Work from home doesn’t have to be boring. Enhance your next video call on Zoom, Skype or BlueJeans with virtual backgrounds featuring some of Oregon’s most scenic landscapes. Pretend like you’re calling from a mossy forest or a coastline at sunset. You might even fool some sleepy-eyed coworkers.
Thank you for staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19 — we know it’s not easy. Hopefully these free virtual backgrounds will make it just a little bit better.
Secret Beach, Oregon Coast
The Southern Oregon Coast is known for secluded coves and lesser-known trails. A prime example of this is Secret Beach, located in the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, part of the Oregon State Parks system which is currently closed.
Umpqua River, Southern Oregon
Running from a national forest to the Pacific Ocean, the Umpqua River is a gem of Southern Oregon. When recreation sites reopen, take the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway along a highway of waterfalls and historic sites.
Salt Creek Falls, Willamette Valley
Cascading 286 feet, Salt Creek Falls is Oregon’s second highest single drop waterfall. Though currently closed to the public, the falls is a must-see for Oregonians and visitors alike. It’s just a stone’s throw from mountain bike destination Oakridge.
Deschutes River, Central Oregon
Imagine yourself casting a line in the Lower Deschutes near Maupin. Come spring the famed salmonfly hatch draws anglers, but nearly year round this part of the Deschutes is loved for fishing and whiteriver rafting, among other activities.
Painted Hills, Eastern Oregon
One of three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, which is currently closed, the Painted Hills appear like a Mars landscape more than of Earth. Millions of years of history are revealed in layers of colorful soil.
Parkdale, Mt. Hood & the Gorge
Situated on the eastern slopes of Mt. Hood in the Hood River Valley, Solera Brewery is one of many outstanding breweries in the Gorge. Pretend to enjoy a glass a craft beer, or better yet actually order some to go.
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Region
Enjoy a peaceful moment at the Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park. Though closed right now, the garden shines year round with various trees and plants that change colors seasonally.