Category Archives: Photography

2009-09-27

The pictures from the folder 2009-09-27 come from a Saturday when I went down to Des Moines to watch Jen compete in the Des Moines Regatta and watched Iowa State beat Army in football.

All the pageantry that comes with Army coming to your stadium is pretty amazing. Iowa State was also schedule to play both Navy and Air Force, but both those games got cancelled after the Big 12 went to a 9 game conference schedule and some nonconference games had to be cancelled. I still wish those game would get rescheduled, but I know it will never happen.


Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Des Moines Regatta - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

Iowa State vs. Army - 2009

I’m not sure if this was the last Des Moines Regatta that Jen ever competed in, but I’m pretty sure that it was.

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:

Des Moines Regatta
Army

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve an Art Festival.

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

You know, I thought that the hatred that some of the men I know, the ones that suffer from toxic masculinity, have for flower pictures was borderline obscene. That was I encountered the irrational hatred of my wasp photography.

They are fascinating, beautiful creatures. Learn to love them. Unless you’re allergic. Then learn to love them from a distance. A good distance.

But for all the haters that never gave a young wasp a chance to shine, I say “Peace” and this is the final set of wasp pictures from 2019. We out!

Drops mic.


White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

White Anglo Saxon Protestant

Pick mic back up.

Seriously. You know what a bee does when it stings you? Rips out its butthole and dies*.

You know what a wasp does when it stings you? “It says, I’m just getting started son.”

I’ll just close with a joke:

A wasp expert walks into a record shop

He goes to the owner and asks if they have the new edition of wasp sounds 2020.

The record shop owner says that they have it in stock and asks if the wasp expert would like to listen too it before he buys.

The wasp expert agrees and the record is placed on the record player.
The pin goes down and all of a sudden a horrible buzzing noise emits from the machine.

The wasp expert is horrified stating that in all his years of being a wasp expert, he has never heard anything as far from wasp sounds in his life.

The record shop owner looks confused until he notices something.

“Sorry” says the record shop owner, “I was playing it on the bee side!”

Drops mic again.

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


WEEK 237 - MUSIC
MUSIC

A MUSIC photo is any photo of MUSIC being created or played or of anything that might be used to create or play MUSIC.

Happy photo harvesting!

*Yes, I know this is only honey bees.

Fly Iowa: The New Blood

Day 4 of working from home in the books. Another positive about working from home that I’ve discovered is the extra sleep. I didn’t think I would sleep in, but it turns out, I sleep in about an extra 45 minutes. The weird part is that Naima also sleeps in later too. I wasn’t expecting that.

Let’s see how Day 5 goes…

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Here is another collection of images from when Fly Iowa was in Boone:


Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

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Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Yes, I thought it was weird that the pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen plane was white.

Only 500 more Fly Iowa photos to curate!

Pufferbilly Days – 2019

I didn’t take a ton of pictures at Pufferbilly Days last year. Probably because there wasn’t a petting zoo. Probably because I didn’t really make more than an appearance at the parade. Probably because there really wasn’t much left by the time Sunday came around.

I did spend 3 days at Pufferbilly Days. Friday night with Willy at FNSC. Saturday I walked around with Suzie and her friend Michelle. On Sunday I went up and took pictures of my Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest entries, and Logan’s.

Here are a few pictures from Pufferbilly Days:


Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

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Pufferbilly Days - 2019

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Pufferbilly Days - 2019

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Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

Pufferbilly Days - 2019

I think I will appreciate Pufferbilly Days a little more this year than in past years.

I Always Credit My Enemy

Day 3 of working from home. I thought I was going to talk about how a positive of working from home was how soft my feet are becoming. But I’ll cover that at a later date.

Today’s positive about working from home is that Naima has actually started to hang out in the office. Not a little bit, but more than she ever used to in the past. She has never been a big fan of the office and I’m sure that is because the office is probably the most cluttered, messed up room in my house. However, as I sit in the office way more than normal AND I also start cleaning and sorting and throwing things out in my office, she has broken down and started to hang out there.

On to Day 4…

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These pictures are from my backyard that I took back in August.


I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

I Always Credit My Enemy

Wasps are the best!

Growing, Then Giving Up

This collection of flower pictures are from August. They are mostly taken in my backyard, but a few of them are from my Mom’s flowerbeds.

I in particular, like the supermacro sunflower picture, but I’m sure it’s somewhat impressionist feel will turn some people off. But to those people, I say stick up your nose Gauguin!


Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

Growing, Then Giving  Up

Growing, Then Giving  Up

Growing, Then Giving Up

It feels so good to get more of this 2019 backlog knocked off!

Fly Iowa Lives

Day 2 of working from home is in the books. The positive I learned about working from home today is that the bathroom is only about 10 feet away from my work from home desk. It is always open. At the mine, I don’t know if people’s bowel movements sync up or that my fellow miners take incredibly long times in there, but it seems like there is never a free bathroom.

It is a positive that I never have to wait for a clean (just cleaned it yesterday) bathroom. Also, Joe got his microphone working, so I can call him through Teams. He doesn’t have a webcam, but at least that is one more person I can have a conversation with that doesn’t involve a keyboard. Yeah, I know, nobody took my phone away, but it feels different somehow.

Today’s soundtrack was John Coltrane.

We’ll see how Day 3 goes.

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Here is yet another collection of pictures from when Fly Iowa was in Boone:


Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

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Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Fly Iowa - 2019

Only 500 more Fly Iowa images to curate!

The Gambler, He Broke Even

Kenny Rogers passed away on Saturday. Celebrity deaths don’t usually have much effect on me. However, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers is my Mom’s favorite and therefore is one of my favorite country singers. I can’t stomach modern country, but I have more than a few old timey country artists I love. Like Hank Williams because of my Grandpa, (I’ve probably covered the Nirvana Christmas Story to recollect it again here) Ernest Tubb because of my Grandma, and Johnny Paycheck AND Tom T. Hall and Dolly Parton because of my Dad. Then there is Kenny Rogers because of my Mom.

Kenny songs were a staple in the Bennett household as I grew up. I have so many favorites:

-Coward of the County
-Lucille
-Lady
-She Believes in Me
-Islands in the Stream
-Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer
-We’ve Got Tonight
-Through the Years
-She Believes in Me
-You Decorated My Life
-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town
-You Decorated My Life
-Love Will Turn You Around

and of course

-The Gambler

I think “The Gambler” is the song that most people in my generation affiliate with Kenny Rogers. It isn’t actually my favorite Kenny Rogers song, but I do love it so. I also think there is some real world, great, practical advice in that song.

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

When I was a kid, I foolishly thought that this was advice about how to play poker. It wasn’t until later in life (probably embarrassingly later) that I realized that this advice had nothing a card game. It was about life. It is advice that I should really apply to my life.

There are too many times where I should fold ’em and walk away. I can think of a couple times where I should have folded ’em and then ran. I’m a person who sometimes tries to hold ’em too much. Or as he says in “Lucille”:

“I’m no quitter, bit I finally quit livin’ on dreams.” I’m hungry for laughter and here ever after. I’m after whatever the other life brings”

It is sad that the dealin’s done for Kenny Rogers. But in his songs I found an ace I can keep.

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Thought I would share pictures from another event that takes me back to my childhood every time I go, the Iowa State Fair. This is the final collection of pictures from my trip there with Logan and Nader.

Most of these pictures are of animals. The DNR building is one of my favorite stops at the Iowa State Fair every year. There are also picutres of the baby pigs from the baby animal exhibit and cakes from the cake competition and sheep waiting for mutton busting.


Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

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Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

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Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

I can’t wait for this year’s Iowa State Fair. Hopefully there is one.

WPC – WEEK 236 – ENTERTAINMENT

This is Day 1 of me working from home for the next couple of weeks. So far, so good. I haven’t been crushed with the loneliness of isolation, yet. However, I also have been chatting quite a bit with people. So maybe it will set in this afternoon.

One bonus of working from home is that I can listen to music. I mean really listen to music. None of this headphone trash. Today is going to be Miles Davis all day.

Another bonus of working from home is that I was home when my annual battle with ants in my bathroom started. I was able to get the ant traps out nice and early. On the negative side, while I was cleaning my sink, I knocked my mouthwash onto the floor, spilling, half of it and as a bonus, the lid flew into the toilet.

A positive is that the coronavirus did not stop the streak of double digit submissions! We are now up to 25 straight weeks!

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


WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

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 237 - MUSIC
MUSIC

MUSIC! What a great theme! But what is a MUSIC photo? It is a picture of somebody making MUSIC. An instrument that makes MUSIC. A device that makes MUSIC. 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 musical Monday!