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BUTLER COUNTY AUXILIARY IMAGES VOL. 2

This is the final collection of auxiliary images I took while on a road trip with Carla to Butler County to harvest their town signs.


Butler County

Butler County - Clarksville
Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville
If you aren’t down with Mollie B, you aren’t down with me.

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Clarksville

Butler County - Allison
Allison

Butler County - Allison

Butler County - Greene
Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Greene

Butler County - Aredale
Aredale

Butler County - Bristow
Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Bristow

Butler County - Butler Center
Butler Center

Butler County - Butler Center

Franklin-Hardin County- Ackley
Ackley

Franklin-Hardin County- Ackley

I plan in great detail the order in which I will harvest the town signs on these trips, but I don’t really plan for other stops. I like these trips to be as organic as possible and to be surprised at the things I find. One of the most amazing discoveries on this trip was that memorial garden/park we found in Bristow with the little chapel. I had no clue it existed and I was so glad we found it.

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


WEEK 317 - TIME
TIME

What exactly is a TIME photo? In a way, all images are a TIME photo because all pictures record a little slice of TIME that will never ever happen again. Your challenge is to figure out how to capture that slice of TIME. Will you use a quick shutter speed to freeze TIME? Will you use a slow shutter speed to make TIME seem more fluid? Will you be more literal and like the theme reveal image take a picture of a TIME recording device?

Happy photo harvesting!

Butler County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A few weeks back I tooled around Butler County with Carla harvesting their town signs. I’ve already shared pictures from the beautiful garden in New Hartford. This is a collection of other images I took on the trip.


Butler County
I have so many questions.

Butler County - Aplington
Aplington

Butler County - Aplington
I have questions about the hours.

Butler County - Aplington

Butler County - Parkersburg
Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - Parkersburg

Butler County - New Hartford
New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - New Hartford

Butler County - Shell Rock
Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

Butler County - Shell Rock

I’m not on Boone’s Art Council and I am not privy to their budget or plans, but I think something they could do that would be cool would be to restore the old faded advertising murals in Boone. You can see how cool they look in Shell Rock. There are at least 2 in Boone I can think of off the top of my head that haven’t been painted over that would look great repainted.

There will be one more collection of pictures from Butler County in the future.

WPC – WEEK 307 – PATHS

At least a few people were able to figure out what PATHS they are walking for the theme of PATHS.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions.


WEEK 307 - PATHS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 307 - PATHS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 307 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 307 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 307 - PATHS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 307 - PATHS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 307 - PATHS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEL 307 - PATHS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 307 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 307 - PATHS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 307 - PATHS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

A great week of submissions!

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 308 - TOY
TOY

TOY! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a TOY image? Simply put, a TOY image is a picture of something that you use for recreation. It isn’t used for work. It is used for play. However, what one person might consider a TOY, another person might consider a TOOL. What is considered a TOY might be more personal than one thinks at first glance.

Think on these words when considering your subject for this week’s image:

As men get older, the goys get more expensive.
-Marvin Davis

Heed these words and there is no doubt you will create a most playful TOY images.

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 our idea of TOY in this place that is little more than my plaything next Monday.

Boone County Fair 2021

A few weeks back was the Boone County Fair. I didn’t spend much time there, but even with what little time I was there, it felt good to be back. Last year was the first time I didn’t at least make a brief appearance at the Boone County Fair, probably in my entire life.

I went there late Saturday morning to judge the Boone County Fair Photography Contest. It was my first time judging a photography contest and it was definitely an interesting experience being on the other side.

One of the disappointing aspect of being a judge was that there was only 16 entries this year. The past few years I would guess that there was around 50 or so entries. I’m not sure why few people felt like competing this year, but the photography contest wasn’t the only contest I saw that had a precipitous dip in entries. The barbecue contest that Baby Got Rack usually dominates normally has about ten competitors. This year there were two. Baby Got Rack was not one of the two, despite the fact that I already picked up this year’s competitive fedora and Hawaiian shirt. Scottie D. took his lady to Vegas for the weekend, so that put us on the sideline. We have been in discussions to enter a different contest, but at this time, nothing has come of it. You’ll just have to imagine how great it would have been.

What made the lack of participation rates so weird is that the brief times I was at the fair, the fairgrounds were plenty busy. Busier than normal.

Here are some facts about this year’s Boone County Fair Photography Contest:

+ 16 total entries.
+ There are 3 divisions (Black and White, Color, and Digitally Enhanced) broke into 4 classes (People, Landscape, Animal, and Other)
+ There was one entry in Black and White. (Landscape)
+ There was one entry in Digitally Enhanced. (Landscape)
+ There were 14 entries in Color. (1 in People, 4 in Landscape, 6 in Animal, and 3 in Other)
+ I awarded 1 Best in Show.
+ 1 Sweepstakes Award (Most Blue Ribbons)
+ 3 Purple Ribbons (Best in each Division)
+ 12 Blue Ribbons (3 elevated to Purple)
+ 4 Red Ribbons
+ 0 White Ribbons

I wasn’t given many instructions other than this, “We don’t want people to feel discouraged.”

Here is a picture of the contest.


Boone County Fair - 2021

It was a great experience and I was surprised that I even got paid for my efforts.

The lack of participation at the Boone County Fair is why I worry about the participation at the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. However, whatever happens, this year is just the foundation from where we will build the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest into a juggernaut.

Here is the flyer, if you need more information:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyer - 2021

While the flyer says the deadline was July 21, the true deadline is roughly 4:30 PM on Tuesday, August 3. That is when I will be picking up the entries and that night my trifecta of judges will evaluate and determine the winners. So, if you are still interested in entering some pictures, you still have the weekend to get your entries ready.

But I digress. Here are some pictures from the Boone County Fair:


Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

Boone County Fair - 2021

I did get to see lots of people at the fair that I haven’t seen in a long time. I hope I get to spend more time at the fair in 2022.

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


WEEK 307 - PATHS
PATHS

PATHS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a PATHS image? Simply put, a PATHS image is a picture of a route used by beings to get from one place to another. Trails are PATHS. Roads are PATHS. Railroads are PATHS. Sidewalks are PATHS. Aisles are PATHS. Of course, you don’t have to be literal. There are the PATHS we are on in our life. There is the faith PATHS that we walk.

In the theme reveal image, there is a literal trail from an observation tower back to the woods and eventually, back to my car.

When considering subjects for this week’s image, consider the following quote:

When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place. The foot touches the ground, but not for long.
-Hakim Sanai

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 306 – ARCHITECTURE

The theme of ARCHITECTURE rang the bell of a few people. Quite a few people, actually. Anita Ward would be proud.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 306 - ARCHITECTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

A great week of submissions!

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 307 - PATHS
PATHS

PATHS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a PATHS image? Simply put, a PATHS image is a picture of a route used by beings to get from one place to another. Trails are PATHS. Roads are PATHS. Railroads are PATHS. Sidewalks are PATHS. Aisles are PATHS. Of course, you don’t have to be literal. There are the PATHS we are on in our life. There is the faith PATHS that we walk.

In the theme reveal image, there is a literal trail from an observation tower back to the woods and eventually, back to my car.

When considering subjects for this week’s image, consider the following quote:

When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place. The foot touches the ground, but not for long.
-Hakim Sanai

Heed these works and there is no doubt your path will take you to a most intriguing PATHS image.

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 our idea of PATHS in this place that like to think it is your trail to my soul next Monday.

Tama County Auxiliary Images – 2

Here is the final chapter in the storage of my Grandma Bennett’s brief third marriage:

Handschin Killer Commits Suicide At Reformatory

Sioux City, Feb. 15

Mrs. Martelle McPeek, 29 year-old blonde, who last January 11th shot her lover after being jilted, committed suicider early today in the woman’s reformatory at Rockwell City by hanging herself with a pair of cotton stockings.

Supt. Pauline Johnston said Mrs. McPeek was by a guard. The county coroner said Mrs. McPeek died of strangulation and that her neck was not broken.

Mrs. McPeek entered the institution January 27th. She had been sentenced to ten years when she pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder.

The charge against her was filed after the death of Maurics Handschin, 36-year-old packing house employee as a result of a bullet wound in the abdomen.

Formerly of Boone

The late Mr. Handschin was formerly of Boone and had married here only shortly before the fatal shooting. His underal services were held in this city.

Claimed by Husband

Rockwell City, Feb. 15

Mrs. Martelle M. McPeek, 29, committed suicide at the Iowa Women’s Reformatory, to which she was sentenced for 10 years for killing Maurice Handschin in Sioux City last January 11.

Mrs. McPeek’s body was found hanging from the top of a window. She had strangled herself to death with her stockings. Her husband, William McPeek of Sioux City claimed her body.

Handschin lived at the McPeek residence in Sioux City several years before leaving there to marry a Boone divorcee. Mrs. McPeek contended she had planned to divorce her husband and marry Handschin.

Here is a copy of the newspaper article:



While that concluded this episode of sharing some of my family history that I discover going through some genealogy stuff, it won’t be the last.

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This is the rest of the auxiliary images from my trip to Tama County to harvest their town signs. The highlight of this trip was the winding stairs in Traer.


Tama County - Clutier
Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Clutier

Tama County - Dysart
Dysart

Tama County - Traer
Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Traer

Tama County - Lincoln
Lincoln

Tama County

Grundy County - Conrad
Conrad (Grundy County)

Grundy County - Conrad

Tama County - Garwin, Iowa
Garwin

Tama County - Garwin, Iowa

Tama County

So many auxiliary images still to go through, but that is it for Tama County.

2010-09-29 & 2010-09-30

There were hardly any pictures in the folder 2010-09-29 so I decided to combine it with 2010-09-30. This collection includes a picture of a buckeye. I really wish I remember why I took this buckeye picture. I never shared it on this here blog. Buckeyes have a deeper family connection for me. My Grandpa Paris used to carry a buckeye with him. Carrying a buckeye in your pocket is supposed to give you good luck. My Mom carried a buckeye with her every day to reminder her of Grandpa. When we cleaned out her car, we found two buckeyes in it. Those buckeyes are still there. She had a bag of buckeyes in her dresser, so if she ever lost her buckeye, she just went to the bag and grabbed another one.

The other pictures are of a rabbit that came under my care.


A Lucky Buckeye

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

Personal Photo Project #46 Alternate - I Recommend Pleasant

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 #46 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #46 BETA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Philanthropy Day.

Assemblage

Today I’m sharing a collection I took over a couple days back in February or Naima and of an icicle.


Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Assemblage

Some people say I don’t take enough pictures of Naima. Naima is not one of those people. She is a dog.

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


WEEK 301 - WHITE
WHITE

WHITE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a WHITE image? A WHITE image is simply and image where the color WHITE plays an important part of the composition of the image.

Happy photo harvesting!