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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!

Tuesday Viewsday X

Holy cow! We are already ten weeks into this crazy endeavor and I’m so excited to share these images with all of you. Not only do you get a glimpse at how I work and create, but I’m reminding myself of images and memories that I haven’t thought of in a long while; it’s very cathartic.

So what do you think of Tuesday Viewsday so far? Do you enjoy the segment? Are there any particular images or types you would like to see more of? Drop me a quick comment and let me know!

Summertime’s Coming

Down by the Bay IV

Down by the Bay IV

While not the official title of this piece, I felt it was very fitting for the type of day we had today. Can you believe it’s the first half of March and we hit 71 degrees here in central Illinois? I didn’t even wear a jacket today!

You know what that means, don’t you? Portrait season is right around the corner as is summer, which for this guy means road trips, lots of photos, and playing music with my bands. Not to mention extended periods of sunshine and there ain’t many in the world who can argue with the goodness of sunshine.

What’s that you say? The image? Oh, right!

I snapped this shot a couple of years ago now on a random night after work. It was a beautiful sunny day like today and my hands were getting itchy for my Nikon so I put a text out to some fellow local photographer buddies and my good friend, Stacy Hanna, said she would join me for some shooting up around Spring Bay, Illinois. We met up and drove around looking for a great spot to snap some shots of the Illinois River at sunset.

We were looking for a particular road on the map, but never found it. We settled for the small lagoon right along Spring Bay and, to our surprise, we ended up with some beautiful shots. Well, it all worked out and we shot for about 10 to 15 minutes and then went along our way.

Ah… summertime’s coming… and I can’t wait!