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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — July 2019 — 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
14 – Bastille Day (France)
16 – Guru Purnima (Hindu)

July 2029 Desktop Wallpaper

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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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Dog Days of Summer

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Images from our Adventure Dogs 2020 wall calendar: Hiking, Camping, and Traveling with Courageous Canines. Click for more info.

The long, hot days of summer are rising before us and bring many opportunities for adventures with our courageous canine companions. But why do some call this period the dog days of summer? Well, as with many things, we have the Greeks to thank. But let’s look at the timing of the days first.

Various computations of the dog days in the northern hemisphere have placed their start anywhere from July 3 to August 15 and lasting for anywhere from 30 to 61 days depending upon latitude.

To understand more about the origins of the name, here’s an excerpt from a wonderful post by Becky Little from National Geographic:

The “dog days,” I always thought, were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around panting.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something like that—but originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year.

So, did the Greeks get it right? Are the dog days, around when Sirius rises, really the hottest days of the year?

Although July and August are generally known as the hottest months of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the hottest period can vary from year to year. And depending on your latitude, the astronomical dog days can come at different times.

There’s another reason that the dog days don’t correspond neatly with the heat: the stars in Earth’s night sky shift independently of our calendar seasons.

“Our Earth is like a spinning top,” said Bradley Schaefer, professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. “If you toss it onto a table, after it slows down … the pointing direction of the top will slowly go around in circles.” Similarly to a top, “the Earth’s rotation is kind of wobbling around.”

“The calendar is fixed according to certain events, but the stars have shifted according to the way that the Earth wobbles,” said Larry Ciupik, astronomer at Adler Planetarium and director of the Doane Observatory. “So in about 50-some years, the sky shifts about one degree.”

This means that the dog days of ancient Greece aren’t the dog days of today. What it also means is that several millennia from now, this astrological event won’t even occur during the summer.


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Adventure Dogs 2020 Wall Calendar

Curated from Instagram’s best featured images of our fearless furry companions, this photo collection showcases canines from around the world donning backpacks for a invigorating hike, navigating a kayaking trip through an icy wonderland, or quietly surveying the forest from the cleft of a moss-covered tree. These courageous pups inspire us all to stretch our legs, breathe deep, and savor the sights, sounds, and textures of the natural world.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — June 2019 — 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 – Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)
5 – World Environment Day
6 – Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
9 – Pentecost (Christian)
9 – Shavuot (Jewish)
12 – Loving Day
14 – Flag Day
16 – Father’s Day
16 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
17 – Saka Dawa (Tibetan Buddhist)
19 – Juneteenth
20 – World Refugee Day
21 – Litha (Pagan/Wiccan)
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — May 2019 — 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
2 – Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
6 – Ramadan Begins (Islamic)
12 – Mother’s Day
17 – Bike to Work Day
18 – Armed Forces Day
18 – Vesak (Buddhist)
20 – Victoria Day (Canada)
27 – Memorial Day Observed
29 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
30 – Ascension (Christian)
31 – Lailatul Qadr (Islamic)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — April 2019 — Free to Download

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

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – April Fools’ Day
14 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
19 – Good Friday (Christian)
20 – Passover Begins (Jewish)
21 – Easter (Christian)
21 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
22 – Earth Day
22 – Easter Monday (Canada)
25 – ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
26 – Arbor Day
27 – Freedom Day (South Africa)
28 – Pascha (Orthodox Christian)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — March 2019 — Free to Download

March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. The March equinox on the 20th marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Flower: Daffodil
Birthstone: Bloodstone

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
4 – Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
5 – Mardi Gras
6 – Ash Wednesday
8 – International Women’s Day
10 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
11 – Great Lent (Orthodox Christian)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
20 – Ostara (Pagan/Wiccan)
20 – Spring Equinox
21 – Holi (Hindu)
21 – Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í & Persian New Year)
21 – Purim (Jewish)

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — February 2019 — Free to Download

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. As the only month to have a length of less than 30 days, February is the shortest month of the year. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the “leap day.”
Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Imbolc (Pagan/Wiccan)
2 – Groundhog Day
5 – Chinese New Year (Pig)
5 – Losar (Tibetan New Year)
6 – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
10 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
10 – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
14 – Valentine’s Day
15 – Flag Day (Canada)
15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
18 – Presidents’ Day
22 – Washington’s Birthday

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — December 2018 — Free to Download

December is the twelfth and final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and is the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. December got its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar which began in March.
Flower: Narcissus
Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, and Tanzanite

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – World AIDS Day
2 – Advent Begins
3 – Hanukkah Begins (Jewish)
7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
10 – Human Rights Day
12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
21 – Winter Solstice
21 – Yule (Pagan/Wiccan)
25 – Christmas
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, UK)
26 – Kwanzaa Begins (African American)
31 – New Year’s Eve

December 2018 Desktop Wallpaper

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