Category Archives: Life

Selfie Project – July

It feels like I didn’t get off the couch much in July. I guess we’ll take a look. Here are some of my favorites from the month of July from THE SELFIE PROJECT:


July 1, 2017
July 1

July 2, 2017
July 2

July 4, 2017
July 4

July 5, 2017
July 5

July 8, 2017
July 8

July 9, 2017
July 9

July 11, 2017
July 11

July 12, 2017
July 12

July 14, 2017
July 14

July 15, 2017
July 15

July 18, 2017
July 18

July 19, 2017
July 19

July 20, 2017
July 20

July 22, 2017
July 22

July 24, 2017
July 24

July 26, 2017
July 26

July 27, 2017
July 27

July 29, 2017
July 29

July 30, 2017
July 30

Maybe July wasn’t so bad. But I think August will be even better!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 5

On a recent trip to Algona with Joe we made a stop in West Bend and I knocked out Page 5 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 5
Page 5 – Go somewhere really touristy and take nontouristy pictures.

Here are a few of the pictures I took but didn’t select to tape into the Photo Journal:


Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

Page 5 - Reject

I honestly have no clue what page of the Photo Journal I will tackle next.

Baby Got Domination

For the second straight year, Baby Got Rack competed at the Boone County Fair barbecue competition. Sponsored by State Farm or Farm Bureau or some insurance company.

Here are a few snaps from the very, very, very hot day:


BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR - Boone County Fair 2017

BGR needs to thank Jesse for bulling it up, Willy for taking some of the photos, and for all of our super fans that came out to support us.

I honestly can’t remember how we did exactly, but I think it went something like this:

Tied for Best Overall for Lamb
Won Lamb
Won Pork
Won Turkey
2nd in Chicken
3rd in Beef

Or something like that.

By winning a category, we clinched a birth at the State Fair barbecue competition. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to contend because some of us have to adult on that day.

However, Baby Got Rack will be back at it during the Pufferbilly Days Barbecue Contest. If it is the same as last year, it will be on the Sunday of Pufferbilly days on the corner of 8th and Story.

So come down on Sunday, September 3. Look at the Photo Contest photos and then come over for some award winning barbecue. You won’t be disappointed!

Selfie Project – June

Here we are in August and I haven’t checked back into THE SELFIE PROJECT for the month of June. Here are some of favorites from June:


June 2, 2017
June 2

June 5, 2017
June 5

June 8, 2017
June 8

June 9, 2017
June 9

June 10, 2017
June 10

June 11, 2017
June 11

June 13, 2017
June 13

June 15, 2017
June 15

June 16, 2017
June 16

June 17, 2017
June 17

June 18, 2017
June 18

June 20, 2017
June 20

June 23, 2017
June 23

June 24, 2017
June 24

June 25, 2017
June 25

June 26, 2017
June 26

June 27, 2017
June 27

June 28, 2017
June 28

June 29, 2017
June 29

June 30, 2017
June 30

One side effect of THE SELFIE PROJECT I wasn’t expecting is that there are times when I think that might life is boring and I don’t do all that much. Then I look back at these pictures and I can see that I DO get out of the office or off the couch every now and again.

If you want to see all THE SELFIE PROJECT images, you can go here:

SELFIE PROJECT – 2017


And of course, you can stay current on THE SELFIE PROJECT by following me on the Instagram:

@christopherdbennett

I hope my July ended up being as good/great as my June!

All the Fleas!

A couple months back Mom, Teresa, Logan, and I hopped into a vehicle of some kind and headed due east for famous What Cheer, Iowa and it’s even more famous flea market.

It didn’t disappoint. I think a person could spend all day there and still not see all the vendors.

Here are some pictures from that trip. You’re welcome Kio!


What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

What Cheer, Iowa

My favorite part of the What Cheer Flea Market is that they (seemingly) allow you to climb up onto the roof of their rickety grandstand. The roof is made out of sheet metal and their doesn’t seem to be any reinforcements as you walk across it. Hoping you don’t plummet to your death. It was awesome!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 9

On the last day of my vacation I took a quick sprint up to Dolliver Memorial State Park. On my way there I passed through Dayton. I stopped in Dayton to look for something to fulfill Page 9 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.

I found this picture just waiting to be harvested:


Photo Journal - Page 9
Page 9 – Take a beautiful photo of something ugly.

I found a lot of ugly in Dayton and I think I managed to turn some of it into beauty. Here are a few the other contenders that didn’t get printed and taped into the photo journal:


Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Page 9 - Rejects

Next time we visit the THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, we will hit up Page 8.

A PHOTO JOURNAL – HENRY CARROLL – PAGE 80

On the last day of my vacation, I headed to Dolliver Memorial State Park. My mission was to complete Page 80 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. Good news is that it worked out!


Photo Journal - Page 80
Page 80 – Next time you pass something and think, “Hey that would make a great picture”, actually stop and take a picture.

I stopped and took this picture somewhere along P70.

The next time we delve into the THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT will be about beautiful-ugly or ugly-beautiful.

You CAN Call it a Comeback

I can officially announce now that I have unretired from “competing” in photography contests.

For the first time in a couple years I entered photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. I will have one photo displayed at the Iowa State Fair. Don’t ask me which one, because I don’t know and I’m not even sure I remember what I entered at this point. Seems like a long time ago.

However, I was inspired by Baby Got Rack competing in the barbecue contest at the Boone County Fair, I decided to enter some photos in the Open Class at that same fair. Here is what I entered:


Boone County Fair - 2017
Ionized Gas

Boone County Fair - 2017
Peas Creek

Boone County Fair - 2017
Capra

Boone County Fair - 2017
Ledges Reflection

Boone County Fair - 2017
Cole School

Each image got a Blue Ribbon. It had been approximately 15 years since the last time I entered the Boone County Fair. Seemed like it was about time and I owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Vest for getting the pictures mounted so I had something to enter.

However, that isn’t all. Here is where it gets exciting! I’ve decided to keep all this participation momentum going and enter the Pufferbilly Days Contest for the first time in maybe at least 7 or 8 years.

I’m also going to bring back the way I used to pick my Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Photos. That means I’m not going to pick at all. I’m going to let 6 lucky Photography 139 fans pick the images.

At some point later this week, I’m going to publish the following photo on Instagram:



Picture of the 1385 taken by my Dad

When that photo gets posted, the first 6 people that leave a comment on that photo stating that they want to be a Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Selector, will get there wish and be just that. They will have access to about 50 images and the picture they pick, I will enter.

If I can’t find 6 people that want to be selectors, well we will fall through that bridge when we get to it.