Category Archives: Flowers

Cinco de Mayo

Hopping back into the backlog I found some pictures I took back on May 5. Some pictures of a beautiful toad that lived in my woodpile for a few weeks and some pictures of gross lilacs.


Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Backyard Toad

Alley Lilacs

Alley Lilacs

Alley Lilacs

Alley Lilacs

I was, of course, being facetious when I called lilacs ugly. Those lilacs can be found between my back fence and the alley. I transplanted 3 lilac bushes from my Mom’s lilac patch 3 years ago. Only 1 survived. This was the first year that the surviving bush bloomed. It was very exciting times around the Bennett homestead!

Final Day to Order – 2018 Photography 139 Calendar

A friendly reminder that today is the last day to order a 2018 Photography 139 Calendar!

The price of the calendar is still $10. A veritable bargain in this climate of rising prices!

I’m sure you are ready to plunk down $10 or $20 or $30 based on the high quality product that has existed in the past. I would gladly take your money, sight unseen, but I would at least like to reveal what pictures are in the 2018 Calendar.

Have a look:


2018 Calendar - Cover
Front Cover

2018 Calendar - January
January

2018 Calendar - February
February

2018 Calendar - March
March

2018 Calendar - April
April

2018 Calendar - May
May

2018 Calendar - June
June

2018 Calendar - July
July

2018 Calendar - August
August

2018 Calendar - September
September

2018 Calendar - October
October

2018 Calendar - November
November

2018 Calendar - December
December

Each picture was aligned with the month it was taken in. Okay maybe a hair of finagling was done at that front… I’ll never tell… Even if the .exif data will.

The calendars are 17 x 11 inches in size when they are open.

Calendar comes with a free Christopher D. Bennett business card. Good for getting you out of any life or death situation involving Boone toughs.

If you wish to order a calendar or calendar(s), you may email me at:

bennett@photography139.com

If you live within reasonable driving distance (about 45 minutes from Boone’s Golden Circle) I can hand deliver the calendar free of charge.

If the calendar needs to be mailed, there will be a shipping and handling charge of some kind.

Order fast! Supplies are limited!

Thanks!

Christopher D. Bennett
Photography 139
CDO
Chairman of the Board
President
Vice-President
Director
Superintendent of Invention

Flowers Heal Me, Tulips Make Me Happy

Hitting the backlog again. Going back to May when Mom, Teresa, Logan, and I went to What Cheer, Iowa for a flea market. After we left the flea market we went to Oskaloosa for lunch and then went through Pella on our way back home.

Here are pictures from that trip:


Book Vault

Book Vault

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

Pella Tulip Festival - 2017

On the way back we stopped at Tasos Steakhouse for lunch. If you are ever in Oskaloosa, I would strongly recommend it.

To Keep ‘Em Talking and Acting like Everybody; Gonna Get Up in a Sleep with Your Eyes Open

The world wasn’t ready for these images on Monday. Not sure the world is ready for these alternate FLOWERS pictures right now. But I can’t hold them back any longer:


Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

Flowers - Alternate

I also messed up on this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I forgot to publish these two photos:


WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

I’ll tighten my game back up!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 118 – FLOWERS

Finally getting a chance to sit down and go through the submission for the FLOWERS theme for this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. You can tell that holiday season is upon us as participation rates continue to plummet.

Therefore, let me make this announcement early:

Next Monday is Christmas! While the government might take that day off, there are no holidays for Photography 139. Every day I’m hustlin’! Plan to get you submission early!

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


WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 118 - FLOWERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

A solid week of submissions!

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 119 - SCARY
SCARY!


SCARY! What a great theme! A little odd for a Christmas time, but the random generator has spoken. I don’t think I need to define SCARY! After all, different things scare different people. I guess I’ll find out what you find SCARY!

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.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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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 scary Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – FLOWERS

ANNOUNCEMENT: I WILL BE A PALL BEARER AT A FUNERAL AT THE TIME THAT THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE PICTURES ARE NORMALLY PUBLISHED AND THE THEME FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK IS REVEALED. DON’T PANIC ON MONDAY WHEN THE NEW THEME ISN’T REVEALED AT 12:01 PM. IT WILL BE REVEALED AT SOME POINT ON MONDAY. DON’T WORRY. I WILL FEED YOU BABY BIRDS!

A reminder that this week’s theme is FLOWERS:


WEEK 118 - FLOWERS
FLOWERS!


I could come up with some kind of fancy pants elitist definition for what would constitute a FLOWERS picture, but instead, I’ll just show you a few examples:








FLOWER - LOSER

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND 5
Carla Stensland

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest

WEEK 45 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

That should get your photography blood pumping.

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 117 – WATER

WATER. That was the theme. Here are the submissions:


WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 117 - WATER - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

WEEK 117 - WATER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 117 - WATER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 117 - WATER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

A solid week of submissions!

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 118 - FLOWERS
FLOWERS

FLOWERS! What a great theme! A tough one to handle in the final days of fall, but not impossible. There are flower shops. Fake flowers. Poinsettias. Heck! If anything, this theme is TOO easy!

As always, I look forward to your 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

Ring the bell! There is a newest member of the ultra exclusive PHOTOGRAPHY 139 EMAIL SUBSCRIBER CLUB! Say hello to Frank Meiners! I’ve known Frank going on 13 years. His server was actually the original host for this here website. The only other thing you need to know about me and Frank is that we are champions. Together.

So if you see Frank walking the mean streets of Ames, feel free to give him a knowing look and teach him the super-secret Photography 139 handshake!

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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 flowery Monday!

I Ain’t No Hogback Girl!

As me and my friendly neighborhood robocopy scripts make it through the back log, I’ve come across some images from the day I went down to Winterset after some young hooligans burned down one of the famous (or infamous depending on how you feel about “literature”) covered bridges of Madison County.

Here are some of those images:


Statue in Downtown Des Moines

Des Moines Tulip

Des Moines Tulip

Flower

Des Moines Art

Des Moines Art

Des Moines Art

Des Moines Art

Des Moines Art

Shorty's

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County

Madison County


Vulture

Vulture

Vulture

Vulture

Vulture

These pictures remind me that I need to get back on that open road some time soon. Very soon!