A few months ago, while flipping through a few of our titles, we realized how lucky we were to have access to such beautiful photography of Boston and New England here at Union Park Press.  After all, when you publish books about New England’s historic houses and landscapes, Greater Boston’s parks and gardens, and underwater photography from Cape Cod, you are bound to see some spectacular shots.

We wanted to share some of those gorgeous scenes with fellow New England-lovers, and introduced the monthly Union Park Press digital desktop calendar series late in 2011. We have been thrilled by the response, and have pulled together a great collection of photography to share in 2012.

This month, we have chosen to represent January with a stunning photograph of Graves Light, located at the northern edge of Boston Harbor.  Built upon the hazardous ledges of The Graves, a collection of jagged rock outcroppings, the lighthouse was constructed to warn Boston-bound sailors of the treacherous conditions.

Taken by Union Park Press publisher Nicole Vecchiotti, this photograph was first featured in Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores by Christopher Klein. We especially love the way that the lighthouse frames the city skyline in the background.

We hope you enjoy this monthly series and that you come back next month to see what we have in store for February, 2012!

How to set this image as your Desktop Background:

  • Download this for your desktop screen in resolutions of 1280 x 800 (small), 1440 x 900 (medium), or 1920 x 1200 (large), based on the size of your screen.
  • Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture”, — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.
  • If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.
  • Voila! You have a beautiful, seasonal desktop calendar to keep you on track all month long.