers are all over our area. This time of year the go to seed, putting off these clumps of cotton-like tuft to float away in the fall winds.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rain is on its way...

All the forecasts are telling us that the rainy season is right around the corner. This weekend should be mostly clear, but then starting next week the clouds, like the ones pictured, will take over the skies and the long months of rain will begin. I am suprised, actually, that it has held out as long as it has! Gotta love the great northwest :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Golden Thistle

I love the way the sun hit the crevaces and the prickles of this dried thistle head.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How "Autumn"...

The wind last week blew our first real layer of autumn leaves around the ground, and then the rain followed. I thought his picture had a true feeling of "autumn" to it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wild Rose Hips

Off the side of the path I take my dog to walk were these clusters of wild rose hips.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monochrome Mountain

I thought changing this picture to black and white showed the new snow on the Mt Hood top at its best. Every couple of days, the clouds cover the practically bare autumn mountain, and when it emerges again, it has a new dusting of snow. The new snow doesnt last long, but soon it will have accumulated so much that we wont see Mt Hood bare again until summer of next year!