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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!

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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.

Desktop Background – July 2012

Down by the Bay II

Down by the Bay II

When you ask someone what month represents summer to them, I think you’ll find that most would say June, but for me, July defines summer. Between the heat, the humidity, the bright sunshine, the warmth of pool water, sprinklers on the lawn, the hum of an A/C unit running through the night… these are all good things and all things that make me realize how wonderful summertime truly is.

We are now in that month that I enjoy so much and it feels to me like we barely got out of January, but here we are either way. The photo I’ve decided to share with all of you for this month’s desktop background holds a special place in my heart; not only was this taken during a quick after-work photo outing with my good friend, Stacy Hanna, where we spent plenty of time looking for something to shoot and ended up along the Illinois River at sunset, but this was also shot during my Mom’s favorite part of the day.

For those who are unaware, the moment when the sun sets and everything turns a perfect black in silhouette against the fiery sky is called the gloaming and ever since I was a little kid, my Mom has loved this time of the day. For some reason, most likely due to sheer proximity, I’ve also grown to love it; it makes me think of warm July evenings, sitting on the front porch at home, listening to the hum of the cicadas, Mom’s cigarette smoke hanging in the air, sharing and laughing until long after the sunset’s light had seeped out of the night sky.

Now I have my own home and my own porch to sit on and wait patiently for the sun to dip below the horizon and the outline of the trees fade gently into black silhouettes against a fiery sky. With that pleasant thought in your mind, here is this month’s free desktop background. As always, don’t forget I’ve got smartphone and tablet sizes available below as well! Enjoy!

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!

Desktop Background – May 2012

Some Beach

Some Beach

Holy cow… I’m such a bad photoblogger this month. I was so wrapped up in my Washington, DC saga that I was sharing with all of you that I totally missed this month’s downloadable background.

This image, entitled “Some Beach,” was actually shot during a portrait session a few years ago. Amazingly enough, I remember that it was on St. Patrick’s Day of all things. How did I remember that? Well, the portrait session was just a practice shoot with one of my good friends, Lisa, who volunteered to model for me.

But, Mike, what does that have to do with St. Pat’s? Well, I’m glad you asked because Lisa is one of the few redheads I know and she decided to wear a green sweater for the shoot to tie in with the holiday. I seem to latch on to minor details like that.

Anyway, the shoot was pretty quick as it was chilly along the Illinois River. We shot at Water Works Park in Peoria. The water, as you can see, was pretty high at the time so we didn’t have too much room to move around. We shot a few images with Lisa on the rocks and I practiced some one light Strobist techniques. While Lisa made her way up the rocks toward the cars, I couldn’t help myself; I snapped a few shots of the blue water and the falling sun hitting the infamous “Graffiti Rock” sticking out of the water.

While it isn’t a standard “beautiful” landscape image, I find something so raw and real in this shot every time I look at it. With summer around the corner, you should spend some time hanging out on this beach in anticipation of the coming days when you can dip your toes in that water as I do every year.

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!

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