Category Archives: WPC – Reminder

Closer to You

It is -9 degrees as I sit down to write this entry. I don’t mind the cold too much, but it still makes me long for warm August days and the Iowa State Fair. Standing in the Discovery Garden, photographing flowers.


Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Unceasing Effort - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2021

Closer to You

Closer to You

One of my organizational projects of 2021 is to get my flower galleries better organized and get the naming conventions nailed down better. For example, I name any hibiscus picture I take “Unceasing Effort” for the Alan Key quote, “Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.”

It shouldn’t take anywhere near as long as fixing all my past broken blogs has taken and continues to take, but it is a larger project than I want it to be.

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


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE
TRIANGLE

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

But what is a TRIANGLE image? It is simply a picture where the subject includes or is a TRIANGLE. Isosceles, equilateral, scalene, obtuse, acute, or right. Doesn’t matter. When you start to look for them, you will realize that TRIANGLE(s) are every where. Commonly used in construction and logos, for example. Heck, sometimes even love has a TRIANGLE.

Happy photo harvesting!

What Can I Say

Today felt like the right day to start sharing pictures I took of the flowers at the Iowa State Fair. As you know, the Discovery Garden is one of my favorite parts of the Iowa State Fair and I try to spend at least sometime there every year.


Unceasing Effort - 2020

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

There are still more flowers from the Iowa State Fair left to share. But maybe not as many as usual.

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


WEEK 331 - ROCK
ROCK

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

But what is a ROCK photo? Well, there are several types of rocks. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. All you have to do is find a rock you like (I’m partial to igneous) and take a picture of it. And ROCKs have so many uses, they can hold historical markers, they are canvasses for artists, and people build things out of them. Just to name a few. Of course, ROCK can have multiple meanings. There is the type of ROCK that Twisted Sister wants to do. Which isn’t all that different from the kind of ROCK that AC/DC salutes those about to engage in or that Queen wants to do to you. Whatever definition of ROCK you use, it will be the right one for you.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ROCK was a theme suggested by Angie. Thanks for the suggestion Angie.

If you don’t like ROCK as a theme, you can call her to complain. Her phone number is 555-2368.

Happy photo harvesting!

Follow

Here are some pictures of flowers from my yard that I took back in June.


Just Exists - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

I have more than a few flower pictures left to share from last year.

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


WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE

BLACK + WHITE! What a great theme to kick off Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

To know me at all, is to know that my first love in photography is always been BLACK + WHITE. But what is BLACK + WHITE photo? Well, the obvious answer is that it simply a picture that is monochrome. Not color. But BLACK + WHITE. However, there are some things to know about taking a good BLACK + WHITE picture. Once you remove color from an image, you can’t rely on color to provide interest. Here are things to think about to make a good BLACK + WHITE image:

+ Shape and Form – The shapes of things will be more dominant.
+ Contrast – Without colors to separate your subjects, you will need the contrast between BLACK + WHITE to separate the objects in the picture.
+ Texture – A good subject in BLACK + WHITE photography will have texture. Texture really pops.

Happy photo harvesting!

Natuation

Last Saturday I went down to Manhattan, Kansas to watch Nate graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Food Science. He will be finding another job soon and hopefully moving closer.

Here are some pictures from the party:


Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

Nate's Graduation Party - 2021

I transported the cake from Boone. Don’t worry, I didn’t make it. Dutch Oven did. It will be fascinating to see where life takes Nate, Laura, and the kids next!

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


WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

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

But what is a CANDID PORTRAIT image? A CANDID PORTRAIT image is simply an image where the person that is the subject of the photo isn’t posing for the picture. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know their picture is getting taken, but they definitely aren’t posing for the picture. They are just being themselves. Which is why I prefer CANDID PORTRAITS a gazillion to one over formal portraits. But that is just me.

Happy photo harvesting!

Rodan139: Great Pyramids of Iowa

A few weeks back on a Town Sign Harvest road trip with Teresa, I took Rodan139 out for a flight and photographed the Great Pyramids of Iowa. They are located in a cemetery near the unincorporated town of Avery, Iowa.


Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

Great Pyramids of Iowa

They were built in 1939 by an Egyptian pyramid fan, but he ended up not being buried in them. More details when I publish the ground images.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ODD CAMERA ANGLE:


WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly an ODD CAMERA ANGLE image? Well it couldn’t be simpler. You see, most people when they take a picture stand and bring the camera up to their face and take the picture straight on from their height. An ODD CAMERA ANGLE image is just a picture where you change your body from its normal position or the angle of the camera. Take a picture of something looking straight down at it. Or straight up. Get on the ground. Or climb up to the top of something. Or rather than having the camera stay level, move it like 45 degrees. You subject can be anything, but try looking at your subject from a different vantage point than you normally see it.

Happy photo harvesting!

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Oskaloosa Field Work

Last Saturday, when Teresa and I were out harvesting town signs, I was hoping to finally hit the first destination on The Tenderloin Trail 2.0. Wood Iron Grille is one of the stops. So I planned for us to eat lunch there, when we hit the Oskaloosa area. Unfortunately, and this is on me, they don’t open until 4 PM on Saturdays.

Instead we dined at a quaint little downtown restaurant called Tasos Steakhouse. While I didn’t get to hit the Tenderloin Trail, your humble narrator did do some tenderloining.

Here are some cruddy cell phone pictures:


Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

You’ve seen the pictures now, but how do I break down the experience? Well it goes a little something like this:

THE GOOD

+ Good bun.
+ Toasted bun.
+ The fried cheese curds were exquisite.
+ Service was friendly.
+ Got food recommendations from some locals.
+ Didn’t nail the meat to bun ratio, but pretty close.
+ Served Pepsi products.

THE BAD

+ Standard has lettuce and tomatoes.
+ Red onions. I mean not the end of the world, but definitely not my tenderloin onion of choice.
+ A little on the bland side.
+ Too thin, not quite, but dangerously close the pork fritter territory.

THE UGLY

+ Fries were a disappointment.

I don’t have any tenderloins currently planned, but I’m sure it is only a matter of time before the universe puts one in my path again.

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



BLUE

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

But what is BLUE photo? A BLUE photo is simply a picture where the color BLUE is a major compositional element of your image.

Happy photo harvesting!

Late Morning Lullaby

I guess I should start by wishing everybody a Black Friday. Not one of my favorite days. A tribute to consumerism. Or as my boy Tyler Durden might say:

Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need, and the things you own, end up owning you.

But if you went out there and punched another human being in the face so you could save 10 cents on whatever. Good on you mate. I’m sure that thing that will be clogging up the landfill in 6 months was totally worth it.

Here is a collection of pictures I took in my yard back in May.


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2020

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

Late Morning Lullaby

That mean I have actually edited every picture I took in the month of May now. WooHoo!

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


WEEK 324 - NATURE
NATURE

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

But what is a NATURE picture? A NATURE picture is simply a picture of something that wasn’t made by humans. Rivers, trees, ponds, wild plants, and wild animals are all examples of possible subjects.

Happy photo harvesting!

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Slater Field Work

Last Sunday, after an emotional church service, Teresa and I went to Luther because I was having a hankering for the tenderloin there and I badly need to get started on the Tenderloin Trail 2.0. As we approached the restaurant, it was clear that is was so packed that there wasn’t anywhere to park. Rather than wait, we soldiered on.

I headed east and then south to Slater. We have often dined at Cole’s in Slater, but I’m efforting to try places that I haven’t supped at before and I have heard promising things about Nite Hawk. That is where we ended up. It was busy, but we were able to get a table right away.

My 5 word review is, they have a really good tenderloin.

Here are some cruddy cell phone pictures:


Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Tenderloining at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill

Here is how I break down the experience:

THE GOOD

+ Good bun.
+ Toasted bun.
+ Good cut of meat. Good thickness.
+ Proper meat to bun ratio.
+ Flavorful breading.
+ Fried mushrooms were divine. The onion rings were also good.
+ Service was really good.

THE BAD

+ Standard is with lettuce and tomatoes, which don’t belong on a tenderloin.
+ The tenderloin doesn’t come with fries or anything standard, so that is an extra cost.
+ Red onions.

THE UGLY

+ Serve Coke products.

I will add that Teresa’s Reuben was also delicious. I had it for supper that night while I watched season 2 of YOU. I really, strongly dislike Love.

I’m not sure when the next tenderloin will come down the chute, but I’m hitting the open road on Sunday with Michelle, so it is certainly possible that it will be soon.

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


WEEK 322 - RELIGION
RELIGION

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

But what is a RELIGION picture? It is simply a picture of anything relating to the practice of a RELIGION. It can be a book used in the practice of a RELIGION. It can be a building that is used in the practice of a RELIGION. It could be a symbol of a RELIGION. It can be a picture of somebody practicing their RELIGION. So many possibilities!

Happy photo harvesting!

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Indianola Field Work

Last Friday night, as soon as the whistle blew ending my shift in the computer mine, I took off like a shot for Indianola. I was going there to take pictures of Kyle’s last football game, but I was also going there to try a new tenderloin.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association recently announced their winner for the 2021 Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin. The winner was Victoria Station in Harlan. The runner-up was Larsen’s Pub in Elk Horn.

The other finalists were Old Road Cafe & Bar in Emerson, Stalker’s Pub in Miles, and Z’s Eatery and Draught Haus in Indianola.

On Friday, we dined at Z’s Eatery and Draught Haus in Indianola.

My 5 word review is that it is a good but not great tenderloin, however, I’m not sure it is fair to really judge them for reasons I will get into.

Here are some cruddy cell phone pictures:


Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

Tenderloining at Z's Eatery and Draught House

A few things to not right off the bat. While Andy, Shannon, and Shannon’s Jason were all in attendance only Shannon gets credit for tenderloining. Andy wussed out at the last second and Shannon’s Jason is on some kind of diet.

Second, it was a little bit of a struggle to get the last few bites of this tenderloin down. Not because the tenderloin wasn’t good, but because we ordered two appetizers. I assumed we would get plenty of help on them, but Shannon’s Jason and his diet only allowed him to take a few hunks of meat off the loaded fries. He passed on the mozzarella logs.

Then, did I mention that Andy was being a wuss? He was also little to no help on the loaded fries because they had mustard and pickles on them. So I was forced, as a man of honor, to eat more than my equitable share.

However, I did finish the last few bites to get that picture of the empty plate. I did these even though I was given ample peer pressure to just move the remains of the sandwich off the plate and take a picture of a lie. I refused to take a picture of such a filthy lie! You know that I always speak 100% the truth. When it comes to tenderloins, it is 110% the truth. I ate every last bite of that tenderloin and took a picture of an empty plate. Empty that is, with the exception of a big old helping of the truth. Not all HEROes wear capes. Some indulge heavily on fried pork goodness.

But you already knew about my innate goodness, but what about the innate goodness of the tenderloin?

THE GOOD

+ Good bun.
+ Right kind of bun.
+ Good cut of meat. Good thickness.
+ Proper meat to bun ratio.
+ Good breading.

THE BAD

+ Bland tasting.
+ Bun was toasted, but barely.

THE UGLY

+ No onions

So the restaurant wasn’t serving onions because of the recent outbreak of food poisonings caused by onions. The onion is an essential part of the tenderloin experience. It makes it hard to judge this tenderloin completely. Perhaps onions would have made the sandwich less bland. In fact, I know it would have.

I do have high hopes for the winning tenderloin in Harlan. It is served in a 131 year-old steakhouse in what looks to be an old train depot. It is also served on Texas Toast and garlic aioli.

I’ll be getting that trip put on my calendar very soon. Jesse and Bill have already signed on. If you are interested, let me know. My guess is it will probably be a Sunday supper as they are only open from 4-9 on Sundays and Saturdays for the foreseeable future are dedicated to the Iowa State Cyclones.

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


WEEL 320 - HERO

But what is a HERO photo? A HERO photo is a picture of somebody that is considered a HERO. Might be a personal HERO of yours. Don’t everybody ask to take my picture at once. Once at a time… Or it can be a picture of a fictional character. It can be somebody you know in everyday life or like in the theme reveal image it can be somebody you have never met. This week is Halloween. I bet you will see all sorts of people out and about dressed like HEROes. That is a happy coincidence, though. The order of the themes were selected randomly last November.

Happy photo harvesting!

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!