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Iowa State Fair – Day 2 – Beta

Time to share another collection of images from my 2nd trip to the Iowa State Fair. This time a trip with the Degeneffes. This is more of my roaming around the fairgrounds while most of the fair was still asleep and the gates had yet to be opened to the general public.


Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023
Come on! You know I love pictures of urinals!

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023
They serve the same amount of customers when the Fair is open.

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Iowa State Fair Degeneffes Trip - 2023

Still one more collection of pictures from this trip to the Fair to share! And two more days of Fair trips left to share!

Crazy

Crazy, I’m crazy for feeling so lonely
I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue
I knew you’d love me as long as you wanted
And then someday you’d leave me for somebody new

Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wondering what in the world did I do?
Crazy for thinking that my love could hold you
I’m crazy for trying and crazy for crying

And I’m crazy for loving you
Crazy for thinking that my love could hold you
I’m crazy for trying and crazy for crying
And I’m crazy for loving you
-Written by Willie Nelson
-Performed by Patsy Cline

Was kind of feeling this song as I recently endured the 1985 biopic about the life of Patsy Cline starring Jessica Lange called SWEET DREAMS. It is absolutely a dreadful movie. Do not put yourself through it. Somebody really needs to make a better movie about Patsy Cline that is truer to who she was and more historically accurate. Also, a movie that does the scene where she dies in an airplane, not laughably campy. Also, if you do see the movie, know that the airplane she was in didn’t fly straight into the side of the mountain and blow up on impact.

If you took this movie about Patsy Cline at face value, you would think she was never more than a middling success that spent her downtime as a punching bag for her husband. Do yourself a favor and watch COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER. It isn’t about Patsy Cline, but its representation of her is truer to her than this flaming pile of garbage is.

But Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography session consists of pictures of flowers in my yard:


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Nature's Amen - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Oh But Still... - 2023

A flower from my yard.

Next Thursday’s flowertography session will include more flowers from my yard!

Couldn’t Love You More

If you kissed the sun right out of the sky for me
And if you told me all the lies that I deserve
And if you laid all night in the rain for me

Well, I couldn’t love you more
Just couldn’t love you more
I couldn’t love you more

And if you loved me ’til my eyes gave no more shine for you
If you walked beside me all the long way home
And if you wasted all of your time on me

Well, I couldn’t love you more
Just couldn’t love you more
I couldn’t love you more
Just couldn’t love you more

And if you gave me all the things I’d never ask of you
And if you showed me all the ways you have to cry
And if you laid all night in the rain for me

I couldn’t love you more
Just couldn’t love you more
Just couldn’t love you more
John Martyn

I’m not going to cover much about this song. If you are a music lover, and you haven’t heard it, I would urge you to track it down and listen to it. The emotional delivery of the artist will blow you away!

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography session consists of flowers in my yard. Coneflowers, sunflowers, daisies, lilies, oh my!


Happy Things - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Couldn't Love You More

Last Penny - 2023

Last Penny - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

The warm weather lately has really triggered my urge to do some flowertography. I almost bought some flowers the other day, just to feed the beast. But I didn’t. However, I have today and tomorrow off and depending on how this morning went, I just might.

Birthday Hikin’

When I celebrated my birthday with Jesse and Jay it was actually a split affair. We celebrated my birthday and Jay’s birthday. We played miniature golf for me. Then Jay chose the restaurant. We ate at a Mexican restaurant in Granger. I took pictures and was going to make it a Sunday food adventure entry, but I found it a little hard to quantify. Then we went to Picket Fence Creamery and got ice cream. Then for the pièce de résistance, we made the hike to the High Trestle Trail Bridge. It was Jay’s first ever trip to the bridge. So while that may have been more for Jay, making this happen was definitely for me.

Some of the pictures here might confuse. Some of you might think they are HDR. Some might think they are Photoshopped. They are neither.

Here they are:


High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip
The 1st Step!

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

High Trestle Trail - Jay's 1st Trip

Every trip to the High Trestle Trail Bridge is a great trip. Now that Jay has been to the bridge there is only one person left that I badly want to make a trip there. But that is probably a pipe dream. But if I have to smoke opium to make it happen, I guess that is what has to happen.

Pufferbilly Days Parade Three

Today is Anders’ birthday, so I need to wish him a happy birthday!


9 Emotions Project - Anders Runestad
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDERS!

I hope your birthday is filled with all the British and 70s science fiction you can handle!

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Time to share the final collection of images from the Pufferbilly Days Parade and the final collection of Pufferbilly Day images altogether. Man… you will have to wait until September for more Pufferbilly Day images. Stay strong.


Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2023

Probably would be a good time to start sharing pictures from my many trips to the Iowa State Fair.

2024 Photography 139 Calendar Rejects: The Ending

Time to share the rest of the images that were rejected for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. Some of these are similar to ones included in the calendar. They come from a wide range of projects. From auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT to alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE to some just good old flowertography


2024 Calendar Reject

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There is still one more post about the 2024 calendar left. Then we can put it to bed or up on some walls.

2024 Photography 139 Calendar Rejects: The Beginning

Time to share the final image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. The December image. It is an image of an abandoned (methinks) church I found in northeast Iowa on a THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trip:


2024 Calendar - December
DECEMBER

I chose this image for December because I usually like to either use a cold picture or some religious imagery for the December image. This picture might not scream “Christ is born!” but it is of a church. Not a lines are straight.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: August 20, 2022 – 12:34 PM
LENS: 28-75 f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
EXPOSURE TIME: 1/5000
ISO: 100

It was converted to black & white in Photoshop.

That is it, that is the final image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. But while those 13 images were selected for the calendar, they weren’t the only ones considered. Not by a long shot. There were 73 other images considered and not included. But I would like to give them some love.

Here is the first collection of reject images:


2024 Calendar Reject

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There still another 36 images that didn’t make the cut. That doesn’t mean that won’t make the cut next year. The cover image for the 2024 Calendar was rejected for the 2023 calendar. Share the rest on Tuesday. Maybe Wednesday.

And They’ll Think that I am So Exciting

It is time to share the November image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar image. It is a picture of the redbud trees in Red Haw State Park.


2024 Calendar - November
NOVEMBER

I chose this picture for November because it had purple in it.

TECHINICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: April 29, 2023 – 12:23 PM
LENS: 17-28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/160
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will show the last image from the 2024 calendar.

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Now is the time to clean up the May backlog. These images were taken in May, but never really fit into a previous “An Artist’s Notebook” post. Some of are Naima. Some were alternate images for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Hopefully all are of interest.

Naima

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

Wolf, Iowa

Incline, Iowa

It definitely feels good to get some of the backlog cleared out!

Liberty Bowl Trip Cell Phone Pictures

Time to share the May image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It is a picture taken off of I-80 near the exit that takes you to the Amana Colonies:


2024 Calendar - May
MAY

I chose this picture for May because I usually put a picture in May that is a picture that I love that I think most people won’t. Frequently that is an image of ruins. Which of course I love. Particularly black and white picture of ruins.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: August 8, 2022 – 9:06 AM
LENS: E 28-75MM f/2.8
FOCAL LENTH: 75mm
EXPOSURE: 1/1000
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will share the June image!

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While the football game didn’t go the way I had hoped. It was a full on embarrassment, but that is how the cookie crumbles. It still was an incredible trip. Thought I would go ahead and share some cruddy cell phone pictures from the trip to start:


Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

I’ll get into details about the trip at a later date.