Category Archives: Nature

Birthday Road Trip – Dunnings Spring Waterfall

I’m not 100% sure if the waterfall featured today is the Dunning’s Spring Waterfall or the Dunnings Spring Waterfall. I have seen it spelled both ways by multiple reputable organization. This is the type of thing that keeps me up at night.

The Dunnings Spring Waterfall in Decorah was the main goal of my birthday road trip. I had visited it once a few years back and I have always been completely unsatisfied with my pictures of it. It was a goal of mine to get back there and take at least one picture of it that I liked.

Here are my attempts:


Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Birthday Road Trip - Dunnings Spring Waterfall

Jesse fell down the side of the waterfall and cut himself. But he kept the camera equipment he was carrying protected, so good work on his part!

I have a couple more sets of pictures from the Birthday Road Trip still to share. Kind of a miscellaneous set of pictures and the some cruddy cell phone pictures.

Birthday Road Trip – Malanaphy Springs

After we left The Little Brown Church and the possible time travelers but probably LARPers, our next stop was the Malanaphy Springs Waterfall. It is the lesser known waterfall in/near Decorah. It isn’t as pretty as Dunning’s Springs. It definitely isn’t as accessible. It is a good 20-30 minute hike on a trail that isn’t well curated.

With that being said, it is definitely worth the extra work. It is a place out in the woods that is beautiful and private. A person can collect their thoughts there.

Here are some pictures:


Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

.Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

Malanaphy Springs Waterfall

I would like to return to this waterfall at some point this year. Looking ahead, I’ll probably take my birthday road trip on May 15 this year. But I have no clue where I will end up. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it is back in northeast Iowa again.

More pictures from this trip still to come.

70% Playing with Stuff

Today’s entry is a collection of random May images from last year. Some are from a trip to Dickcissel with Naima. One is a horrible green screen experiment. There is a picture of Jason from when we put my mom’s ceiling back together.

Last year my Mom’s ceiling fell on her in the middle of the night. Not the whole thing, but a good chunk of it. It definitely isn’t the way one wants to be woken up.

The weird thing is that there were no cracks in it beforehand. It just broke one night. Probably due to how close she lives to the Life Flight landing pad at the Boone County Hospital.


Dickcissel

Self-Portrait - May 2019

Self-Portrait - May 2019

Naima

Naima

Naima

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Naima at Dickcissel - May 2019

Fixing Ceiling

Green Screen - Dinosaur

One big step closer to having the 2019 backlog cleared up.

There is No Blame, Only Shame

By the time this email flies through the tubes of the internet and gets flushed down into your computer, phone, web tv, or whatever device you use to upload Photography 139 content into your brain, the Super Bowl will probably be somewhere in the third quarter. You will probably be ready for a distraction.

However, I’m going to give you more than a distraction. I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that the final score of the Super Bowl is going to be 28-24. The San Francisco 49ers will win. Defense wins championships. Period.

I wish it wasn’t the case. I don’t have much rooting interest in the Super Bowl (or any NFL game) these days. I guess I’m slightly rooting for the Chiefs because I have family that are Chiefs fans. Frequent contributor to the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, Michelle is also a Chiefs fan.

However, I have on friend that really stands out as a Chiefs fan. He is a former season ticket holder and he lives in Ballardville, Iowa. That is like a 3 hour drive to the Chiefs stadium. Whatever it’s called. When I asked him where he was going to watch the game, he replied:

“In a locked room, by myself.”

He would go on to talk about how he had been waiting 30 years for this moment.

I told him that I appreciated his passion. I pretty much always appreciate passion that isn’t derived from mental illness. Even though, you could certainly make the case that being an avid sports fan is a form of mental illness, I’m not going to make that argument. It strikes a little too close to home.

I told him that locked in a room by myself was exactly the same way that I watched the series finale of DOWNTON ABBEY.

Another friend on the same group text chimed in that it wasn’t fair to compare the Super Bowl to DOWNTON ABBEY. I reassured him that while American football is only popular in the United States and DOWNTON ABBEY was an international phenomenon, it is still fair. American football is still a pretty big deal. Not as a big of a deal as the Crawleys, but people still like it.

So, I’m rooting for the Chiefs right now. Despite the fact that their fans spit on America by blaspheming the national anthem. Despite the fact that many of the traditions that go on in that stadium crossed the “is that racist” border several miles back.

I hope I forgot to carry a one and the Chiefs don’t disappoint my friend that is locked in a room (hopefully not one with padded walls) right now. I don’t want him to go through the same disappointment I did when Tom Branson and Laura Edmunds didn’t hook up.

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Here are some pictures that didn’t make the cut for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme COUNTRY:


There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

There is No Blame, Only Shame

Hope you have gotten your WORK photo by now. Even if you haven’t, you probably have plenty of time to get a picture from where you WORK on Monday morning.

WPC – WEEK 228 – COUNTRY

Another big week for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Double digits for the 17th week in a row. Double digits easy. Easier than walking a Thunderbird.

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


WEEK 228 - COUNTRY -MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - WILLIAM MCALPINE
William McAlpine

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 228 - COUNTRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 238 - COUNTRY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 229 - WORK
WORK

WORK! What a great theme! But what is a WORK photo? It doesn’t just have to a picture from around your WORKplace, but that would certainly WORK. A WORK picture is a picture of anything that is used in WORK. Anybody that is engaged in WORK. Can be at their place of employment, but certainly doesn’t have to be. Remember the physics definition of WORK, the measure of engery transfer that occurs when an object is moved over a distance by an external force at least part of which is applied in the direction of the displacement.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Congrats to Aaron Barnett. He is the latest person to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for an email subscription to Photography 139’s online journal “An Artist’s Notebook”. I worked with Aaron in another life at the Boone outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. So if you see Aaron out and about, give him a knowing glance and teach him the super secret Photography 139 handshake.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very worked Monday!

The Constant Shame of My Existence

Last Saturday I took Naima for a walk around Ledges to take a picture for the HDR theme of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Obviously I took more photos than the one I shared. Here are the ones that didn’t make the cut:


The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

The Constant Shame of My Existence

Since HDR (true HDR) is the taking of multiple pictures at different exposures and combining them into one image, if you try to do it with a moving object, you can get a ghosting effect.

Here is an example:


The Constant Shame of My Existence

I hope many of you have already got your FOOD picture for this week’s challenge and are already firing it off to me through the internets!

Backbone Road Trip

Rather than naming the folders that include images from the Backbone State Park Road Trip I took with Jay, Derrick, Jen, Sara, and Shannon, I’m just going to call this post Backbone Road Trip.

Here are a look at a few of my favorite images from the road trip:


Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

Backbone State Park Road Trip

It truly was a great trip and one of my favorite road trips of all time. We did have to pack up and leave Backbone State Park really early on Sunday morning to beat a storm, but it was still a weekend filled with treasured memories.

By adding these images to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

Spine

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve potatoes, probably a whole bunch more, but definitely potatoes.

WPC – WEEK 225 – HDR

I’m not surprised easily, but you guys surprised me this week. Enough of you dipped your toe into the HDR world to keep the streak of double digit submissions going and to hit 15 straight weeks!

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


WEEK 225 - HDR - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 225 - HDR - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 225 - HDR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 225 - HDR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 225 - HDR - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 225 - HDR - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 225 - HDR - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 225 - HDR - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 225 - HDR - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 225 - HDR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 225 - HDR - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 225 - HDR - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 225 - HDR - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley Gorshe

WEEK 225 - HDR - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 225 - HDR - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 225 - HDR - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

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 226 - FOOD
FOOD

FOOD! What a great theme! This is about as easy as a theme can get. Just take a picture of FOOD or somebody preparing FOOD or somebody eating FOOD or anything that is related to FOOD.

Don’t be surprised if your FOOD picture ends up looking disgusting. In some ways, this is THE GREASY STRANGLER of themes. Delicious food often looks disgusting when photographed. That is why in most food advertising, food is often fake. Also, why when local restaurants just do their food photography themselves, the food ends up looking disgusting on their menu. Looking at you Colorado Grill.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

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HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very hungry Monday!

Dogs with Papers

Today is the last day of 2019. Therefore, I will reveal the November and December images for the 2020 Photography 139 Calendar.

November Image:


2020 Calendar - November
November

The November image is a collection of dew drops that were trapped in a spiderweb. The spiderweb was located on a evergreen bush in my front yard. This picture was selected to be entered in the Boone County Fair Photography Contest by Michelle Haupt. It received a Blue Ribbon. This picture was taken July 14, 2018.


Details

Camera: Sony ILCA-77M2
Focal Length: 60mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure: 1/100
ISO: 100

December Image:


2020 Calendar - December
December

The December image is of Old Highway 30 crossing through the Des Moines River Valley between Boone and Ogden. The image looks west towards Ogden as the sun begins to set. On the left is the Jay Carlson Wildlife Area. In the distance Seven Oaks can be seen. This picture was entered in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, but was not selected for display. This picture was taken March 8, 2019.


Details

Camera: Hasselblad L1D-20C
Focal Length: 10.3mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/400
ISO: 100
Altitude: 343.7 meters above sea level

That concludes the 2020 Photography 139 Calendar images. I hope you enjoyed them and I hope if you got a calendar, you enjoyed it too.

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Before I left for the Mission Trip, I agreed to photograph the graduation of the Boone Area Humane Society’s Dog Obedience Class for Kio. Here are some of my favorite images from the experience:


Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Dog Obedience Class Graduation - 2019

Guess I’ll see you in 2020. Happy New Year’s Eve if you’re the type that celebrates. I believe I have successfully escaped being invited to a New Year’s Eve Party for like at least the 10th straight year!