A Proud Assertion

Hitting up that 2018 backlog again. This is a collection of flower pictures I took in mid-August of 2018. Mostly sunflowers. A few of God’s other creatures sprinkled in for fun as well.


Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower

Drop

Hollyhock

Goldfinch

Would you believe that I am almost done with pictures from August of 2018? Well, it is true…

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This is your reminder that the theme for this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE:


WEEK 214 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE

A reminder that STILL LIFE photography is “used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects.”

Happy photo harvesting!

President Quest 2020 – Joe Biden

Back in early August I took the morning off from the Computer Mine to see my 9th presidential candidate at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

I went to see Joe Biden. I doubt that I need to give much of a background on Joe Biden. He has been leading the polls ever since he joined the race, mostly on name recognition I would reckon. He has lost some steam lately and now is neck and neck with Joe Biden. I’d still put him as the odds on favorite for being our next president, but I would say that he isn’t the presumptive favorite that he was a couple months ago when these pictures were taken.

Here is the bio of Joe Biden from the Wikipedia:


Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (/ˌrɒbɪˈnɛt ˈbaɪdən/;[1] born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden also represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden is a candidate for president in the 2020 election.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He became a lawyer in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history. Biden was re-elected six times and was the fourth most senior senator when he resigned to assume the vice presidency in 2009. Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He opposed the Gulf War in 1991, but advocated U.S. and NATO intervention in the Bosnian War in 1994 and 1995. He voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002 but opposed the surge of U.S. troops in 2007. He has also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties. Biden led the efforts to pass the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. He also chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. Biden unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008.

In 2008, Biden was the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, and became the first Roman Catholic vice president in history.[2] As vice president, Biden oversaw infrastructure spending aimed at counteracting the Great Recession and helped formulate U.S. policy toward Iraq through the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011. His ability to negotiate with congressional Republicans helped the Obama administration pass legislation such as the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, which resolved a taxation deadlock; the Budget Control Act of 2011, which resolved that year’s debt ceiling crisis; and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which addressed the impending fiscal cliff. Obama and Biden were re-elected in 2012.

In October 2015, after months of speculation, Biden announced he would not seek the presidency in the 2016 election. In January 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction.[3] After completing his second term as vice president, Biden joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Presidential Practice.[4] He announced his 2020 run for president on April 25, 2019.[5]

Here is a little information on Joe from his campaign website:

America is an idea.

An idea that goes back to our founding principle that all men are created equal. It’s an idea that’s stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator. It gives hope to the most desperate people on Earth. It instills in every single person in this country the belief that no matter where they start in life, there’s nothing they can’t achieve if they work at it.

We’re in a battle for the soul of America. It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough, resilient, but always full of hope. It’s time to treat each other with dignity. Build a middle class that works for everybody. Fight back against the incredible abuses of power we’re seeing. It’s time to dig deep and remember that our best days still lie ahead.

It’s time for respected leadership on the world stage—and dignified leadership at home. It’s time for equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice. It’s time for an economy that rewards those who actually do the work. It’s time for a president who will stand up for all of us.

Some pictures from the event:


Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

Joe Biden at Boone County Fairgrounds

I have pictures from a couple of Mayor Pete events I’ve attended in the hopper still. I also hope to see Elizabeth Warren in Ames on Monday night.

In Earth and Manure

Going back to the 2018 backlog again. After this post, all of the July pictures have been edited and those that I have deemed worthy have been posted.

I probably have about 15 folders of images to go through and figure out to get the 2018 backlog officially hammered out.

These pictures are of hollyhocks and lilies from my backyard. A picture of a sunflower thrown in to boot:


Lily

Lily

Sunflower

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Quite a few pictures in here that I really like. Possibly a 2020 Photography 139 Calendar image in there somewhere.

WPC – WEEK 213 – LOW PERSPECTIVE

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day… To some who don’t know about this holiday, here is are 5 ways to celebrate: from bustle.com:

1. Participate in Cultural Appreciation – No, cultural appreciation is not the same thing as cultural appropriation. Cultural appreciation is all about respecting different cultures, understanding the role you play in oppressing or erasing said culture, and not trivializing sacred cultural traditions by simply adopting them.

2. Donate to Indigenous People’s Rights Organizations – Consider donating to the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, a group made up of five nations (and supported by 30 Native American Tribes!) who are in a battle to preserve Bear Ears National Monument that has come under threat because of the Trump administration. Or, donate to Stand With Standing Rock, the group formed of Native activists, different tribes, and allies who halted the Dakota Access Pipeline — and are still fighting against it.

3. Attend vigils, rallies, or other events that Native activists organize – On Indigenous People’s Day, let’s celebrate Native culture, but let’s also recognize why the holiday is needed in the first place. Systemic racism has long erased the narratives of indigenous people from American history, and contributes to the large health and wellness disparities Native Americans face today, when compared to all other Americans. Native American women are especially marginalized, as they are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other race. Additionally, so many Native American women end up missing or murdered that North Dakota senators are calling it an “epidemic.” If Native Activists organize vigils or rallies on Indigenous People’s Day, try to show up and acknowledge the harm the United States has inflicted on different nations.

4. Purchase art from Native Americans – Put your money where your mouth is, and support indigenous communities’ artwork and business. Being an ally means showing support through action — not just talking.

5. Don’t just celebrate Indigenous People’s Day; actively disavow Columbus Day – No one’s trying to “rewrite American history,” Brenda — Native Americans have been brutalized and subjected to genocide since the inception of America, and as the popular chant goes: your silence is violence. Sign petitions if your city has yet to recognize Indigenous People’s Day, and don’t be hesitant to have conversations with other white people about why it’s important to celebrate it over Columbus Day.

Why does Christopher Columbus not deserve a holiday? Here is some information from owlcation.com:

For the second voyage to Haiti the following year (1493), Ferdinand and Isabella gave him the resources needed to subdue the population. When he returned to Haiti, Columbus demanded food, gold, and cotton thread, and was increasingly met with resistance. This resistance gave him the opportunity he needed to declare war on the Arawaks. According to Bartolomé de Las Casas, who was there with the Spanish, Columbus chose “200 foot soldiers and 20 cavalry, with many crossbows and small cannon, lances, and swords, and a still more terrible weapon against the Indians, in addition to the horses: this was 20 hunting dogs, who were turned loose and immediately tore the Indians apart.”

The Spanish won the war, of course, for the Arawaks had only rudimentary weapons. As Columbus still could not find the gold he sought, and needed to bring something back to Spain, he rounded up 1,000 Arawaks to be used as slaves. Five hundred of these he brought back to Spain, and the remaining 500 he gave to the Spanish then “governing” the island.

Tribute System
Though now in control of the Arawak Indians and their island Haiti, Christopher Columbus still could not find the gold that he was sure was somewhere on the island.

The Arawaks, I’m sure, were not very willing to tell him where it was. Therefore, he set up a “tribute system” which worked thus:

Every three months, each Haitian over 14 years of age would be required to pay Columbus with either 25 pounds in cotton or a large “hawk’s bell” of gold dust (a lot of gold dust.)

Once the slaves paid this, they would receive a metal token. This token was worn around their necks as a signal that they were home-free for another 3 months (during which time they saved up for their next token, of course.)

Those who did not pay had their nose & both of their hands chopped off.

Genocide
Due to the tribute system, the Arawaks were forced to work in the mines instead of growing food in their fields, which led to generalized malnutrition. According to a letter written by Pedro de Cordoba to King Ferdinand, “As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth…Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery.”

The initial Arawak population was estimated at 8,000,000. By 1516 only around 12,000 were still alive. By 1542, less than 200 remained. By 1555, the Arawaks were all gone
Thus, the crime of genocide was perpetuated by Christopher Columbus; not exactly what I learned in public school. He completely exterminated an entire race of 8,000,000 people –and that’s only counting one of the cultures he decimated. “Haiti under the Spanish is one of the primary instances of genocide in all human history.” – Dr. James W. Loewen

Transatlantic Slave Trade
Columbus wasn’t just into subjugating and decimating; he was also interested in the sexual aspect of slavery. According to a letter written by Michele de Cuneo, before his first voyage had even reached Haiti in 1492, “Columbus was rewarding his lieutenants with native women to rape.” Columbus wrote in 1500: “A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”

Aside from sexual slavery, there existed, of course, the aspect of using slavery for profit. When there were no more Arawaks to mine his gold for him–for they no longer existed–Columbus systematically depleted the Bahamas of their peoples for this task. Tens of thousands of slaves from the Bahamas were transported to Haiti, leaving the islands behind deserted. Peter Martyr reported in 1516: “Packed in below deck, with hatchways closed to prevent their escape, so many slaves died on the trip that a ship without a compass, chart, or guide, but only following the trail of dead Indians who had been thrown from the ships could find its way from the Bahamas to Hispaniola.”

After the new batch of slaves died, Columbus depleted Puerto Rico, and then Cuba. When they had all succumbed, he turned his eyes to Africa, thus establishing the transatlantic slave trade and the concept of “race.” Through his exploits in Haiti, Columbus lead the way for other European nations to begin seeking wealth through domination, conquest, and slavery. In essence, Columbus changed the world, and we recognize this in one way or another by delineating history as being either pre- or post-Columbian.

Getting rid of Columbus Day isn’t about “erasing history”, it is about decided who and what should be exalted by our society.

In short, Christopher Columbus was responsible for the extincion of an entire tribe of people that once numbered over 8 million! Then turned around and invented transatlantic slave trade.

Christopher Columbus does not deserve to be exalted.

Or to put it another way:



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For the third week in a row we have hit double digit submissions! Woohoo! LOW PERSPECTIVE didn’t lead to low participation rates.

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


WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

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 214 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE

STILL LIFE! What a great theme! But what is a STILL LIFE photo? A STILL LIFE photo is a photo of an inanimate object. A picture of your kid, not STILL LIFE. A picture of a bowl of fruit. STILL LIFE. A picture of tools. STILL LIFE. A picture of your dog. Not STILL LIFE. If it isn’t alive and it is something you can arrange. That is a subject for STILL LIFE.

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 still Monday!

2009-06-23

The pictures in the folder are mostly from a Little League game I attended that was coached by Jesse and Lowell. It doesn’t appear that I ever published those pictures before.

There are a couple of pictures of the Garden of Eden that is my backyard. Grapes, raspberries, garlic, and currants are all proudly on display!


Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

Backyard Garden

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

T-Shirt Softball - 2009

I eventually tore out the currant bush because I couldn’t find anybody that wanted them. Dawn took some and made me a currant cheesecake, but that was about it. I kind of wish I still had the bush now, but I also wish that I took better care of my raspberry bush.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

What the Hades?

Next week’s walk down memory land will involve flowers!

Flower of the Sun

Once again, hitting up the 2018 backlog. There aren’t many pictures in today’s collection just a sunflower picture and a few pictures taken out at good old Dickcissel!


Sunflower

Dickcissel Flowers

Dickcissel Flowers

Dickcissel Flowers

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Probably keep hammering on this 2018 backlog again next week!

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is LOW PERSPECTIVE:


WEEK 213 - LOW PERSPECTIVE
LOW PERSPECTIVE

A LOW PERSPECTIVE picture is a picture that looks up at its subject OR that is taken from a perspective that is below normal human eye level. I believe average human eye level is about 6 foot 3.

Happy photo harvesting!

Eastern Star Christmas Service – 2018

More from the 2018 backlog. After knocking out pictures from the Eastern Star Trick-or-Treat night, put me in the mood to also knock out the pictures from the Christmas service that my church did at the Eastern Star Home last year.

These pictures include at least one person that has since passed away and people that have passed on from our church to a next phase of their life.


Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

Eastern Star Christmas Service - 2018

I’m starting to get to the end of the 2018 backlog, but some of the collections I have left to tackle are BIG!

Subtly Dissolves

Hitting up the 2018 backlog again. This is a collection of photos I took while I was playing with the panorama setting on the trusty old 77ii.

Most of them were taken out a Dickcissel Park. This was a trip with Naima that involved her running off some pheasants. I was proud of her, because I have a spot in my heart for almost all of God’s creatures. I don’t even kill stink bugs. But I do hate pheasants and have a reputation for not liking cats.


Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Panorama

Naima has been sad hat we haven’t made that many trips out to Dickcissel this year, but every time we go out there, she comes home with an ear affliction. But I better get out there a few times before the weather makes it impossible.

Eastern Star Home Trick-Or-Treat – 2018

Once again, knocking out the 2018 backlog. On Monday night I sat through my favorite monthly meeting, the Outreach Committee Meeting. It was while I was sitting at that meeting, trying not to tinker with my phone, that it occurred to me that the Eastern Star Home’s annual trick-or-treat night was coming up soon.

It also occurred to me that I never published pictures from last year’s event. I usually go to the event to photograph people from the church that are there to volunteer and help out.

While I was perusing the pictures, it really hit home how drastically our church has changed in a few short months. But even when things change, things don’t change. If that makes sense.

Here are pictures from last year’s event:


Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

Eastern Star Home Trick-or-Treat Night - 2018

This year’s trick-or-treat night will be October 22. It lasts from 6-7 PM. If you have a kid that likes candy, they will get lots of candy. If you would just like to volunteer to help out, I can hook you up with that opportunity as well.