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Memory Lane Denouement

Today is a monumental day. It is the last of our Saturday walks down memory lane. With this last collection of images, I was able to fix all the blogs that had missing pictures due to my constant changing of image gallery hosts. The last entry to be fixed was in August of 2011. Unfortunately many entries weren’t able to be fixed completely because I have lost images over the decade and half this website has been in existence. Most of those were pictures that were “archives” images that were scans of old pictures from the film days. The other major missing hole will be pictures from the first two years of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, originally known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. It is sad that this collection will never be “complete” again, but we are never actually fully complete, are we? However, when it comes to the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT, there is probably less than 50 images missing. So that isn’t terrible. After all, it isn’t like anybody goes back and looks at my journal entries from 11 years ago.

Here is the last collection of images:


Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

WEEK 24 - PEOPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 25 - SOOTHING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 26 - LIGHT PLACEMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 27 - BLACK AND WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 28 - GAMES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 29 - FRAMING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 30 - NIGHT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 32 - NOISE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

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:

Minnesota

RWPE Y2 #24 – PEOPLE

RWPE Y2 #25 – SOOTHING

RWPE Y2 #26 – LIGHT PLACEMENT

RWPE Y2 #27 – BLACK & WHITE

RWPE Y2 #28 – GAMES

RWPE Y2 #29 – FRAMING

RWPE Y2 #30 – NIGHT

RWPE Y2 #32 – NOISE

There is no walk down memory lane next Saturday. I’m not sure what next Saturday will even hold. I might start taking Saturdays off. I might start moving the formal portraits to Saturdays and start taking Sundays off. Or I might just start working on the backlog. It is a mystery that only time will solve.

2011-06-13, 2011-06-14, and 2011-06-17

The grand majority of the pictures in the folders 2011-06-13, 2011-06-14, and 2011-06-17 are from a trip to Kalona to eat an authentic Amish meal with Funk, Sara, and Cousin Amy. This was before Funk became a total badass and started spending her free time climbing mountains in Peru. There are also a couple pictures here from a camping trip to Ledges and a pictures I took and poorly photoshopped for the United Way of Story County.


Live United

Live United

WEEK 23 - DEPTH OF FIELD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Guys' Night

Guys' Night

Guys' Night

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

Kalona Trip - Amish Meal

I miss Kalona. I will need to go there at some point this year, and not just for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT.

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 #23 – DEPTH OF FIELD

GUYS’ NIGHT

LIVE UNITED

KALONA ROAD TRIP

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to a baseball game.

2011-06-08

The pictures in the folder 2011-06-08 are from a time I went with my Mom over to my Grandma’s house to photograph some of her flowers. She always had beautiful flowers.


WEEK 22 - SHADOWS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

Whispering Beauty - 2011

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 #22 – SHADOWS

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #76 BETA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT #76 GAMMA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve THE 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT.

Kossuth and Winnebago County Auxiliary Images

Several months back I cruised around Kossuth and Winnebago County harvesting their town signs. Here is the first collection of auxiliary images I took on this trip. Most are from the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. Many more are from near the Kossuth County Freedom Rock in Whittemore.


Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - West Bend

Kossuth County - Whittemore

Kossuth County - Whittemore

Kossuth County - Whittemore

Kossuth County - Whittemore

Kossuth County - Whittemore

Kossuth County - Whittemore

There is still plenty more images to share from this road trip.

Selfie Project – January 2022

I don’t usually run THE SELFIE PROJECT in back to back years, but since I took a break from it for a bit in 2021, I decided to make an exception and bring it back in 2022.

Before getting into my favorite images from January of 2022, I want to put a bow on 2021.

Here is a photomosaic made out of THE SELFIE PROJECT images of 2021.


2021 Selfie Project Mosaic

The base image was taken on January 1, 2022. All the images that make it up were taken in 2021. I don’t think I need to point out the symbolism of the image, but I will. The image was created because because the person standing there on January 1, 2022 was created by all the experiences (bad and terrible and godawful and a few that were good) that I went through in 2021. As with all mosaics, the further away you get, the easier it is to see the base image. You can also click on the image to see it larger.

Here are my favorite THE SELFIE PROJECT images from January 2022:


Day 1 - January 1, 2022
January 1

Day 2 - January 2, 2022
January 2

Day 4 - January 4, 2022
January 4

Day 5 - January 5, 2022
January 5

Day 6 - January 6, 2022
January 6

Day 9 - January 9, 2022
January 9

Day 10 - January 10, 2022
January 10

Day 12 - January 12, 2022
January 12

Day 14 - January 14, 2022
January 14

Day 15 - January 15, 2022
January 15

Day 16 - January 16, 2022
January 16

Day 17 - January 17, 2022
January 17

Day 18 - January 18, 2022
January 18

Day 20 - January 20, 2022
January 20

Day 22 - January 22, 2022
January 22

Day 23 - January 23, 2022
January 23

Day 24 - January 24, 2022
January 24

Day 25 - January 25, 2022
January 25

Day 26 - January 26, 2022
January 26

Day 28 - January 28, 2022
January 28

Day 29 - January 29, 2022
January 29

Day 30 - January 30, 2022
January 30

Another reason I decided to run it back again this year is because Sara gave me a kind of a “selfie kit” for Christmas. So I can’t let that go to waste!

Here are some SELFIE PROJECT bonus images:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

It doesn’t appear I did a tremendous lot in January. Maybe I will do more in February.

Sneaky Snake Root Beer

This year for our family Thanksgiving I wanted to attempt to make root beer. I had Glenn Peterson’s recipe in hand and I also fruitlessly pursued another recipe, but I’m not really sure how different root beer recipes can get.

Glenn’s recipe was a little vague on a couple things, but it goes like this:

Recipe for homemade root beer (X 2 for 10 gal water cooler)
4 lbs. sugar
3 ½ gallon water
1 bottle Root beer extract
1 bottle Root beer flavor
4 lbs. dry ice.

Add 4 lbs. sugar to 3 ½ gal water. Stir until sugar dissolved. Add 1 bottle root beer extract and 1 bottle root beer flavor. Stir until mixed. Add 4 lbs. of dry ice ½ to 1 hour before serving. Use gloves when working with dry ice. Dry ice will cause the container to look like a witches’ caldron. Do not stir nor put a lid on container. When “steam” from the dry ice disappears, root beer is ready to drink.
This recipe was shared with Glenn while in the Army. He started sharing it with Pack 150, Madrid at the Blue & Gold Banquets/ Crossovers and Arrow of Lights Ceremony from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

Glenn’s widow Tamara shared the recipe with me a couple years ago.

The one thing I didn’t know is how much is 1 bottle of root beer extract and how much is one bottle of root beer flavor. I compared it to other root beer recipes and determined Glenn’s recipe calls for a 2 oz bottle of each. I changed his recipe slightly. I used 1 4 oz bottle of Shank’s root beer extract.

Johnathan and Logan assisted in the making of my first batch of what I am calling Sneaky Snake Root Beer. Here are some pictures:


Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
Logan is wearing some of my Mom’s old dish gloves.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
This is one of my favorite family pictures ever.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

I decided on the name for my root beer on Saturday while cruising around Monroe County with Teresa. I was originally going to name it after Naima sorta and call it something like Gold Dog Root Beer, so I could put her mug on the bottles. However, I decided to name it after an old family memory. Maybe I was feeling nostalgic because Thanksgiving this year was obviously bittersweet at it was the first major holiday we’ve had without Mom. But I decided to base the name off the Tom T. Hall song “Sneaky Snake”.

When I was a kid and we would go down to my Dad’s darkroom, the music was mostly provided by his 8 track collection. My favorite of his 8 tracks was blue. It was Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits Volume II. I can’t swear that it was Volume II, but it was pretty close. My favorite song on this 8 track was “Sneaky Snake”. I still love that song, even though next to nobody outside of my family seems to appreciate its greatness.

The lyrics are:

Boys and girls take warning
If you go near the lake
Keep your eyes wide open
And look for sneaky snake
Now, maybe you won’t see him
And maybe you won’t hear
But he’ll sneak up behind you
And drink all your root beer

And then sneaky snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

Well sneaky snake drinks root beer
And he just makes me sick
When he is not dancing
He looks just like stick
Now he doesn’t have any arms or legs
You cannot see his ears
And while we are not looking
He’s stealing all of our beer

And then sneak snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

So this is what the label on the bottle should look like, or would look like if I could get it to print correctly:



I’m definitely not a graphic designer, but I do like the picture part. The picture of the snake is from about 10 years ago, when I found a snake in Shorty and Doris’ flower bed. I photoshopped it up a bit though.

I might not explain everything about this under normal circumstances, but my nearly professional labeler Elizabeth is concerned that people might think it is name after the “I’m a Snake” guy of YouTube fame. It definitely is not. So don’t even try thinking that!

I have a few bottles of Batch 001 left. I’ve earmarked a few for December Movie Night. And the rest, well they might go to Elizabeth’s progeny. They apparently are big fans of Sneaky Snake Root Beer!

I’m going to continue to experiment with the recipe. Try different brands of extract. Try Glenn’s original recipe. I want to try mixing in some vanilla at some point too. I definitely need to figure out a way to capture more carbonation. I’m not sure how to do that yet, but I have some theories. Batch 001 will be followed by Batch 002 and 003 and so on and so forth more hopefully.

March Misc.

As I’ve indicated before, the 2011 folders are a disaster. These images cover most of the March 2011 folders. These are mostly pictures that were taken for the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT (now called THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE), but a few were taken for a PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT.


WEEK 9 - SILHOUETTE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 10 - STILL LIFE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 11 - COMMUNICATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 12 - UNFOCUSED - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Embarrassing Anti-Intellectualism

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

Think Negative Alternate

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 #9 – SILHOUETTE

RWPE Y2 #10 – STILL LIFE

RWPE Y2 #11 – COMMUNICATION

RWPE Y2 #12 – UNFOCUSED

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #60

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve New York City.

12December2010

I didn’t take many pictures in the month of December in 2010, so I decided to just do the entire month and combine all the folders into one mega sized post. There are pictures in here from a family portrait fundraiser (that was not a huge success) for the youth group. There are a few pictures taken on Christmas Eve around the church. Then a bunch of pictures taken for different THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, back then known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT.


Snowy Tree

Squirrel

WEEK 47 - DISCOVER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 48 - ACTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 49 - LOVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 50 - RESTAURANT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Youth Group Family Portrait Fundraiser - 2010

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #47 Alternate - Taize

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

Personal Photo Project #51 - Alternate

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:

Youth Group Fundraiser

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #47

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #51

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #52

RWPE #47 – DISCOVER

RWPE #48 – ACTIVE

RWPE #49 – LOVE

RWPE #50 – RESTAURANTS

RWPE #51 – PEACE OF MIND

It is hard to say what next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve. It looks like 2011’s organization was really bad. We’ll see what happens. There might just be a ton of 2011 images lost. Hope not, but it is certainly a possibility.

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

Back in early May I went down to Jester Park because I had heard reports that some baby bison were wandering around down there. It turned out that they were there, but they never really got near enough to the fence for me to get a decent picture of them. However, I did get plenty of pictures of the elk to make up for it.


A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

A Coat Borrowed from James Dean

Jester Park is definitely one of my favorite parks in central Iowa. The whole area around the buffalo and elk is awesome to visit. If you haven’t been, I’d recommend it strongly.

2010-11-15 & 2010-11-18

There was really only one picture in the folder 2010-11-15, so I decided to include 2010-11-18 in this post. The picture in the folder 2010-11-15 is a picture of Jill holding her flute that I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, back then known as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. The pictures in the folder 2010-11-18 are from the 2010 Philanthropy Day.


WEEK 45 - DIAGONAL RULE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

Philanthropy Day - 2010

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:

Philanthropy Day

RWPE #45 – DIAGONAL RULE

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the Baiers.