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I Am Goat by Kevin Horan

I Am Goat wall calendar

We’re delighted to offer the I Am Goat wall calendar again for 2018. Today we’re sharing the cover as part of the WordPress.com Daily Post photo challenge. The theme today is “unusual.” We think photographer Kevin Horan addresses the unusual head-on with his wonderful goat portraits. 

Read more about Kevin, his process, and rescue goats. 

 


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Happy Summer Solstice! — Eratosthenes’ Inspiration

Seasonal changes are such a delight to the senses. The summer solstice marks longer days, if you live in the northern hemisphere, and ushers in fragrant blooming plants, delicious summer fruit, and adventures with friends and family. But the summer solstice also shares an anniversary of a scientific achievement. Here’s an excerpt from “Summer solstice: the perfect day to bask in a dazzling scientific feat” by Stuart Clark posted on The Guardian: 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

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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

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — January 2017 — Free to Download

Happy New Year!

As we enter 2017, how do you find your center? What helps you strive for balance in your life? Do you spend time reflecting on the past year and looking toward the new year with renewed hope? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Perhaps we can lift each other up by sharing ideas and inspiration.

All of us at Amber Lotus Publishing wish you a year filled with love and joy.

Free January 2017 desktop wallpaper

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Holiday Gift Guide — 2017 Calendars

Amber Lotus Publishing Calendars — Art for Everyone on Your List
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Use coupon code FRIENDS25 during checkout to enjoy 25% savings on all 2017 calendars ~ wall, engagement, pocket planners, and mini. With over 80 calendars from which to choose, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts.

Coupon code expires 11:59 p.m. (PT), Saturday, December 31.

FOR THE SEEKER
Pema Chodron wall calendar Meditation wall calendar
FOR THE ADVENTURER
Bike Art wall calendar Wanderlust wall calendar
FOR THE ART LOVER
Feathered Friends wall calendar Gig Posters wall calendar
FOR THE BELIEVER IN MAGIC
Fairy Houses wall calendar Beauty and the Beast
FOR THE CELTIC LOVER
Sacred Celtic Sites wall calendar Celtic Mandala
FOR THE GARDENER
Simply Raw Miraculous Mushroom wall calendar
FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER
Spirit Horses wall calendar Zen Cat wall calendar
FOR THE COLORIST
Magical Garden wall calendar Coloring Your Jewish New Year wall calendar

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Artist Spotlight — Rob Kesseler: Microscopic Photography

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge “Treat,” we’re thrilled to share more from Rob about his fascination with seeds and his process in capturing these stunning images – treats and mysterious wonders of nature. ~ Amber Lotus

Images from our Pollen Seeds Fruit 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

Images from our Pollen Seeds Fruit 2016 wall calendar. Click image for more info.

From childhood, my love of flowers has always been an instinctive response to the sheer diversity of colors and shapes, and I think this is reinforced by the cyclical nature of the way they appear and are transformed throughout the seasons. There is a reassuring regenerative spirit of familiarity to see a tiny shoot emerge from the ground into full-blown blossom, and I never get tired of looking at the annual spring spectacle.

Looking is a somewhat undervalued skill rooted in our primitive needs to identify pattern, form, and shape in order to facilitate secure passage through life. The more intensely we look, the better our cognitive powers to interpret and translate our response into new physical form.

A lens, in both its physical and contextual form, gives a point of focus that enhances clarity of observation and nourishes our vision. It is both the lens of my own eyes and those of the various microscopes I use that nourish my creative drive and provide me with the stimulus to share my passion with others.

Process

The images are created using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). I prepare the specimens by coating them with a micro-fine layer of gold before bombarding them with a beam of electron particles and focusing them through powerful magnets onto a screen. The resulting images have phenomenal resolution at high magnification, anything up to X 10,000. But I often work with larger specimens at low magnification, taking up to fifty shots that are subsequently pieced together in the post-production phase. Continue reading