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Desktop Background – January 2013

Recession (January 2013 Desktop Background) - Silhouette of power lines against a sunset


We’ve turned that proverbial page once again and are staring down the barrel of another year. In case you missed my new year resolutions post this year, I am turning my focus toward better interaction and fun stuff for all of you readers and followers here on the blog.

With that in mind, I have a whole new stock of monthly desktop backgrounds for you to download and share on your favorite electronic devices including smartphones and tablets!

I’ve decided to switch up the format a bit, though. Instead of offering the background in a variety of sizes, I’m going to be offering a few “universal” background sizes that should accommodate most screen sizes. As always, if you find that you need a specific size, let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to accommodate!

About the Photo

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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.

If you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, you know that I try to choose desktop backgrounds that tie in well with the season or month they are offered. So what does a sunset with some power lines have to do with January? Well, I took this photograph during this time of year… that’s why!

I was on my way back home from northern Illinois and decided to take my usual back roads route to the house. I had passed by these power lines many times during my travels across Illinois for work, but as anyone from Illinois can attest, there’s something amazing about a Midwestern sunset during the bone-chilling cold of winter.

I was so captivated by the colors and the way the power lines receded into the distance that I pulled over, popped the trunk, and grabbed my tripod and dSLR. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any gloves with me and the wind was frigid. I was able to snap off four or five shots before I gave up and jumped back in the warmth of the car.

When I finally pulled the images up at home, I knew I had something worth sharing and I’m glad I’m able to pass this background along for your enjoyment.

December Background – Jackson Browne

"Tender is the Night" - Jackson Browne (2011)

“Tender is the Night”

It’s been a crazy year and yet, here we are, bundling up in layers from the cold, sharpening our shovels for impending snow, dodging old men and soccer moms out doing their holiday shopping, and counting down the days until 2013 or December 21st, if you’re a Mayan.

Growing up, I always enjoyed the holiday season, but never really knew what coming together with family was truly like until I was out of high school and in college. That’s when I realized that family wasn’t accessible the way they were when I was a kid; people move, jobs change, and we all scatter around like jacks tossed on the ground.

It wasn’t until I didn’t have my family at arm’s length anymore that I started to learn, and am still learning, about the value of time spent and time received. The first half of 2012 feels like I was sprinting through the New York Marathon while I spent the second half as equally busy, but with a better handle on the pacing. I’ve come to realize that I’m starting to slow down, and not in a “I’m out of college, this is sad, where did my life go?” type of slow, but a “take a deep breath, live in the moment, and take it all in” sort of way.

About the Image

Well, enough with all the reflections and sappy nonsense, let’s talk about our new desktop background, the last one for 2012. I went the entire year without a single concert image and I couldn’t help myself; I love music and I love photography so getting to experience both at the same time is a thrill beyond almost anything else I know.

A few years ago, I rediscovered Jackson Browne and I did it in a way that would forever change my view of him as a musician. In high school, when I was really into classic rock, Jackson Browne was the guy who helped The Eagles get started with “Take It Easy” and he did that song in Forrest Gump… ummm… “Runnin’ on Empty,” but that’s where our relationship ended –  just the singles and nothing more.

Flash forward to 2009 and you’ll find me stumbling upon one of my favorite songs ever written, “The Pretender,” featured in Mr. Holland’s Opus. I immediately downloaded the song and discovered it was Jackson Browne. This was followed up by a discovery of Jackson’s acoustic live albums and a mass downloading and listening to those for a solid six months.

Since then, I’ve put Jackson Browne firmly up on my list of greatest “writes for the average American” songwriters, only to be shared with John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. What’s that mean? For me, these three have captured what it means to be a middle-class, hard-working American and all aspects of life and relationships experienced there.

Anyway, to wrap this up, last year Jackson Browne made a stop off in Peoria during the same week as my birthday and, as if that wasn’t awesome enough, he was performing… you guessed it… solo acoustic, just the man, the piano and the guitar, like those albums I have played so regularly over the years.

Wait… there’s more! Not only was Jackson playing a solo acoustic show near my birthday in my city of residence, but he was doing it in the theatre, which, for me, means perfect access to shoot with my camera. And, that’s what this photograph is: the great Jackson Browne, playing his music in the way it was originally written – stripped down and honest.

Please Note: I’m trusting all of you with these images. They are copyrighted, but I wish they didn’t have to be. With that in mind, please use them for their intended purpose and please don’t “steal” them; stealing is bad. Thanks!

Tuesday Viewsday: November 2012 Desktop Background

Author’s Note: Thanks to user (that’s me) error, the following post is being published the day after the election, but let’s pretend it’s still Tuesday!

Coming Apart - November 2012 Desktop Background

Coming Apart

Happy Election Day everyone! Isn’t this exciting? This is only the third presidential election that I have voted in, but somehow the air seems is a bit more charged than usual these days with anticipation about the outcome.

Remember, no matter who you vote for, I always encourage everyone to embrace their democratic calling and go vote.

In other news, my once-lush garden is now a bare patch of soil once again. This past weekend was the first time I can be home without traveling or meeting with clients so I was able to winterize the yard and the garden. Can I just say that Brussel sprouts are a b*tch to uproot?

And, of course, as if we didn’t have enough reminders that winter was quickly approaching, Saturday evening marked the fall back on the clocks. Is it just me or is the following day after always so much longer? Caitlin and I were working our tails off all day and when we looked at the clock, it was only 2 p.m.

Anyway, winter is approaching fast and I’m finally able to start my wrapping up of this year’s projects and photo edits. It is also that time of the year when I’m able to invest in new camera gear in preparation for next year’s shoots; there’s more to come on that soon. So, while we are all waiting for the snow and the cold to chase us inside once and for all for 2012, share in the last few rays of November with this free desktop background.

And, as always, there are versions for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Enjoy!

Please Note: I’m trusting all of you with these desktop backgrounds. They are copyrighted, but I wish they didn’t have to be. With that in mind, please use them for their intended purpose and please don’t “steal” them; stealing is bad. Thanks!

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