Posted by: David Vernon | July 1, 2020

July 2020 Desktop Calendar

July 2020 Desktop Calendar

This is the second time Mesa Arch, at Canyonlands NP’s Island In the Sky area, has been featured as a monthly calendar. In 2016, after a winter 2015 visit mid-day, we put a normal everyday photo up. Last November, I was able to get to Mesa for one of the proverbial sunrise photo shoots – along with about 30 other people. This is one of the most crowded sunrise locations in the NP system. But oh so worth it on a sunny morning.

Mesa Arch overlooks Buck Canyon which is laid out before you. It’s 500′ down to the base of the rim, and then another 700′ to the base of the canyon. It looks all the way back to the most famed mountains of eastern Utah, the La Sal range. And that arch just glows at sunrise. And it’s only about a 15-minute drive from last months’ desktop calendar, so you can imagine just how good an area it is. And all of that just 45 minutes from Arches National Park too boot. No wonder I’m in love with the NPS system in Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef – what a collection)…

Enjoy your July view, and hopefully we’ll get back out there soon to make plenty of new images!

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 31, 2020

June 2020 Desktop Calendar

June 2020 Desktop Calendar

As we bounce back and forth between Central Illinois and points away from here, this month we land in eastern Utah, at a place aptly named Dead Horse Point State Park, a little north and west of Moab. It’s where the Colorado and Green Rivers meet, and the carvings done in the landscape over a couple million years are impressive. More so at sunrise.

 

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Posted by: David Vernon | April 30, 2020

May 2020 Desktop Calendar

May 2020 Desktop Calenda

We leave the western US behind for a month, as we focus on an unusual angle from the heartland. This is Peoria, IL, as shot from just west of the river and on top of the east bluff looking toward downtown. Shot specifically from Sparky 3 in July of 2018, this features both of Peoria’s famed industries: heavy equipment and hospitals. OSF and UnityPoint Health hospitals (on the left and right) and somewhere down there is the former world headquarters of Caterpillar – which still employs thousands in Central Illinois.

I was in Peoria on March 27 and didn’t return until April 29 – the longest stretch by far out of Peoria for me in the almost 30 years I’ve lived in Central Illinois. Pandemics are strange for what they do to your lives… but staying home is definitely healthier.

And a dedication this month – to my pal, Mike Vujovich. Vuji and I, and a few others, are moderators for the once famous (mostly for annoying our members with sticky rules) Peoria Flickr Group (well – famous to me), and a bunch of us had a video chat a few weeks ago, when Vuji indicated he often liked these calendars – but wished they were somewhat less… calendar like. We’ve always had the iPad/mobile sized image without a calendar but this month we’ve added a separate 2400 x 1600 image also sans calendar. And even better, Vuji works for one of the companies pictured herein, so it’s all about him this month I guess.

Head over to the Central Illinois Photoblog (on April 30) to get your desktop calendar – and this month – by request – we are offering a little surprise.

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 31, 2020

April 2020 Desktop Calendar

April 2020 Desktop Calendar

Well – welcome to a different world.

When we posted the March calendar, life was a little more unusual but not that unusual. Now – we’re clearly in new territory. So I decided we needed a more epic view for April – and why not stretch back only five months to my sunrise morning up above Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in eastern Utah. My pal, Tm Lester, and I, hiked up to this overlook very early and were the first folks around Delicate that day. If you look closely, you can also see – in the little saddle – one of the next visitors to the Arch – standing alone – thinking they had Delicate all to themselves. Well – they kind of did. Their size helps you understand the scale of the place… Amazing.

So collect your April bounty – and hang in there… the light at the end of the tunnel may be sunrise at Delicate Arch indeed.

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Posted by: David Vernon | March 1, 2020

March 2020 Desktop Calendar

March 2020 Desktop Calendar

Continuing to mix it up in 2020, we return to the heartland – to this old International Harvester building on the south side of Peoria.

Photographed on a crisp October 2018 morning via Sparky 3, it was a good sunrise to say the least. And even if I do a lot of work with another tractor company nowadays, you have to respect the old guys – even if they’re owned by someone else.

So start your month off right with a little IH on a sunny morning, and welcome Spring into the mix.

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Posted by: David Vernon | February 1, 2020

February 2020 Desktop Calendar

February 2020 Desktop Calendar

Somehow, I never ran a desktop calendar from the famed rock formation known as The Wave. I had a shot of the nearby “Second” Wave, but no Wave. It was just before annual themed calendars became a thing – but no longer = we’re getting it out there. And the quintessential moment? I make an appearance in shadow at the bottom of each one.

If you don’t know the Wave, it sits about a mile south of the Arizona/Utah border and is very small – not a lot bigger than you see here – and yet it is a hotspot. The BLM only lets 20 individuals a day (sometimes 21) into the area so you can actually experience the area mostly empty – which is how it’s meant to be explored. There’s no trail out there – you go by GPS or luck and if you didn’t know it was there, it would be a stretch to find it. But those formations, yo!

So stay frosty – it’s winter after all – but warm up with a little Arizona desert.

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Posted by: David Vernon | December 31, 2019

January 2020 Desktop Calendar

January 2020 Desktop Calendar

I’m under strict instructions from my wife to stop putting up pictures with snow in them… so I shall comply … for awhile…

For the last few years, I’ve done the morning portraits for Greater Peoria Honor Flight. And what does that have to do with this month’s calendar. Well – GPHF starts set-up at 4am, and photos are delivered by 6:30am, which leaves me sunrise opportunities most of the time. And that’s where this shot came from.

Back when I lived on Peoria’s West Bluff, this little cemetery was a nice walk at the end of Heading Ave in West Peoria. Finding myself with a little time in 2017, I pointed the camera east just after sunrise with this glorious Oak in the foreground and bam! – the January 2020 calendar was born.

We’re not going to follow any specific geographic region in 2020 – just some unused faves from the last few years – so stay tuned for the next 11. So get the new decade started with a fresh desktop – right here.

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Posted by: David Vernon | November 30, 2019

December 2019 Desktop Calendar

December 2019 Desktop Calendar

We end our twelve months of Icelandic calendars with the little falls that could. Öxarárfoss, which you’ll doubtlessly be surprised to hear, sits on the Öxará River, isn’t that gigantic. I found a website that suggests it’s about 20m tall – but frankly I think that’s a bit ambitious too. But it was still pretty lovely.

The falls and the river run through Pingvellir National Park – and one of its main attractions sits right behind me – admittedly – under a lake. This is where the North American and European continental plates go their separate ways. Geologically speaking, at the moment of the photograph, I was standing on some of the newest pieces of the North American plate.

Thanks though for spending the last 12 months in Iceland with us. We’re going for a more eclectic mix in 2020 – so see you in a month for the first of those. Meanwhile, please grab your favorite size and book your tickets for Iceland now that you’ve seen 12 different views.

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Posted by: David Vernon | October 30, 2019

November 2019 Desktop Calendar

November 2019 Desktop Calendar

Ahh Gullfoss. One of the many impressive waterfalls in Iceland, this is the preeminent one on what’s called the Golden Circle. So somewhat touristy and yet we were there in a minor blizzard. Which cut down on the tourists. And fortunately the wind was behind us. But still only a few places to stand the camera up – but this was a pretty good one. So why not make it a calendar – our 11th and penultimate view of our favorite little island.

Please partake in one of eight arbitrarily-determined sizes that best suits your needs and resolution. I’d then wish you well in Icelandic, (Gangi þér vel), and then say “See you next month!”

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Posted by: David Vernon | September 30, 2019

October 2019 Desktop Calendar

October 2019 Desktop Calendar

Our second drone shot from Iceland turned calendar. And shot from almost the same spot as last time – the beach at Reynisfjara, near Vik, in the south central part of the island – a little after sunrise. And unlike the shot from a few months ago – looking toward the sea stacks and to the east, this looks straight down over the amazing black sand beaches as the foam of the wave invades. A full-color shot – but like so many things in Iceland – it appears to be something else all together.

Please partake in one of eight arbitrarily-determined sizes that best suits your needs and resolution. I’d then wish you well in Icelandic, (Gangi þér vel), and then say “See you next month!”

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Posted by: David Vernon | August 31, 2019

September 2019 Desktop Calendar

September 2019 Desktop Calendar

Our year in Iceland enters its last four months – and we start taking a decidedly cooler theme – starting with the famous Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon in southeastern Iceland. The Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier sits on the opposite side of shot – a mile or so across this placid lagoon. Ice calves from the glacier and eventually works its way across the lagoon to a short channel that dumps straight into the ocean.

The colors on the ice are fantastic and the sizes are all over the place. Some ice chunks sit for years in the lagoon, and some move somewhat quickly. The lake/lagoon is fairly new – forming largely in the late 1940s. The glacier used to sit a short distance from the ocean but has now retreated almost a mile. But all the ice eventually makes it to the channel, so from there it appears quite crowded. Beyond this pileup however, it’s somewhat more sparse.

So here you go, ice and all – fill up on one of eight sizes.

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Posted by: David Vernon | July 31, 2019

August 2019 Desktop Calendar

August 2019 Desktop Calendar

It’s month eight of a year in Iceland, and what better place to start August that at the rainiest place in all of Iceland, Vik – on the coast in south Central Iceland. Actually, last month’s calendar appears inside this month’s. That big wall off in the distance with the sea stacks was the July calendar. This is a few miles west, in Dyrholaey but looking east to Vik just behind said big rock wall.

And this picture tries to fool you at first. A hole in a rock wall in front of me shows the waves crashing on the beach 40′ below my feet. But the more you look at it, the more you figure it out.

So this should hold you for 31 days – enjoy!

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Posted by: David Vernon | June 29, 2019

July 2019 Desktop Calendar

July 2019 Desktop Calendar

We shift now, in the second half of the year, to images made in Iceland this past March. And there’s no better place to start than just outside of Vik, above Reynisfjara – a black sand beach that sits just southwest of town. Shot from our favorite little drone, Sparky 3, on a windy but mercifully dry morning.

So, uh, help yourself…

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 30, 2019

June 2019 Desktop Calendar

June 2019 Desktop Calendar

We close out the first half of 2019 with one of my favorite shots from Iceland one year ago, and the last of the 2019 calendars featuring 2018 photos from Iceland. Next month begins 2019 photographs of Iceland, for the rest of the year.

In the far north, across the fjord from the lovely town of Akureyri, after a day of exploring, we caught the mid-evening sun – which wouldn’t set for many hours yet, lingering over the bay. With wildflowers in bloom and running water, it was everything beautiful that we’d experienced in one amazing country. The fjord, named Eyjafjordur, runs about 40 miles to the north before it joins the Atlantic on Iceland’s northern shores… Akureyri sits at the southern end of the fjord, so you can imagine just how good the views must be up and down the whole place.

Get your calendar in one of these eight customer sizes and let me know if you’d prefer a different size at any time.

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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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