Category Archives: Desktop Nature Calendar

October Nature Desktop Calendar: Birches 1, Autumn Showers

From the time I met the paper birch in our front yard I have always been attracted to the delicately detailed white bark of birch trees which seemed to emit its own faint light in any season. Here, in the darkness of the woods, the grouping of white trunks looks like a crowd clustered for […]

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September Nature Desktop Calendar: Main Street September Morning

I love quiet little street scenes, and living in a small town they aren’t difficult to find. I took the reference photo for this early on a Saturday morning in early September 2015. The day was already hot, still holding the heat of August, and a bit of a mist had risen when the sun […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Serenity

This sailboat drifted lazily for hours on the calm waters of Lake Arthur in Western Pennsylvania. As the August afternoon tended toward evening, the sky began to grow pink and the shadows darkened and lengthened, and the serene moment seemed to last for hours. Painted en plein air as I sat on one of the […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Garden Jewels

A female rubythroat peruses purple irises. There was plenty of red and pink in a friend’s garden, but I guess she decided to try a different flavor. Get a print of this artwork Register for an account and get a free matted print The featured artwork also becomes one of the New Member Gifts for […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: Dusk After the Storm

June is the month when Chartiers Creek is still running high enough for a good canoe trip. It’s also a month for storms as summer heat moves in. A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank […]

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May Nature Desktop Calendar: Strawberry Time

I can’t wait to get the first fresh produce from my garden, and since I’m planting late that’s probably going to be wild strawberries which start to produce mid-May. I let many things grow in my garden along with my chosen plants, and wild strawberries are one plant that grows all over, wherever it pleases. […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: April Cloud Study

Once the weather turns warm and sunny the world begins coloring up nicely, and so it did one April afternoon. I decided to take some time to paint the clouds, literally and figuratively, standing out in my back yard with my pastel for about ten minutes—and by that time the skies were completely different. This […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: Sing Your Song

I have been trying to get this photo for years, the wren standing up with her head thrown back and her beak open in song, especially in the morning light. They flit around so fast and I’m often photographing through my window so I can’t follow their flight. But I heard a sudden burst of […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Jammin’ Jay Blues

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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January Nature Featured Image and Free Print

Possibly just as much a question of my activities as my aesthetic intentions with my photographs of this one lone tree, at the top of a path at the top of a hill, clouds scudding across the sky on a dark winter afternoon, dark enough to dim the colors in the winter field. Something we […]

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