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

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Beauty Close Up

Believe it or not, but this wildflower is actually quite boring and nondescript when you see it from far away. Just an average stalk of white flowers on a thick stem. But up close, each little white flower is a gorgeous little orchid! I looked on my favorite wildflower identification site and found out that it is called the White Bog Orchid.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013


This cityscape, taken from the Pittock Mansion on a clear, summer day, is so "Portlandia". The city is laid out directly below. The foothills and extinct volcanoes of east Portland and Gresham are beyond that - there are 33 cinder cones in a 13 mile radius here. And of course, Mt Hood looms in the distance. I enjoyed seeing the large bird floating on the breeze and into my frame :) The view is a perfect mix of big city and the nature that surrounds us, which is a huge part of what Portland prides itself in.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Visiting Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake is easily accessible by a short 1/4 mile path. And man, oh man, is it gorgeous! The water is soooo crystal clear, and the color of it is amazing. My favorite feature (besides the color, of course) are the large fallen trees sitting at the bottom of the lake, some 45 feet deep. According to the Mt Hood National Forest website, the lake is considered a geologic oddity, possibly created by artesian water forcing its way through the soft volcanic rock, creating a "blowhole."

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I took a great walk at Timothy Lake this past weekend with my new camera. We walked from the day use area at the west side of the lake to the tip of Meditation Point, about 2 miles each way. I had never done this walk before. What a nice little adventure, as it was stroller friendly as well.

The water was so blue it practically glowed, and was very clear as well, so it was easy to see the details of this stump through it. My son and I sat on a log near this stump and splashed our feet in the water and threw rocks :)

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