Category Archives: Macro

Dreams

Dreams, I have dreams
When I’m awake, when I’m asleep
And you, you are in my dreams
You’re underneath my skin, how am I so weak?

And now, in my dreams
I can feel the wait, I could just come clean

I keep it to myself, I know what it means
I can’t have you but I have dreams
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. Here is a collection of flower pictures I took on August 14.


Dreams

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Still so many flower pictures left to share.

Pride and Joy

Time of day I can’t recall
The kind of thing that takes a toll
Over years of overtime
Over smiles and over wine
All in all, it wasn’t bad
All in all, it wasn’t good
But I still care

That’s the problem with the days
They’re never long enough to say
What it is you never said
All the books you never read
I throw myself into the wind
Hoping somebody might pick me up
And carry me again

Where are you now?
Do you let me down?
Do you make me grieve for you?
Do I make you proud?
Do you get me now?
Am I your pride and joy?

I believe this to be true
There’s nothing sacred, nothing new
No one tells you when it’s time
There are no warnings, only signs
Then you know that you’re alone
You’re not a child any more
But you’re still scared
-Brandi Carlile

Pride and Joy is one of my favorite Brandi Carlile songs. Top 5. Top 10 at the very least. Definitely Top 20. Hopefully she plays it when I go see her in Omaha… in 2023… August 21. She is playing with somebody named Pink. Not sure who that is, but if they are playing with Brandi, she will make it big someday.

But Thursdays are for flowers and I this collection of flower pictures was taken in the Discovery Garden of the Iowa State Fair on the first day of the fair.


Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Inferiority Complex - 2022

Inferiority Complex - 2022

Inferiority Complex - 2022

Inferiority Complex - 2022

Last Penny - 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

If you are worried I might run out of flowers before they grow again, don’t worry, I’m not in any danger of having to run out and buy bouquets to photograph yet.

Dying Day

Now I’m lost in a sea of sunken dreams
While the sound of drunken screams echoes in the night
But I know all of this will come to pass
And I’ll be with you at last forever by your side

How these days grow long
But I’m on my way back home
It’s been hard to be away
-Brandi Carlile

I should start by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. But one thing everybody celebrates is flowers. And Thursdays are for flowers. And this bit of flowertography was done at the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair. My favorite spot at the Iowa State Fair:


Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

I have more flower pictures from the Iowa State Fair to share. I hope you are excited about it as I am!

Looking Out

I went out looking for the answers
And never left my town
I’m no good at understanding
But I’m good at standing ground

And when I asked a corner preacher
I couldn’t hear him for my youth
Some people get religion
Some people get the truth

I never get the truth
I never get the truth

I know the darkness pulls on you
But it’s just a point of view
When you’re outside looking in
You belong to someone
And when you feel like giving in
Or the coming of the end
Like your heart could break in two
Someone loves you
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers, so let’s get after it!


Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Painted without Instruction - 2022

Painted without Instruction - 2022

Painted without Instruction - 2022

Painted without Instruction - 2022

Through Dirt - 2022

Hush - 2022

Hush - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2022

A Proud Assertion - 2022

A Proud Assertion - 2022

A Proud Assertion - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

I love our Thursdays together. I love us.

Again Today

Broken sticks and broken stones
Will turn to dust just like our bones
It’s words that hurt the most now isn’t it
Are you sad inside, are you home alone
If I could just pick up the phone
Maybe you could see a better day
And you won’t waste away
Under my watchful eye
Because I’m your hero and you’re my weakness

Who’s gonna break my fall
When the spinning starts
The colors bleed together and fade
Was it ever there at all
Or have I lost my way
The path of least resistance
Is catching up with me again today

I’m broken down, not good enough
The broken promises add up
To twice their weight in tears which I have caused

I’m afraid to sink, I’m afraid to swim
I’m sad to say I miss my friends
I know that I’m supposed to step away
But they need me to stay and keep a watchful eye
On all my heroes and all their demons
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. And sometimes, for pictures of Naima scratching herself. These flower pictures were taken in my yard on August 9.


Again Today

Again Today

Again Today

Again Today

Again Today

Again Today

Again Today

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Radiation of Happiness - 2022

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

I love our Flower Thursdays!

Shadow on the Wall

Gone
It’s hard for me to see when I’m wrong
It’s hard for me to weep when I’m strong
But I could never sleep when you’re gone
Oh but still
If you were gonna crucify me
I wouldn’t want nobody to see
Cause you could kick me hard when I’m down
Down, down, down

I don’t want wanna be
Nobody’s fool
I’ve played that part so many times before
How I long to be
A shadow on the wall
I will make no sound at all
And when the sun goes down
The shadow on the wall
It cannot be seen at all
At all
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. These flower pictures I took in my yard on July 22.


Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Shadow on the Wall

Shadow on the Wall

Shadow on the Wall

Shadow on the Wall

Shadow on the Wall

Sometimes Thursdays are also for insects.

Downpour

I’m like the rain in a downpour
I wash away what you long for
And I wave goodbye with the sun in my eyes
I wish I could be there tonight

I’m like the wind in the canyon
I’m there then I’m gone in a second
You’re growing older in peace where you’re at
I wish I could be there for that
But I’ve moved on
Like a rolling stone
In a crowded room
I’m alone
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. One of the notorious flower picture haters sent me a joyful text last week thinking that because the flowers in my yard are gone for the year, that meant the end of Flower Thursdays. I had to break it to him that just because there aren’t flowers in my yard any more (well there a couple just barely holding on) didn’t mean that aren’t plenty of flowers in the backlog. Sometimes, I even stumble across flower pictures I haven’t shared.

This collection is small and comes from a collection I “lost”. Finding them was a bonus. I took these flower pictures in my yard on May 28:


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Through Dirt - 2022

Whispering Beauty - 2022

A Proud Assertion - 2022

Daisies. Phlox. Peonies. Marigolds. Oh my!

Don’t worry, those of you that enjoy flowers, even if I run out of flower pictures I took during the flower season, I would go out and buy bouquets to photograph. After all, I have a flower guy. He needs business year round.

Long live Flower Thursday!

WPC – WEEK 370 – MACRO

MACRO. Close-up photography. One of my favorite types of photography, but was it popular on the aggregate level? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, October 10, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 1 week (2)
4-Sarah Karber – 1 week
5-Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
6-Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 8 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 11 weeks (3)
9-Sarah Toot – 12 weeks (2)
10-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks
11-Angie DeWaard – 16 weeks
12-Mary Green – 16 weeks (2)
13-Dawn Krause – 20 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 26 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 28 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 29 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 38 weeks (2)
18-Tamara Peterson – 38 weeks
19-Carla Stensland – 38 weeks
20-Michelle Haupt – 39 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 40 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 41 weeks (3)
23-Bill Wentworth – 42 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 46 weeks (2)
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 47 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 49 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 52 weeks (2)

As of that same time and same morning, this is a look at states I’ve received submissions from (this calendar year):


WPC - Submissions Map

I have not created a world map, but I did get a submission for the Bahamas last week and I bet there is a submission from a European country this year. Sorry for the spoiler.

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 370 - MACRO - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 42 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 43 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 17 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 29 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 53 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 12 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 50 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 370 - MACRO - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 27 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 48 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 370 - MACRO - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 39 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 370 - MACRO - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 47 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 9 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - HARRISON GORSHE
Harrison Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 41 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 15 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 13 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 40 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 21 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 30 weeks

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 370 - MACRO - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler


28 participants! That is a good week.

Had submissions from (assumptions mostly) Pennsylvania, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, and California. And… Spain.
Which picture was from Spain? Joe’s hot dog picture.

Last week I forgot to point out that Kio I had a year straight of submissions! Very impressive.

But it isn’t all good news and Spanish hot dogs…

4 streaks were snapped. Jen and Evie and Sarah Karber couldn’t add a second week to their streak. Most tragically, Mary’s 16 week streak has gone down in flames!

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 371 - LINES
LINES

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

But what is LINES photo? Lines are a very powerful compositional element. The eye will naturally follow lines through the image. This is why they use of leading LINES is a very popular tool. That would be placing your subject at the end of a line in the picture. But you don’t have to just use leading LINES. Just any picture of a LINE(S) would work. Whether they lead somewhere or nowhere. Of course there are all sorts of different types of LINES. There are LINES to the bathroom (or so I’m told, I’m a man, I’ve never experienced such a thing) or LINES at a cash register. Traffic LINES. Some of us that are a little more aged even have LINES on our face. In some ways, it is practically impossible to take an in-focus picture that doesn’t include LINES.

While considering possible subjects for your submission, meditate on the following quote:

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
– Paul Klee

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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.

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

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 LINES in this place that is nothing more than a few million lines of code next Monday.

Pufferbilly Days 2022 – Mud Volleyball

Sometimes it happens that in my haste to post the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE images I let one slip through the cracks. This week was one of those. Cathie actually submitted two pictures, but I only posted one for VIOLET. Cathie is one of those hardcore one submission I week folks, so I completely missed her second picture. So enjoy it now:


WEEK 369 - VIOLET - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton

Cathie’s submissions were take in the Bahamas. So, that is another place on the map to color in.

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For the first time ever, I went out to watch some of the mud volleyball tournament during Pufferbilly Days. I wasn’t sure I knew anybody that was competing, but I think my cousin Toby usually competes. I thought I would probably take pictures of a couple of games, but I immediately ran into Fran, so I ended up just taking pictures of one of her team’s games. I really only knew Fran on her team, so really, this is just a bunch of pictures of Fran, on some level.

Mud volleyball:


Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

Pufferbilly Days 2022 - Mud Volleyball

I’ll definitely have to check out the mud volleyball again next year. I’ll have to check with Fran ahead of time to see if she is competing again.

I still have one or maybe two more collections of Pufferbilly Days photos to share. I’m on the fence for sharing the pictures from the model train swap meet. They aren’t great. We will see.

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


WEEK 370-  MACRO
MACRO

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

But what exactly is a MACRO photo? There is a long technical definition of MACRO photography that involves being a 1:1 ratio on 35 mm film, but for our purposes, just think of MACRO photography as getting close to your subject. On this theme you should figure out what the closest focusing distance of your camera is and be awful close to that in your closeness to your subject.

Happy photo harvesting!

Cannonball

I was born when I met you
Now I’m dying to forget you
And that is what I know
Though I dreamed I would fall
Like a wounded cannonball
Sinking down with my heart in tow

Bright lights like white lightning
Who shot me down
Who will cut me down
I’m frozen in my bed till the day comes around
How I’m lost
How I’m found

There’s a man all alone
Telling me his friends are gone
That they’ve died and flown away
So I told him he was wrong
That you friends are never gone
If you look to the sky and pray

-Brandi Carlile

Of course, Thursdays are for flowers. This collection of flower pictures I took on July 19 in my yard. A decent variety here. Got some lilies. Got two different types of daisies. Got some moonflowers. Got some sunflowers. Got some hollyhocks. Even got some phlox. Then a surprise little cutie thrown in at the end.


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Nature's Amen - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Last Penny - 2022

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Soul Expansion - 2020

Through Dirt

Painted without Instruction -2022

Painted without Instruction -2022

Cannonball

Another solid Flower Thursday methinks. Pretty sure I still have more flower pictures left to share on future Thursdays. Pretty sure…