Naima turned 7 today!
Here are some of my favorite pictures of her over the years:
I hope Naima had a happy birthday! We will do some of her favorite things any way. Sleeping. Going to the park. Eating.
A reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is HANDS.
A HANDS photo is any photo that involves HANDS. I would say that everybody has HANDS, but everybody doesn’t. However, I can bet that everybody knows somebody that has HANDS. This project is easy peasy.
Happy photo harvesting!
The world wasn’t ready for these photos on Monday. I’m not sure the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them any longer:
Not many, but I’m trying to step back from taking so many WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE photos.
It should be pointed out that there is about 2 months left is this 52 week run of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. As of right now, there seems to be enough enthusiasm and participation to continue for another 52 week run. If you have any suggestions for the next 52 themes, make them in the Comments section of this here blog.
You’re welcome world!
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
Before we get into the meat of today’s blog, we need to start with…
I hope you had an continue to have an enjoyable 4th of July!
Time to hit up the back log and publish more pictures from Donna Jones’s flower bed!
There are more of Donna Jones’ flowers in the hopper. For those of you that are fans of “flower porn” as Micky likes to call it.
The votes have been tabulated and these are the photos that I will be entering in the Boone County Fair:
Technically there was a frog picture that got more votes than the picture of Shorty, but I’m not going a photo contest without entering a black & white image.
Thanks to the people that voted: Sarah Karber, Michelle, Micky, Vest, Mom, Teresa, Shannon, Kio, Aunt Linda, Jordan, Andy, and all of the fellow SmugMuggers that voted.
If you want to see the photos in the flesh (so to speak) they will be on display at the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds. on July 21 and 22.
Baby Got Rack will also probably be competing on July 21. So mark your calendar!
We will do something similar when it comes to the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.
It is time to select my photos for the Boone County Fair Photo Contest and you get to help select the pictures that go.
I have placed 50 images in a SmugMug Photo Gallery. I would like you to go to that Photo Gallery and vote for up to 5 images in the gallery. You can also rate the images on a 5 star scale.
I will enter the 5 pictures with the most votes. The tie-breaker will be image with the highest star rating.
You will vote for an image by leaving a comment on the image you want to vote for.
Once you are at the gallery, look for something that looks like this:
The one caveat is that you need to have either a Facebook or a Google+ account to leave a comment.
Click on the link below to go to the gallery to vote:
The deadline to vote is next Tuesday at midnight.
Here are the nominees:
Thanks for helping pick the Boone County Fair Photo Contest Entries!
This is the final collection of photos from my trip to Mount Rushmore with my Mom.
Here are a few final facts about Mount Rushmore from the Wikipedia:
The Sculptor’s Studio – a display of unique plaster models and tools related to the sculpting – was built in 1939 under the direction of Borglum. Borglum had planned to make a secret room behind the hairline of Abraham Lincoln which was supposed to be a doorway to a chamber originally intended to hold some of America’s most treasured documents but was left unfinished due to his death. Borglum died from an embolism in March 1941. His son, Lincoln Borglum, continued the project. Originally, it was planned that the figures would be carved from head to waist, but insufficient funding forced the carving to end. Borglum had also planned a massive panel in the shape of the Louisiana Purchase commemorating in eight-foot-tall gilded letters the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Louisiana Purchase, and seven other territorial acquisitions from Alaska to Texas to the Panama Canal Zone. In total, the entire project cost US$989,992.32. Unusual for a project of such size, no workers died during the carving.
In a canyon behind the carved faces is a chamber, cut only 70 feet (21 m) into the rock, containing a vault with sixteen porcelain enamel panels. The panels include the text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, biographies of the four presidents and Borglum, and the history of the U.S. The chamber was created as the entrance-way to a planned “Hall of Records”; the vault was installed in 1998.
Here are the balance of pictures:
Now that the South Dakota trip is all published, might be time to get into the Independence Bowl Road Trip or finish up with the Caves Road Trip.
Time to check in on more pictures from my trip to Mount Rushmore with my Mom.
One of the debate topics that occasionally rises is who is the next President to go on Mount Rushmore. Say that Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln were the 4 greatest Presidents of the United States before construction was started on Mount Rushmore in 1927, won’t there some day be a President as great as them, that should also be placed alongside them.
To be honest, I don’t think that they will ever add another President to Mount Rushmore. Our country doesn’t spend money on projects like this any longer.
But say that they would, the choice for the 5th President according to the Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey is pretty obvious. Next to nobody else even got any votes:
1. Franklin Roosevelt – 108 votes
2. Barack Obama – 12 votes
3. Ronald Reagan – 8 votes
4. Dwight Eisenhower – 6 votes
4. James Madison – 6 votes
It would be hard to argue that FDR wouldn’t be the next President to go up. He steered the country through its greatest economic collapse and then most of the way through WWII.
Let us say that some day another face was added to Mount Rushmore, the truth is that it might not even be a President. In 1937, a bill was proposed to Congress to add Susan B. Anthony to the mountain. I’d imagine there would be a pretty strong movement to add Martin Luther King Jr. to the mountain today.
Although it would be hard to imagine putting a Civil Rights Leader on the mountain after the mountain was stolen from the Lakota in 1876 in violation of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie.
But I digress…
There are still more Mount Rushmore pictures coming!
There are 3 sets of images to be found in the collection of pictures in the folder 05-12-08.
The first set are pictures from a Mother’s Day celebration at my Mom’s house.
The second set are a collection of pictures of flowers at my Mom’s house. A Mother’s Day Peony and a tulip.
The final set of pictures is from the first part of making a batch of Little White Lye Soap.
By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Photography Gallery I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:
On our next walk down the lane of memories, we will look at the first Jaycees activity I participated in. All the signs were there, I wasn’t paying attention.
It is time to crack into the final spot I hit in South Dakota with my Mom last year. Mount Rushmore.
People (particularly bored sports talk show hosts) are always trying to make comparisons in the sports world to Mount Rushmore. Who would be on the Mount Rushmore of Iowa State athletics? (Dan Gable, Fred Hoiberg, Troy Davis, Jack Trice) Who would be on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore? (Lebron, Magic, Jordan, Wilt) Who would be on Cyclone basketball’s Mount Rushmore? (Hoiberg, Niang, Tinsley, Grayer) Who would be on Cyclone football’s Mount Rushmore? (Troy Davis, Jack Trice, Seneca, Matt Blair)
That type of thing?
But does the Mount Rushmore of Presidents have the 4 best Presidents on it?
According to the official results of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, they did a pretty good job.
A little about the survey:
The 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey was conducted online via Qualtrics from December 22, 2017 to January 16, 2018. Respondents were current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, which is the foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics.
Here is their Top 10 Greatest Presidents
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. George Washington
3. Franklin Roosevelt
4. Teddy Roosevelt
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. Harry Truman
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower
8. Barack Obama
9. Ronald Reagan
10. Lyndon Johnson
Therefore, the creators of Mount Rushmore did manage to pick the 4 top Presidents that were available to them. FDR hadn’t been President when Mount Rushmore began. He was President when it was abandoned however. During WWII, the United States couldn’t afford to spend any more on the project. At this point, it is safe to assume it will never be finished.
Here some pictures from the trip to Mount Rushmore:
A few more pictures of Mount Rushmore are still stretching their legs, waiting for the call to get into the game.
This is the final collection of pictures from Custer State Park in South Dakota. In fact, I’ve almost come to the end of the pictures from my trip to South Dakota with my Mom. The only ones left to curate and edit are the pictures from Mount Rushmore.
Even though Custer State Park didn’t quite live up to the hype, I would definitely visit it again. If for no other reason than to visit my feral donkey friends.
So without further adieu, I present the last of the Custer State Park pictures:
I’ll probably start unveiling the Mount Rushmore pictures in the near future!
While it is true that Photography 139 doesn’t take holidays, it is also true that Photography 139, okay me, can try to rush stuff together and throw it all together because while they will still post on say Memorial Day, they don’t have all that much time.
This lead me to making a couple of regrettable errors in yesterday’s initial blog posting.
#1 – I mistakenly credited a series of photos to Linda Bennett (my aunt and occasional submitter) instead of Linda Clark. This error has since been corrected.
#2 – Kim Barker submitted 3 photos, but I only posted 1.
A pox upon me for a clumsy lout.
You can see the corrections by clicking on the link below:
Below are my alternates for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:
You’re welcome wold!