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Rodan139: Sleeping Angels II

When I was originally contacted by the Sleeping Angels to photograph their event, it was because they wanted pictures of them crossing the Mile Long Bridge. It was kind of touch and go with whether the weather was going to cooperate. You can’t fly a drone in rain and the forecast called for it to rain off and on all day. Fortunately, the predictions of rain were inaccurate. There were a few sprinkles off an on, but there was no rain when we got to the bridge.

The other weather concern was wind. A drone shouldn’t be flown under very windy conditions, unless you want it to come crashing to the ground and then you will find yourself buying a new drone. But fortunately there was only a light wind.

Logan and I set up and waited. Hoping they would arrive before the batteries were expired. Fortunately, they did.


Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

Rodan139: Sleeping Angels - Mile Long Bridge

If you look closely, you can possibly pick out Dawn and Kevin who were on the ride. I can’t. But maybe you can.

Here is the video that Logan made from the video he took at the event:



He does good work. If you are reading this entry from an email subscription, the video won’t show up. You have to click one of the links in the email to go to the website to watch the video. It is definitely worth your time.

This is the last drone collection from the Sleeping Angels Fun Run, but there is one more collection of earthbound images left to share.

Rodan139: Don Williams

The final place I took Rodan139 to on my low battery test flights was Don Williams. I do love Don Williams, but I hardly ever go out there. I should effort to make a couple of trips out there this summer. I feel like I should take a lot of PTO this summer. Like a lot of PTO. And some of that should be spent at Don Williams.


Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Rodan139: Don Williams

Next time Rodan139 takes to the skies it will be in Dysart, Iowa.

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

As I write this entry to “An Artist’s Notebook” this is the only time that I have taken Rodan139 out this year. It seems like every time I have a chance, the weather hasn’t cooperated. It has either been too cold or too windy. Or both. Seriously. The weather in the last several weeks has been awful. If it hasn’t been awful, I have been too busy. But don’t worry. I feel like Rodan139 is going to be taking to the sky soon enough.

These pictures were taken at the Harrier Marsh which is one of my favorite places to take Rodan139. It is just south of Ogden. During warmer days there is a large collection of birds that call this place home.


Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Rodan139: Harrier Marsh

Once again, I will point out I need to get Rodan139 up in the sky soon.

Rodan139: High Bridges

A reminder that you have until Thursday at 11 AM (Central) to get your picks in for Year 18 of the Roundball Oracles. Click on the link below to join:

Roundball Oracles – Year 18

It costs nothing to participate. First Place gets a trophy. Last Place Adult that give full effort also gets a trophy. Hope many of you participate!

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One of the last times Rodan139 took to the skies last year was near the Kate Shelley Memorial High Bridge. I flew around it to take pictures for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme STRONG. Here are the picture I took that day:


Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

I think it would be pretty cool if some day they made it so people could walk across the abandoned bridge. I’m sure it will never happen cause of a myriad of security reasons, but it would still be pretty cool.

Rodan139: Night Moves

Time to share another collection of images I took with Rodan139. This collection of images was taken at night, all from my yard. I was testing the phone app because I had been having some issues with it. Drones aren’t really the best to do night photography with because of their small sensor size and the fact that they are flying when they take the picture. Which leads to either blurry pictures or a ton of digital noise. But I think my test run did produce a few images of interest:


Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Rodan139: Night in the Hood

Once again my goal of taking more drone pictures this year is still on the books. Don’t know I’ve made much progress with it, but I do have a few ideas for places to go to take some drone pictures. Now it is time for execution.

Rodan139: Fire Watchtower

When I went to Allamakee County with Teresa to harvest their town signs, one of my must see stops was the only fire watchtower in Iowa. It is buried in Yellow River State Forest and hasn’t been used for years. I knew it was something I definitely wanted to photograph with Rodan139. And that is exactly what I did.


Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

Yes, one of these pictures is in the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

These pictures are making me itch for the open road. I also haven’t taken flight with Rodan139 this year yet. I need to get on that as well.

I have a list of places I want to visit this year. The first one on my list is the kite festival thing in Clear Lake that is coming up in a couple Saturdays. Let me know if you are interested in a short little road trip on a Saturday morning to watch some kites in some cold weather.

Rodan139: Thanksgiving

I was able to take Rodan139 on a flight during the Boone First United Methodist Church’s Community Thanksgiving. It was weird because as I took Rodan139 up, it kept getting foggier and foggier and foggier. The ceiling for the flight kept getting lower and lower. But after the flight, the fog disappeared pretty quick.

Here are some drone photos of the meal:


Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

Community Thanksgiving - 2022

I need to take Rodan139 out more often than I have been. It is one of my goals for 2023. However, setting such a goal in the winter isn’t the easiest to accomplish. Drones are very susceptible to bad weather. Particularly the cold and the wind. But we will see how it goes.

WPC – WEEK 374 – STRONG

Thanks to the three people that left ideas for themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I am very grateful for your suggestions. I will consider all of them, except for Andy’s last one, which was ridiculous.

So was STRONG a strong theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, November 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
4-Mike Vest – 1 week
5-Mary Green – 3 weeks (7)
6-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
8-Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 7 weeks
10-Suzie Brannen – 11 weeks
11-Brandon Kahler – 12 weeks
12-Linda Bennett – 15 weeks (2)
13-Sarah Toot – 16 weeks (2)
14-Monica Jennings – 16 weeks (2)
15-Angie DeWaard – 20 weeks (2)
16-Dawn Krause – 24 weeks (2)
17-Kim Barker – 30 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 32 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 33 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 42 weeks (4)
21-Carla Stensland – 42 weeks
22-Michelle Haupt – 43 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 44 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 44 weeks (2)
25-Bill Wentworth – 46 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 50 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 51 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 53 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 55 weeks (2)

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 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 56 Weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 54 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 47 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 16 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 8 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 21 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 31 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp – 1 week

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 52 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 12 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 18 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 45 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 43 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 374 - STRONG - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 17 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 51 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 44 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 33 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 25 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 374 - STRONG - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

26 participants! That is a good week! But a big fall from the 30 from the previous week.

There were submissions this week from (assumptions here) Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Puerto Rico. My picture was taken about 5 miles from my front door.

There was the first ever submission from Myriah Sharp. Her picture was the one from Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico to be exact.

Elizabeth reached a huge milestone. She is the third person to join the 1 Year Streak Club. WooHoo! Nice work Elizabeth!

But it wasn’t all good times, with good friends, and strong drinks in tropical locations. There was a streak bloodbath. Evie couldn’t extend her streak to 2 weeks. Willy couldn’t either. Vest also, a one week man. Jesse’s streak was snapped at 5 weeks.

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 375 - COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION

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

But what is a COMMUNICATION photo? A COMMUNICATION photo is simply a photo where the subject or a major compositional element shows a form of COMMUNICATION. The theme reveal picture is of a sign that is COMMUNICATIONing that there are rules to using this parking lot. It is for church parking and no overnight parking is allowed. While signs are great at COMMUNICATIONing, there are all sorts of COMMUNICATION. The phone. A letter. A postcard. Talking. Just talking to somebody.

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

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
-Epicetus

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 STRONG in this place that is filled with my every day strength next Monday.

*This is not to be seen as any kind of endorsement of astrology, which is complete and utter nonsense.

WPC – WEEK 312 – ‘SCAPE

Despite it being Labor Day, there was still a decent, but not overwhelming number of submissions for ‘SCAPE.

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


WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous

WEEK 312 - 'SCAPE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 313 - Junk
JUNK

JUNK! What a great theme for Week 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a JUNK photo. JUNK isn’t necessarily garbage, but it could be. JUNK is defined as things that are useless or of little value. But that doesn’t mean JUNK has no value. Just like the theme reveal image, I bet everybody reading these words has a JUNK drawer. Off the top of my head, I have at least 9 of them and several JUNK bins. So go out and find something that has been set aside because it has little value and give it some value by turning it into art.

And don’t forget that some food is considered JUNK as well. And of course, there are other definitions for the word JUNK. Some more safe for work than others.

When you thinking about creating your JUNK image, think about this quote:

Buy, buy says the sign in the show window;
Why why, says the junk in the yard.
– Paul McCartney

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 JUNK in this place that is little more than the place I leave much of my psychological junk next Monday.