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Selfie Project – September 2022

I knew September was not going to be as busy as August, but looking at these pictures it is hard not to wonder if I ever left my house. Being sick for about 4 or 5 days didn’t help, but really… I’ll try to do better in October.

Here are some of my favorite selfies from THE SELFIE PROJECT in October:


Day 244 - September 1, 2022
September 1

Day 245 - September 2, 2022
September 2

Day 246 - September 3, 2022
September 3

Day 247 - September 4, 2022
September 4

Day 248 - September 5, 2022
September 5

Day 250 - September 7, 2022
September 7

Day 251 - September 8, 2022
September 8

Day 252 - September 9, 2022
September 9

Day 253 - September 10, 2022
September 10

Day 254 - September 11, 2022
September 11

Day 256 - September 13, 2022
September 13

Day 257 - September 14, 2022
September 14

Day 258 - September 15, 2022
September 15

Day 260 - September 17, 2022
September 17

Day 261 - September 18, 2022
September 18

Day 262 - September 19, 2022
September 19

Day 266 - September 23, 2022
September 23

Day 267 - September 24, 2022
September 24

Day 268 - September 25, 2022
September 25

Day 271 - September 28, 2022
September 28

Day 272 - September 29, 2022
September 29

While there can only be one picture to represent every day, thought I would share some of my favorite alternates from September.


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

I will try to be more active again in October, but I make no promises. Maybe the slacker lifestyle agrees with me?

Appanoose County Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I cruised around Appanoose County harvesting their town signs. Found quite a few other things to photograph while I was there. Including, in this collection, a few outhouse pictures. I find the outhouse pictures to be poignant, moving, and funny. But some people might find them disagreeable. But they are not gross. All that being said, you have been warned.


Monroe County - Lovilia
Lovillia

Monroe County - Lovilia

Appanoose County - Moravia
Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
I’ve also read that this is a myth. More research might be needed.

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
There are 100 official Freedom Rocks, but there are a few not quite Freedom Rocks out there too.

Appanoose County - Udell
Udell – This bank still has better hours and customer service than my bank.

Appanoose County - Udell

Appanoose County - Unionville
Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville
Heart shaped!

Appanoose County - Unionville

The picture of the Buxton sign is located in Monroe County. Buxton is a fascinating bit of Iowa history. I meant to visit the Buxton ruins once, but I just didn’t trust the road. Some day soon though.

WPC – WEEK 367 – SIGNS

It is our monthly time to look at the WPC FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. It isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique?

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.

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Was SIGNS a popular theme? You’ll have to scroll down to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 19, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 9 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks
+ Mary Green – 13 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 17 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 23 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 25 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 26 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 35 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 35 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 35 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 36 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 37 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 38 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 39 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 43 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 44 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 46 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 49 weeks (4)

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 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 9 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 26 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 24 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 18 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 38 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 39 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 44 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 10 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

27 participants this week! That is a good week!

Recently I’ve become curious where pictures were taken that have been submitted and decided to put together a little map of what states submissions have been taken from. It might not be 100% accurate, but I think it is pretty darn accurate. It doesn’t include submissions from foreign countries like France and Spain and Mexico, off the top of my head. That would be another project. Here is that map:


WPC - Submissions Map

Obviously a heavy cluster around the midwest. But in a way, it does stretch from coast to coast. If you look closely, even D.C. is represented.

This week, I believe the states of Iowa, Alaska, California, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are represented.

My picture was taken about 55 miles east of my front door, as the crow flies. Down US-30.

You might notice that Monica’s streak is back and magically intact. Maybe. I have no comment on the matter at this time.

There were not streaks broken, but there were a few milestones reached. Sarah reached double digits on her streak. Joe reached the Half-a-Year Club with his streak! Congratulations to you both!

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 368 - RUINS
RUINS

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

But what is a RUINS photo? It is simply a picture of something that has been abandoned, forgotten. Something that is rusting. Dilapidated. No longer being properly maintained. Or improperly maintained. This is one of my Top 5 favorite themes! It can be an old building. An old car. Just for examples. But there are a lot of things out there that have been abandoned. Forgotten. That are wasting away. Waiting for you to immortalize them through the art of photography.

While considering what you want to immortalize, meditate on the following quote:

Ruin is when man-made has become a part of nature.
-Marco Casagrande

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 RUINS in this place that will someday become a part of nature next Monday.

Mitchell and Floyd Aux – Vol. 3

Time for another collection of images from my road trip to Mitchell and Floyd County back in April. This is the final collection of images from this road trip. A few counties are covered in this collection. Mitchell. Floyd. Franklin. Hamilton. All covered. Well at least there are pictures from all of those counties in this collection.


Mitchell County - Osage
Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

Mitchell County - Interstate Park
Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Interstate Park

Mitchell County - Mitchell
Mitchell

Mitchell County - Osage
Osage

Floyd County - Colwell
Colwell

Floyd County - Colwell

Floyd County - Colwell

Floyd County - Colwell

Floyd County - Charles City
Charles City

Floyd County - Floyd
Floyd

Floyd County - Rockford
Rockford

Floyd County - Rockford

Floyd County - Rockford

Floyd County - Rockford

Floyd County - Rockford

Floyd County - Fossill & Prairie Center
Fossil & Prairie Center

Floyd County - Fossill & Prairie Center

Floyd County - Fossill & Prairie Center

Floyd County - Marble Rock
Marble Rock

Floyd County - Marble Rock

Floyd County - Marble Rock

Floyd County - Marble Rock

Floyd County - Roseville
Roseville

Franklin County
Franklin County

Franklin County

Franklin County

Hamilton County - Ellsworth
Ellsworth

I really love some of the auxiliary pictures from this collection. If my tentative plan to create a book from the auxiliary images comes to fruition (have to get the THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT book finished first) there is definitely some pictures from this trip that will make the book.

The next county we will visit for auxiliary images is Johnson County. It will be a smaller collection. This isn’t because Johnson County is full of Hawkeye fans. Truth is I love Iowa City and will one day make a trip to better photograph its campus town area. It is just because it was a weird, strange and abbreviated trip. I might explain later.

Mitchell and Floyd Aux – Vol. 2

Time for another collection of images from my road trip to Mitchell and Floyd County back in April. Most of the pictures were taken in Mitchell County.


Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar
Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Mona
Mona

Mitchell County

Mitchellville - Toeterville
Toeterville

Mitchellville - Toeterville

Mitchell County - Stacyville
Stacyville

Mitchell County - Stacyville

Mitchell County - Stacyville

Mitchell County - Meyer
Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - McIntire
McIntire

Mitchell County - McIntire

Mitchell County - McIntire

Mitchell County - Riceville
Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County

Mitchell County - New Haven
New Haven

Mitchell County - Osage
Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

I really liked Osage. It is a town I would like to explore again in the future. It goes on the list! One more collection from this road trip to go!

Mitchell and Floyd Aux – Vol. 1

Way back in April, I cruised around Mitchell and Floyd County harvesting their town signs. The weather and the lighting was great for photography and I took as much advantage of it as I could. There will be three collections of auxiliary images from this road trip.

Here is the first collection:


Mitchell County- Carpenter
Carpenter

Mitchell County - Otranto
Otranto

Mitchell County - Otranto

Mitchell County - Otranto

Mitchell County - Otranto

Mitchell County - Otranto

Mitchell County - Fort Severson
Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Fort Severson

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar
Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Fort Severson. This is a fascinating bit of history to me. For starters, it isn’t a fort. It is a barn. A cool barn. But not a fort.

Here is what the inscription says on the historical marker outside of the barn:

Built in 1867 by Nils Severson on his land with help of neighbor’s using limestone and mortar of lime & sand from Deer Creek. Severson’s design was a typical fort with small openings for rifles and larger openings for gatling guns. The Spirit Lake Massacre and uprising at New Ulm Minnesota prompted the building of forts across North Iowa. This is the only one left standing. Although Indians never came there were some scares. Settlers would come from as far as ten miles to stay here. The building was later used as a stage coach stop on a route between Northwood and St. Ansgar on the Kansas City, Rochester Minnesota stage line. As many as 20 people would sleep on the top floor, meals were served on the first floor. Immigrants would stay while looking for land to settle on. It became a farm building in the 1870’s after the railroad came through. Restored in 1972 by local people as a United States bicentennial project. Use of fort & site donated by David & Judy Goplerud. Placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in July 1976.

Seems straight forward. They were scared of the indigenous people in the area. They built a fort. Where they had gatling guns. This is the inscription that is on the historical marker. However, the Mitchell County Historical County calls BS on this marker. According to their website:

Actually, it’s just a barn but where’s the fun in that? It’s long been called Fort Severson by Mitchell and Worth County residents. Actually, the term “Fort” was a common designation on the American frontier for larger secure structures built by early pioneers. These included some churches, a remote farm house or other safe place to stay when needed. People often found themselves away from more populated areas on the prairie and needed good shelter. Sadly, it never actually acted as a “fort” for protection.

But that takes away nothing from the structure itself. Solidly and skillfully constructed of local limestone and timber from surrounding woodlands, it has survived since the mid 1850s.

The website goes on:

Rumors of the structure being used for Indian protection and being a stagecoach stop have made for good stories over the years. Many will say the small openings were for defense of the “Fort” during anticipated attacks but that was not the case- No rifles or Gatling guns (as one account speculates) ever extended through those openings. The Spirit Lake Massacre in 1857 and the New Ulm Massacre in 1862 were over long before the “Fort” was built and the Indians that passed through the area, scouting along Deer Creek, were not a threat but were known to approach the settlers’ homes seeking food. These framed openings were in fact for ventilation of the barn. Not near as exciting as the rumors. The stage line to Northwood did pass by the Seversons. Tradition said that the “Fort” was used as a stop with the wagon teams staying below and the passengers stayed above on the loft space. Again, another good story. There was no chimney or heating source in the “Fort” and this was not a regular stage stop but weary travelers were likely accommodated in a nearby frame structure, now long gone, that was the actual inn and only the teams would have been sheltered in the Nels Severson Barn.

I assume the historical society is correct, but makes me wonder why the historical marker is so completely inaccurate.

More from this trip still to come.

Dickinson and Emmet Aux – Vol. 2

This is the second and final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Dickinson and Emmet County. A few are taken in Humboldt County and the final picture is taken in Greene County. Some of the trips to harvest town signs are very long and sometimes I don’t eat or barely eat on these trips. While I was harvesting town signs out west and northwest, I would consistently hit up the A&W drive-thru in Jefferson. So delicious! I would gladly trade Boone’s Evil Clown Empire Outpost AND the Burger King that is allegedly opening back up in a couple months for an A&W. No regrets. The last picture is from that Jefferson A&W drive-thru. Miss you! I will come see you again soon.

Here is the final collection of images from Dickinson and Emmet County:


Dickinson County - Superior
Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
I can only imagine putting 32 quarters in the slot to get my 1000 gallons of water.

Emmet County - Estherville
Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
Little known fact – Meteors aim for Iowa.

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
Actual chunk of the meteorite.

Emmet County - Wallingford
Wallingford – He-s looking to see where the rest of his hat went.

Emmet County - Gruver
Gruver

Emmet County - Armstrong
Armstrong

Humboldt County - Bradgate
Bradgate

Humboldt County - Bradgate

Humboldt County - Bradgate

Greene County - Jefferson
Mmmmmm… Fried Cheese Curds (Not available at B-Bop’s, for the record)

The next time we hit the open road to view some of the auxiliary images I took while harvesting town signs for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Mitchell and Floyd County.

FAT MUM SLIM – AUGUST 2022

Another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. Think there is some good work in there this week. Having so much going on in August certainly helped. We’ll see how September goes.

Here are the August images:


August 1
August 1 – I AM…

August 2
August 2 – I LOVE THIS COLOUR

August 3
August 3 – I WALKED HERE…

August 4
August 4 – I LIKE TO…

August 5
August 5 – I LIKE THIS TIME OF DAY…

August 6
August 6 – I LOVE…

August 7
August 7 – I MADE THIS…

August 8
August 8 – I WORK HERE…

August 9
August 9 – I HELD THIS…

August 10
August 10 – I WROTE THIS…

August 11
August 11 – I SAW…

August 12
August 12 – I LIKE TO DRINK…

August 13
August 13 – I STOOD HERE…

August 14
August 14 – I DO THIS ON SUNDAYS…

August 15
August 15 – I ONCE…

August 16
August 16 – I NEVER…

August 17
August 17 – I WENT TO…

August 18
August 18 – I READ THIS…

August 19
August 19 – I DID THIS GOOD THING…

August 20
August 20 – I LOVE THIS VIEW…

August 21
August 21 – I DON’T LIKE TO…

August 22
August 22 – ON MONDAYS I…

August 23
August 23 – I SAT HERE…

August 24
August 24 – I LIKE TO EAT…

August 25
August 25 – I HAVE TO…

August 26
August 26 – I WORE THIS…

August 27
August 27 – ON WEEKENDS I…

August 28
August 28 – I WATCHED THIS…

August 29
August 29 – I CAN…

August 30
August 30 – I CAN’T…

August 31
August 31 – I BELIEVE…

Remember you can follow these as they drop on the daily on my dedicated FatMumSlim Instagram account @FMSBENNETT.

Here are the prompts for September:

September 1: Something I Saw
September 2: Plastic
September 3: Paper
September 4: Somewhere I Went
September 5: Hobby
September 6: Green + Blue
September 7: Before Bed
September 8: An Emotion
September 9: Opposites
September 10: I Can Hear…
September 11: Paint
September 12: Symmetry
September 13: Tasty
September 14: Odd One Out
September 15: A Food Shop
September 16: 12:34
September 17: Lucky
September 18: Car Park
September 19: What’s on TV
September 20: Texture
September 21: Nature
September 22: Tree Trunk
September 23: Crunchy
September 24: I Can Smell…
September 25: Laneway
September 26: The Moon
September 27: Open Door
September 28: My Culture
September 29: Not My Style
September 30: Sentimental

Should be a good month. I think there are some good prompts in there. The woman who runs this challenge is Australian. There must be some Australian things in here cause I have no clue what a “Car Park” or a “Laneway” is, but I’ll find out.

Dickinson and Emmet Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I made a trip up to and through Dickinson and Emmet County to harvest their town signs. I had already harvested a good chunk of Dickinson County earlier. I really need to do a better photo experience in the Okoboji area cause on this trip I didn’t explore much. I got to see a little bit more of the area when I went camping with Carla and Jason several weeks later. I’ll share those pictures at a later date.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from that trip. Some of these are taken in Clay County:


Clay County - Peterson
Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Dickinson County - Terril
Terril – Happy Timers? How do you not have a smiley face on your yellow building?!?!?

Dickinson County - Terril

Dickinson County - West Okoboji
West Okoboji

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park
Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Okoboji
Okoboji

Dickinson County - Okoboji

Dickinson County - Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake

Dickinson County - Orleans
Orleans

Dickinson County - Orleans

Dickinson County - Superior
Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Are you wondering about the “Ghost Train”? It is located between Spirit Lake and Superior and was once part of the Spirit of the Lakes dinner train. Those cars are trapped there as the tracks have been removed on both sides, so even if somebody wanted to move them, they are stuck.

This is from a WHO story in 2014:

The Iowa Northwestern Dinner Train started in 2003 on a track which had been abandoned by Union Pacific. The line served meals and gave rides out of the Spirit Lake area. It didn’t last long, operations stopped about nine years ago. Since that time, its passenger cars and kitchen dinning car have been parked on a rail siding near Superior, Iowa.

Vandals have broken windows and dismantled seats. Many things used in the operation of the Dinner Train were left behind, including an electric food warmer, coffee dispensers, plates and Christmas decorations.

Most of the article is about how awesome the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train is. I actually have never rode that train. I need to get on that.

There is one more collection of images from this trip to share.

Black Hawk County Aux – Vol.2

This is the second and final collection of images from my time spent in Black Hawk County. On this trip I spent no time in Waterloo and next to no time in Cedar Falls because of time constraints and I frankly don’t spend much time in larger towns on these trips. But mostly cause of time constraints. However, the major thing I missed, that I wanted to see, was there is a dairy near Hudson that has kangaroos. Kangaroos! Yeah, let is soak in. Kangaroos! I will get there some day.

Here is the second collection of auxiliary images:


Black Hawk County - La Porte City
La Porte City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City
Worst. Store. Ever. – Actually they had some really cool stuff. See the next picture.

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City
I love a fine sausage… but they weren’t open.

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County - La Port City

Black Hawk County

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown

Marshall County - Marshalltown
I need to go back and see this with plants in it.

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Zeno’s – If you know, you know. If you don’t. Now you do.

Marshall County - Marshalltown
Van Gogh’s Marshalltown days are not talked about enough.

The next county that we will hit up for some auxiliary images is Dickinson and Emmet.