Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — September 2021 — Free to Download

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months in the oldest known Roman calendar.
Flower: Aster
Birthstone: Sapphire

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
4 – National Hummingbird Day
6 – Labor Day (USA, Canada)
7 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
8 – International Literacy Day
10 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
11 – Patriot Day
12 – Grandparents Day
16 – Independence Day (Mexico)
16 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
17 – Constitution Day
20 – Full Moon, 7:55 pm EDT
21 – International Day of Peace
21 – Mid-Autumn Festival (Asian)
21 – Sukkot Begins (Jewish)
22 – Autumnal Equinox
22 – Mabon (Pagan/Wiccan)
29 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

Note: Desktop wallpaper calendars are free for personal use only.


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National Hummingbird Day — Small But Mighty

Image from our Praise for the Pollinators 2022 Wall Calendar. Illustration by Colin Johnson.

The first Saturday of September is National Hummingbird Day! Let’s celebrate this amazing and beautiful pollinator.

In the hummingbird world, parenting responsibilities rest solely on the mother’s tiny shoulders. After her jelly bean–size chicks are born, she provides them with protein in the form of miniscule insects every 20 minutes. Two weeks later she turns her attention to teaching her fledglings the art of aeronautics — how to hover, dive, and defend their territories, how to catch mosquitoes in midair, and even how to snitch prey from a spider’s web before its owner can get to the catch. She also passes along her knowledge of which flowers replenish their nectar most frequently. With their mama’s guidance, baby hummers enter adulthood by their one-month birthdays fully prepared to assume their role of pollinator.

Here’s some more fun facts about these miraculous creatures from The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

WHAT IS A HUMMINGBIRD’S SIZE?
These diminutive birds weigh only about 4 grams — or .141 ounce! That’s tiny! For comparison, a U.S. penny weighs 2.5 grams. The egg of a hummingbird weighs just 0.4 gram to 2.4 grams. A newly hatched bird is just 0.62 gram. However, when it’s time to migrate, hummers pack on the grams for the long trip — sometimes doubling their weight.

They are among the smallest birds, too, with most species measuring 3 to 5 inches long. The smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, is only 2 inches long — and weighs less than 2 grams.

HOW FAST DO HUMMINGBIRDS BEAT THEIR WINGS?
Hummingbirds, with their iridescent colors and fairly short wings, beat their wings as fast as 80 times per second! They do NOT flap their wings — they rotate them in a figure 8, which makes it even more remarkable! In fact, their name comes from the fact that they move their wings so fast that they make a humming noise. Hummingbirds can hover, stop instantly, and fly in different directions (even upside down) with exquisite control.

HOW FAST IS A HUMMINGBIRD’S HEART RATE?
Hummingbirds have a very high metabolic rate, with heart rate of 1,260 beats per minute and breaths of 250 times per minute.

The long flights and wing-beating can make a hummingbird weary. As often as every 15 minutes, they look for a place to rest on trees and shrubs with small leaves. Particular plants include birch trees, butterfly bushes, and honey locusts. Don’t worry if you do not have these plants in your yard — your hummingbird might also rest on your feeder’s hanger.

WHAT’S A HUMMINGBIRD’S LIFE SPAN?
The life expectancy of a hummingbird is from 3 to 6 years. The oldest surviving hummingbird was 9 years old. Females outlive males by several years, probably due to the males’ high energy costs of defending territories and the long spring and fall migrations.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — August 2021 — Free to Download

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Formerly named Sextilis, it was originally the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar. It became the eighth month around 700 BC, when King Numa Pompilius added January and February to the beginning of the calendar year; he also made the month 29 days long. Julius Caesar later added two days when he created the Julian calendar in 46 BC, giving it its modern length of 31 days. In 8 BC, it was renamed to August to honor the great triumphs of the Roman Emperor Augustus.
Flower: Poppy
Birthstone: Sardonyx

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Lughnasa (Pagan/Wiccan)
2 – August Bank Holiday (Scotland)
2 – Civic Holiday (Canada)
10 – Muharram (Islamic New Year)
15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
19 – Ashurah (Islamic)
22 – Full Moon, 8:02 am EDT
30 – Summer Bank Holiday (UK)

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Artist Spotlight — Kelly Rae Roberts: Possibilitarian

“When we paint our joy, wear our joy, or even decorate our joy, we are honoring the essence of who we were always meant to be.” — Kelly Rae Roberts

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Kelly Rae Roberts! Her playful portraits feature best friends, winged creatures, and blooms galore — all layered with textures, patterns, and rainbows of paint. Her wonderful new 2022 wall calendar and 17-month weekly planner (August 2021–December 2022) are now available for purchase.

Self-taught artist and entrepreneur Kelly Rae Roberts believes in the power of possibility. A former social worker, Kelly Rae picked up her first paintbrush at age 30 and everything changed. Painting brought her what she was craving: healing, unburdened joy, awakening. Her tender style of truth-telling and her possibility-driven approach to life, work, and art spread like wildfire. Her creations have been featured in countless books, magazines, and greeting cards. She is the creator of several beloved e-courses, books, and retreats that focus on the idea that when we let art out, we let love in.

She lives in the small town of Sisters, Oregon, with her son True, husband John, and two English bulldogs, Lulu and Amelia.

Visit her website to see more of her work and learn about her workshops.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2021 — Free to Download

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Originally called Quintilis (for the fifth month of the 10-month Roman calendar), July was renamed by the Roman Senate in honor of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.
Flower: Larkspur
Birthstone: Ruby

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Independence Day
6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday
12 – Orangemen’s Day (Northern Ireland)
14 – Bastille Day (France)
18 – Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
20 – Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
23 – Full Moon, 10:37 pm EDT
24 – Guru Purnima (Hindu)

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Mac Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then Ctrl+click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your System Preferences to change the desktop.

Windows Users: Click thumbnail image above to see a preview of the downloadable graphic. Then right-click that image and select the command “Save Image As” in the pop-up menu to save the image to your computer. Some browsers allow you to click and drag the image to your desktop. Then use your Personalization Settings to change the desktop.

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Guru Purnima

Image from our Meditation 2022 wall calendar. Click for more info.

Guru Purnima is considered to be one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar. This festival is dedicated to one’s Guru, mentor, or teacher. Also known as Vyasa Purnima, Guru Purnima falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu month of Ashadha. This year, India is celebrating Guru Purnima on July 24.

It is widely believed that Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on Guru Purnima in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, after weeks of achieving enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. The day also holds significance in The Mahabharata and other holy books of the Hindus.

The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of ignorance. In addition to having religious importance, Guru Purnima also has great importance for Indian academics and scholars who celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers.


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2021 — Free to Download

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June was named either for Juniores, the lower branch of the Roman Senate, or for Juno, wife of the Roman god Jupiter.
Flower: Rose
Birthstone: Pearl

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
5 – World Environment Day
10 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
10 – Annular Solar Eclipse, 6:42 am EDT
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
19 – Juneteenth
20 – Father’s Day
20 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
20 – Summer Solstice, 11:32 pm EDT
20 – World Refugee Day
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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World Environment Day 2021: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore

“We are a fraction of a second in earth’s lifetime. Yet she is our only lifeline.” — Jordan Sanchez

Since 1974, World Environment Day (WED) has been celebrated every year on June 5, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues.

WED offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to invest in repairing the environment; for educators to inspire students to take action; and for youth to build a greener future.

WED 2021 is hosted by Pakistan with the theme of “Ecosystem Restoration” under the campaign “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” The official hashtags for the Day are #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay. This year, the Day will also serve as the formal launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade) 2021-2030.

Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Decade is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. It’s goal is to build a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future, which includes building political momentum for restoration and supporting many thousands of on-the-ground initiatives. As a priority, the UN Decade seeks to build the capacity of marginalized groups that stand to lose most from the continued destruction of ecosystems—such as indigenous peoples, women and youth—to take an active role in restoration. Scores of partner organizations have already come forward in support of the UN Decade.

Thousands from around the world are organizing virtual and physical events, small and large to celebrate WED. Browse through the 2021 official schedule of events hosted by UNEP and Decade Partners, featuring high level speakers, expert panels and other events. Get involved with global virtual gatherings, community clean ups, live social discussions, musical and film screenings, and other opportunities for action.


The United Nations Environment Programme asked Jordan Sanchez, who is studying physics at Harvard University, to produce a poem to mark World Environment Day 2021. The result — a spoken word piece titled “Recreate. Reimagine. Restore!” — is a powerful call to action, reminding listeners that we must stop plundering and start protecting the planet’s resources. It ties into the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a UN initiative to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.


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