Posted by: David Vernon | April 1, 2015

April 2015 Desktop Calendar

April 2015 Desktop Calendar

It’s a little funny that this image over on Flickr represents my 2,000th upload. On April 1. And it’s a calendar. I think that’s an appropriate metaphor for my photographic career. But, on the other hand, it’s lovely Ross Castle in Killarney, Ireland, so there is that. And this month, I chickened out for the first time ever and had someone else pick the shot (from seven candidates) so thanks to calendar user Andrea C., for picking out this month’s calendar. I’ll be looking at someone else soon… if I can find another user… Metaphor, metaphor…

So grab your own castle for a month and enjoy some smoooshy clouds too – in one of six designer sizes (although i suspect 1680 x 1050 is going away soon):

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Posted by: David Vernon | February 28, 2015

March 2015 Desktop Calendar

March 2015 Desktop Calendar

To get us through these trying winter months (and they ARE trying for those of us who live in the Midwest), I thought I would continue a beach theme – albeit a beach in western Michigan this month instead of a beach in Ireland, or say Florida… Hopefully, though, a beach is a beach and you can start the transition to warmth by envisioning this cool fall day with the little sailboat running around on Lake Michigan. You did see the sailboat, right?

So get your sand grove going witho one of these seven delightful flavors:

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 31, 2015

February 2015 Desktop Calendar

February 2015 Desktop Calendar

I suspect you’re going to catch a fair amount of Ireland in this year’s collection of desktop calendars – but I also suspect most folks won’t complain. And what better place to start our visit to the Emerald Isle, than with a stop out in County Kerry – the west end of Dingle in fact for the lovely Ryan’s Daughter’s Beach. I’ve made many trips down to the water’s edge on this beach, but this 2014 photo was my first time staying above the fray. And I was rewarded. In a few months you’ll see a calendar taken from across the way, looking back at this spot at sunrise from the morning after this one. But for now, you’ll can enjoy the look east.

So get with the wearing of the green in one of these seven delightful flavors:

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 31, 2014

January 2015 Desktop Calendar

January 2015 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2015! Why not start it off with our 72nd calendar and our sixth “visit” to Yellowstone National Park – looking across the Lower Geyser Basin on an early-morning walk in 2013. The place is like few other places on earth – definitely a weird and wonderful way to greet a new day!

So help yourself to a little bit of my favorite state (Wyoming) and one of my favorite national parks in one of these seven first editions:

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Posted by: David Vernon | November 30, 2014

December 2014 Desktop Calendar

December 2014 Desktop Calendar

Okay – it’s the end of the year – it’s getting chilly, wintry, and grey. So time to get moody for a month on the desktop calendar scene. Time to transport you to a grey day on Lake Michigan back in moody April 2012 as we spent the day touring Indiana Dunes National Seashore in northwestern Indiana. If this doesn’t get you ready for winter, well, the heck with it – I wasn’t feeling like posting a snowy picture yet. So suck it up.

Help yourself to a little midwestern mood, in one of these seven first editions:

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 31, 2014

November 2014 Desktop Calendar

November 2014 Desktop Calendar

Ahh November – it’s starting to get cold. It already snowed up in Michigan. It’s time to embrace the gray days of winter… Ahh screw that. Let’s go to England, in the summer, for a little stop at Lake Buttermere in the Lake District, just south of the Scottish border. That’s the way to do winter gray. No retreat. No surrender. But that’s easy to say – I’m wearing my coat right now. So sue me.

Help yourself and back across the pond with this month’s desktop calendar and get used to it because well – Ireland pics are on the way too:

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 1, 2014

October 2014 Desktop Calendar

October 2014 Desktop Calendar

Well I’m fresh off the plane from Ireland with no Ireland pictures to show yet, so I have to reach into the archives, to stretch way back, to about three months ago, when I stood – at sunset – astride the Merced River in Yosemite National Park – shooting sunset into the sun and getting one of my favorite shots of the trip. All so I could turn it into a calendar for you all. All it takes.

Help yourself and dream some Yosemite dreams with this month’s desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | August 31, 2014

September 2014 Desktop Calendar

September 2014 Desktop Calendar

So this month, in some form of celebration that I’m headed back to Ireland to bring you more desktop calendars, I bring you this lovely bit of green fairie-esqueness view from… Scotland. Well Scotland, Ireland, whatever – they’re all gorgeous. This was actually just a little hillside around the grounds of an amazing place named Loch Awe. I mean seriously. So transport yourself magically across the pond to Irel, er, Scotland – and have a great month!

Help yourself and continue to enjoy this soothing wonderful summer into fall – outside and right here on your desktop with this month’s desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 31, 2014

August 2014 Desktop Calendar

August 2014 Desktop Calendar

One year ago in August I traveled through Scotland, and toward the end of the trip we landed in a little town called Blair Atholl, where they were haying in a field that felt more like Italy than Scotland. This ended up being one of my favorite pics from the whole darn trip – and it doesn’t even remind me of Scotland. Go figure.

So help yourself and continue to enjoy this soothing wonderful summer – outside and right here on your desktop with this month’s desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | June 30, 2014

July 2014 Desktop Calendar

July 2014 Desktop Calendar

As we reach the start of summer, I really wanted a image that looked like summer. Big red rocks and dry desert delivers. Welcome to Canyon de Chelly in northeast Arizona, in the Navajo nation. In November. Yeah – that’s the southwest for you – always looking like summer. Maybe it was those clouds in the sky that gave it away? This particular rock column, known as Spider Rock, sits at the far east end of the Canyon and looks spectacular from the canyon edge. You can see it was part of a wall that eroded and mostly fell over, but this cool gigantic set of spires remains. And it reminds you of summer, even in the coolness of November.

So help yourself and welcome summer to your desktop with this month’s rocky desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 30, 2014

June 2014 Desktop Calendar

June 2014 Desktop Calendar

An innocent-looking field of wheat or alfalfa in Central Illinois may be what you’re thinking about this picture. But look closer. Much closer. CLOSER. Too close. Step back. Further. Further still. Cross the Atlantic. Yes that’s better… okay – welcome to… Southern Scotland. Just north of the little hamlet of Biggar. Driving from Edinburgh to the Lake District in the north of merry ‘ol England along the A702, well the roadside was just thick with photographic opportunities. I’m literally standing in the barrow pit with the road just a few feet behind me, sneaking through the wire fence at this lovely view of some Scottish grass and a lovely little hillside. So think summer thoughts and have a wonderful across-the-pond June – even if you’re here in Central Illinois.

So help yourself and cast a little light on your desktop with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2014

May 2014 Desktop Calendar

May 2014 Desktop Calendar

Well it’s been a moody few weeks here in Central Illinois as April showers beget May showers basically. I bought a new house last fall in Normal, IL, and for the first time in my life I have a sump pump. And it definitely scares me a little how much that sucker runs… Speaking of running – you can run the two miles from the parking lot near Ludington, MI, up the beach northways to find the cool Big Sable Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Very cool surroundings what with the dunes and grasses and lake, and the lighthouse. We got there early enough to still find the light on and enjoyed the equally moody skies – making this a perfect companion until the sun comes back…

Well la-di-duh – cast a little light on your desktop with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 30, 2014

April 2014 Desktop Calendar

April 2014 Desktop Calendar

We’re going to spend quite a bit of time in Scotland this year, so you should get used to seeing the place. How could you not embrace such an amazing place after all?

While we relaxed amongst the heather above Glencoe last month, this month finds us admiring the vision that is the Isle of Skye on the western coast. We stopped in a lovely little pub near Sligachan for lunch one afternoon, but before lunch could be, uh, consumed, some photos had to be made. Mission accomplished – and now we could imbibe in some delightful lunch.

Here you go, drink in a little of your own delightful April with this month’s lovely desktop calendar:

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 1, 2014

March 2014 Desktop Calendar

March 2014 Desktop Calendar

Just 28 days ago I promised you spring. No actually I promised you Spring (go look it up). I believe I have lived up to my word – for here be green and green equals spring, does it not? Okay – admittedly – this was taken last August at the height of summer BUT it was taken in the Highlands of Western Scotland above the narrow valley through which the Glen River runs – hence above Glencoe. And while it only rained twice while we were in Scotland (the first five days, and the last four days) – there was no shortage of green. And purple. Yes indeed – this feels like spring, er Spring. So avoid the 5″ of snow promised for March 1/2 and think SPRING.

Here you go – and remember, March showers bring April showers which maybe bring some nice flowers in May… I may be onto a theme here.

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Posted by: David Vernon | January 31, 2014

February 2014 Desktop Calendar

February 2014 Desktop Calendar

If I come back to you in 28 days and offer you a calendar full of Spring (yes, with a capital ‘S’), will you settle for a snowy February calendar of one of my favorite snowy places (even if it was taken in April)? You will? Sweeeeet! I knew you guys were nothing if not accommodating.

The February 2014 Desktop Calendar takes us to the middle of a snow squall on the plains of Central Wyoming, just south of an area known as Shirley Basin and just north of the little town of Medicine Bow. I was actually in the midst of a very large wind farm, and yet I managed to shoot (mostly) between the stalks. This road (US 487) is legendary in my mind for all the times I drove it in the 1980s when I lived in Laramie and my folks lived in, yes, you guessed it, Casper. In the winter, this road could be a holy terror of amazing blowing snow, blinding you to everything outside of your windows including the road. There were days the normally 2.5 hour drive would take 4-5 hours – and you might see just a couple cars on the whole journey. In April of last year, as I worked my way from Sheridan to Laramie, I drove up on the Basin for the first time in at least 10 years and saw all that Wyoming wind was not going to waste as the wind farm stretched from horizon to horizon. But it’s so roomy in Wyoming, you can even find the holes in the wind.

So here you go – grab yourself a little piece of snowy Wyoming – and then come back in 28 days for the first signs of calendar Spring….

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