Tag: Wallpaper

November Wallpaper – Autumn

A November wallpaper dedicated to the changing seasons, fresh eyes, & falling leaves...

Fall is hands down my favorite season.

Living in western China we rarely experience a typical fall.  The altitude, brutally cold climate, and lack of trees conspire together to make Autumn a season that basically doesn’t exist.  Skipping fall every year can be a huge bummer.

But not this year.  The falling leaves, brilliant colors, and crisp mornings are all something I’d been looking forward to.  The last few weeks I’ve been up with the sunrise photographing it all (credit our huge east-facing windows).  I can honestly say it’s a beautiful thing to experience Autumn with ‘fresh‘ eyes.

Thus I present you with my November 2012 Fall Wallpaper(s):

This desktop wallpaper is a bit of a departure from the normal fall seasonal photography you typically see.  I wanted to put something out that had some dark atmosphere to it and a little less typical colorful ‘leafy-ness.’  Above is what I came up with.   By the way, I did take a whole bunch of  ’colorful leafy’ pictures and posted them below for all the fall photography purists.

I hope you are all having a wonderful fall season!

GALLERY

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December Wallpaper: My Hometown

A December wallpaper dedicated to a lazy town in Arkansas

(Download the December Wallpaper here – Right click, Save link as)

After November’s wallpaper failure of being a few days late and being stalked by the angry masses the entire time, I thought I’d jump the gun on December’s wallpaper and keep the villagers happy.

This is a departure from my normal work because I’m not ‘home’ in China.  My wife and I visited my family in the small lazy town in Arkansas where I grew up.  It was fascinating and exciting to see my hometown with new eyes.  There is so much culture packed into a such a small place, which is true of most small towns in the South.  I will have a few blog posts coming up next week about my visit, so stay tuned!!

Enjoy

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November Wallpaper: Drepung Monastery

A November wallpaper of one of Lhasa's main monasteries

(Download the November Wallpaper here – Right click, Save as)

Put your pitchforks and torches away, because here it is – November’s Wallpaper

This months calendar is a quick image of a few of the stupas at Drepung monastery outside of Lhasa.  It’s a fantastic location and one of our stops on our annual Lhasa, Everest, Nepal workshop.  In fact, it’s the image I used on our 2012 announcement.

Just to give you a context for some of the terms like stupa and Drepung, here are their wikipedia entries.

Drepung Monastery – (literally “Rice Heap” monastery[2][3]), located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera.
Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. (read more here)

A stupa (from Sanskrit: m.,stūpa, literally meaning “heap”) is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics, typically the remains of Buddha, used by Buddhists as a place of worship.
After “stupa”, “chorten” is the most commonly encountered English term. The term “reliquary” is sometimes used, after a Roman Catholic functional equivalent. (read more here)

Enjoy

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OCTOBER WALLPAPER: EVEREST BASECAMP

An October wallpaper dedicated to the tallest mountain in the world

(Right Click to download the October wallpaper here)

I’m on the road for the next two weeks, so I’m posting October’s wallpaper while I still have a decent internet connection albeit a day earlier.

Last year we had a great time our or Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Overland tour.  I’ve been holding back this background for a few months now.  I love this image for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the perspective it gives you of the valley leading up to Everest which brings back memories of what it’s like to experience Everest for the first time and how amazing it is to be able to drive up to it’s base.

Hope you enjoy!

You can check out last years workshop to Everest in the following links:

Days 1 – The art of observation
Days 2 – Postcard from the endless alleyways of Lhasa
Day 3 – Monk Debates at Sera Monastery
Days 4 & 5 – On the Friendship Highway
Days 6 – 9 – Lhasa, Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest
Faces of Nepal

Our sign up for 2011′s Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Workshop & Tour is here.

Enjoy!

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September Wallpaper: GangJia Grasslands

A September wallpaper dedicated to grass... and lands.

(Download the August wallpaper here)

Because September is jam packed, and because I’m a self-proclaimed nice guy, I’m posting my September desktop wallpaper one day early.  Let the masses rejoice!

About a month+ ago I was able to visit the Gangjia grasslands of eastern Tibet.  The grasslands are truly magical place – one that I love to visit often.  Though not much of a landscape photographer myself, the setting sun did some really interesting stuff to the surrounding landscape.  I’ve been enjoying this as my desktop wallpaper for almost a month now.  Time to share the wealth!

You can read more about my most recent trip to the grasslands here.

Enjoy!