You will see light in the darkness by Neil Alexander

"You will see light in the darkness
You will make some sense of this
And when you've made your secret journey
You will find the love you miss"

The Police - Secret Journey

Earlier this week whilst the country was being battered by the remains of Hurricane Whateveritwascalled, I took myself off up into the hills in the hope that all the autumn colours hadn't been decimated by the wind and there were still some of the lovely browns and oranges that appear for a brief period at this time every year. In some places the fall colours can last for weeks but from past experience I have found that in the UK generally, no sooner have the leaves turned a lovely golden colour, a storm comes along and scatters them far and wide. 

So it was with sheer delight that I climbed down to the riverside in the Goyt valley in the Peak District to find it not only completely sheltered from the gales but also still holding it's colours well. Granted it was almost the middle of the day but at this time of year the sun is so low in the sky all day that the shadows it casts are totally lacking in the harsh contrasts of summer, permitting pretty decent photographic opportunities all day long. 

In my ears that day was one of my favourite albums of all time, Ghost In The Machine by The Police from 1981.  

Desktop Wallpaper for February 2013 by Neil Alexander

View up The Struggle in the Lake District on an Autumn morning

It's time for another desktop wallpaper for the short but sweet month of February. 

Once again, I'm running a little competition running revolving around this photograph, but to be eligible and party to the competition details you need to be in my "Image of the Month" club. Sign up here - you've got to be in it to win it!

Usual instructions apply - click the link most appropriate for your monitor and select "open in new tab" or "open in new window". Then once the image has downloaded you can set it as your desktop background from there. Feel free to share around. If there's a size that you want (you've some funky Dell tablet or some such), or it looks a little stretched on your monitor, simply ping me a comment below and I'll fix one up for you.

If it's more than a desktop wallpaper that you're looking for, then you can purchase prints or a commercial license for this image here.

Enjoy and have a great Month.