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

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Do you see the face?

When I took this photo of lichen, I really was just focusing on the cool textures and layers. But once I looked at the picture later, I noticed the face. Do you see it?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Duckling

When we go up to our favorite lake on Mt Hood (Trillium Lake), there are always a lot of mother ducks with their babies. Its kinda fun to see them grow. We go up often enough that we are able to really follow how big they are all getting. The last time we went about 2 weeks ago, these older ducklings still had all their fuzz, but were getting almost big enough to start growing feathers. The one in the middle by his mom was very excited to see us, and wiggled his little body and wings for me at just the right moment!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Zig Zag River

I grew up in a small mountain community which was split into about half a dozen villages. Heading up Highway 26 towards Mt Hood, you will pass through Brightwood, Wemme, Welches, Zig Zag, and Rhododendron. The road I grew up on was sort of a border between two of them. The west side of the road was Welches, the east side was Zig Zag.

My main memories of the small area known as Zig Zag was their tiny market/gas station (which still to this day dangerously perches on the side of a deep ravine and looks like it will topple in at any time), the pizza restaurant (Zig Zag Inn), and the FRIGID COLD Zig Zag River, which I have pictured in todays post. The water in this picture is surprisingly calm, as much of the river is full of rapids. I wanted to show the color of the water.

It took serious cahonas to play in the Zig Zag River, as it was direct runoff from the Zig Zag glacier on Mt Hood. The water never rose above probably 45-50 degrees in the hottest part of the summer. The rapids made for great intertubing though, and I did brave them numerous times with friends when I was young. Now I am too old (AKA have more brains) and realize there are warmer, more pleasant intertubing rivers around!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A little sun did the trick!

Over the hot week and weekend, my garden kinda exploded!!! My sweet pea plant is packed full of pods like this one. My cherry tomato plant went from full of flowers to little tomatoes. All the flowering plants are colorful and happy. My herb garden is gorgeous! Its about time ;)