“A Year in Oregon’s High Desert” offers escapism you can feel good about
Feeling stressed? A dose of natural beauty could help.
Studies have shown that spending time in a natural setting, or even viewing scenes of nature, can lower stress level, heart rate and blood pressure and make people feel more trusting and generous. Because humans are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water and other natural elements engrossing, nature scenes are well-suited to distract us from our pain and discomfort.
If you could use some desert distraction, check out “A Year in Oregon’s High Desert,” a virtual exhibition of high desert photography, when it opens on November 16. This show features 24 stunning images from public lands in Eastern Oregon, including both grand landscapes and close-ups of the plants and wildlife that give Oregon’s sagebrush steppe its pulse.
Coordinated by Oregon Natural Desert Association to showcase the high desert’s natural beauty, this exhibition will take viewers through some of the most scenic, remote and awe-inspiring wild places in Oregon’s high desert, including the Owyhee Canyonlands, John Day River Basin, Steens Mountain Wilderness and the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.