Category Archives: Macro

The Easy Part’s Over

Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. The pink flower is a pink rain lily. It is housed in a metal pot and it is stored in the basement during the winter months. Right now, if you are in my basement bathroom, you can see the empty pots waiting to be placed outside again in the spring. These pictures were taken on a couple different dates.


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

There are still more flower pictures to share.

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.

Closer to You

It is -9 degrees as I sit down to write this entry. I don’t mind the cold too much, but it still makes me long for warm August days and the Iowa State Fair. Standing in the Discovery Garden, photographing flowers.


Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Closer to You

Closer to You

One of my organizational projects of 2021 is to get my flower galleries better organized and get the naming conventions nailed down better. For example, I name any hibiscus picture I take “Unceasing Effort” for the Alan Key quote, “Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.”

It shouldn’t take anywhere near as long as fixing all my past broken blogs has taken and continues to take, but it is a larger project than I want it to be.

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


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE
TRIANGLE

TRIANGLE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a TRIANGLE image? It is simply a picture where the subject includes or is a TRIANGLE. Isosceles, equilateral, scalene, obtuse, acute, or right. Doesn’t matter. When you start to look for them, you will realize that TRIANGLE(s) are every where. Commonly used in construction and logos, for example. Heck, sometimes even love has a TRIANGLE.

Happy photo harvesting!

What Can I Say

Today felt like the right day to start sharing pictures I took of the flowers at the Iowa State Fair. As you know, the Discovery Garden is one of my favorite parts of the Iowa State Fair and I try to spend at least sometime there every year.


Unceasing Effort - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

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

There are still more flowers from the Iowa State Fair left to share. But maybe not as many as usual.

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


WEEK 331 - ROCK
ROCK

ROCK! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ROCK photo? Well, there are several types of rocks. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. All you have to do is find a rock you like (I’m partial to igneous) and take a picture of it. And ROCKs have so many uses, they can hold historical markers, they are canvasses for artists, and people build things out of them. Just to name a few. Of course, ROCK can have multiple meanings. There is the type of ROCK that Twisted Sister wants to do. Which isn’t all that different from the kind of ROCK that AC/DC salutes those about to engage in or that Queen wants to do to you. Whatever definition of ROCK you use, it will be the right one for you.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ROCK was a theme suggested by Angie. Thanks for the suggestion Angie.

If you don’t like ROCK as a theme, you can call her to complain. Her phone number is 555-2368.

Happy photo harvesting!

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Here are some pictures of flowers from my yard that I took back in June.


Just Exists - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

I have more than a few flower pictures left to share from last year.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is BLACK + WHITE:


WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE

BLACK + WHITE! What a great theme to kick off Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

To know me at all, is to know that my first love in photography is always been BLACK + WHITE. But what is BLACK + WHITE photo? Well, the obvious answer is that it simply a picture that is monochrome. Not color. But BLACK + WHITE. However, there are some things to know about taking a good BLACK + WHITE picture. Once you remove color from an image, you can’t rely on color to provide interest. Here are things to think about to make a good BLACK + WHITE image:

+ Shape and Form – The shapes of things will be more dominant.
+ Contrast – Without colors to separate your subjects, you will need the contrast between BLACK + WHITE to separate the objects in the picture.
+ Texture – A good subject in BLACK + WHITE photography will have texture. Texture really pops.

Happy photo harvesting!

Christmas Treats – 2021

The July image from the 2022 Calendar is a picture of an Easter lily.


2022 Calendar - July

Tomorrow I will share the August image.

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Last Saturday a few people got together at Teresa’s house to make Christmas treats. I stopped by to take a few pictures.


Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

I think next year Johnathan, Logan, and Brandon might get an invite. However, I’m not in charge, so we’ll see.

Distant Drums

The April image of the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a picture of a tulip from my Mom’s yard. It is actually my favorite flower from her yard. Most people are drawn to her alliums, but this pink tulip is my favorite.


2022 Calendar - April

It is apropos in some ways that I’m sharing this picture of a flower from my Mom’s yard, because today is the 37th anniversary of my Dad’s passing.

Will share May’s image tomorrow.

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Here is another collection of pictures of flowers from my Mom’s yard. These pictures were taken on July 27, 2021.


Distant Drums

Distant Drums

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Painted without Instruction -2021

Hush - 2021

Hush - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Last Penny - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

There are still more flower pictures to go.

Southwest Iowa Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

The March image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is a picture of a geranium dripping with water. This picture was taken in my yard.


2021 Calendar - March

Tomorrow I will share the April image.

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A few weeks back I prowled through several counties in southwest Iowa harvesting town signs. This is the first collection of auxiliary images I took on this trip. In all honesty, I might be getting some of the town locations for these pictures wrong. It has been a minute, as they say.


Adams County - Prescott
Prescott

Adams County - Prescott

Adams County - Corning
Corning

Adams County - Corning
I want to live in this store, just based on the name alone.

Adams County - Carbon
Carbon

Montgomery County - Villisca
Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Villisca
It looks like a town that had more than one ax murder.

Montgomery County - Villisca

Montgomery County - Grant
Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant

Montgomery County - Grant
I want to walk through that door so bad!

Montgomery County - Elliot
Elliot

Montgomery County - Red Oak
Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak
I had some high hopes for this place…*

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Red Oak

Montgomery County - Stanton
Stanton

Montgomery County - Stanton

Montgomery County - Stanton

Page County - Essex
Essex

Fremont/Page County - Shenandoah
Shenandoah

Fremont/Page County - Shenandoah
This sign must have been amazing in its heyday.

Fremont County - Imogene
Imogene

There are plenty more pictures from southwest Iowa.

* BUT… my source on the ground (Elizabeth’s friend) say it isn’t very good. Sigh.**
** Correction, and this is a direct quote: “She didn’t say it wasn’t good. She said it wasn’t great, and it was ok
If you are going to report, you need to get the story straight.”