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

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lack of Updates

Hi All! Long time no blog! I feel guilty for not posting more often, but I am just unable to get out like normal, growing this human in my belly and all ;) We are more than half way through the pregnancy now, found out last week that it is a boy, and could not be happier!

I took this photo last year and can only imagine this is what Multnomah Falls must look like right about now, with our freezing temperatures lately. Just wanted to post something to say hi to everyone and let you know I am still around and missing the blogging and photography deeply!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The first snowfall of the year hit the lower lying mountain communities this past week. I drove up on Sunday and was forced to turn around and seek a hiking area in lower elevation, since I did not have proper traction for the conditions. Areas as low as Sandy had snow on the sides of the road, and a few miles up the highway in Rhododendron, the side roads were not accessible to anyone not sporting 4 wheel drive at the very least.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mushroom Monday

Seriously, I every Monday lately it seems as though I post a mushroom photo. But I love taking them. There is such a huge variety out there right now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beaver Moon

I recently learned that a full moon in November is also referred to as the "Beaver Moon". From the Farmers Almanac website, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. The Beaver Moon this year was a week ago today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Damp Mushroom

As I walked through the woods in the Mt Hood National Forest last week, I was happy to find many varieties of mushrooms growing out of the leafy ground cover. This one glistened from the rain, and had a bit of damage to the side, but I liked how it provided a window to the scaly underneath. Another surprising note was the large number of shamrocks that still covered the forest floor. Since it has yet to have frozen up there in those woods, the shamrocks were all still alive!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rippling River

Another shot from Salmon River taken last weekend.

Monday, November 14, 2011


You would think, with the gusty winds and number of leaves that have been constantly falling, that the trees would all be bare. But there are still a lot of trees that have not even started to lose their leaves yet!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sun Peeking Through The Trees

The sun made a quick appearance as I took this shot, almost ready to be hidden by the foothill in the distance.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This is the quiet upper portion of the road that I grew up on. The narrow street only gets traffic from hikers that are heading up to the multiple trailheads that dot the roadside. The leaves quietly drifted down as I sat there and listened to the silence.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Out and About

I was able to get out and about yesterday and take some beautiful Autumn-y photos in the forest. The smell of the earth in the air was so refreshing, and was just what I needed!

The ground was covered in mushrooms of many varieties, and I had to literally stop myself from taking photos of them. But I did take a few, as they are on of my favorite little things to find.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yellow Beetle

I don't know what kind of bug this is, but he was doing some damage to the leaf he was standing on!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tomatoes Still At It

Another bright side of a delayed Autumn (other than the mild weather, of course), is that my tomatoes are still going strong. I have put to bed most of my garden in preparation for the cold weather to come, but left my tomato plants because they are still producing fruit. Even last night I went out and plucked a fresh tomato off a plant for our dinner salad. There is nothing like it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Not Yet

This photo was taken last year at the Portland Japanese Gardens. I am posting a photo of last years pretty autumn leaves, because this year, the leaves have yet to change! I took a drive about half way up the mountain yesterday to do some autumn photography and was very disappointed in the still green trees and shrubbery! We seem to be WAY behind on our autumn.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Hardhack, which is part of the rose family, is a pretty common plant found around the lakes up on Mt Hood. The normally pink cluster of flowers (as seen in the background) dries up and looks like this in the autumn before spreading its seeds.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dusk over Timothy Lake

Taken on a grey and gloomy day at Timothy Lake. At dusk, the clouds broke just long enough to catch the sun for a moment.

On a personal note, I guess now is a good of time as any to make an announcement. My husband and I are expecting our first child! I almost 13 weeks along and very excited and happy. A drawback however is that my blog may start to suffer at some point as I become less and less able to get out and photograph. I will do my best though. Thank you all for continuing to stop by! I truly appreciate being a part of your blogging community!

Our little alien headed baby with a gummy bear body. Taken at 10 wks.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Mt Hood reflection among the lily pads at the northernmost point of Trillium Lake.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I was putting my garden to bed for the winter this past week and spotted these two tiny mushrooms. They were so small, only about 1.5 cm in height. I left them perform their function in my yards little ecosystem.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Ladybug

This ladybug better get to where he is going, because the weather has turned for the worse and its getting colder in this area!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mt Hood at Last Light

Taken right after dusk, just before the sky gets too dark, and when the water on Trillium Lake was very calm. You can see the lights from Timberline Lodge at the timberline on the mountain.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Morning Dampness

It's the time of year that when you wake up in the morning, everything is wet with dew!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I am posting a series of photos today, hoping someone can help me solve a mystery. I was hiking behind Trillium Lake up in the Mt Hood National Forest a few weekends ago. The path I was following had taken me about a mile north of the lake. The trail was deserted; I saw no one else on the path except my dog. All of a sudden to my left I saw this car out in the bushes, about 20 ft off the path. I made my way over and the mystery began. First of all, does anyone know what kind of car this is? It had obviously been there for a really long time. Secondly, I have no idea how it got there in the middle of the woods! There is no evidence of even an old abandoned logging road out where I was, so I can't imagine how it ended up at this final resting place. Kinda creepy really. But interesting!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wild Strawberry

These wild strawberry plants are turning red in the autumn cold.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Foggy Hills

At dusk, between two foothills rose a cloud of fog. It continued to grow until after dark, and covered the entire lake we were camping at.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mountain Dew

Early morning dew captured on a leaf up in the Mt Hood National Forest.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Natures Kaleidoscope

In one simple drop of water, clinging to the side of a blade of grass, you can see the entire world around you.

Monday, September 26, 2011

And I'm Back

I am back from my relaxing vacation. I spent 4 gorgeous days camping at two lakes on Mt Hood. This week I will post some of the photos I was able to snap between fishing and napping HAHA!

I came across this brightly colored shelf fungus while hiking northeast of Trillium Lake.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And The Winner Is....

It should be no surprise to anyone that follows this blog that my favorite place to vacation is Trillium Lake up on Mt Hood. In this photo you can catch a beginning glimpse of the infamous cloud cap that often forms over its summit.

I have many memories of this place, as I have been coming here since I was a child. My husband and I were married on its banks. I was there on its opening weekend this year and have been there at least a dozen times this summer. I can think of nowhere else I would rather be!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crater Lake

Day 3 of posting some of my favorite vacation getaways in Oregon. Today's photo is of Crater Lake. I have only been to Crater Lake twice in my life. The last was just a short stop on the way back home from California. There are many camping locations nearby, and I would love to someday stay in the area for a few days again.

A few interesting facts about Crater Lake:

-- Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
-- Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in Oregon.
-- The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148 ft deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama.
-- There are no rivers flowing into or out of the lake; the evaporation is compensated for by rain and snowfall at a rate such that the total amount of water is replaced every 250 years.
-- Crater Lake is known for the "Old Man of the Lake", a full-sized tree which is now a stump that has been bobbing vertically in the lake for more than a century. Due to the cold water, the tree has been rather well preserved.
-- Since 2002, one of the state's regular-issue license plate designs has featured Crater Lake.
-- The commemorative Oregon State Quarter, which was released by the United States Mint in 2005, features an image of Crater Lake on its reverse.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Island" of Neskowin

This week, I am posting photos from some of my favorite vacation spots that I visit in Oregon.

Proposal Rock is sort of an island as Slab Creek (pictured above) empties into the ocean right at the base of the large basalt sea stack, and when the tide is up, water completely surrounds it.

You can hike to the top of the rock when tides are low (and you are brave enough to wade through the freezing waters of the creek) to see the awesome view of the Pacific Ocean around you.

Below is a view looking north towards Proposal Rock in Neskowin. We have a friend with a beach house in the tiny, quiet village, and it is where we go most often when we visit the coast.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Outside the Prineville Reservoir

My vacation countdown is on! In 4 work days, I will be off work for over a week! This week I am going to post photos from some of my favorite vacationing areas in Oregon.

This photo was taken outside Prineville in Central Oregon, where my Dad lives. We often take a drive to the Prineville Reservoir, which is about 45 minutes outside of town. The reservoir is actually behind me in this picture. I am looking east, and a small bit of the little bay can be seen below that wraps around the hill I am standing on.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Smoke from Dollar Lake Fire

My blog has been very "Dollar Lake Fire" oriented lately, since that is the big happening up on Mt Hood lately. I took a drive up I-84 to the town of Hood River on Monday, which joins up with Hwy 35. Hwy 35 goes back towards Mt Hood on the east side and gives a good perspective of the fire and smoke on the north side of the mountain. Needless to say, you could barely even see the mountain though. The smoke is overwhelming. Driving around the mountain past Cooper Spur, the blue sky gave way to smoke filled, hazy areas all the way until Mt Hood Meadows, about a 15 mile stretch of road.

The Dollar Lake fire, which was started by lightning two weeks ago, has scorched about 4,500 acres. Fire crews have contained about 30 percent of the wildfire. The flames are burning about 3 miles away from the Bull Run Watershed, the source of drinking water for around 900,000 people living in the Portland metro area. Fire officials expect the blaze will miss the watershed, plus the nearby high-voltage lines operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And So It Begins...

The east wind has been blowing like crazy lately (which is not helping the wildfires on Mt Hood or in The Dalles). I let my dog out a few mornings ago and the lawn was covered in the first batch of fallen leaves. NOOOOO!!! Too soon for autumn!!!!! I snapped this photo after watering my garden. Wish the leaf was damp from dew or a late summer rain shower instead. We need it to help with those fires!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I have been following the horrible news about the wildfire up on Mt Hood since I visited Cloud Cap last weekend. During that visit, I photographed the very beginning of the visible smoke to this now out of control mess. This area has been victim to wildfire before, most recently only 2 or 3 years ago. While I was up there, I also photographed this tree, with the previously burned forest behind it. The charred remains of the forest have not been cleaned up at all, which leaves an incredible amount of fuel for the fire to thrive off of.

Still burning, The Dollar Lake Fire on Mt Hood has charred at least 4,500 acres.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cloud Cap Sunset

Timing is everything, they say. While I was concentrating on capturing the moment that the sun disappeared behind the very lowest point of the north slopes of Mt Hood, I didn't notice that from my perspective at Cloud Cap Inn, I also was capturing the first signs of smoke from a wildfire that broke out, as seen in the lower right corner of this photograph. The next day I saw the story in the news. Now it is four days later, and the Dollar Lake Fire is at 1,660 acres and threatening the Inn, which I wrote about yesterday. This is the second time in 3 years that the Inn has been threatened by wildfire.

City Daily Photo's theme this month is Perspective.Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cloud Cap Inn

Cloud Cap Inn was built in 1889 on the northeast shoulder of Mt Hood at the 6000 ft mark, and is the second oldest building in the country maintained by the Forest Service. (The oldest is Grey Towers outside Milford, Pa., the boyhood home of the first national forest chief, Gifford Pinchot, which was built in 1886).

Cloud Cap Inn was accessible back then from nearby Hood River via train, and then a long stagecoach ride up the side of the mountain. The excursion took 8 hours, which by car takes less than an hour these days. The Inn officially opened on Aug 3rd of that year, and was only allowed to operate 5 years during winter seasons due to the snowfall in the area, which sometimes exceeds 60 feet of accumulation.

Cloud Cap remained the main destination on the mountain until Timberline Lodge opened on the south side in 1937. Operating in spring and summer only, Cloud Cap Inn ran on and off until 1946. There was threat of tearing the building down in the 50's, but a Mt Hood based climbing club, the Crag Rats, saved the building and are taking care of it to this day. In 1974, it was placed on Oregon's list of historical places.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gloomy Gorge

Signs of autumn are already appearing. The mornings the past few days have been foggy, cloudy and cold. It doesn't actually clear up until late afternoon. Away from the damp Columbia River Gorge (pictured), things are looking dry. Yesterday, I heard geese flying over my work. I am hoping this is just a short phase though. We were so cheated out of summer here in the pacific northwest. We deserve at least another month of good, warm summer weather!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Washington Lily

This Washington Lily was, of course, photographed in Oregon. The large flowers start out pink, and end up white by the time they are fully bloomed.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sun in the Sky

My own twist on a sunny sky. I started this sunflower plant from a tiny seed and now it towers over me. The flower just bloomed yesterday. This is its first morning stretch towards the rising sun in the east.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My favorite view of Trillium Lake

While many people may argue that the view from the dam at Trillium Lake is the best view (such as the one I use for my profile picture here on Blogger), I tend to disagree. While it is beautiful, I appreciate the view from the north side of the lake. The mountain peaks perfectly through the trees. The lily pads dot the surface of the water, and the old dead tree still stands its post at the top of the lake.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flying Overhead

I am not sure what kind of birds these are. Some sort of hawk I assume. They can often be seen doing circles over Trillium Lake. All of a sudden, they rapidly drop down and pull a big fish out of the water. That was what I was waiting for when I took these, but they never dove.

UPDATE: Due to the help I received in my blog comments, I'm going to agree with the majority and say these are osprey. Thanks for your help everyone!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Queen's Cup

Thank you to Heather at My Everyday Graces for helping my identify this wildflower!

There were tons of these Queen's Cups lining the path to Veda Lake. They seem to like the shade, but I noticed this particular flower because of the sunlight hitting its white petals.