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Fat Mum Slim – February 2022

Back on Monday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. I once again should thank Elizabeth as she assisted on a few of the photos this month.

Here are the pictures from February:


February 1
February 1 – A is For…

February 2
February 2 – B is For…

February 3
February 3 – C is For…

February 4
February 4 – D is For…

February 5
February 5 – E is For…

February 6
February 6 – F is For…

February 7
February 7 – G is For…

February 8
February 8 – H is For…

February 9
February 9 – I is For…

February 10
February 10 – J is For…

February 11
February 11 – K is For…

February 12
February 12 – L is For…

February 13
February 13 – M is For…

February 14
February 14 – N is For…

February 15
February 15 – O is For…

February 16
February 16 – P is For…

February 17
February 17 – Q is For…

February 18
February 18 – R is For…

February 19
February 19 – S is For…

February 20
February 20 – T is For…

February 21
February 21 – U is For…

February 22
February 22 – V is For…

February 23
February 23 – W is For…

February 24
February 24 – X is For…

February 25
February 25 – Y is For…

February 26
February 26 – Z is For…

February 27
February 27 – Letters

February 28
February 28 – Your Fave Word

This month I did manage to take pictures in 3 different states. Iowa, of course. Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I was also in Illinois for a bit, but didn’t take any pictures there. At least not for the Photo A Day Challenge.

These are the Photo A Day Challenge Prompts for March

March 1 – Weather
March 2 – Something in Your Kitchen
March 3 – Skyline
March 4 – Makes You Feel Nostalgic
March 5 – Books
March 6 – A Corner
March 7 – A Bus Stop
March 8 – Sunset
March 9 – From Inside the Car
March 10 – A Meal You Made
March 11 – Somewhere with a Good View
March 12 – An Insect
March 13 – A Close-up
March 14 – Something You’ve Never Photographed
March 15 – A Playground
March 16 – A Local Cafe
March 17 – Something You Think is Boring
March 18 – Flowers
March 19 – A Grocery Store
March 20 – Something Weird
March 21 – A Colorful Place
March 22 – A Garden
March 23 – A Leaf
March 24 – A Sunbeam
March 25 – Graffiti
March 26 – An Empty Road
March 27 – A Tree
March 28 – A Shop Window
March 29 – Old Building
March 30 – A Stranger
March 31 – Under a Tree

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2011-04-27

The pictures in the folder 2011-04-27 are a collection of pictures that have mostly been forgotten by history. They’ve been mostly forgotten by me, but in actuality, they are not without significance. At least as they pertain to the history of Photography 139.

The pictures are from a Young Heroes event put on by the Story County Red Cross. Shannon got me the gig as the “event photographer”. Why this collection of pictures is historically significant is because this event was the impetus for starting the Photography 139 Store/Gallery. The event coordinator wanted a place where people could go buy event photos afterwards. So I had to get something like that going and created my SmugMug Gallery. Click on link below to be taken to that place:

Photography 139 Store/Gallery

That is why you can go there and get virtually and Photography 139 image as a print or a mug or a refrigerator magnet or as a luggage tag or a button or a ceramic tile or did I say print already?

Here are some images from that folder:


Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

Young Heroes Event - 2011

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:

Young Heroes

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a turkey hunt.

Jesus It’s Me Again

It is time for another collection of flower pictures I took in my Mom’s yard. There are only a few of them this time.
These pictures were taken on August 16, 2021:


Jesus It's Me Again

Jesus It's Me Again

Last Penny - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

My Mom’s house is set to go on the market tomorrow. It is a bittersweet moment, but it is definitely past time that the house becomes a home to a new person or peoples.

Today is Epiphany. And while I haven’t mentioned many holidays recently, Epiphany is the day that I have my Christmas decorations up. Although this Christmas season that consists of decoration a Nativity set in the yard and an outdoor tree that I put lights and decorations I didn’t care if they broke on. Epiphany, if you don’t know, is the celebration of the Magi visiting Jesus as a child. Strictly speaking, it was probably years after Jesus was born. Not the day he was born.

In Eastern Christianity, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

Regardless of how and why Epiphany is celebrated, I thought today’s title was apropos. I don’t know that anybody has figured out where the names for these Thursday posts come from, but they are song titles. Since today celebrates the divinity of Jesus I thought I would share the song lyrics:

Lately Lord, I almost feel like dying
I wake-up like a child alone at night
Sometimes Lord, I just can’t keep from crying
And I can’t find the strength to carry on
Jesus it’s me again
Down on my knees again
Asking you please again
Reach out your hand
Jesus it’s me again
I am on my knees again
Asking you please again
Reach out your hand
Jesus it’s me again
I’m down on my knees
And I’m asking
To reach out your hand
Time to time I try to find a reason
To talk to you a time to before
But this time Lord, it’s more than I can handle
And I know I just can’t take it anymore
Jesus it’s me again
Down on my knees again
Asking you please again
Reach out your hand
Jesus it’s me again
I’m on my knees again
Asking you please again
Reach out your hand
Yes asking you please again
Reach out your hand

The song, while depressing on the surface, is a reminder to me that wherever you are, that is where God will meet you. And how many times should you forgive? Seventy times seven. Which doesn’t mean 490. It means infinite. Infinite forgiveness!

Cerro Gordo and Worth County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back Jesse and I traveled up north to harvest the town signs of Cerro Gordo and Worth County. This trip included a stop at the Music Man Square in Mason City. Music Man Square is devoted to the history of famous composer. Wilson is most famous for writing the Iowa State pregame song “For I, For S”. Some people recognize the name because he wrote THE MUSIC MAN too. I think there is some little ditty you hear coming out of Iowa City now and again that he also wrote. A song that is based on another one of his hits, “It’s Begging to Look a Lot Like Christmas”. But he is definitely best known for “For I, For S”.

Here is the first collection of pictures from the road trip:


Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell
Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Rockwell

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City
The starts the T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

Cerro Gordo County - Mason City

If you think I was watching the inferior but still great Matthew Broderick version of THE MUSIC MAN that you can watch for free on YouTube while I was writing this post, well you would be right! One of the greatest musicals ever.

Boone 58 Perry 0

Last Friday Andy asked me to come to the Boone football game to get a few pictures of Senior Night. Andy’s son Kyle is the QB on the team. Fellow email subscriber Aaron’s son Jayton is a WR on the team. At one point in the game Kyle threw a touchdown pass to Jayton and I sadly didn’t not get a picture of this epic Photography 139 connection.

Boone entered the game winless. So did Perry. But I had a good feeling that Boone would come out the victor on this night. It wasn’t even close. Boone turned a fumble recovery and a pick-six into a 13-0 lead a couple minutes into the game. Boone would go on to win 58-0. I feel bad for Perry. Coming into the game they have only scored 16 points the entire season. But I’m happy for the kids on the Boone team. After the rough season they’ve had it must feel really good to have a game where everything seems to go right.

Here are some pictures from the night:


Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

Boone vs. Perry - 2021

I also got some pictures in there of some former Youth Group members like Hector and Tyler and Leah and Devin.

I don’t know if there is anything more Americana that a football Friday night in a small rural town. If there is, I don’t know what it is.

Boone finishes its season with Indianola tonight. Indianola is ranked and only has one loss this season. Sounds like they are due for another one!

+++++++

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


WEEK 319 - GREEN
GREEN

GREEN! What a great theme! But what is a GREEN image? Simply enough, a GREEN image is any image where the color GREEN is an important part of the compositional elements. It can be the main subject, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. The word GREEN also has multiple meanings, if you want to explore that as well.

Happy photo harvesting!

#7 Iowa State Cyclones 16 Northern Iowa Panthers 10

I did take my camera in for Iowa State’s embarrassing, pathetic performance/victory against UNI yesterday. There is a limit of 6 inches on the length of lenses that you are allowed to bring in, so the lens I brought in was definitely a wide angle lens, sorta. You don’t want to here the technical details on all of that. Therefore the pictures aren’t exactly in the action. But thought I would share them anyways.

Here are some of my favorites from yesterday:


Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021
If you haven’t read the Des Moines Register article on Nick Bassett, you really should.

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - 2021

Next Saturday Iowa State hosts Iowa. It is the biggest (maybe second biggest) game of the week in all of college football. ESPN is broadcasting College GameDay from Ames. It is only the second that GameDay has come to Ames, so it should be pretty exciting!

If you want to peruse the rest of the pictures from the game, click on the link below:

Iowa State Football – 2021

It is mostly band/cheerleader type pictures. It is hard for me to take pictures of the game when it is close and we are playing poorly. Both of those things happened on Saturday.

2010-11-15 & 2010-11-18

There was really only one picture in the folder 2010-11-15, so I decided to include 2010-11-18 in this post. The picture in the folder 2010-11-15 is a picture of Jill holding her flute that I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, back then known as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. The pictures in the folder 2010-11-18 are from the 2010 Philanthropy Day.


WEEK 45 - DIAGONAL RULE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

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:

Philanthropy Day

RWPE #45 – DIAGONAL RULE

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the Baiers.

2010-11-08

The pictures in the folder 2010-11-08 are from the last time that Iowa State and Nebraska played each other in football. Nebraska, tired of being mediocre in the Big 12 and being pushed around by Texas off the field, left for the Big Ten. Their fans thought for sure that they would soon dominate a conference with weaker competition and no long have to be bossed around by Texas. Instead, Nebraska has gone from mediocre to awful and now they are bossed around by Ohio State. While I enjoy watching Nebraska suffer, I do miss playing Nebraska. I also miss playing Missouri and Colorado to a lesser degree. However, I do not miss Texas A&M at all. That school is a cult and the SEC is welcome to keep that freakshow all to themselves.

I don’t know that we’ll get to see Iowa State and Nebraska play football any time soon. The only way that would happen now is in a bowl game. Iowa State is now a top ten football program and Nebraska is struggling to get out of the cellar of the Big Ten West, the weakest division in Power 5 football.

If Nebraska somehow managed to squeak into a bowl game, it would be some garbage bowl that was nobody has heard of. While Iowa State will be playing in one of the most prestigious bowls in all the land.

I think this game might have marked the beginning of the end of the Paul Rhoads era. Iowa State lost 31-30. Iowa State scored a touchdown late in the game that would have tied it. But rather than going for one, Iowa State ran a fake PAT and while the receiver was wide open in the endzone for for the 2 point conversion, Iowa State’s holder threw a terrible pass and Nebraska escaped with a win.

That errant pass would cost Iowa State a bowl game. And Iowa State never had a winning record on Paul Rhoads after his first season.

Although his firing would lead to the hiring of Matt “Bullshit Programs Care About 6-6” Campbell. The rest has been history.

Here are some pictures from the game:


Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

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:

End of an Era

RWPE #44 – HANDS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a flute, at the very least.

2010-11-01

The majority of the pictures in the folder 2010-11-01 are from when the Iowa State Cyclones bested the Kansas Jayhawks on the gridiron. I believe that was like 7 Kansas football coaches ago. Back then there coach was a guy who used to coach at Buffalo. Their current coach is a guy who used to coach at Buffalo.

The last Kansas coach was fired because he “tried to sexualize the staff of student workers in the football program by, for instance, allegedly demanding that he wanted blondes with big breasts, and ‘pretty girls.’” So that’s fun.

There are also pictures of a few trick-or-treaters I got on Halloween in 2010:


WEEK 43 - SMOKE PHOTOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Halloween - 2010

Halloween - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

Iowa State vs Kansas - 2010

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:

Cyclones vs. Jayhawks

RWE #43 – SMOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve more Iowa State football.