Posted by: David Vernon | April 29, 2019

May 2019 Desktop Calendar

May 2019 Desktop Calendar

Iceland is so about the fosses. That’s waterfalls to you and me. The first falls we really explored in 2018 was this one – Godafoss – in the north, just a little east of Akureyri. Sitting on the river Skjálfandafljót (a little tougher to roll off the tongue) – the falls is approximately 40′ tall and well over 100′ wide. If you want some human reference to scale, see this image of my wife standing next to the falls from above. So yeah – impressive.

So enjoy a welcome return to real spring with these lovely falls – and hang on – summer is not far away. Also, we bid adieu to the 1600 x 1200 size this month, so if that irks you, let me know in the comments and we’ll consider our options.

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 31, 2019

April 2019 Desktop Calendar

April 2019 Desktop Calendar

Icelandic horses are sly dogs, er, horses. They don’t fall for a lot of the tricks our American horses fall for. They don’t buy the whole “apple in my pocket” approach. In fact, while you see them all over Iceland, they stand just far enough away from fence lines to stymie photographers with wider lenses. UNTIL THEY DO NOT. On a rainy afternoon last summer, we finally found a few horses willing to pose at close quarters near a river just north of Borgarnes. And pose they did.

So go from April Fool’s Day to genuine spring with some hearty Icelandic horses on your desktop for a month. You’ll thank me later.

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Posted by: David Vernon | February 28, 2019

March 2019 Desktop Calendar

March 2019 Desktop Calendar

We do March – our third month in Iceland calendar-wise for 2019 – at the most voluminous waterfall in all of Europe – Dettifoss. What really amazed us about this falls was … the spray. The area around Dettifoss is a barren moonscape. What you see at the top of the image (the east side) is what everything around there looks like. The west side however is where all that spray goes. I was 400′ or so from the falls and I was getting somewhat drenched. All that water has turned the moonscape into a lush bunch of grasslands… at least in one little spot in the wilds of this crazy landscape. Bonus too for finding the couple wearing blue backpacks and getting their pic taken.

Enjoy your March in northern Iceland. I know I will (’cause I’m headed back to Iceland this month!).

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 31, 2019

February 2019 Desktop Calendar

February 2019 Desktop Calendar

I am not sure what makes the little church at Búðir – a little hamlet out on the south side of Snaefellsness – so popular. It is what you see. A small, mostly one-room little church – painted black with white trim sitting in a field of little yellow flowers and grass. There’s a small stone wall and a little gate. And that’s about it. It sits 2-3 miles from the mountains behind it, and maybe a half-mile from the sea behind me. And yet it’s one of the most photographed buildings in all of Iceland…And somehow I get it – even if I don’t get it. I think it’s because, as photographers, we all kinda copy other photographers and yet try to make things our own.

So there you go – cheated at just 28 days for February – but here nevertheless.

Enjoy your February with more Iceland – including a new 1600 x 900 size.

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 31, 2018

January 2019 Desktop Calendar

January 2019 Desktop Calendar

Welcome to 2019 – what we around here are calling the “Year of Iceland”. And to be enthusiastic and optimistic – while all 12 desktop calendars this year will be from Iceland – I’ve only chosen the first six months so far. I am headed back to Iceland in late March for a few more days and have a whirlwind tour planned – and will find the last six months of 2019 from those images yet to be made.

We start this new year with one of my favorite Iceland locations – the small mountain known as Kirkjufell, out on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. When we got there last June – it was pouring rain – but fortunately it was blowing behind us so we were able to keep the lens relatively dry. This peak rises 1519′ above the surrounding territory and sits just outside the little Icelandic town of Grundarfjordur. The Atlantic Ocean sits behind this view – so the rise is dramatic. It is the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland in fact – even when its raining sideways.

So there you go – get your January off to an Icelandic start (albeit without snow and that’s okay). And then sit back and watch the new “Year of Iceland” unfold over the next 12 months.

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 1, 2018

December 2018 Desktop Calendar

December 2018 Desktop Calendar

Well let’s end the year with a little bit of summer – albeit at around 8500′ above sea level in the foothills of the mountains known as Vedauwoo, in southeastern Wyoming, between Laramie and Cheyenne.

I spent quite a few days running around up here in the 1980s – so a LONG time ago. On a visit last year I finally took the time to really look at it – and bam – just like that a calendar is born.

So there you go – grab one of eight delicious sizes – and collect your desktop calendar for the end of autumn, the end of the year, and the end of … well … warmer weather.

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 31, 2018

November 2018 Desktop Calendar

November 2018 Desktop Calendar

One last Spanish / Basque desktop calendar for 2018. And one more trip to Gaztelugatxe on the Bay of Biscay. As you walk up the 237 stairs to the little chapel on top of the rocks, you pass through their version of the Stations of the Cross. They all lead to some excellent views.

Thanks for spending half of 2018 in Spain with us. We’ll take a one-month interlude next month before featuring Iceland and the Netherlands in 2019.

So there you go – grab one of eight delicious sizes – and it’s adios until next month. Or as the Basque might say – adiskidea!

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 1, 2018

October 2018 Desktop Calendar

October 2018 Desktop Calendar

For our October view of the world, we go from September in Spain to the fall dusk colors of buildings… in Peoria, IL.

Flying ye olde drone oh mine, Sparky 2, last fall, I was returning to the parking lot at the base of the image, when this view came into Sparky’s line of sight. And from 75′ up, we got this lovely sunset lights-on view of the River City in its autumnal glory. I however have no complaints.

So while it isn’t the lovely sights of Spain this month, I’m guessing there are at least a few fine tourists who would enjoy a Peoria perspective every once in awhile. So join the crowd, and grab one of eight righteous sizes.

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Posted by: David Vernon | August 31, 2018

September 2018 Desktop Calendar

September 2018 Desktop Calendar

It’s back to Spain for September, and a visit to Guernica and the Santa Maria Church. The church stands on the highest point in town. Although its construction started in 1418, it went through several modifications throughout the centuries and wasn’t actually finished until 1715.

On April 26, 1937, most of the city was carpet-bombed by German and Italian forces fighting with/for the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. It’s estimated that 75% of the buildings in the town of 7,000 people were destroyed that day and only about 10% escaped damage. The Santa Maria Church was one that survived – but it didn’t come out unscathed. Although the Church wasn’t destroyed in the bombing, it was seriously damaged and its parochial archive was lost in the fire that followed. But it still stands today, somewhat a worthy testament to the resiliency of the Basque through the millennia, and one day in particular.

So on that cheery note, enjoy those wonderful blue doors and welcome fall (how did that happen already?) – and enjoy the Santa Maria Church in Guernica, Spain, in one of eight ridiculous sizes.

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 31, 2018

August 2018 Desktop Calendar

August 2018 Desktop Calendar

For August we distract ourselves with a trip to the Utah – Arizona border, and the amazing rock formation known as The Second Wave. Not quite as famous as it’s sister rock formation – aka just The Wave – which sits about 0.3 miles to the north, the Second Wave nevertheless – while covering less ground than its sibling – is still a sight to behold. So after our hike to the Wave last November, we walked a little further when all was said and done and checked out the little sibling. And it did not disappoint.  Maybe just 100′ or so from end-to-end, this view is from the side about 1/3 of the way down from the eastern end. The classic Second Wave photo is this one – just saying – or this one – featuring my hiking partner and father – for scale.

So there you go – consider yourself distracted for the dog days of summer – and enjoy the Second Wave in one of eight ridiculous sizes.

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 1, 2018

July 2018 Desktop Calendar

July 2018 Desktop Calendar

My inadvertent mini-theme for June and July – underneath bridges – continues…

This time however, we go all the way to Bilbao, Spain to see the gigantic mural underneath the La Salve Bridge. Artists went to work a few years ago creating this giant mural on the bridge’s north pier. The bridge, in fact, sits just to the east of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and crosses the lovely Nervión River in one of the great artistic corridors in Europe.

So key into one more bridge for one more month – and get your favorite size right here, right now.

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 28, 2018

June 2018 Desktop Calendar

June 2018 Desktop Calendar

I’ve detected an inadvertent mini-theme for June and July – underneath bridges…

We start at sunset under the Bob Michel in East Peoria, looking back at Peoria. In July, we’ll get a little further afield, but for now – local is just fine.

Shot with the DJI Spark drone – about 15′ up and about 20′ out from the river wall – just getting downtown Peoria nicely lined up through the bridge piers for a very nice sunset.

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2018

May 2018 Desktop Calendar

May 2018 Desktop Calendar

It’s back to Spain for May – and to one of my favorite places in Basque county – the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

An inspired Frank Gerhy-designed building, I spent almost as much time outside of it as I did inside of it. After the Louvre and the D’Orsay in Paris, I wasn’t sure how well this would hold up – and yet – it did. A wonderful museum in a lovely small hip city.

Meanwhile, help yourself to one of these awesome size choices, good from May Day to Memorial Day with a few extra days added in.

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 1, 2018

April 2018 Desktop Calendar

April 2018 Desktop Calendar

We let April take us to the middle of one of my favorite roads in the US – Utah 12, between Bryce and Torrey (so between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef). There’s a spot just a few miles east of Escalante, UT, called the Head of the Rocks Overlook. As you stand there and look north at sunset, well, you get this view – and it ain’t bad… Mind you – there are a lot of excellent views on this road, so maybe we’ll see another calendar from here some day. This is the 12th Utah image as a calendar – but the first from Utah 12 – so it kinda fits.

Meanwhile, help yourself to one of these awesome size choices, and consider it your first April Fools’ day present. You celebrate that, right?

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Posted by: David Vernon | February 28, 2018

March 2018 Desktop Calendar

March 2018 Desktop Calendar

We’re back to Spain for March. Gaztelugatxe (I can’t pronounce it either) is an islet on the coast of the Bay of Biscay near Bermeo – in kind of north central Spain. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. On top of the island stands a hermitage (named Gaztelugatxeko Doniene in Basque; San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spanish), dedicated to John the Baptist, that dates from the 9th-10th century.

The word gaztelugatxe comes from the Basque gaztelu = “castle”, “fort” and gaitz = “difficult”, “tremendous”, forming gaztelu gaitza, gaztelugatxe “the craggy fort”. It’s still dang hard to say.

It’s a long steep walk down to the bottom, and then 237 steps back to the top – where you can ring the bell on the outside of the chapel. And if you ring the bell, that means you get a March calendar.

So think happy Spanish thoughts in good late afternoon Bay of Biscay light and decorate your desktop with one of these delightfully-sized images to get through the month that brings us both Spring and Daylight Savings Time.

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