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December 2013 Background

Korean War Memorial at Night

Just when I said I was back on the ball, the holidays came rolling around and things have been a little hit or miss around here lately. I hope this finds everyone recovering nicely from a wonderful Christmas season and enjoying whatever gifts Santa may have left under the tree at your house.

Korean War Memorial at Night - December 2013 Background

December 2013 Background

With New Year’s coming up in a few days, it’s time to start looking to the future and making that ever-important list of resolutions to completely ignore… errr… do in 2014. But, as Gomez Addams was so fond of saying, you can’t tackle the new business until you’ve worked through the old business. And today’s business is making sure I give you all a December wallpaper as my holiday gift. And, while I am looking forward to the next year and what it will hold, I also enjoy taking the time to reflect on the past and all the blessings that I’ve received that have brought me to where I am today, including one of my favorite photographic trips… Washington, DC. For anyone who has been there, this month’s free wallpaper download should look pretty familiar. If you ever find yourself in the nation’s capital, I strongly urge you to take a late night walk among the monuments and memorials, especially the Korean War Memorial. Everything around the city is impressive during the day, but it is truly breathtaking at night. You might even catch a glimpse of a ghostly figure or two…

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Catching Up on Wallpapers

As I mentioned before, I’ve been a bit of a schlep lately when it comes to the blog, but now that my schedule is starting to open back up a little, I’m re-dedicating myself to getting back on this horse. But, before I get to new business, I have to deal with some old business: wallpapers.

It’s been three months since I’ve posted a wallpaper and for that, I apologize. I had every intention of doing the posts, even had the images picked out, cropped, and ready to go, but you know… life happens. So, to make it up to you, I’m giving you the last few months as well as this month and next month’s wallpapers right here, right now!

You know what else happened since the last time I posted a wallpaper? That’s right… Apple went and released a new iPhone and a new iOS, both of which require different sizes for tablet and phone wallpapers. Well, have no fear… I did some looking into my site data for what browsers most of you are using and did some research into common background sizes for new devices (not just Apple, but Samchung and Boogle too) and came up with some new dimensions to provide.

The downloads are even simpler now to grab… just pick your device: PC, phone, or tablet and you are off and running… it’s that easy!

With that being said, please let me know if these wallpapers are working for you or not.With all the devices and sizes out there, plus this new para-can’t-pronounce-it type of background that Apple came up with, I’m throwing these at the wall and hoping they stick so any feedback you can pass my way is appreciated. Thanks and enjoy!

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August 2013 Wallpaper - Peoria Skyline at Night

September 2013 Wallpaper - Weeds Blowing in the Wind

October 2013 Wallpaper - Abstract Black & White

November 2013 Wallpaper - Vietnam Memorial at Night

July 2013 Desktop Background

July 2013 Desktop Background

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  • All these backgrounds are free because I’m a nice guy. Not only are they copyrighted, but I’m friends with Chuck Norris so please do the math and don’t do bad things with them.

I’m getting ahead of the curve this time around by actually posting the desktop background for July during the first week of the month… can you believe it? Not too shabby, if I say so myself. I know I probably say this too much, but the year really is flying by faster than usual. It’s already July and the summer is half over, or it feels like it, at least.

Anyway, let’s chat about the desktop background for a second. I actually have a pretty interesting story to go along with this one, if you can bear with me for a minute. In case you were thinking of just downloading the image without reading the post, let me premise the story by letting you know that in the process of creating this photograph, I ended up with my first major photography injury.

They Call It “Junk”

I captured this image at an old, abandoned, about-to-fall-over style house just up the road from where I live in Washington, Illinois. When I first moved to town, I would take drives through the neighborhood and in the surrounding country to explore the photo locations and opportunities that might be open to me in the community.

That’s how I came upon this old two-story house in the middle of a field. It is surrounded by a field of tall grasses and weeds, not to mention loads of old farm tools and what can only be classified as “junk.” That’s an industry term, if you were curious. Anyway, I finally got up the courage to drive over and explore the house, the fields, and the “junk” during the golden hour one evening last summer.

For a photographer who loves shooting abandoned objects, this place is a dream come true – old trucks, farm equipment, boards, construction materials, steel, iron, rust, etc. Perfect textures for capturing some excellent HDR photographs.

Two Realizations

I had successfully navigated my way through this field of treacherous metals and construction materials and was on my way back to the car when I realized two things at the same time – I was walking on a piece of steel underneath what I thought was long grass and I had just stepped down on the head of a two-inch nail.

Like biting your tongue, stepping on a nail is something you should never experience and happens faster than you know. They are both extremely painful. Since I was alone, I decided to take the opportunity to practice some of my favorite “colorful” words and phrases before taking off my shoe and looking at the damage. Amazingly enough, I didn’t get punctured – just a small scrape, but I definitely made an appointment for a tetanus booster the next day. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

As for the truck, it doesn’t really play a role in the story, but I did snap this photograph during that excursion. I figured it was worth it to share my gross “nail in the foot” war story. Until next time… enjoy the background!

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