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By What My Eyes Have Seen

On Super Bowl Sunday, DaeHee and I checked out part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. It was -2 degrees. Bethany and Nora just circled the block in the car. Here are a few photos:


Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

There were two big disappointments with the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

#1. You weren’t allowed to go inside the ice castle. It was for external viewing only.
#2. The fried cheese curd stand wasn’t open. Apparently -2 degrees is too cold for them. Lame. Take some pride in the craft.

But other than that I’d almost recommend going to part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

A Special Valentine

I just want to drop a gratitude bomb on everybody that made it out to the Houston Mission Trip Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner last night. I don’t have exact figures but based on the size of the crowd, it was a resounding success!

Thought I would share a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the event:


Spaghetti Fundraiser
They filled these with pudding. Delicious, delicious pudding.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Heart-shaped brownies. Get outta town!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Myriah making the sauce.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Miss Jodie rolling silverware and eyeing cupcakes.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
The Schoffs making that delicious, delicious pudding.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Hello Jaxon.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Teamwork!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Amber serving up spaghetti to the ravenous Methodist horde.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Would you believe the gentleman on the left’s name is Bennet(t), but he spells it wrong?

Spaghetti Fundraiser
A full kitchen. That is me by the fridge.

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Drink team!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Trinity brought Tatum!

Spaghetti Fundraiser
Remember that Ashed-Selfie the Ashfie I was railing on yesterday. Here is mine. Jaxon’s fault.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this is an awesome cause, BUT my significant other made me go somewhere else in an ostentatious display of what is undoubtedly our great love. Perhaps the love of the century. Therefore, I couldn’t make it. But I would like to contribute some pittance to the cause. After all, taking 20 or so people to Houston can’t be cheap.

Well friend, today is your lucky day! Not literally today. But at some point in the future we will be having at least one more fundraiser. I have no doubt you will be able to make that one.

So stay tuned for another announcement. Same Photography 139 time (roughly). Same Photography 139 channel!

What? Were You Lookin’ for a High Five? Nice Try!

The world wasn’t ready for these SMALL TOWN pictures on Monday. I’m not sure the world is ready for them now, but I can’t hold them back any longer!


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


SMALL TOWN - ALTERNATE


Most of these pictures were taken in a small town west of Boone called Ogden. A couple were taken in a “town” between Boone and Ogden called Moingona. It isn’t pronounced how you think it should be.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 126 – SMALL TOWN

The old WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE seems to still be suffering from a case of the winter blues. Hopefully participation rates will rebound in the next few weeks as the weather gets warmer again.

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


WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - BECKY PARMELEE

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 126 - SMALL TOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

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 127 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE!


STILL LIFE! What a great theme! What is a STILL LIFE photo? Here is a good definition:

Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.

As usual, I can’t wait to see 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 due date. 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

I’m pleased to announce that Shadi Mubaidin is the latest to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I used to work with Shadi back in another life. In my days at the Campus Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. If you see Shadi out and about walking the mean streets of Des Moines, feel free to give him a knowing glance and show 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 still Monday!

Play4Kay

On Saturday night Iowa State had their annual Play4Kay game. As part of the festivities that had a banquet for cancer survivors. After the banquet, they had honored cancer survivors on center court and then they helped line the tunnel and gave the players high fives during player introductions.

My Mom was one of the cancer survivors that took part in the festivities. I took a few cruddy cell phone pictures from the night. Many of them are just Iowa State stuff from the inside of the Jacobson Building.


Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Cancer Survivor Night

Unfortunately, the Cyclones couldn’t pull the game out. The fell down by 25 and cut the lead all the way down to 2, but then Oklahoma State through up a prayer (that shouldn’t have counted, thank you shot clock operator) that fell in the final seconds to secure the win.

Here is a great tweet from @cyclonewbb. It shows the video that they showed on the video board while they honored the cancer survivors and shows video of the cancer survivors on the floor:


You have to be on the website to see the tweet. Or you can click on this link:


Play4Kay Video

My Mom shows up at about the 50 second part of the video.

When I Meet Thomas Jefferson I’m ‘A Compel Him to Include Women in the Prequel!

I went to the Women’s March a few weeks back. I couldn’t stay for very long because I had 1 PM tickets for the Iowa State Cyclones beatdown of the #8 Texas Tech Red Raiders. So I showed up early hoping other people would show up early.

On my walk to the assembly grounds I snapped a few photos of the Capitol and of some of the statues on the Capitol grounds:

WARNING! THERE BE BOOBS BELOW!


Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art


Iowa Capitol Art

Iowa State Capitol

Iowa State Capitol

There was a small group of children that had their jaws drop when they saw the Soldier’s and Sailors’ Monument. They were apparently shocked by its depiction of Iowa as mother. Offering nourishment to her children. Their parents hurried them along.

I Left You by the House of Fun

I went up to Minnesota for the Super Bowl. Well, not really for the Super Bowl, but more for the activities surrounding the Super Bowl. I can’t afford a ticket to the Super Bowl. I work at the Computer Mine, not Goldman Sachs or some other place populated by white collar criminals.

I thought I’d share a few pictures of Nora from the weekend:


Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

Nora - Super Bowl Weekend - 2018

She has the strange quality of getting cuter every time I see her.

I did experience a strange bit of luck on the way back from Minnesota on Monday morning. But the story starts several weeks back.

In early January I put my car in the ditch for the first time in my life. I was running late for my shift at the Computer Mine and was driving a little too fast and hit a slippery spot of road and that was all she wrote. At the time, I thought this was karma catching up to me for years of driving by cars in the ditch and pointing and laughing, but maybe that wasn’t it.

Maybe, just maybe, rather than being punished, I was being warned.

You see, ever since I put my car in the ditch, I’ve been driving slower in wintry conditions. Monday morning, I-35 was just such a set of conditions.

I left Burnsville and heading back to the Cyclone State at about 8:30 or 9 AM or so. The first hour or so out of the Twin Cities the roads weren’t bad and there wasn’t any weather to talk about. I was making good time and I figured that I’d make it back to Ames to starting swinging my pick by about 11:30 or so.

Then when I hit Iowa, the weather started to get a little sketch. The road was still in decent shape, but white out conditions would hit every few minutes. I stopped at the rest area in Dows to drain my bladder and grab a road trippers lunch. Gas station pizza.

I hit the road and the conditions got worse and worse. Due to the white out conditions I slowed way down. Soon I became the slowest car on the road.

When I hit the Story City area the roads got way worse. I was actually beginning to fantasize about not going to the mine at all. Just blowing by and going home. Calling it a day before my day even started.

Then I got to the 13th street exit in Ames. The roads got way worse. Then there was a complete white out. I slowed down to about 15 miles per hour. When I came out of the white out, I saw a scene that looked like the zombie apocalypse. There was about 20 cars in the ditches or the shoulder or facing the wrong way or clearly damaged and driving backwards on the shoulder. There was enough of an opening in the carnage that I was able to skate through and continue on to work.

Once there I saw news stories that the area I had skated through had went from 20 cars to a massive 70 car pile up.

Here is a screen capture from the DOT Camera:




Here is the video (you have to be on the website to watch the video):




The video starts about 5 minutes after I went through this area. You can’t quite make out where the beginning of this pileup starts.

I take from this, that I was very glad that put my car in the ditch a few weeks ago, because my Monday could have ended up being really bad.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 125 – JEALOUSY

Finally finding some spare time to get the submissions for last week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE published. The theme was JEALOUSY:


WEEK 125 - JEALOUSY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 125 - JEALOUSY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 125 - JEALOUSY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 125 - JEALOUSY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. 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 126 - SMALL TOWN
SMALL TOWN!


SMALL TOWN! What a great theme! But what is a SMALL TOWN photo? A SMALL TOWN photo is anything that is suggestive of a SMALL TOWN. From businesses to water towers to schools to parks.

As always, I look forward to seeing 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 due date. 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

I’m pleased to announce that Johnathan Stensland is the latest to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. Johnathan is my nephew and my most recent roommate. Like all people with Bennett genes, he is a badass. If you see him walking the mean streets of rural Boone County, feel free to give him a knowing glance and show 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 small town Monday!

Iron Mountain Road

Now is probably a good time to share a few more photos from my trip to South Dakota with my Mom. These pictures are from the Iron Mountain Road:


Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

If you ever visit the Black Hills, I would strongly recommend the Iron Mountain Road. You travel through 3 tunnels that all face Mount Rushmore. It is a particularly scenic route if you are going from Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park.