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Small Splendors, Vast Landscapes

March 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Continuing ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series, Ellen Bishop will present “Small Splendors, Vast Landscapes.” Oregon’s deserts offer serene and yet provocative landscapes that invite contemplation. Yet sometimes, in viewing their sweeping vistas, we overlook the details that provide insight to their origins. These micro views of a macro landscape tell stories of epic floods, volcanic explosions, violent storms and more, as well as providing an entree to wildlife that we may overlook. Ellen’s image-rich talk is a guide to how we can read the details in these treasured landscapes that are precious to us all.

About the Speaker

As we become a more urban and technologically-driven society, Ellen Bishop thinks it is essential to reestablish our ties to place. She accomplishes this through both images and words, as well as interpretive work. With a Ph.D. in geology and specialization in terranes of the Northwest, it’s natural that Pacific Northwest landscapes are Ellen’s specialty. Her images are helping The Nature Conservancy, Western Rivers Conservancy, Grand Canyon Trust and other organizations achieve their conservation and public education goals.  When not photographing wild landscapes, she focuses on writing. Her work includes the award-winning In Search of Ancient Oregon and Living With ThunderThe Past Present and Future of Pacific Northwest Geology.

Registration is required to receive the link to this virtual event, and registration closes two hours before the event begins. This event will be hosted on Zoom, and you will receive the Zoom link one hour before the event. You will also receive a captioned recording of the presentation after the event.

ONDA is committed to fostering equity and inclusion in our conservation work and seeks to create an inclusive environment for all volunteers, partners, collaborators, employees and event attendees.

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ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series features intriguing stories, exquisite photography, and fascinating natural history from the high desert and across the West. Learn more about the full lineup at www.onda.org/speakerseries.

Thank you to First Interstate Bank and Summit Conservation Strategies for sponsoring this event.

Photo: Ellen Bishop.


March 15, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Corinne Handelman
(503) 703-1006