The April image for the 2021 Photography 139 Calendar is a butterfly perched on a zinnia in my Mom’s yard. It was taken on August 16, 2020.
Here are some details of the photo:
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M2
LENS: FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro
FOCAL LENGTH: 50mm
I recently added a photo map to my THE TOWN SIGNS PROJECT album. It looks like this:
This map shows the physical locations of where the town signs I have photographed. In the album, you can scroll in and out and click on the markers to see the pictures.
If you want to see it in the flesh, so to speak, click on the link below:
I also recently made a trip around Dallas County to get pictures of the few towns out there that I didn’t have a sign to represent. Unfortunately, most of my time was spent looking around suburbs looking for a sign of some kind. I tried to put as little effort into the suburbs as possible, because I view this as a small town project. That being said, it took a little time to even find anything. I know the signs I have here that represent Urbandale and Waukee are not the best they have to offer, but at the same time, do I lose any sleep about it? Nope, half a bottle of Nyquil takes care of that.
Here is the updated Iowa Conquest Map:
Here are the town signs of Dallas County (population data from 2010, so probably extremely inaccurate for this county):
West Des Moines, Iowa
The City of West Des Moines
So which town sign wins Best in Show, for Dallas County? I think this one is a no-brainer. It is Dexter:
Dexter, even has a couple of other great town signs as well:
Either one by themselves would be a strong contender for Best in Show for Dallas County. I’d also give surprisingly good marks to Redfield and Linden and Minburn. Minburn, mostly because of the weird bench that is behind their sign, but isn’t pictured. But runner-up in Dallas County is very clearly Granger for the use of the “hot” and “cold” water towers in their sign.
Which one is the worst? I’m going to put aside the suburbs for a moment, because I believe they probably have a better sign out there that I just didn’t care to spend hours in suburban hell looking for them. Maybe some day in the future. But the second worst is the blandness of Dallas Center, but the worst is Adel for putting an advertisement for a business on their town sign. I’m guessing that business probably built that sign, but still… gross.
So 6 counties in, I’m going to up the Bennett Power Rankings to a Top Ten.
Bennett Town Sign Power Rankings
These are how I feel at this time, but it is possible that 5 minutes from now, I would rank these completely differently.
The good news is that I have a couple of volunteers for certain counties. So in the future, these road trips won’t be solo. I mean many of them will, but not all of them. Polk County should be next, but I really need a pep talk to head back in to suburbia.