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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Neskowins Island

Proposal Rock, Island, Neskowin, Oregon, Neskowin Creek

I might as well share one last photo of Proposal Rock, where I often found myself pointing my lens during a recent trip to Neskowin. Proposal Rock is a sea stack just at the edge of the ocean, named for the turn of the century marriage proposal of Charles Gage to Della Page. I wandered back up the beach along Slab Creek and snapped this photo, with the sun barely shining through the thick storm clouds collecting above. I love me a good coastal storm!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Proposal Rock Reflections

Proposal Rock at Neskowin in the fog

I visited the tiny beach town of Neskowin two weeks ago and because of my busy schedule, have not been able to post the photos until this week. Once I got home I realized I had taken many photos of Neskowin's most prominent feature, Proposal Rock. On the second day we were there, it was very foggy, and I took this photo as the fog was finally starting to burn off and back over the rock.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Ghost Forest at Neskowin

Ghost Forest and Proposal Rock in fog, Neskowin Oregon

On the second day of a recent trip to Neskowin, Oregon, there was a very thick fog that rolled in from the ocean. I know that in the low tide, the remains of an ancient "ghost forest" can be seen on the south side of the rock. I crossed Slab Creek and walked as far down the beach as I could until you could barely make out the silhouette of Proposal Rock with the ghost forest standing guard around it.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Prineville Oregon After Dark

Prineville Oregon from Ochoco Wayside State Park at night

A small bucket list task of mine of the past few years has been to visit the Ochoco Wayside State Park after dark to capture the lights of Prineville. The small central Oregon town was pretty sleepy even on Memorial Day weekend when I visited and was able to cross the wish off my list.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Vehicle of Yesterday

Abandoned Vehicle with Mt Hood

Driving west along Highway 26 outside of Warm Springs, Oregon I noticed this abandoned car in someones field. Being a sucker for anything abandoned, I pulled off the road and navigated carefully over to capture the old vehicle with Mt. Hood overhead in the distance.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sunset Behind the Central Oregon Cascades

Sunset Behind Central Oregon Cascades, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson

I am lucky enough to have access to the very top of Powell Butte in Central Oregon. The view is amazing. We went up there this past weekend just in time to catch the last minutes of the day and the sun going down between Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Under The Three Sisters

Three Sisters over Phalarope Lake


Driving outside of Sisters, Oregon we briefly stopped at Black Butte Ranch to admire the views of the Middle and North Sister looming above Phalarope Lake with Broken Top peeking out from behind the foothills in the distance.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day


Celebrate. Honor. Remember. And most importantly, thank you to our heroes.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Meadow Outside Mosier


I went on a very pretty drive with some friends and my son on Sunday through the Columbia River Gorge, ending up outside of the small town of Mosier. This pretty field filled with wildflowers was so picturesque under the dark rain cloud sky.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Showers


It rained heavily all weekend long. We escaped outside in rain gear to get a breath of fresh spring air. Everything was covered in rain droplets. Lovely!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Ladybug on Uncle Jerry's Iris

Ladybug on Iris macro


In May, the small town of Scio, Oregon has their annual Lamb and Wool Fair, which we like to go to. My husbands Uncle Jerry and his family live there and is a lot of fun to go visit them and partake in the small town atmosphere that I miss so much from my own childhood. The festival has a parade, booths, attractions, and judging for such things as flowers and quilt making. Every year, Uncle Jerry's family enters the flower competition with his gorgeous irises and has won multiple awards. I was lucky enough to get some of the prize winning tubers about two seasons ago and this year, I got my first flowers!!! I went to check out the new pretty blooms in my yard and spotted this ladybug perfectly perched inside. Not too much of a coincidence though really, since I had just released a bag full of nursery ladybugs in my garden that very day. But picturesque nonetheless!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Charles E. Nelson House

Charles E. Nelson homestead, Fairfield House, Dufur, Wasco County, Oregon

I have driven past this abandoned homestead several times before. Sometimes I stop, like I did last winter when everything was brown and dormant. When I drove past this last weekend, it was the opposite of that! The fields of wheat were green and lush, and there were wildflowers all along the edge of the property in front of the house. The house, known as the Charles E. Nelson house, or the Fairfield House as I had previously heard it was named, has a rich history. From some info I gathered online, the house was probably built in 1906 and passed through a handful of ownerships before becoming the Charles E. Nelson place. It appears that Nelson purchased the home in 1926 and lived there with his wife and two daughters until 1949. The house has sat vacant since then.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Cloud Wrapped Forest

Cloud Wrapped Forest, Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

When we have amazing weather like we did this weekend, it is easy to forget that for two weeks it rained. And it rained. And then... it rained! Last week before our sunny skies and after being cooped up inside for what seemed like forever, we had the itch to get outdoors. So we hit up a trail we have been to in the past and dodged raindrops falling through the forest canopy above, which was wrapped in cloudy mist.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mt. Adams Overlooking Wasco County Farmlands


I love taking drives out to northern Central Oregon. Dropping south outside of The Dalles, you are immediately transported into another place and time. Farmlands stretch as far as the eye can see, and are dotted with these old barns. This one had Mt. Adams perfectly framed over it.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Peak of the Trillium Season

Peak of the Trillium Flower Season, Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon

My love for the gorgeous trillium flower runs deep. So this time of year is one of my favorites because I can go on a rainy day hike in the middle of nowhere and see the delicate blooms all over. They stand out to me in their forest surroundings, a beacon of simple beauty.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Behind Boyd Mill

Abandoned building behind Boyd Mill

Out in the middle of nowhere near Boyd, Oregon there are the remains of a mill, and behind that, this old leaning building. I searched online and could not find its true origin. But being a sucker for old abandoned structures, I found it to be simply beautiful!



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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Munson Creek Falls

Munson Falls, Tillamook Oregon

On my sons 4th birthday 2 weeks ago we took the very easy "hike" to Munson Creek Falls outside Tillamook Oregon. The path winds through some pretty forest along Munson Creek, then opens up at the top of a short hill with this breathtaking view of the over 300 foot drop. Midway down the falls is a huge log jam. We walked as far as we could up the trail (it is closed at the top of the platform that you can see here in this photo) to a private area and presented my son with a little birthday cake that we had packed in. Not many kids get a birthday cake at the base of a beautiful waterfall in the woods, but we made it happen because being in the outdoors is his favorite thing!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wildflowers Blooming at Rowena Plateau

Balsamroot and Lupine Blooming at Rowena Plateau


First of all, there have been some big changes over the past week. I have officially decided to change my name from Hood Photography to Sarah Bettey Photography. There were quite a few reasons for the switch, but the main one is that I have long been in a new chapter of my photographic life. I chose the name Hood Photography to represent me back when I had practically no experience. I hastily chose a name that covered my main location of photography, which was up on Mt. Hood where I had lived my whole life up until that point. But I was only in my early 20's then and a lot has changed since that time. I feel using my own name as my "brand" better shows what I do now.  Sarah Bettey Photography reflects my true photographic passion, one that emphasizes my own goals of constantly gathering more knowledge of the craft.  I use the outdoor adventures I take with my 4 year old son, family and friends as a backdrop for my photo opportunities. My photography is a direct result personal life experiences I have with those closest to me when I am capturing those images.

Our first adventure under the new moniker was to Rowena Plateau. The balsamroot and lupine are in bloom, and the blue skies above provided a warm, inviting environment for us to spend some time on Sunday. Our old friend Mt. Hood peaked at us over the hills in the distance beyond the throngs of wildflowers.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sun Setting Behind Cape Kiwanda's Haystack Rock

Sun Setting Behind Cape Kiwanda's Haystack Rock

This is the very last moment of the first day we spent in Pacific City at Cape Kiwanda this past week. Haystack Rock was silhouetted perfectly by the sun just hitting the horizon. A perfect way to end the day!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Maxwell Point and Three Arch Rocks from Cape Meares

Three Arch Rocks and Maxwell Point from Cape Meares


Cape Meares State Park is a great stop along the Oregon Coast. It has a lighthouse, picnic areas, an ancient forest, and spectacular views. This is looking north along the coastline, where you can see the road twisting along behind Maxwell Point, which is reaching out into the ocean towards Three Arch Rocks.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sand and Surf

Surf hitting an ocean rock

My family spent most of the week last week at the Oregon coast to celebrate my sons fourth birthday. So prepare yourselves for beach themed shots! We stayed in Pacific City and had a fantastic time playing in the sand and surf. I miss it already!

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Oregon's Painted Hills

 John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Painted Hills Unit

Everyone has heard of the seven wonders of the world, but Oregon has it's own set of wonders. I have visited most of them, but had not been to the Painted Hills since I was a kid. We traveled there and I got to take in the beauty myself. This was the view from a point off the access road that I wandered down to in order to escape the crowds of people at the overlook. Here we could stand and take in the scenery in peace.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lovely Little Fern

Baby Fern Macro

The woods are full of little baby plants making their springtime appearances. This little fern pushed its way through the moss and will soon unfurl into a pretty frond.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sun Shines Through Spring Blossoms

Sun Shines Through Spring Blossoms

It is the first official week of spring! The sun came out this past weekend and gave us a real taste of what is to come in the near future.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Headwaters of Bridal Veil Creek

Upper Bridal Veil Creek, Larch Mountain, Corbett Oregon


About ten miles above the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway and Bridal Veil Falls are the headwaters of Bridal Veil Creek. They can easily be accessed off Larch Mountain. We took a nice rainy day hike down Palmer Mill Road a ways and enjoyed watching the waters rush over the rocks and down the creek beds.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Getting Close to the Painted Hills

Painted Hills Surrounded by Sage, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The road driving into John Day Fossil Beds National Monument's Painted Hills Unit is pretty amazing. You pass little sneak peeks of what is to come inside the actual park. This hill was a few miles away from the actual entrance, but I liked that you could get so close to the beauty and how it was surrounded by the pretty sage. Strips of laterite give this hill its distinctive bands of color.


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wood Sorrel

When the forest is all lit up in sunlight and the smell of spring is all around, it makes me very happy. Wishing everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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