Category Archives: Flowers

Junk Jaunt

Back in October I went on a Junk Jaunt with Carla and Teresa. I didn’t buy much, a few stickers here and there, but I did have a great time and saw many interesting things.

Here are some pictures from the day:


Junking Jaunt - 2022

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Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Junking Jaunt - 2022

Hopefully we will be able to go on one of these again next year!

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


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

Happy photo harvesting!

Oh Dear

I need to begin by wishing Anders a happy birthday.


PHOTO JOURNAL - PAGE 121 ALTERNATE

Happy birthday Anders! I hope your birthday is sufficient in every way you want!

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Heart breaks, mistakes
Catching up to me in old ways
I know of hard days
Had my share of lonely nights

It’s only you that my heart desires
Only you alone can break my fall
I pace the floor and I wish for more
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. This collection once again comes from the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair from the last day of the Fair.


Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

I do love me some Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair!

Rodan139: Richland

Back in May, while I was cruising around Keokuk County harvesting their town signs, I stopped in Richland to pub Rodan139 in the air. My main goal was take a picture for that week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme. That theme was SQUARE. But I also took a few other pictures.

Have a look:


Rodan 139: Richland
This is actually my block.

Rodan 139: Richland
This is Richland.

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

Rodan 139: Richland

One of my 2023 goals is to get Rodan139 out and about more this year. We’ll see how I do.

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


WEEK 384 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

Happy photo harvesting!

Touching the Ground

I swear when we touched, I saw heaven in your eyes
And jewel studded clouds floating in your skies
Seas of blue and fields of green
Looking like you’ve fell out of someone’s dreams

Why do my troubles turn true
Whenever I rest my eyes on you?
Why must my heartache be found
Wherever your feet are touching the ground?
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers! This Thursday flower collection was taken in the Discovery Garden on the last day of the Iowa State Fair.


Touching the Ground

Touching the Ground

Touching the Ground

Touching the Ground

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Still many flower pictures from the last day of the Iowa State Fair left to share!

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images from my road trip to Allamakee County (and Clayton County) to harvest their town signs with Teresa. The first couple pictures are in Clayton County. The rest are in Allamakee County.


Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Hardin
Hardin – Ghost Town

Allamakee County - Waukon
Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

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Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

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Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Lycurgus
Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

There is still many more images from this road trip left to share. On the next collection I will talk about the bridge in the last picture that crosses the Mississippi River from Iowa to Wisconsin in Lansing. Enjoy it now, cause it won’t be around for much longer.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 1

Back in June I cruised around both Clayton and Allamakee County harvesting their town signs with Teresa. It is truly the most beautiful part of Iowa and there isn’t a close second. But the Loess Hills are second.

All of these pictures were taken in Clayton County:


Clayton County - Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Volga
Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Elkader
Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Saint Olaf
St. Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

The St. Olaf Tavern finished in the Top 5 in last year’s Best Tenderloin Contest ran by the Iowa Pork Producers Associator.

There are plenty more pictures from this trip still to come.

WPC – WEEK 383 – REFLECTION

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a holiday that celebrates the the great civil rights leader. If you have never had a chance to visit the Civil Rights Museum that is near where he was assassinated in Memphis, I highly recommend it.


Civil Rights Museum

I won’t wish you a “Happy” Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I do hope that you spend some time today learning more about the civil rights struggle in this country. Cause it is very far from over.

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REFLECTION! A popular photographic technique. But was it a popular WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Mike Vest – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 24 weeks
9-Sarah Toot – 25 weeks
10-Angie DeWaard – 29 weeks (3)
11-Dawn Krause – 33 weeks
12-Kim Barker – 39 weeks
13-Joe Duff – 40 weeks
14-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (2)
15-Teresa Kahler – 51 weeks
16-Carla Stensland – 51 weeks (2)
17-Michelle Haupt – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 53 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 54 weeks (2)
20-Bill Wentworth – 55 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 59 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 60 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 62 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 25 weeks

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Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada) – 26 weeks

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Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 56 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 30 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 41 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 40 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 2 weeks

25 participants! That is another solid week!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Texas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

Nevada was a new one for this year. Making this year’s list:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Arkansas
+ Texas
+ Pennsylvania
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

I took my picture in my yard. So once again, I didn’t venture very far.

I’m most excited about a newcomer to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Nathanial Brown! He made his first ever submission! Nathanial is one of the most talented photographers I know. He was a judge the last two Pufferbilly Days Photo Contests and he got 3 photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

Remember, you don’t have to be as talented or a professional like Nathanial to participate. Just a love for photography.

There were two huge milestones reached this week. Both Teresa and Carla reached the 52 Week Streak Club! Is it a coincidence that they are sisters? Is it a coincidence that they are my sisters?

But it wasn’t all great news. Suzie couldn’t extender her participation into a 2 week streak. Jesse’s 2 week streak is gone. Sabas’ 4 week streak is gone. Becky’s 4 week streak is gone. And Michelle’s 52 week streak is nothing more than a distant memory.

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:


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RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

While considering possible subjects for your RED image, meditate on the following quote and I’m sure you will come up with a great image:

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
-Bill Blass

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of RED!

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of RED in this place that’s favorite shade of RED is cardinal next Monday.

Tried So Hard to Be Everything that You Liked

Today seems like a good day to share the rest of the pictures that I considered for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar, but did not use.


2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

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2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

Last Penny - 2022

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject


Just because I rejected these images this year, doesn’t mean that one of them couldn’t show up in a future calendar.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES:


WEEK  382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES

But what is a TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOBOMILES picture? Simply put it is a picture that involves a TRAIN or a PLANE or an AUTOMOBILE. All 3 don’t have to be in the picture. One will suffice. The picture can also be of anything that is tangential to TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMBILES. Roads, bridges, train tracks, terminals, stations, are all fair game.

I made this a theme this year because it will be one of the categories in this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. If you submit a photo for this theme, you have a picture you can enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Happy photo harvesting!

I Will

It’s not the end of the world
It’s not even over, but it will be soon
I never learned my lessons, I just changed my tune
And no one seems to notice
But you will, you will

It’s no big deal
But the last thing I think of when I close my eyes
And the first thing on my mind when I arise
It is a day and you’re not really in my life

You can try and you won’t find it where you’re looking
You can hold it till it’s putty in your hands
And you can’t break a heart that wasn’t even yours to break
You can never be there for me in the end
And I will do the right thing
I will, I will, I will
I will, I will, I will

Thursdays are for flowers. And this flower collection was taken at the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair on the same day that Baby Got Rack dominated the barbecue competition.


Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

I Will

You know I love flowers. You know I love flowertography. You know I love Brandi Carlile (in fact just paid $230 to go see her in concert with Sara and Shawn). You can probably guess I love the song “I Will”.

However, I can’t publish a post with the title “I Will” without mentioning the “I Will” that is most important to the Cyclone Family.

If you don’t know, the stadium where Iowa State plays football in the only major football stadium in the country named for an African-American. It is named for Jack Trice. Jack Trice was the first African-American to play football for Iowa State.

Trice was an Iowa State student of animal husbandry and a member of the Cyclone football and track and field teams. He suffered severe injuries in his second collegiate football game and died in Ames on Oct. 8, 1923. He was 21.

Before his last game, he wrote the following letter to himself at his hotel:

To whom it may concern:

My thoughts just before the first real college game of my life. The honor of my race, family, and self are at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will! My whole body and soul are to be thrown recklessly about on the field tomorrrow. Every time the ball is snapped will be trying to do more than my part.

On all defensive plays, I must break through the opponents line at (sic) stop the play in their territory. Beware of mass interference, fight low with your eyes open and toward the play. Roll block the interference. Watch out for cross bucks and reverse end runs. Be on your toes every minute if you expect to make good.
~ Jack

His I will! Has become an important rally cry for Iowa State University. 2023 is the 100 year anniversary of Jack’s death. The university is honoring his legacy with an art installation, changing a street name to Jack Trice Way, a lecture series, art exhibition, and the team will wear throwback uniforms at a home game in the upcoming season.

For more information on Jack Trice and how Iowa State is honoring him, visit: https://jacktrice100.com/

Also, you know I have more flower pictures to share!