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My Minnesota Spirit Animal

Back in August I went up to Minnesota to visit some of my favorite peeps, but I also had an ulterior motive. For years I’ve driven up to the Twin Cities area and just south of Lakeville I would come across a strange collection of sculptures on the east side of I-35. I’ve never been able to figure out how to get there. Or for that matter, what it even was.

This trip to Minnesota I vowed to crack the mystery. Before supper Bethany, Nora, and Dae Hee and I and a sense of wonderment loaded up into a vehicle and tried to solve the mystery… and solve the mystery, we did.

After some wrong turns we finally located the source of the wonderful mystery sculptures. The source was Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park. For $10 your party could take as many cruddy cell phone pictures as you wanted. It was $25 for an actual camera-camera.

We plunked down the Hamilton and wandered and wondered around the Minnesota magical wonderland that is Sam’s Foto Park. Here are some cell phone pictures from this wondrous adventure:


Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dino Bustin’

Hot Sam's Foto Park
So this is what happened to the bus from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dae Hee in Repose

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Nora LOVED this car!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
#outhousesofinstagram

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
I both love and am creeped out by old industrial trucks!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
This is a fence of nightmares!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Worst Pixar movie ever! Not counting the worse sequels.

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park


Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Plan 9 from Outer Space?

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
You know this would look amazing in my yard!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
My birthday is 7 months away… If you start saving now…

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

You can have Disneyland. Give me Hot Sam’s Foto Park. Every day of the week and… wait for it…. thrice on Sundays!!

Here’s Scotland. Here’s Ireland. There’s the Bloody Sea!

A few weeks back I spent the weekend up in Minnesota. I went with Bethany, Dae Hee, Nora, Sara Karber, and Shawn Karber to The Irish Fair. Here are a few pictures from the event:




Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

You must be wondering, do you recommend The Irish Fair?

The answer is no. Just like everything else Irish, it just isn’t as good as Scottish. I found out that there is a Scottish Fair in the Twin Cities as well, but I had already missed at the time these pictures were taken. I will be going to the Scottish Fair next year! This… I… DO… SWEAR on the grave of Connor MacLeod!!!!

Selfie Project – August

One of the benefits of THE SELFIE PROJECT is that I can look back at a month and feel less worthless. Hey, I actually did go out and do stuff and see people in month X. I’m a winner!

Speaking of winners, these are the photos I consider winners from the month of August:


August 2, 2017
August 2, 2017

August 5, 2017
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August 6, 2017
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August 29, 2017
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August 30, 2017
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August 31, 2017
August 31, 2017

Remember that THE SELFIE PROJECT photos are posted on Instagram on the daily. If you don’t know, Instagram is that little sliver of social media that doesn’t suck… much. There are a few lazy slackjaws out there that post memes, but other than that, it is just pictures. Any way you can follow me at the account below:

@christopherdbennett

Now I need to make sure that my September is almost as great as my August!

The Next 52

As we near the end of the most recent 52 themes, it is time that I reveal the next 52. If there is a name in parentheses next to the theme, that is the person that suggest the theme:

  1. Party (Sara Lockner)
  2. Black and White
  3. Portrait
  4. Faceless Portrait
  5. Old or Elderly
  6. Signs
  7. Road Trip
  8. Landscape
  9. Still Life
  10. Night
  11. Small Town
  12. Family
  13. Macro
  14. Self-Portrait
  15. Art
  16. Religion
  17. Abstract
  18. Music
  19. Animal
  20. Shadow
  21. Joy
  22. Fear
  23. Jealousy
  24. Tree
  25. High Perspective
  26. Weather
  27. Nature
  28. Water
  29. Flower
  30. Ruins
  31. Low Perspective
  32. Food
  33. Store
  34. Transportation
  35. Architecture
  36. Reflection
  37. Candid Portrait
  38. Black
  39. White
  40. City
  41. Agriculture
  42. Competition
  43. Framed
  44. Work
  45. Toy
  46. Government
  47. Feet
  48. Hands
  49. Colorful
  50. Scary
  51. Hobbies (Dae Hee Yoon)
  52. Humor

 

Remember that this list isn’t in order. Only the random generator gods know what order these challenges will present themselves.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 100 – COLD

I figured the participation rates for COLD would be more frigid than for YELLOW. And they were. Only the hardiest of participants braved the low temperatures of COLD photography and submitted a COLD picture. I expect this week’s theme to be a tough one as well.

However, it isn’t all bad news for participation rates. This week there is a first time submitter. Sheri Farkhouri submitted for the first time. Welcome aborad Sheri!!!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came here to see the submissions for COLD:


WEEK 100 - COLD - KIM BARKER 1
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 100 - COLD - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 100 - COLD - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 100 - COLD - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 100 - COLD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 100 - COLD - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Farkhouri

WEEK 100 - COLD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 101 - HUMANIZE
HUMANIZE

HUMANIZE! What a great theme! But what is it? HUMANIZE is when you take something that isn’t human and give it human characteristics. Like greed, jealousy, and avarice. Or perhaps give it ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Hint: This is popular with toys. Or another example would be to be insanely cruel to your dog and put them in clothes.

Good luck and I’m excited to see everybody’s interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very human Monday!

A PHOTO JOURNAL – HENRY CARROLL – PAGE 12

On the way back to Minnesota from Kansas, Bethany, Dae Hee, and Nora stopped by my place for some respite. While they were there, I was able to take this picture of Nora sleeping while Dae Hee and I watched DUEL.

I considered it a perfect fit Page 12 of the THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.


Photo Journal - Page 12
How are you feeling? Communicate with light.

The next time we catch up with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, it might involve a stop I might not normally make.

Memorial Day – 2017

I spent most of my Memorial Day enjoying my day off. Watching old war movies and grilling with the family. But the highlight of my day was seeing Nora for the first time in WAY TOO LONG! Which is completely my fault, but an error in my judgment that I will fix in the future. Hopefully on a trip to Manhattan, Kansas in July!

Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Kiddy Corral.


Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Memorial Day - 2017

Nora also brought Bethany, Dae Hee, and Jim with her. Very thoughtful of her!