Category Archives: Photography

National Bike Month — Bike to Work

Bicycle Bliss 2017 wall calendar

Images from our Bicycle Bliss 2017 wall calendar. Top to bottom credits: Russ Roca, Stephen St. John, Jef Maion

To me the bicycle is in many ways a more satisfactory invention than the automobile. It is consonant with the independence of man because it works under his own power entirely. — Louis J. Halle, Jr.

Our hometown of Portland, Oregon, is a wonderfully bike-friendly town, so the celebration of National Bike Month is a big deal here. The Bike More Challenge is among the tons of activities around town this year. As of today, the Bike More Challenge has 902 organizations and 13,225 people registered to see who can log the most miles for the month!

The League of American Bicyclists originated Bike to Work Day (3rd Friday in May) as part of Bike to Work Week in 1956. Here’s more from their website:

National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day. In 2017, Bike to Work Week will be May 15-19, with Bike to Work Day on May 19.

40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.

Hundreds of American communities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuting by providing Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day events.

In fact, among the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 hosted Bike to Work Day events in 2010. The City of Denver reported the highest rate of participation with one out of every 28 adults participating in its 2010 Bike to Work event. That effort makes a difference: Many people who participate in their Bike to Work Day promotion as first-time commuters become regular bike commuters.

But Bike Month is more than one day — or week! From fashion shows to group rides, local groups find unique ways to celebrate their diverse bike cultures and community pride.

We hope you join in the fun by searching for events in your area or even just by dusting off your bike and going for a joy ride. #ridemore


Sign up now…receive-news-3


Bicycle Bliss 2017 wall calendar

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — May 2017 — Free to Download

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days. May is also the month with the shortest name.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom.”
Birthstone: Emerald

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – May Day
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
10 – Vesak (Buddhist)
11 – Lailatul Bara’ah (Islamic)
14 – Mother’s Day
19 – Bike to Work Day
20 – Armed Forces Day
22 – Victoria Day (Canada)
25 – Ascension (Christian/Orthodox)
27 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
29 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
29 – Memorial Day Observed
31 – Shavuot (Jewish)

Free Desktop Wallpaper May 2017 Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — April 2017 — Free to Download

April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the fifth in the early Julian and the first month to have the length of 30 days. April is also National Poetry Month.
Flower: Daisy or the Sweet Pea
Birthstone: Diamond

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – April Fools’ Day
9 – Palm Sunday (Christian/Orthodox)
11 – Passover Begins (Jewish)
14 – Good Friday (Christian)
16 – Easter (Christian)
16 – Pascha (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Easter Monday (Canada)
18 – Tax Day
22 – Earth Day
24 – Isra/Mi’raj (Islamic)
24 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
25 – ANZAC Day (AU, NZ)
27 – Freedom Day (South Africa)
28 – Arbor Day

Free Desktop Wallpaper April 2017

See download tips and system instructions below: Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — March 2017 — Free to Download

Hello March! March is named for the Roman god of war, Mars. March was the first month of the Roman calendar until the adoption of the Julian calendar in 46 B.C.
Flower: Daffodil
Birthstone: Bloodstone

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Ash Wednesday
1 – Lent Begins
8 – International Women’s Day
12 – Daylight Savings Time Begins
12 – Purim (Jewish)
13 – Holi (Hindu)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
20 – Ostara (Pagan)
20 – Spring Equinox
21 – Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í & Persian New Year)

Free Desktop Wallpaper for March 2017

See download tips and system instructions below: Continue reading

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — February 2017 — Free to Download

February is full of early spring surprises and holidays including Random Acts of Kindness week. Kindness can be food for the soul. Read more about this annual celebration.

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Feast of Saint Brighid
1 – Imbolc (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
2 – Groundhog Day
6 – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
10 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
11 – Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
12-18 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
14 – Valentine’s Day
15 – Flag Day (Canada)
15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
20 – Presidents’ Day
22 – Washington’s Birthday
25 – Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
26 – Annular Solar Eclipse
27 – Great Lent (Orthodox Christian)
27 – Losar (Tibetan New Year)
28 – Mardi Gras

February Free Desktop Wallpaper

See download tips and system instructions below. Continue reading

Happy Full Moon — January 2017

Full Moon January 2017


Sign up now…receive-news-3

Happy 2017 — Welcoming the New Year

Happy New Year

From all of us at Amber Lotus Publishing…
to all of you and your dear ones. ❤️

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2016 — Free to Download

Hello, December! We hope you enjoy many laughs, hugs, and stories with family and friends during this holiday season. And may this time create joyous memories that warm your heart in the years to come. ❤️

Free Desktop Calendar

See download tips and system instructions below. Continue reading