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Monroe and Mahaska County Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

I promised you more information about the Great Pyramids of Iowa. Here is information from a Des Moines Register article titled: “Pyramids? Haunted angels? These are 6 of Iowa’s oddest graveyards to visit before you die.:

Three small Egyptian-style pyramids at the back of Hickory Grove Cemetery near Avery are the lone remnant of one man’s unrealized dream to be entombed inside one.

According to local records, their construction was commissioned in 1939 by newspaper publisher Axel Peterson, when he was 70 years old. Peterson’s plan was that, when he died, he and his friend, Anton Heymooler, would be placed inside, seated and facing each other with his printing press between them.

The pyramids were built, but neither Peterson nor Heymooler were buried inside. Peterson died at age 78 and was instead buried in nearby Cuba Cemetery. But the pyramids remain at Hickory Grove to this day.

Here are the rest of the pictures from this trip:



Lovilia


Cedar


Rose Hill


Keomah Village


Albia


The next time we hit the open road to look at auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will hit Clinton County.

2011-06-13, 2011-06-14, and 2011-06-17

The grand majority of the pictures in the folders 2011-06-13, 2011-06-14, and 2011-06-17 are from a trip to Kalona to eat an authentic Amish meal with Funk, Sara, and Cousin Amy. This was before Funk became a total badass and started spending her free time climbing mountains in Peru. There are also a couple pictures here from a camping trip to Ledges and a pictures I took and poorly photoshopped for the United Way of Story County.


Live United

Live United

WEEK 23 - DEPTH OF FIELD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Guys' Night

Guys' Night

Guys' Night

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

I miss Kalona. I will need to go there at some point this year, and not just for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT.

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:

RWPE Y2 #23 – DEPTH OF FIELD

GUYS’ NIGHT

LIVE UNITED

KALONA ROAD TRIP

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to a baseball game.

2011-06-08

The pictures in the folder 2011-06-08 are from a time I went with my Mom over to my Grandma’s house to photograph some of her flowers. She always had beautiful flowers.


WEEK 22 - SHADOWS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

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:

RWPE Y2 #22 – SHADOWS

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 BETA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT #76 GAMMA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT.

Standing in My Way

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. I usually like to put out a devotional on Ash Wednesday, but time got a way from me as I continue to play catch-up with nearly every aspect of my life. I thought I would share the devotional from the Methodist Bishop in Iowa, Laurie Haller.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and is a solemn reminder of our own human mortality and our need for reconciliation with God and one another. Ash Wednesday is commonly observed with ashes and fasting.

Our first scripture comes from 2 Samuel 13:19 (CEB), “Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long-sleeved robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and walked away, crying as she went.”

The second scripture comes from Esther 4:1-3 (CEB), “When Mordecai learned what had been done, he tore his clothes, dressed in mourning clothes, and put ashes on his head. Then he went out into the heart of the city and cried out loudly and bitterly. 2 He went only as far as the King’s Gate because it was against the law for anyone to pass through it wearing mourning clothes. 3 At the same time, in every province and place where the king’s order and his new law arrived, a very great sadness came over the Jews. They gave up eating and spent whole days weeping and crying out loudly in pain. Many Jews lay on the ground in mourning clothes and ashes.”

This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Today is the first day of Lent. In the early centuries of Christianity, this forty-day period before Easter was an occasion for instruction in preparation for adult baptism. Today Lent is traditionally viewed as a time of penitence. It’s a time when we are very aware of both our mortality and our separation from God. It has been a practice in the Christian church for centuries for believers to give up something for Lent. Most of the time, it’s a form of fasting. Perhaps it’s giving up meat on Fridays, as we did growing up in my house. This is a Catholic tradition which carried over into Protestant households as well. Perhaps it’s giving up candy, chocolate, ice cream, coffee or alcohol.

In recent years, the trend has moved away from giving up something to adding something to our spiritual lives during Lent. That might be attending a study class, making weekly visits to a shut-in, writing encouraging letters to people, or reading a Lenten devotion every day. There’s a school of thought that says we shouldn’t have to deny ourselves during Lent, that this is not really helping other people but is simply preoccupation with self.

It seems to me, however, that all spiritual disciplines, whether they involve taking away or adding something to our lives, serve an important purpose. They foster transformation. Whether it’s fasting, prayer, meditation, study, solitude, worship, or service, spiritual transformation is a work of grace. It’s something that God does in us. It’s pure gift. Yet there is something demanded of us as well: the free gift of ourselves, our submission, our willingness to be transformed, and our assent to God’s grace. In the end, our “yes” is what is required for God to work in our lives.

On this day, Ash Wednesday, we actually use ashes to symbolize our mortality and utter dependence upon God for life itself. When we put the ashes on your forehead, we say these words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We wear ashes as a sign of penitence. We confess our sins and recognize our mortality in order to prepare ourselves and our community to live out resurrection in the face of death.

Yet, in the Bible ashes are used in other ways as well. In 2 Samuel, chapter 13, we find the story of a woman named Tamar. Tamar was King David’s daughter and was greatly taken advantage by another person. We read in verse 15, “But Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe she was wearing; she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.” Here is an example of someone wearing ashes in protest of an evil done to an individual. As a woman, there was nothing Tamar could do to protest what had been done to her except to wear ashes.

And in the Old Testament book of Esther, chapter 4, we read that Haman, the top official of King Ahasuerus, issued a decree that all Jews were to be destroyed, killed on a certain day. Mordecai, the cousin of Queen Esther, both of whom were Jews, was distraught and angry when he heard about Haman’s decree. Chapter 4, verse one, says, “When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went through the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry.” … “In every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and most of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.” In this case, the Jews wore ashes in protest of a systemic evil about to be inflicted upon an entire group of people.

The ashes of Ash Wednesday not only symbolize sorrow over our personal sin, but they are also a sign of protest over the presence of evil in our world – individual evil, corporate evil, and systemic evil. In the same way, when you and I pursue spiritual disciplines during Lent, the sacrifices that we make are not done just for us, they are done for the sake of others, those who are oppressed and downtrodden, hopeless and helpless, and those who are living in distress and despair.

Both personal penance and protest against the evils of our world are disciplines for the season of Lent. We sacrifice in order to express solidarity with those in our world who do not have to give up something for Lent in order to know the meaning of sacrifice. Giving up chocolate or meat or ice cream may seem superficial in the face of COVID, rape, drive-by shootings, and terrorist attacks, but it is a way to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
The spiritual disciplines we pursue are ones we freely choose as a sign of God’s kingdom in our midst. We choose them as signs of hope for those who live in places where war, poverty, and oppression are sacrifices that are not chosen.

One time one of the desert fathers in Egypt said to a fellow brother, “Give me a word.” The brother said to him, “As long as the pot is on the fire, no fly nor any other animal can get near it, but as soon as it is cold, these creatures get inside. So it is for the monk: as long as he lives in spiritual activities, the enemy cannot find a means of overthrowing him.”

During this season of Lent, I invite you to leave your pot on the fire, to live in spiritual activities, to keep centered in God, and keep out darkness, despair, and hopelessness. Through these ashes, may we reclaim for ourselves the penance side of our spiritual discipline and the protest aspect of our faithful discipleship? Receive these ashes as a sign of mortality and transformation. Receive these ashes as a sign of sacrifice and solidarity. Receive these ashes as a sign of penance and protest. And don’t forget to leave your pot on the fire. Amen.

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It is time for another collection of pictures from my Mom’s yard. There are only two more collections of these pictures left. The last one will be on March 17. The next day is closing day on her house. It seems apropos.


Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

These are zinnias and mums.

2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14

The pictures in the folders 2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14 are mostly from a Mother’s Day celebration we held at my house. But there are also pictures there from the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT (now known as THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE) and Logan running track.


WEEK 17 - MOTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 18 - ADVENTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 19 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

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:

RWPE Y2 #17 – MOTION

RWPE Y2 #18 – ADVENTURE

RWPE Y2 #19 – COLORFUL

RUN LOGAN RUN

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the greenhouse formerly known as the Northwest Greenhouse.

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on August 8, 2022.

Many of these pictures were taken in a special creative mode, if you think they look “different”.


My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

My Eyes Can only See as Far as You

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

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

Happy Things - 2021

Happy Things - 2021

There are only a couple of collections of flower pictures from my Mom’s yard to share. This might be apropos, because as of Monday night, we accepted an offer on her house. If every thing goes like it should, the new owner will take possession on March 18. At that time, there probably won’t be any flowers blooming in her yard, maybe some daffodils. However, the person that is buying the house has said that we could come take any plants out of the yard that we want. I already took a bunch last fall, but there are some Jack in the Pulpits that my Mom was going to give Carla that she still needs to get, so the new owner being so open to that is an incredible blessing.

2011-04-30

Lots of nature type pictures in the folder 2011-04-30. Many of the pictures are from when Micky and I went turkey hunting. Some are of frogs. Some are of turkeys. Some are of the deadliest game… peacocks.


Personal Photo Project of the Week #72 - Ugly Feet

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Coexistence

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Ugly Feet

Turkey Hunt

Turkey Hunt

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:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #71

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #72

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #73

TURKEY HUNT

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

Throw It All Away

This is the final collection of flower pictures I took at the Iowa State Fair in 2021. There are also a few pictures of a monarch butterfly that I also captured, photographically.


Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

Throw It All Away

I’m already looking forward to the 2022 Iowa State Fair. Hope to get there a couple times again. One of my favorite food, photography, and cultural experiences every year.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is #LOVE.


WEEK 333 - LOVE
#LOVE

But what is a #LOVE photo you may be asking? It is simply a picture that you would #LOVE on Instagram. It can be a picture that depicts #LOVE or it could simply be a picture of something you #LOVE. And the thing you love can be as simple as “Man, I really love these cheesy gordita crunch!” Snap. Post. #LOVE. Although in fairness, everything from Taco Bell is gross and if you love one of those, you might have serious psychological issues. But like I said, here at Photography 139 love is love and #LOVE IS #LOVE.

If you are person that has been through some stuff, and there is a burned out husk where your heart used to be, I got you. Think on these kinds of #LOVE:

+ Philia – affectionate love. A love that runs deep in true friendships.
+ Pragma – enduring love. Mature love that develops over time.
+ Storge – familiar love. Love between parents and children or childhood friends and siblings.
+ Eros – romantic love. Infatuation and physical pleasure.
+ Ludus – playful love. Flirting and beginning stages of intimate love.
+ Mania – obsessive love. Obsessiveness or madness over a love partner. This might be called stalking these days.
+ Philautia – self love. Having a healthy self-compassion love towards one’s self.
+ Agape – selfless love. An empathetic attitude of love for everyone and anyone. Also describes God’s infinite, unconditional love.

You find just one of these types of love, or a disgusting cheesy gordita crunch, and you’re photo harvesting will go just fine.

2011-04-10, 2011-04-17, and 2011-04-23

The pictures in the folders 2011-04-10, 2011-04-17, and 2011-04-23 are mostly of tulips from a trip I took to Pella back in 2011. But there are also a couple pictures there from Year 2 of the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


WEEK 15 - DRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 15 - FOOD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

Still Laughing - 2011

I’m pretty sure that over 10 years later those same spices are on my stove.

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:

RWPE Y2 #14 – DRY

RWPE Y2 #15 – FOOD

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 BETA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #69 GAMMA

Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve a Young Heroes event, at least I’m pretty sure it will.

Southwest Iowa Auxiliary Images Vol. 6

Here is the final collection of auxiliary images I took on a couple of road trips to southwest Iowa to harvest town signs. Most of these are in Page County, but a few are in Ringgold County.


Page County - Clarinda
Clarinda

Page County - Clarinda

Page County - Clarinda

Page County - Shambaugh
Shambaugh

Page County - Shambaugh
While the Facebook algorithm is destroying humanity, this robot is out there doing God’s work.

Page County - College Springs
College Springs

Page County - Blanchard
Blanchard

Page County - Blanchard

Page County - Blanchard

Page County - Northboro
Northboro

Page County

Page County - Coin
Coin

Page County - Coin

Page County - Coin

Page County - Coin

Page County - Clarinda
Clarinda again

Page County

Page County

Ringgold County
Maloy

Ringgold County

Ringgold County

Ringgold County

Ringgold County - Benton
Benton

Ringgold County

Once again, those towns, I think are correct, but it has been awhile since I made these road trips. Next time we look at some auxiliary images, it will involve Monona County.