All posts by Christopher D. Bennett

Postcard Recreation Project – Ericson Public Library

The most recent subject of THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT is the Ericson Public Library. There are actually quite a few old timey postcards out there for Boone’s library. I guess that isn’t much of a surprise, because it is a beautiful building. What did surprise me that there isn’t that much historical information about the library. At least in the quick cursory search that I did.

Here is what I think you should know about the library from a description of the library from landmarkhunter.com.

The roots of the Boone library go back to a “free reading room” that was established by Boone residents in 1885. In 1889, the room was given to the city as the basis of a public library. Senator C.J. A. Ericson of Boone gave the city a building in 1901 that would become the library. In 1923, a significant donation by Rena Ericson, Senator Ericson’s daughter, allowed expansion of the building. The library was enlarged again and remodeled in 1993.

I’m very intrigued by this “free reading room”.

Also, all of the postcards that were recreated, must date before 1923, because they are clearly before the first library expansion.

Here is today’s collection:


Boone, Iowa. Ericson Library. - Original
Original

Boone, Iowa. Ericson Library. - Redux
Redux

Ericson Library, Boone, IA. - Original
Original

Ericson Library, Boone, IA. - Redux
Redux

Ericson Public Library, Boone, Iowa -6 - Original
Original

Ericson Public Library, Boone, Iowa -6 - Redux
Redux

Ericson Library and M.E. Church, Boone, Ia. - Original
Original

Ericson Library and M.E. Church, Boone, Ia. - Redux
Redux

I’ve decided not to get overly worked up about trying to match fonts from old postcard to recreation. I will be satisfied, as long as I am in the ballpark.

I have also decided to add a new element to THE POSTCARD RECREATION POSTCARD. This new element is the “Modern Interpretation” of what a present day postcard of the Ericson Public Library would look like. If I were making postcards of the Ericson Public Library.


Ericson Public Library - Modern Interpretation
Modern Interpretation

The library used to house a museum on the second floor. That museum has since moved, possibly to a building that is a future subject of THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT.

Girl Don’t Play the Fool Now

Today’s collection of pictures was taken in the middle of August. I was still playing around with photographing a flower frozen in a block of ice. I was still using a normal daisy. This is a concept that I will continue to play with in the future and this wasn’t the last time I played with this idea in 2020.

There are also other pictures from the day to boot.


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

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Last Penny - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Nature's Amen - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Radiation of Happiness - 2020

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

One thing you shouldn’t do is leave a block of ice unattended in the backyard when Naima is around. She is probably going to take off with it. Then drop it. Then roll around on it. Then chew on it. Then not give it back. This is what she does.

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

A few weeks back I took Rodan139 out to the Jay Carlson Wildlife Are for a quick flight around before the sun went down. It is a great place for flying the drone. I should really go out there more. At least before weather shuts drone season down for a few months:


Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

Rodan139: Jay Carlson Wildlife Area

I’m hope I still have a few flights left in the bird before 2020 is over. But it has been getting crazy windy lately. At least crazy windy on weekends. stupid short winter weekdays.

WPC – WEEK 272 – RUINS

61 straight weeks! I had to rattle a couple of cages 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 272 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 272 - RUINS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 272 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 272 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 272 - RUINS - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 272 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 272 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 272 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 272 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 272 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 272 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 272 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 272 - RUINS - 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 273 - FOOD
FOOD

FOOD! What a great theme! But what is a FOOD image. A FOOD image is simply a picture of FOOD, FOOD preparation, people eating FOOD, or things that will become FOOD.

Here is a look at all the times in the past that FOOD was a theme:

RWPE #34 – FOOD

RWPE Y2 #15 – FOOD

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 123 – FOOD

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 189 – DESSERT

WPC – WEEK 197 – BREAKFAST

WPC – WEEK 226 – FOOD

I look forward to your new 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 foody Monday!

2010-05-09 & 2010-05-09

Most of the pictures in the folders 2010-05-09 & 2010-05-09 are from when I drove around with my Mom touring all the places she ever worked at. We did this tour right before she retired.

It made me think about if I were to retire tomorrow (dare to dream I know) what buildings I have worked in. If you don’t count bean walking or detasseling, I’ve worked in 6 buildings. Not counting the fact that I currently work from home. 3 of those buildings are still there. 3 of them have been torn down.

Here are the pictures:


Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

Happy Mother's Day, Slacker

WEEK 18 - WILD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

If you want to know what each of those places represent to my Mom’s work career, click on the appropriate link below.

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

Happy Mother’s Day, Slacker

RWPE #18 – WILD

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will definitely involve my Mom.

Town Sign Project: Greene County & Story County

I stated in a blog post on Sunday (that has some interesting information in the comments section – Click on this link: Town Sign Project: Boone County) that I’m going to start breaking these signs down by county. When I looked into it, I had already taken a picture of every incorporated town in Greene County. I was only missing two signs from Story County.

While I was snooping around Story County looking at the Unincorporated Communities of Fernald and Shipley, I made another decision to not seek out unincorporated communities in future searches. Not because I have a disdain for Unincorporated communities, but because basically they don’t have signs. If they do, it is only the DOT sign that points out that a community exists here. Moingona has really been the only exception here. So, unless I just happen to stumble across an unincorporated community or get a tip, they are out.

Here are the the town signs of Greene County (Population is based on 2010 Census):


Jefferson, Iowa
Jefferson, Iowa – 4,435

Grand Junction, Iowa
Grand Junction, Iowa – 824

Scranton, Iowa
Scranton, Iowa – 557

Churdan, Iowa
Churdan, Iowa – 386

Rippey, Iowa
Rippey, Iowa – 292

Paton, Iowa
Paton, Iowa – 236

Ralston, Iowa
Ralston, Iowa – 79

Dana, Iowa
Dana, Iowa – 71

I would give Scranton the award for the best town sign in Greene County. Ralston would probably be last.

Here are the town signs from Story County.


Ames, Iowa
Ames, Iowa – 58,965

Nevada, Iowa
Nevada, Iowa – 6,798

Story City, Iowa
Story City, Iowa – 3,431

Huxley, Iowa
Huxley, Iowa – 3,317

Slater, Iowa
Slater, Iowa – 1,489

Roland, Iowa
Roland, Iowa – 1,284

Gilbert, Iowa
Gilbert, Iowa – 1,082

Maxwell, Iowa
Maxwell, Iowa – 920

Colo, Iowa
Colo, Iowa – 876

Cambridge, Iowa
Cambridge, Iowa – 827

Zearing, Iowa
Zearing, Iowa – 554

Collins, Iowa
Collins, Iowa – 495

McCallsburg, Iowa
McCallsburg, Iowa – 333

Sheldahl, Iowa
Sheldahl, Iowa – 319

Kelly, Iowa
Kelley, Iowa – 309

I would say that Collins has the best town sign in Story County. Sheldahl is is also solid. The worst is either Ames or Zearing.

Pastor Sarah once asked me what my favorite sign is so far. Of the three counties we’ve been over, these would be my Top 5:


Scranton, Iowa
#5. Scranton, Iowa

Collins, Iowa
#4. Collins, Iowa

Boone, Iowa
#3. Boone, Iowa

Pilot Mound, Iowa
#2. Pilot Mound, Iowa

Moingona, Iowa
#1. Moingona, Iowa

Now, that is how I feel today. I’m sure if asked tomorrow, I would rank a different Top5. But I think the Top 3 is pretty solid.

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


WEEK 272 - RUINS
RUINS

A RUINS picture is any picture of something that has seen better days.

Happy photo harvesting!

Blessings 2020

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a terrible year. I could spend hours and hours polishing this turd, but a turd is still a turd.

I basically only see 2 other people on a regular basis right now. Willy and I haven’t held a Friday Night Supper Club since March 13. We went to Jimmy’s for their Friday the 13th sale. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen any of my nieces and nephews this year. I’ve been able to hold a couple of Union Street Theater Nights in the reconfigured Union Street Theater, but it isn’t really the same. The masks and the sound of the air purifiers makes conversation a little difficult and food is definitely a missing element. Since March, the only stores I have been inside are the Boone Wal-Mart and Boone Hardware. I go to Hy-Vee every other week. I’ve seen Bethany twice. Nate and Laura once. Becca, not at all. I haven’t seen the Lockners at all. I’ve seen the Gorshes thrice. I run into Willy around town now and again. Jay stops by here and there to work on his homework. I see Jesse now and again. I haven’t met Kalista’s baby. Baier, Russell, Andree? Distant memories. Since I left the Computer Mine with the belief that I would be working from home for a few weeks, the only co-workers of note that I’ve seen in person are Vest, Lowell, Kim, and Elizabeth. I haven’t met Jorge’s twins. My church has had maybe a dozen worship services and those are suspended again. The Mission Trip is cancelled. There will be no Mission Trip next year. Youth Group has been put on hold indefinitely. For the first time since September 18, 2004, they played football games at Jack Trice Stadium and I wasn’t in attendance. The Cyclones Women’s Basketball Season just tipped off. I wasn’t there. I will most likely, not be able to attend any Cyclones Men’s games this year.

All of that being said, 2020 has still been an embarrassment of blessings for me. In a time where the pandemic was horribly mismanaged by an inept and corrupt federal government, causing employment rates to go through the roof and food insecurity and evictions to sweep across the country like a second plague, I have not had to worry about my job. As these pandemic pounds can attest, I haven’t once had to worry about my next meal. I was in a solid enough financial position that when the $1200 dollar stimulus check hit my bank account I wasn’t sure what to do with it. We were supposed to put it where it would do the most good, so I donated some of it to Joe Biden’s campaign.

While the only people I see on a regular basis are Mom and Teresa. I am still blessed with a pretty incredible family:


Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

While I see them rarely, I still have a pretty incredible set of friends:


March 12, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 13, 2019

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

Self Portrait Project - 2012

Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

Honey Hollow

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

While we don’t get to worship an awesome God together right now, I still have a pretty incredible church family:


October 27, 2019

October 30, 2019

September 25, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 23, 2019

January 16, 2019

While I continue to work at home, I still talk to and try to stay in contact with my amazing work family:


August 30, 2019

December 27, 2019

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

And while Naima is becoming off the charts spoiled, I’m blessed to have her in my life as well:


Black and White Alternate

I hope to see so much more of all of you in 2021. In fact, I’ve started to compile a list of things that I look forward to doing when this pandemic subsides. It isn’t a glamorous list. But that is a sign of 2020.

Rodan139: Peas Creek

A few weeks back I went out to Ledges late in a Sunday evening and flew Rodan139 around and where Peas Creek empties into the Des Moines River.

Here are a few pictures:


Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

Rodan139: Peas Creek

On Sunday nights I send out a “Cool” Drone Video of the Week to a couple of friends that have requested it. It has been a blessing because it provides me with motivation to get out there with the drone on several weekends where I would’ve left Rodan139 in the hangar. This set of pictures is a set of pictures that exists for that reason.