Story Photo: Cover Picture

2011 Calendar

Wow. It’s almost time for a new year. Hard to believe, isn’t it? It hit me this weekend that I need to get moving because it’s almost time for a new 2011 Calendar.

For the last two years, I’ve been creating calendars based on photographs I’ve taken. The picture above was the cover of my 2010 Calendar.

I have fun making my calendars. I enjoy the picture search and the mix and matching for the months of the year.

Will You Help?

This year, I want to share the fun with you, my readers. Therefore, I’m hoping you will help me as I design the 2011 Calendar.

For the next six weeks, along with the regular Monday Story Photo Challenge, I will also be asking you to “pick-a-picture” from one or two pictures. The picture with the highest votes will be included in the calendar. If there’s a tie, both will go in.

The Challenge

For today’s challenge, will you help me pick the picture that will become the cover of the 2011 calendar? For this one, you get a few more pictures to decide from. Hey, this will be the COVER and I couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two pictures:~) Therefore, I have selected five pictures.

From these pictures, your challenge is to simply choose your favorite and add its name in your comment and briefly say why you think this picture should be chosen for the calendar cover.

Keep in mind, I try to pick dramatic pictures for the cover photograph. I want the picture to jump out at the viewer and say “Look at ME!”

Picture A

Picture B

Picture C

Picture D

Picture E

Quickie Challenges

What kind of calendars do you usually pick for yourself? Are they humorous, scenic, animals, meditative or something else?

How do you feel about receiving a calendar as a gift?

39 comments on “Story Photo: Cover Picture

  1. Hi Sara –
    We make calendars for my family of all the kids – my daughter’s generation. My sister in law does them – such fun. I try my hand at them every now and again. There is a lot of work that goes into some of them (We do everything from the page details to the inscriptions on the grid as to birthdays etc)

    I love Garfield myself and am given an Arizona Highways spiral date calendar every year – which I love.

    As for your pictures… they each wonderful and would fit the cover. I like “A” because of the colors, the vitality, and the “pop.” There is a “look at me” quality that springs forward and demands to be the center of attention… no distraction!
    The Exception´s last blog post ..Together We Can

    • Sara says:

      @ The Exception — I always wished I had made calendars of my kids. It would like a photo album, but not necessarily hidden away. I like Garfield, too:~) The vote is getting very close between Picture A and Picture E!!!

  2. Linda says:

    I chose picture “B” because of the texture of the bark and the pine needles against the sky.

    Calendars that I would pick for myself? Cats. There is always a cat calendar hanging by my desk. Gifts? A cat calendar is usually on the list. 🙂

  3. desk49 says:

    Will I like the one you hung on the wall best.
    Of the tree and shore.
    Because I think it is more of a dramatic picture then A-F.

    Free ones.
    with big squares to write in.
    desk49´s last blog post ..Missing- Short Story Page 11

    • Sara says:

      @ Ellis — I agree that free calendars can be the best. I discovered when I started making my calendars that the idea of free doesn’t apply. They’re not cheap if you want a good quality calendar.

      In this calendar, I’m planning to mix pictures…some will be flowers, others animals and other scenic. At least that’s the plan:~)

  4. Stephanie says:

    My favorite out of those was C. Seemed kind of ethereal.

    I don’t really use calendars, as I live in a dorm room for the moment, and it’s really easy to organize things electronically. My mom always buys calendars without pictures, but with lots of room to write in.

    Calendars, especially those with meaningful pictures, are awesome gifts.
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..The Creepy Internet Archive

    • Sara says:

      @ Stephanie — You are right about living in a dorm room…there’s not a lot of space and it’s probably easier and wiser to have a calendar online, especially if you are trying to keep up with classes and assignments. At one time in my work career, I had Outlook. It has a feature that reminds you of an assignment. Most of time, I loved it, but there were times when I though I would scream when that little yellow reminder popped up on screen like a smiley face…saying “You need to do NOW!”

      Thanks for adding your vote:~)

  5. It is interesting to see the differences in what we like and/or what we are each drawn to.

  6. Shay says:

    Oh Sara, you are rotten to the core! You keep hinting about these mysterious calendars, but I still don’t know what a girl has got to do to get her mitts on one. 🙁

    Anyway, I like Picture E far and away the best of them all. The angle makes me pleasantly dizzy and the contrast of tree and sky are wonderful.

    I love to receive calendars! Every year I look for an Emily The Strange calendar, a Aussie Shepherd calendar (or at least Border Collies, which are very similar) and one other one, which changes. Sometimes it’s art, sometimes photography.

    Shay´s last blog post ..Coal Black

    • Sara says:

      @ Shay — I usually have special challenges so people can “win” a calendar. As the calendars are rather expensive because I refuse to use cheap paper, I can’t send to everyone. I’ll be sure to let you know when the challenge is coming up this time around:~)

      Thanks for your comment about Picture E…it’s funny that it makes “pleasantly dizzy.”

      I’ve never heard of Emily The Strange…I’ll have to that one out:~)

  7. Panduh says:

    I like Picture “E”. I like the angle it was taken from and all the different angles created by the tree branches and whatnot.

    I do like calendars and I usually get a Hello Kitty one every year.
    Panduh´s last blog post ..Macro Monday – Ladybug

  8. Eliza says:

    Picture E.

    We don’t do calendars in our house. We keep a shared gmail calendar so we can have emails sent to us … Google Reminder: Soccer Practice … boy, I just realized we like to be nagged by a machine. Is there a support group for that?
    Eliza´s last blog post ..Words From The Editor- Break-ups- Creativity- Social Media- Bums

    • Sara says:

      @ Eliza — I loved what you said about being “nagged by a machine.” When I used Outlook, that’s how I felt. If you find a support group…let me know:~)

  9. Talon says:

    Picture A – just makes me smile! 🙂
    Talon´s last blog post ..One Hundred Fifty-Seven

    • Sara says:

      @ Talon — It is a flower that likes to be “in your face” isn’t it? I also like it for it’s bright sunny nature.

      Thanks for helping me find this cover picture:~)

  10. Hi Sara,

    Picture A pops for me. I like the contrast between the flower and the background.

    I used to LOVE calendars and would spend endless hours shopping for just the right one. Now I just use one of the free ones we get in the mail as I hate to see them go to waste. (I prefer the ones with flowers or scenery.)
    Barbara Swafford´s last blog post ..Before The Blog

    • Sara says:

      @ Barbara — Picture A and Picture B and leading the race and running neck to neck at this point.

      I think it’s good, however, to use free calendars that are sent to you. Oddly, this somehow reminds me of the Charlie Brown show about the Christmas tree that no one picked, except Charlie Brown. He was my hero for saving the tree…at least for a little while it lasted. See, you are saving those free calendars that would otherwise ended up blowing around lost in the dump. Now, the free ones all beg to go to your house where they know someone will love them:~)

  11. Hilary says:

    Hi Sarah .. 2011 .. oooohhh .. nearly there – another year older! Cover picture .. has to be A or E .. depends on your innards!! Need more flowers if A, need more beautiful surreal tree, plant shots if E ..

    I select flowers, butterflies – bold for my mother, African animals, Southern African scenes, – so at the moment I see what’s around and what we may use .. re wall hangings etc ..

    Me – I mix and match .. depending on what I can find .. happy selections – now I must see what the others have chosen .. I look forward to these .. have a great week .. Hilary

    Mmmmh … A and E ..
    Hilary´s last blog post ..Where is the land of eventoed ungulates Where is the driest place on earth

    • Sara says:

      @ Hilary — You’re so funny. I love how you picked TWO!!! But then again, I guess I didn’t limit the number you could select as a favorite did I. Anyway, you picked the pictures that are getting the most votes!!!

      Have a wonderful rest of your week. In the UK, do they consider Wednesday the “hump day?” In the States, we use term which compared the week of work as a hill and Wednesday is midweek representing the highest point. Once you finish Wednesday, you are officially “over the hump.”

      Well, have a wonderful “hump day” and a great rest of your week:~)

  12. suzen says:

    Hi Sara! I love birds and trees – your photos are always just the BEST. So with that said, I’d pick E. My calendars are generally either scenic or animals. I also like the inspirational ones with a “mentally medicinal” quality.
    suzen´s last blog post ..Soda and Bottled Water Tax

    • Sara says:

      @ Suzen — I bet you like a photograph of the natural flowering herbs and medicinal plants. I visited a garden in Switzerland that full of these type of plants. Unfortunately, I did indicate in my photos the name of the plant or how it was used. It was cool because that’s how the garden was developed on a farm — for food and for medicine:~)

  13. Sara says:


    Here’s how the vote for the cover picture stands so far:
    Picture A: 4 votes
    Picture B: 1 vote
    Picture C: 2 votes
    Picture D: 0 votes
    Picture E: 5 votes

    I really appreciate all your comments and your reasons for making your selections. I’ve also enjoyed what you shared about the calendars you like.

  14. Patricia says:

    Picture A because it is dramatic, I love flowers and that one just made me feel happy…

    I love the idea of a calendar for a gift….I wish my cell phone calendar had a picture each month too…develop an app?

    I have a lovely photograph calendar in the bedroom and usually a woman directed calendar for the office area of the kitchen…sometimes funny, usually with great quotes… to start my day
    Patricia´s last blog post ..Energizing the Changes No Stop Action HERE

    • Sara says:

      @ Patricia — I love funny calendars. Gary Larson cartoons were a great favorite for my whole family. There’s nothing as nice as looking at the day and getting a good laugh while doing it:~)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the cover picture!

  15. Tony Single says:

    Picture E for sure, Sara. There’s something about that tree’s solid bulk reaching for the sky with its many branches that speaks something to me. And the colours are beautiful too. A mix of lavender, blue, greens, and that solemn grey.

    I’m not a big fan of calendars when I don’t have a hook to hang ’em on. But when I do have a hook, then yes for sure! I tend to favour things that have a nature theme with a hint of mystery in there as well. Gives me space to imagine that I’m there, living out some grand fantasy tale. Yup, I’m a hopeless romantic that way. 😛

    • Sara says:

      @ Tony — Well, you just broke the tie between Picture A and Picture E…now Picture E has a slight edge.

      Okay, I’ll ask…is there a reason you can’t have a hook up your house? You should make your own calendar. I mean what a gift to receive Tony’s illustrations and cartoons….If I got one, I’d save all the illustrations and then frame them:~)

  16. Liz says:

    Picture E looks really cool, but I’m in love with Picture B. 🙂

    What kind of calendars do you usually pick for yourself?
    Nature, mostly. Maybe animals, but mostly nature. I’ve never seen a pattern calendar before. 🙁

    Are they humorous, scenic, animals, meditative or something else?
    All of the above. But really, all the calendars I have received were given as gifts. xD

    How do you feel about receiving a calendar as a gift?
    Haha. I enjoy it. 🙂

    • Sara says:

      @ Liz — Thank you for answering ALL my questions…they did kind of overlap. I also appreciate very much your vote about the cover. Whatever happens, I imagine ALL of these pictures will end up in the calendar:~)

  17. Jeanne says:


    Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog.

    I like the yellow flower because it’s cheerful and pretty. 😉

    Every year I buy a small calendar that fits in my purse. EVERYTHING goes on it. I tend not to use bigger calendars. (It’s just one more calendar to have to sync to my purse calendar, my husband’s calendar, and the school calendar).

    Jeanne´s last blog post ..About Suicide Prevention

    • Sara says:

      @ Jeanne — You’re welcome. I just glad you are continuing to discuss the difficult topic of suicide. As you and I both know, the more people learn about how to deal with (and not be afraid of) someone who is suicidal, the more likely help can come in time!

      I’m pleased that you liked Picture A. It is a “in your face” flower. I know that too many calendars can be a issue. I use two calendars. I have bigger calendar that hangs on my refrigerator. I use it only for joint activities for JC and myself…or when I do the flea medicine for dog and cat. For my business, I have a totally separate smaller calendar that is only used for appointments and meetings.

      Thanks for dropping by:~)

  18. Picture A.
    if you want the calender to stand out then you will need some warm and bright colours to catch the eye
    Arts web show´s last blog post ..Arts web show ep 4 Just like the movies

    • Sara says:

      @ Arts web show — Well, you’ve done it. Your vote for Picture A has it in the lead…Also, I can see your point. I’ve given people until Monday when my new Story Photo Post goes up…so we’ll see. Like I’ve said to others, these pictures will probably end up in the calendar anyway.

      Thanks for stopping by and voting:~)

  19. Lori says:

    I like photo A the best.
    Oh, I love calendars, too. For years and years, I bought a calendar that featured a porches in varied seasons and places of the world. The past few years, I’ve decided to stop buying them, but I think giving or receiving a calendar as a gift was be awesome! Great idea, Sara.
    Lori´s last blog post ..Climb Into Your Rocket Ship

  20. Kelvin Kao says:

    Wow. I have unique taste.

    I am going to pick Picture D, for sort of a weird reason. It feels like a shot at the beginning of the movie. The camera will fly through the window (somehow without smashing it) and we’ll be free of the boundaries of the window frame (if that’s what it is) and open up a new world. This is the beginning and who knows what it would lead to? So yeah, Picture D.

    But in a way, I am also thinking, what do I care? You are going to be looking one picture each month, but when is the cover ever seen once it’s on the wall?
    Kelvin Kao´s last blog post ..Where I Have Disappeared To

    • Sara says:

      @ Kelvin — I love that picked Picture D….you gave it a vote:~) I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for it. Every other picture had received votes, except for this one. Also, my boyfriend will be delighted as he selected this picture and had kind of the same reaction as you…that it was looking at something about to happen:~)

      Well, I cheat about the cover…I wasn’t going to tell people, but I always use the cover picture as my January picture…so it does get seen for a full month rather than being flipped over as soon as the champagne is drunk and the ball has dropped on New Year’s Eve:~)

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