Category Archives: Desktop Nature Calendar

May Nature Desktop Calendar: Monarch and Echinacea

If you plant it, they will come. Butterflies are very specific with the flowers and plants they need for life. Monarchs and others visit my echinacea, especially in the sunny areas. If you are interested in butterflies and habitats, please read my article about designing, building and certifying your butterfly habitat, along with downloadable information […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Tea for Tulips

I knew I’d love to paint the tulips, but I really needed to learn to paint the rust on the teapot. I intentionally kept the background vague and loose in shades of green and neutral tones to complement the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and extreme detail in each of the tulips. The frothy white […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: One White One

If you’re going to stand out in a crowd, do it well. Just one white crocus among all the purples in my neighbor’s little garden. It appeared on its own a few years ago—this clump of crocuses were all purple for years, and I have the photos to prove it because I’ve photographed them just […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Sycamore Moon

There are two large sycamore trees near the entrance of the Panhandle Trail, but because they are growing against a hill I don’t see them from this angle against the sky until I am headed back home, nearly at the trailhead, and often at dusk, especially the early dusk of a winter night. Because the […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Accent

Cardinals brighten my back yard all year round, and are especially brilliant on a snowy day. My back yard is a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat and I have let brush and brambles fill in at the corners; this cardinal is in a tangle of wild grapevines with a fresh fall of snow. This was done […]

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November Nature Desktop Calendar: Sunset With Barn

When I shared this photo in January this year, around the time of year I’d taken the photo, many people saw their own thoughts and memories in the image, whether it was a family farm or a barn they knew, or farms they drove past or ones in memory. That’s one of the things I […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: Allegheny River Reflections

I had had another autumn painting chosen for my October calendar, but was secretly hoping I’d paint one of the autumn views I had planned for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, and I did. This is a view of the Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania, seen from Tarentum. I took a quick walk […]

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September Nature Desktop Calendar: Autumn Rainbow

I’ve been waiting for this photo to come around so I could share it as my monthly desktop calendar. Since I alternate art and photos, September is the month for a photo, and though this is an October photo, September is the month we mark the coming of autumn and I’m looking forward to the […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: The Swimming Hole

For the last full month of summer I had to share the cool, the green, the rippling waves and sunshine of “The Swimming Hole”. Even today, on a hot summer afternoon out on the trail, there is nothing more refreshing to me than wading into the deeper area of a stream and cooling off. I […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Market Flowers

Such a huge variety of flowers in buckets at the market! I visit many farmer’s markets through the summer now that every community seems to have one at least once a week, to purchase what my garden is not producing. All the farmers are local and are small family farms and I enjoy meeting the […]

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