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.

Grab one of your very own desktop dry backgrounds to feel less wet. Here you go:

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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!

Grab one of your very own desktop backgrounds to feel less frigid. Here you go:

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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.

Grab one of your very own desktop backgrounds to feel less frigid. Here you go:

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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…

Grab one of your very own desktop backgrounds to feel less midwestern-bound this holiday season:

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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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Posted by: David Vernon | August 30, 2015

Sepember 2015 Desktop Calendar

September 2015 Desktop Calendar

We reach back three whole years for this lovely sunset over the Virgin River at Canyon Junction in Zion National Park – one of my favorite crowded places on earth to view a sunset.

Standing here on the bridge, often with 30-50 other photographers, is an adventure. You have to come early to get a spot. The further left you go (or right) the more complex and less compositionally interesting it gets. There is no sidewalk either – just a narrow space filled with photogs dodging the shuttle buses and other cars that frequently shake the bridge… so you pick your moment – and nature does the rest. The sunsets on the right, lighting up the peaks on the left until the last minute. On a good night, I imagine it to be one of the prettiest places on Earth.

So here you go: celebrate September in one of five designer sizes:

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Posted by: David Vernon | August 1, 2015

August 2015 Desktop Calendar

August 2015 Desktop Calendar

Believe it or not, this is practically what August looks like in Ireland. Actually taken in September of 2014, I don’t imagine things change very much. We had wandered just out of little Kenmare, across Kenmare Bay on the N71, when we spied this little village on the edge of a hill. Looking across the fog-soaked valley. You couldn’t much see the other side, but there was a small woolen shop there and just a very Irish feel. So quintessential Ireland observed and now calendarized…

Enjoy cool Irish thought this August, particularly in one of five designer sizes:

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Posted by: David Vernon | June 30, 2015

July 2015 Desktop Calendar

July 2015 Desktop Calendar

A lot of my monthly calendars have some connection to water. If I had to pick however, this would be some of my favorite water anywhere: the cool cool touch of the Virgin River as it runs through Zion National Park in southern Utah. This was from a 2012 hike, when I stopped and kneeled mid-river for a few minutes – probably wishing I had a right angle viewfinder or a tiltable live-view screen. Getting old ain’t easy.

Enjoy your first full month of summer calendar in the Zion Narrows and grab this desktop – in one of five designer sizes:

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 31, 2015

June 2015 Desktop Calendar

June 2015 Desktop Calendar

With the coming of summer this month, let’s celebrate by rushing out to the 1000′ drop over the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend in little Page, AZ. Standing on the edge is a little daunting – not so much because I think I’m gonna fall, but because the overwhelming feeling for a lot of photographers is that MY GEAR is gonna fall… Good to know we have priorities. This was a lovely November day last fall that found us out at the Bend before sunset – and before we’d go explore the other great spot in Page – the amazing red/orange sandstone Antelope slot canyons. So a lot of bang for your buck in Page photographically speaking.

So if you find yourself in Page, drive the two miles south of town this requires, make the 15-minute hike out to the edge, and then don’t drop ANYTING. Or blow that off and grab this desktop – in one of five designer sizes:

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Posted by: David Vernon | May 1, 2015

May 2015 Desktop Calendar

May 2015 Desktop Calendar

Two months in a row, we’re answering requests. Long-time reader/photographer Alissa S. requested a tree of some type. I have dozens of photos of that one Tree – and while this shares a genus/species with THAT tree, this tree is not THAT tree – just some other Burr Oak, off in the wilds of Dunlap, IL. Photo pal Stacy and I were out horsing around with the new GoPro 3 back in *gasp* 2013 when we found this tree and decided trees and star trails were the new order of the night. You can read the story of how this shot was made or you can just accept it for what it is and get your fine self a calendar for the next 31 days.

So climb your own tree for a month and enjoy some just moving stars too – in one of five designer sizes (and yes, 1680 x 1050 has gone away now):

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