Posted by: David Vernon | November 29, 2016

December 2016 Desktop Calendar

December 2016 Desktop Calendar

Probably the most famous spot in Canyonlands National Park in Utah – except most people don’t see it at this time of day.

Mesa Arch is famous for sunrises. In fact a good part of the year, the sun rises as seen through the arch. It’s very dramatic. Go ahead and Google it and take a look. Famous. We, on the other hand, elected to go elsewhere for sunrise that morning. After all, we were staying in Moab, UT, so Arches NP was a few minutes up the road. And one of the most wonderful state parks in Utah, Dead Horse Point, is also close, so Canyonlands and its famed arch were conveniently left for late morning. The plus – no one was there on what was actually a warmish February day. At sunrise the place can be packed with photographers. Who knew the lovely LaSal Mountains were through that arch? No one ever sees them when the sun is rising just over them. So bonus. Alas – this is how it works out some times. So no drama. No brilliant orange. Just a quiet arch on a quiet morning, in a very quiet national park. I’ll take it.

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Posted by: David Vernon | November 1, 2016

November 2016 Desktop Calendar

November 2016 Desktop Calendar

What can you say about #94 in a series, posted now 94 months in a row? Well, you can say, by my math, that I was 12 years old when this started. You could say it, but you would be wrong… You can also suggest that one not write these blurbs when one is tired.

Okay – it’s Michigan – taken about 370 days ago up just above the waters of Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. A place to go back to some day – but gorgeous on this rainy empty fall day where once again I barely saw a soul. And that is how I like my National Lakeshores…

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 1, 2016

October 2016 Desktop Calendar

October 2016 Desktop Calendar

Somewhere between Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierras, and Death Valley, further to the east, sits the Alabama Hills – on the edge of the Owens Valley, outside the town of Lone Pine. And if you stand with your back to Mt. Whitney, at sunrise in late January or early February some year, this is what it will look like. Well, except for the little calendar in the corner – we add that for your benefit. You can’t say we aren’t looking out for you.

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Posted by: David Vernon | September 1, 2016

September 2016 Desktop Calendar

September 2016 Desktop Calendar

Now somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota, there lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon. That Beatles lyric would be more interesting if this were South Dakota. It is not. Now if Rocky Raccoon took a trip to Death Valley in California… THEN we’d have had something. This is why that band didn’t make it.

The Road to Wildrose – as in Wildrose – the town/camping area in Death Valley, California, was about 18 miles long and we were hoping we could get out the other end but – get this – flooding damage had closed the road down near Wildrose. Flooding damage – in Death Valley. Climate change FTW. So we enjoyed the sunset views in the foothills of the mountains that make the valley that is famous for heat and emptiness… and you can do with your free exciting desktop calendar.

Now that you’ve come this far, why not get yours while they last. Which will be for a long time… And whistle a little Rocky Raccoon. Here we go:

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 31, 2016

August 2016 Desktop Calendar

August 2016 Desktop Calendar

I know – you were probably expecting a Paris desktop calendar this month. Well, there’s an order and hierarchy to this thing – so you’re gonna have to suck it up and live with Zion – at Canyon Junction under a lovely sunset. Which – in a word or two – ain’t bad.

So thing spring in Utah instead of hot summer in Paris. Here we go:

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Posted by: David Vernon | June 30, 2016

July 2016 Desktop Calendar

July 2016 Desktop Calendar

Continuing on a California theme, we move from last month’s Death Valley, just a few hundred miles up the Sierras to little Mono Lake, just east of Yosemite, near Lee Vining, CA. We visited there in cool January, quite the opposite of summer in Death Valley, where the temp hit 129 degrees in June. Yeah – good timing.

Mono is a very salty, mineral lake, and over the millennia, tufa have formed. These are large calcium deposits in the water that look very otherworldly. The lake, with water diverted 250 miles to Los Angeles, sunk quite a bit over the years, revealing a lot of tufa that had been at least partially submerged. The lake water no longer goes south, but the lake level is still very low.

Enjoy that July heat with remembrances of January cool mornings – California-style. Here we go:

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 29, 2016

June 2016 Desktop Calendar

June 2016 Desktop Calendar

Well I’m just days away from my third exciting little photo adventure of 2016 – an adventure that should leave me piled deep in desktop calendar candidates. But until that is accomplished, we’ll stay in Death Valley for a second month and move from traditional sand dunes to something a little more rugged looking. It’s all just so beautiful in Death Valley. especially at sunrise and especially at Zabriskie Point…

Enjoy that first month with summer in it. Here we go:

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2016

May 2016 Desktop Calendar

May 2016 Desktop Calendar

It may be a tad wet in Central Illinois here at the beginning of May, but at least it’s more green then good ‘ol Death Valley. Still – I have a certain hankering for the beauty of the desert – like at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in central Death Valley in California.

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 31, 2016

April 2016 Desktop Calendar

April 2016 Desktop Calendar

 

It seems entirely appropriate to fool you in a month whose very first day is a holiday for fools. So we present the April Desktop calendar as a photograph of the Mosquito River in northern Michigan (in the UP eh) taken last fall. So an autumnal look at April. The great advantage of photographing in the UP in the fall – there were no mosquitoes on the Mosquito River. And for Michigan, that’s a blessing. So get your rainy April on with a moist day from Picture Rocks National Lakeshore, and have a wonderful month of April everyone!

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Posted by: David Vernon | February 29, 2016

March 2016 Desktop Calendar

March 2016 Desktop Calendar

While it seems like I’ll never run out of Ireland pictures to turn into calendars, someday I will, and I’ll have to go back. But that’s still a little ways off so you’ll have to start settling for Death Valley, and other surprises I have planned for this year that should last … a long time.

Until then, we leave you with two whole seconds in Kinsale, Ireland – in September 2014. We did a dark nighttime shoot of part of Kinsale Harbor. It was a pretty still night and not too many boats moved much in those two seconds – which made for a neat picture and a neat calendar.

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 27, 2016

February 2016 Desktop Calendar

February 2016 Desktop Calendar

We’re into that time of year when winter must be survived. And what better item to get you thinking warm thoughts than a lovely beach shot from Florida overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Caspersen Beach, about an hour south of Sarasota, should do the trick I think – and arm you with the will to get through February intact and to start thinking warm and springlike thoughts – that surely must be near at hand.

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 31, 2015

January 2016 Desktop Calendar

January 2016 Desktop Calendar

I’m considering a rule, where you have to start all years out with a calendar shot from Ireland. Because reasons… I’m gonna give myself a year to determine if this is a good idea (but it is) – but just in case I’m going to cover my bases, forget winter, and head to Connemara in the west. And maybe it’s fair game as were rather floody in Central Illinois on the last day of December in 2015, and they are rather floody in parts of Ireland at the same time. Seems only fair we find a way to sync up.

Grab one of your very own desktop backgrounds to feel less midwestern-bound again to start the new year. It’s a rule. Probably:

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Posted by: David Vernon | November 28, 2015

December 2015 Desktop Calendar

December 2015 Desktop Calendar

There are some dynamite state parks in the US – not at all overshadowed by the wonderful National Park System. Dead Horse Point SP is nestled up off the NE corner of Canyonlands NP in eastern Utah, and just a relatively short drive outside of Moab. The Point is worth it – more unfenced canyon edges both to the east and west of this large bluff overlooking the Colorado River. The geography at play here is about as good as it gets… ahh the good ol’ west. I made this image in yet another fairly dry winter, just 10 months ago on what seems like an annual excursion to Utah somewhere in the calendar year…

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 31, 2015

November 2015 Desktop Calendar

November 2015 Desktop Calendar

About this time of year, as cold weather starts to set in, and the days feel so much shorter, I like to try and stick a finger in the eye of the end of the year by pretending, at least as I look at my computer background, that it still feels like summer out there somewhere. So why not Yosemite??? The famed Valley View from the west end of the valley looking back at El Capiton (on the left) as the Merced River flows gracefully by is such a finger! Take that November, you stone cold sonuvabitch.

And as a bonus, we’ve added a delightful 1680 x 1050 size because… my mother wanted it. And you do NOT deny your mother’s request for a perfectly-fitting desktop calendar. So delight in one of five, er, six, designer sizes…

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Posted by: David Vernon | September 30, 2015

October 2015 Desktop Calendar

October 2015 Desktop Calendar
So the October 2015 calendar has something very much in common with the February 2015 calendar. In this month’s calendar, you can see where I was standing for the February shot. And in the February shot, you can see where I was standing for this month’s calendar. You’ll either have to trust me or go look. Confused? Well – let’s just say that standing within line-of-sight to Ryan’s Daughter’s Beach on the Dingle Peninsula of southwest Ireland is… worthy of more than a single frame.

And while the Feb shot was on the edge of the bluff on the far side of this shot, looking east at mid-day, this month’s shot was made at the crack of dawn looking west. And the view was something else. Man, I just love it over there…and you should expect to keep seeing calendars from Ireland every few months – or at least until I can get back over there for newer images! Can you believe people live right there… and not people with like a bazillion dollars… and sheep.

So here you go: celebrate October in one of five baaaaaaaah sizes:

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