A Year in Oregon’s High Desert

Jim Davis

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s annual Wild Desert Calendar features awe-inspiring photography from Oregon’s dry side, from the Deschutes River canyon to the Owyhee Canyonlands.

This year, we invite you to experience “A Year in Oregon’s High Desert.” Take a gallery tour to get to know the wild, remarkable places and wildlife of this region, as featured in the 2021 Wild Desert Calendar. After you have viewed the gallery, scroll down this page to read stories from the photographers and learn about opportunities to support conservation in the region.


Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”




Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus




Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus


Hang This Cover Shot In Your Home

ONDA has one framed print of the gorgeous Mickey Basin scene that graces our 2021 calendar cover available for purchase. This signed, archival canvas, board mounted print (20 x 30" image size in a 26”x 36” frame) was donated by photographer Jim Davis and is available for $695. All proceeds directly support ONDA's efforts to protect, defend and restore Oregon's high desert.

Interested? Check the box and fill out the form below. Requests to purchase will be processed in the order they are received. If you are first in line, we will reach out as quickly as possible with information about how you can purchase the print.

Behind the Lens

From rapidly-changing weather and shifting seasons to unmarked routes and unexpected terrain, photographing Oregon’s high desert requires careful planning, a bit of luck and a strong sense of adventure.

Want to hear the story behind these beautiful photos, from the photographer who got the shot? Allow the images below to transition, or click on the circles on the left-hand side of the images to view at your own pace.

Each month, as we’ll post four new stories that delve into the photographer’s efforts to capture the vast, varied landscapes and uniquely charismatic wildlife of the region and their motivation to document this region.

You can also join ONDA for a live “Behind the Lens” presentation on December 16, 2020.

Greater Sage-Grouse

Richard Eltrich

Middle Deschutes River, Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Area

James Parsons

The land between the Hart and Sheldon Refuges

Jim Davis

Cedar Waxwing

David Lukas

Thank you for exploring “A Year in Oregon’s High Desert!” The incredible wild places featured in this exhibit and the Wild Desert Calendar are kept safe from harm thanks to ongoing advocacy of ONDA’s broad community of members and supporters. With your support, ONDA can continue to be a strong voice for Oregon’s wild places, conserving and restoring high desert landscapes as we have been since 1987.

To stand up for these wild places and wildlife, make a donation in support of conservation. You’ll receive a complimentary copy of the 2021 Wild Desert Calendar, and your gift will fuel critical initiatives to secure a healthy, protected future for this region.

The calendar also makes a great gift. You can purchase the 2021 Wild Desert Calendar on our site or through our list of retail partners.

Special thanks to to all of the photographers who submitted images for calendar consideration, and to our calendar committee for their significant contributions to creating the Wild Desert Calendar each year.

And, thank you Birkenstock – Bend Shoe Co, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Paulina Springs Books, Six Moon Designs, Strictly Organic Coffee Co., Summer Lake Hot Springs and Wild Birds Unlimited for supporting high desert conservation and the Wild Desert Calendar.

Questions? Email our team.