July 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – American Flag Barn

American Flag Barn in Colorado with July desktop wallpaper

Colorado has so much creativity and art associated with it’s history that a short drive through the foothills will reveal sculptures, murals, and giant American flags like this one just outside of Boulder. What better month to have an American flag than the month that the United States celebrates it’s independence.

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June 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Death Valley

Every time I’ve shown this photo, I’m always met with extreme curiosity about why the rocks slide across the desert. Is it weather? Humans? UFOs? The truth is no one really knows. The phenomenon has never been captured on film, but scientists speculate that the rocks slide across the desert floor by high winds that are timed perfectly after a rare freeze. The icy surface makes it easy for the 80 pound rocks to glide before settling back down to rest until the next weather pattern blows through. I definitely recommend visiting Death Valley. It is, by far, one of my favorite national parks in the US.

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May 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Sámara, Costa Rica

May 2012 Desktop Wallpaper

In mid-April, I traveled to Costa Rica to enjoy some warmer weather and relaxation time on the beach. I’ve been to Costa Rica before and it’s one of my favorite countries to visit. The locals are extremely friendly, the food is great, and the weather is perfect. Not to mention the beautiful beaches. This beach is right next to the villa that we stayed in outside of a town called Sámara. Horses would run on the shore around dusk as the fishing boats were pulling into the harbor just as the evening sun set. I always find a spring trip is the perfect transition from winter to spring/summer weather in Colorado.

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April 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Colorado Sunflower Field

April 2012 Desktop Wallpaper

The eastern plains of Colorado do not get near as much attention as the Rocky Mountains to the west, but each August the eastern crops of Colorado are greeted with fields upon fields of sunflowers. They are only fully blossomed for around one week out of the year, so catching them at the right time is tough. It’s truly a unique site when the sea of yellow goes on for further than the eye can see, only to come to a stop at the foot of the best mountains in the US.

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March 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Rocky Mountain National Park

March 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Rocky Mountain National Park

I’ve been pretty busy this month with a complete redesign of this Web site. My intention is to have my photos be seen up close and personal in a full-screen format on the home page. It’s 99% done, and I hope to announce it early next week. Because of this, though, I’ve had little time to get out and shoot. Winter has finally arrived in Colorado (3 months late) and I’m getting the itch to get back outdoors and shoot skiers and ice climbing.

For this month’s wallpaper, I dove deep into the archives of last autumn for this shot from an early morning hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs Peak is the tallest peak in the park and can be seen for miles around, including from Denver. The color from the aspen trees was especially bright this season and it was no exception on this cool October morning.

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February 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Montana de Oro Sunset

February 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Montana de Oro

This month, I’ve introduced several new sizes to the monthly wallpaper, including a Facebook cover photo that works with the new Timeline feature that has recently been rolling out. I reviewed my web stats for the last year and released the wallpaper in the top 15 most popular desktop dimensions for browsing my site and I will continue to do so each month.

This photo was shot at Montana de Oro State Park in California. My favorite part of this area of California, aside for the beautiful scenery, is that there was absolutely no one around. I didn’t see a single soul for the nearly 3 hours spent on this bit of coastline. At this particular area, the leading lines of the rock features were interesting to me and made natural shapes out of the ocean water. The sunset this spring evening was a particularly long one, and I was grateful to have the extra time for composing each shot perfectly.

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January 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Behind Delicate Arch

January 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Utah Night

This past week I made a trip to shoot Delicate Arch, the popular photography location in eastern Utah. Having never been to this location when there are less than 50 tourists gathered around the feature, I knew that I would have to get creative if I wanted to come back to Colorado with something I was proud of. Thus, I didn’t shoot the arch at all. This photo was taken looking in the complete opposite direction of Delicate Arch. Sometimes at beautiful locations it pays to look behind you as well.

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December 2011 Desktop Wallpaper – Zion Narrows

December Wallpaper Zion Narrows

As much as I love winter in Colorado, Utah provides a stark contrast in scenery while waiting for the mountains to be covered in snow. After spending all day in The Subway two days prior, our group opted to rent drysuits for an all-day excursion into the Narrows, a slot canyon in Zion National Park. It turned out to be a great decision and the 42 degree water was actually semi-pleasant. This photo of a particularly high area of the canyon walls was shot early in the morning when the light hit the walls perfectly.
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November 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Fall is winding down in Colorado and winter is just around the corner. This shot of Capitol Peak was taken from the trailhead that leads to the base of the 14er. Aspen and the surrounding Elk mountains received a fresh blanket of snow early in October turning most of the mountain summits white.
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October 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Fall colors are finally here and a trip down to Telluride for Telluride Photo Festival provides one of the best times and settings to photograph them. This shot was taken from the Alta Lakes towards Lizard Head and Wilson Peaks just outside of Telluride.
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