Category Archives: Animals

Where’s Your Motivation

Another collection of ANIMAL pictures that didn’t quite make the cut for Monday’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE reveal. Almost all of these pictures were taken in Jester Park.


Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

Where's Your Motivation

I don’t make it to Jester Park enough.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is NATURE:


WEEK 255 - NATURE
NATURE

A NATURE image is an image of things that aren’t man made or curated by man. Rivers. Lakes. Wildflowers. Wild animals. Trees. So on. So forth.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 254 – ANIMAL

I might have to change the release time for this weekly blog to 1:01 PM CST because there was a recent mine shaft collapse at the Computer Mine and I’ve had to change my work schedule to compensate, thus changing my lunch hour. But we’ll see how it goes for now.

WooHoo! 43 straight weeks of double digit submissions. Another week where I didn’t have to send out any reminder text messages this morning. I like how this is trending people!

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


WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 254 - ANIMAL - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

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 255 - NATURE
NATURE

NATURE! What a great theme! But what is a NATURE photo? A NATURE photo can be anything that isn’t man made. A lake. A river. A wildflower. A wild animal.

Remember, “Nature is God’s art. Art is man’s nature”.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 natural Monday!

It Just Blooms

I need to start today by wishing Russell a happy birthday. Happy birthday Russell!


Liberty Bowl Road Trip

Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

Civil Rights Museum

Iowa Republican Straw Poll - 2011

I hope ripped it up on your birthday as much as you desired to rip it up!

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Today’s collection is a bunch of pictures I took tooling around my back yard back in May.


It Just Blooms

It Just Blooms

Unloved Flower - 2020

Unloved Flower - 2020

Unloved Flower - 2020

Unloved Flower - 2020

Unloved Flower - 2020

Unloved Flower - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The title of today’s blog post comes from a quote:

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
– Zen Shin

Russell hates my flower pictures. Maybe if he engaged in some Zen Shin Meditation, he would be so angry and learn to love the simple beauty of flowers.

My Mind was Full of Razors

Last Friday night I prowled around Boone for a little bit taking NIGHT pictures for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Many of them, just couldn’t make the cut for Monday. But they seem to be ready for the world now.


My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

My Mind was Full of Razors

I really don’t do enough NIGHT photography these days.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ANIMAL.


WEEK 254 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

An ANIMAL photo is any picture of an ANIMAL or ANIMAL byproduct.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 253 – NIGHT

We did it people! 42 straight weeks of double digit submissions. It only took the slightest bit of prodding this morning. WooHoo! 43 straight weeks should be easy as falling off a log. Or so I’m told. I’ve never fallen off a log.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about my log prowess. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 253 - NIGHT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 253 - NIGHT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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 254 - ANIMAL
ANIMAL

ANIMAL! What a great theme! But what is an ANIMAL image? Any picture that involves an ANIMAL or byproducts of an ANIMAL.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 animalistic Monday!

Bodega Bay

I need to start today by wishing Alexis a happy birthday. Happy birthday Alexis!


9 Emotions Project - Alexis

Alexis & Kupono Wedding

Stenslands- 2019

Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

06-11-08

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you wanted it to be!

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I thought I would give you a break from flowers for a day and shows some pictures of some baby robins from my front yard. A pair of robins built a nest in my bush in my front yard for the second time this year. Here are some pictures:


Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

Baby Robins

I recently added a birdhouse and a second bird feeder to my property. Well it is really a first bird feeder, because I keep the first bird feeder for the wasp nest that I nurture.

Actually the second bird feeder was a gift from my Mom and the birdhouse was a gift from Kio. The second bird feeder has proved to be popular thus far.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is NIGHT.


WEEK 253 - NIGHT
NIGHT

A NIGHT picture is simply any picture taken at NIGHT.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 252 – FACELESS PORTRAIT

41 straight weeks of double digit submissions! WooHoo! Once again, I didn’t even have to send out reminder message this morning!

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


WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - JASON FOLEY
Jason Foley

WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

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 253 - NIGHT
NIGHT

NIGHT! What a great theme! But what is a NIGHT photo? It is literally any photo taken at NIGHT. I know this one might be challenging for some people, but it doesn’t have to be taken outside. Doesn’t have to be a picture of a NIGHT sky. It just has to be taken at NIGHT. Easy!

Although, I do have to confess that this is one of the themes that I worry will snap the double digit streak. I hope you guys blow my doubts out of the water.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 dark Monday!

When I Stand in Your Love

I have plenty more BLACK AND WHITE alternates for last week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Last Penny  - 2020

Last Penny  - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

The Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Happy Things - 2020

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Nature's Amen - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

Black and White Alternate

I can’t wait until BLACK AND WHITE is the theme again!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is FACELESS PORTRAIT:


WEEK 252 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT

Remember that a FACELESS PORTRAIT is simply a portrait of somebody that doesn’t show their face.

Happy photo harvesting!

Iowa State Walk – Beta

Yesterday I pointed out that Pufferbilly Days was cancelled. Yesterday the Farm Progress Show in Boone was also cancelled. This is an event that brings over 100,000 people to Boone over 3 days. Cancelling it was the right move. Here is part of their press release:

For more than 65 years, farmers have turned to the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days for the latest information about new products and tools they can use to boost productivity and profit for their operations. However, for the first time in its history, the show won’t go on. In the best interest of our visitors, exhibitors, partners and staff, Farm Progress has made the difficult decision to cancel both shows in 2020 due to rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Show management had confirmed earlier that the two shows would be operated differently with physical distancing a requirement, along with other health and safety changes to the events.

While state and local officials had expressed support for both shows, Don Tourte, Senior Vice President, Farm Progress said that in a very short time it became apparent that the situation across the US had rapidly changed.

“We have been working with officials in Iowa and Nebraska for our shows, and we appreciate the support they expressed for us to hold the events,” Tourte says. “They are critical partners to us, and we are all disappointed to not host the events this year, but feel confident that this is the right decision for our community.”

Rising concerns

One of the key features of both shows is their attraction to visitors from across the country, and across the globe.

“Within days of our commitment to hold both farm shows, more than half the United States saw a significant spike in new cases of COVID-19. We have a multi-generational audience that travels from all across the country and around the world to attend the shows and based on that we felt it better to reconsider the traditional show for 2020 to prioritize the safety of all. Our community’s safety is our priority, always,” said Matt Jungmann, Events Manager, Farm Progress.

“Within the next two weeks tents and other work would be underway on site. We had to make a decision based on the current landscape so that our exhibitors and suppliers wouldn’t potentially waste valuable time and resources,” said Jungmann. “While we are hopeful that case numbers throughout the country will decrease soon, we felt compelled to make a proactive decision on our community’s behalf, given the information we have today.”

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This collection of pictures is the balance of images from a walk I took around Iowa State’s campus back in early May with Teresa.


Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Still Laughing - 2020

Iowa State Walk - Beta

Iowa State Walk - Beta

Iowa State Walk - Beta

Iowa State Walk - Beta

It truly is the most beautiful campus in the world!