Capping off my 2021 Calendar previews with another perennial favorite- the U.S. edition. I've referred to this as my "All Over" calendar in years past, as I'm usually able to work an international scene into the mix... and I had hoped to get up into the Canadian Rockies to get some new material last summer- but we all know how that worked out. So for the first time in probably four or five years this one is strictly United States, which is fine, because we certainly have no shortage of beauty here.
The cover photo is a scene near and dear to me, as it was taken on my parents farm west of Tipton, Iowa -looking out across the landscape where I grew up, and where I learned to dream. This past year has been challenging... lonely... frustrating... just downright heartbreaking... for many of us in many ways. So as I think of turning these pages into and through the coming year, this rainbow offers a symbol of hope; and dreams for better days to come.
The January scene was taken along the icy shore of Lake Superior and Minnesota's Tettegouche State Park. About an hour northeast of Duluth, this stretch of lakefront is spectacular any time of the year- but is especially scenic in winter when transformed by heavy snows and the frozen spray of crashing waves.
February invites a stroll through another winter wonderland with this snow-laced forest scene from Rock Creek Timber in Cedar County, Iowa.
The March image is also from the shores of Lake Superior, only this time at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Silhouetted against a pastel sunset sky, trees ready themselves for the coming buds of spring.
A trail of footprints traces the ridge-line of large sand dunes in the April image from Death Valley National Park in California. Despite its inhospitable reputation, Death Valley is a photographer's dreamscape with unique geologic features to inspire creativity and exploration.
The May photo is of the House on Fire ruin in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Constructed between 700 and 1,000 years ago, this dwelling is tucked up under a cliff and generally shaded... but when the sun hits just right the sandstone takes an orange glow and cracks in the overhang appear as smoke and flames.
The June image shows Queen Anne's Lace and clover filling a roadside ditch near Hogback Covered Bridge in Madison County, Iowa.
Red Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers in bloom provide a classic Montana scene for July, taken on the high banks over the South Fork of the Flathead River in Flathead National Forest.
Sunset casts the rock formations and vegetation in a subtle glow in the August photo from Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
A beautiful mother doe with her fawn on a quiet country road in Cedar County, Iowa, seen in magical September light.
October features stream side foliage ablaze in yellows and orange from deep within the 100 Mile Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
The November image shows alpenglow reflections on a thin sheet of newly formed ice in the High Uintas Wilderness of Utah.
The delicate balance of strength and beauty in nature is on display in the December image, captured during a winter storm in the serene towering forest of California's Sequoia National Park.
2021 Calendars, and Calendar + Note Card packages are now available for purchase and can be ordered through the link below. Prints and additional note card packages are also available, and make perfect gifts to celebrate the beauty of nature this holiday season.