Harder to Forgive

I love the songs I hated when I was young
Because they take me back where I come from
When every broken heart seemed like the end
When everyone was someone different then

But I can’t be alone in a crowded room
Where my thoughts, they run like water down a flume
There are days when I will let the darkness rise
I don’t always choose to stay on the sunny side

Yes, my life has seen some wasted time
I have suffered for the peace inside my mind
And some things are better left unsaid
While some things work out different when they’re in your head

But I’m not sorry for the things I say
Sometimes I let my mouth just run away
And I believe that all souls are born kind
And that all love lost comes back in time

And even if the world is really round
And all the maps are painted upside down
So if you stand in one place for too long
Everything around you will be gone

Well, I’m not gonna miss you when I go
Now the part of me that’s left wants you to know
That I’m not gonna jump towards the light
The one to believe choose the night

Sometimes I pretend we never met (ooh)
Because it’s harder to forgive than to forget
Sometimes it’s harder to forgive
-Brandi Carlile

This is the second to last song title I’m going use as a journal entry title from Brandi’s 2018 album “By the Way, I Forgive You”. Obviously the theme of the album is forgiveness and it spawns from Brandi’s forgiveness of a Pastor.

She said this in a NPR interview:

Well,(forgiveness) it kind of appeared out of my record, and my writing process, like a sculpture would appear when you take the pieces of stone away that don’t belong: I didn’t realize that that’s what I was writing about until I was looking back on it. But it’s a word that I think is kind of evangelicalized … or glossed over by kind of a “hashtag blessed” way of looking at it. It’s a really radical and ugly, difficult process that, you know, great beauty comes from.

She took to social media to write about the pastor and to urge people to share their stories about forgiveness. This is what she wrote:

I forgive you for deciding not to baptize me when I was a teenager for being gay.
It was not so much that you wouldn’t or couldn’t do it because of the tenants put in place by the baptist rules and traditions, but because you waited until all my family and friends were present and waiting in the pews for the ceremony.

I don’t believe you did it to humiliate me – I think you struggled with the decision and simply ran out of time… I think you probably still do struggle with it.

I’d like you to know that I still love you and that I understand we’re all on a journey together, trying our best to walk through the world with honor and dignity – but what I want you to know most of all is that you did not damage my faith. Not in god, not in humanity and not in myself.

The experience inspired me to help other gay kids and my spiritual LGBTQ brothers and sisters come to terms with the disappointments they’ve endured on the rugged road to peace and acceptance. I think you’d appreciate that process.

You’ve helped far more people than you’ve hurt and you helped me too.

Thank you

I admire Brandi for her forgiveness and for not letting this pastor damage her faith in god, humanity or herself. It is easier to say you forgive than it is to actually forgive and that is another reason I admire Brandi.

But enough on forgiveness. I need to share some flower pictures, since Thursdays are for flowers and if I don’t share some flowertography some you may not forgive me. Others won’t forgive me because I will share flowertography. I forgive those people too.

These flower pictures were taken of the red bud trees in Red Haw State Park near Chariton. I’m sharing more than usual, so buckle up:


Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

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Red Haw State Park Red Buds

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I know there are people that will hate this technique. I get it, but I think it is okay in the right way. Is this the right way? I’ll let the people being the judge.

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

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Red Haw State Park Red Buds

Red Haw State Park Red Buds

I don’t know if anybody else experiences this or this is a failing that is exclusive to me, but on occasion I’m photographing a place this is just so naturally beautiful, but I get the feeling I’m absolutely failing to remotely do it justice in any way shape or form. This is one of those times.

Sometimes I get back home and start scrolling through the pictures on the big screen and that feeling wins. I didn’t do it justice. This wasn’t one of those times. I’m actually pleased with these images. Even if I am danger of breaking an arm to pat myself on my back.

Red Haw State Park was hit by a tornado in 2022. You can definitely tell it was hit pretty hard as there are so many trees gone and parts of the park that still aren’t open. I can only imagine how beautiful it was before the tornado.

The next collection of flower images will come from flowers in my yard.

Scott County Aux. – Vol. 2

Time to share another collection of images taken while harvesting the town signs of Scott County. Every single last one of these pictures was taken in Le Claire. Le Claire is probably the best town in Scott County. If you like artsy stuff and antiques, it is a definite must visit. Not just because it is the home of Antique Archaeology, the store made famous by the show American Pickers. But that part is pretty cool too.


Scott County - Le Claire

Scott County - Le Claire

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If you are wondering, the bird I took like 100 pictures of is a Great Blue Heron.

Still a ton of pictures from Scott County left to share!

WPC – WEEK 418 – SKY

SKY! A great theme, but was it the limit for the amount of people that would participate this week? You will have to keep scrolling to find out:

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 4, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
3-Susanna Funk – 2 weeks
4-Scott Degeneffe – 3 weeks
5-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
6-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks
7-Mary Green – 6 weeks (2)
8-Sara Lockner – 6 weeks
9-Mike Vest – 10 weeks
10-Sheri Fakhouri – 13 weeks
11-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks (2)
12-Logan Kahler – 14 weeks
13-Nathanial Brown – 15 weeks
14-Jesse Howard – 15 weeks
15-Tamara Peterson – 18 weeks
16-Alexis Stensland – 23 weeks
17-Mindi Terrell – 30 weeks (3)
18-Brandon Kahler – 54 weeks
19-Linda Bennett – 59 weeks
20-Sarah Toot – 60 weeks
21-Angie DeWaard – 64 weeks
22-Dawn Krause – 68 weeks
23-Kim Barker – 74 weeks
24-Joe Duff – 75 weeks
25-Teresa Kahler – 86 weeks (2)
26-Carla Stensland – 86 weeks
27-Micky Augustin – 88 weeks
28-Andy Sharp – 89 weeks
29-Bill Wentworth – 90 weeks
30-Cathie Morton – 94 weeks
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 95 weeks
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 97 weeks (2)
33-Kio Dettman – 99 weeks (2)

Heading into this week, this is the current map of states where submissions have come from:



Getting pretty full!

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 418 - SKY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 76 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WEEK 418 - SKY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WEEK 418 - SKY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 91 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone County, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone County, Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Cleveland, Ohio) – 7 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Cleveland, Ohio)

WEEK 418 - SKY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Cleveland, Ohio)

WEEK 418 - SKY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Vienna, Austria) – 69 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Munich, Germany)

WEEK 418 - SKY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) 14 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Oskaloosa, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 31 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (West Des Moines, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 96 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Britt, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 89 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - ERNIE REDD
Ernie Redd (Kentucky) – 1 week

WEEK 418 - SKY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Estes Park, Colorado) – 75 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Estes Park, Colorado)

WEEK 418 - SKY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Sahagun, Spain) – 5 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Washington D.C.) – 1 week

WEEK 418 - SKY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 87 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Spencer, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Stratford, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 90 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Lake Okoboji, Iowa) – 87 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Clay County Fair – Spencer, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnold’s Park, Iowa)

WEEK 418 - SKY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Des Moines, Iowa) – 98 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 61 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)

WEEK 418 - SKY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 418 - SKY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 418 - SKY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 11 weeks

35 participants! That is a great week! Thanks to Ernie’s first ever submission, we get to add Kentucky to the submission map!!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Austria
+ Colorado
+ Germany
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ Ohio
+ Pennsylvania
+ Spain
+ Texas
+ Washington D.C.

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Idaho
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Kentucky
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Hampshire
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Vermont
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

37 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over 70% of the way there!

The current states missing are:

+ Alabama
+ Alaska
+ Connecticut
+ Delaware
+ Hawaii
+ Indiana
+ Maine
+ Massachusetts
+ Mississippi
+ New Mexico
+ Rhode Island
+ Virginia
+ West Virginia

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ Alto del Perdon – Spain
+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico (General)
+ Isla Mujeres, Mexico
+ Riviera Maya, Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Ontario, Canada
+ Vallunareju Norte – Peru
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
+ Puenta de la Reina, Spain
+ St. John pied de port, France
+ Vienna, Austria
+ Munich, Germany

I took my picture about 140 miles from my front door, but still in Iowa. I continue not to contribute.

The big… huge… gargantuan milestone reached this week is Kio is the first person to ever hit the Triple Digit Club! WooHoo!!

But it wasn’t all good news. Sara’s streak ends at 6 and Suzie couldn’t build her streak to 2.

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 419 - BLACK & WHITE
BLACK & WHITE

BLACK & WHITE! If you know me at all, you know that this is my absolutely favorite theme!

What is a BLACK & WHTIE image? Bro! It is a BLACK & WHITE picture. Period. End of story.

But just a reminder. BLACK & WHITE photography is all about tones and textures. Remember that and you will do great.

While thinking on possible subjects for your BLACK & WHITE submission, meditate on the following quote and I no doubt you will take a great picture:

To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.
-Andri Cauldwell

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 BLACK & WHITE in this place that behind the scenes is all monochrome I should next Monday.

Tall & Meaty – Guthrie Center BBQ Competition

A couple weeks back Logan and Nathanial’s barbecue team Tall & Meaty competed in a barbecue contest in Guthrie Center. It was there second contest they have entered as a team. They also entered the Pufferbilly Days Barbecue Contest. This was the first year of the Guthrie Center contest. It was coupled with a car show and was a fundraiser for their FFA Chapter.

The entry fee included all the meat. Then they sold plates for $5 to people that came and got samples from all the competitors. Then they voted in the People’s Choice Awards.

I think it was pretty successful. There were 5 teams that entered and a ton of people showed up to try the food. There were also a ton of cars in the car show.

While this was only the second barbecue contest for Tall & Meaty they are way ahead of the game in branding. They already have a logo, a banner, and shirts!

I don’t know why but one I hear Tall & Meaty I can’t help but think of the Chamillionaire song “Ridin'”. I just think it is a natural to change the lyrics to make it an anthem for their barbecue team.

They see me rollin’
They hatin’
Patrollin’ and tryna catch me ridin’ dirty
Tryna catch me ridin’ dirty

It just screams me to change the words “ridin’ dirty” to “Tall and Meaty”.

My music’s so loud.
I’m sWanging’
They hopin that gon’ catch me tall and meaty.

I mean, I’m not going to rewrite it for them, but somebody should!

But I digress. It was an overnight contest. They got to Guthrie Center on Saturday evening. I met up with them Sunday morning about 9 AM.

Here are some pictures from the day:


Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

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Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

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Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

Tall and Meaty - Guthrie Center Barbecue Contest

They did very well. They won Best Side and they Won Grand Champion!

I think this is a wrap on their competitive barbecue season. They considered a contest in Denison, but they both have a wedding to shoot that weekend. For somebody that clearly doesn’t understand that you don’t schedule your wedding during college football season and if you absolutely have to, you do it on a Sunday or a Friday or a Thursday. Really, Thursday weddings are the best. All weddings should be on Thursdays.

Next Sunday’s food adventure will probably return to the type of food adventure where I go somewhere and eat food.

Until then…

They see me rollin’
They hatin’
Patrollin’ and tryna catch me tall and meaty
Tryna catch me tall and meaty…

Even More of a Foggy Morn on the Trail

Time for the final collection of images I took on a foggy January morning out walking the High Trestle Trail. What is different about many of the pictures from this collection from the ones in the previous collections is that many of these are taken with a telephoto lens. The reason for this is, that the longer a lens, the more compressed the background and foreground become. I wanted the effect of the bars across the bridge to be practically on top of one another. I don’t want to break my arm slapping myself on the back, but I was pretty pleased with the results.

As you know, I don’t do a very good job planning for the Iowa State Fair Photo Salon, but next year’s special theme class is “Leading Lines” and I would consider one of these pictures for an entry, if I remember they exist around the time the State Fair comes along. I’d also consider the Boone High Parking lot from Tuesday’s post as well. Although I have this believe that the photo judges don’t like drone pictures. But with all opinions on judges, they are just beliefs.

Here is the final collection:


Boone County Fair - 2022

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This wasn’t the last time I went to the High Trestle Trail Bridge this year. And I’m sure there are at least a couple more trips before this year is over. It is truly one of the most magical places in Iowa to visit.

Color the Wind – Four

This is the final collection of images from the trip I took to Clear Lake to Teresa to see the Color the Wind Festival. I can only reiterate that is pretty sweet and definitely worth checking out if you ever get the chance. A good chance that I’ll go check it out again next year.


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That is it for the Color the Sky Festival. Next Friday I will share some pictures from a trip to the What Cheer Flea Market.

Most of All

I haven’t seen my father in some time
But his face is always staring back at me
His heavy hands hang at the ends of my arms
And my colors change like the sea

But I don’t worry much about time lost
I’m not gunning for the dreams I couldn’t find
‘Cause he taught me how to walk the best that I can
On the road I’ve left behind

But most of all
He taught me to forgive
How to keep a cool head
How to love the one you’re with
And when I’m far into the distance
And the pushing comes to shove
To remember what comes back
When you give away your love

I haven’t heard my mother’s voice in a while
But her words are always falling out my mouth
My mind and spirit are at odds sometimes
And they fight like the north and the south

But I still care enough to bear the weight
Of the heaviness to which my heart is tethered
She taught me how to be strong and say goodbye
And that love is forever

But most of all
She taught me how to fight
How to move across the line
Between the wrong and the right
And when I’m turned out in the darkness
And the pushing comes to shove
To remember what comes back
When you give away your love

Give away your love
When you give your love away
Give away your love
-Brandi Carlile

I think everybody can relate to that song. Particularly anybody that has lost one or both of their parents. During an NPR interview Brandi was asked about this song. She said:

I watched both my parents lose their mothers last year. It was really interesting, because throughout the process of growing up, I listened to all of their grievances and gripes about their mamas, the things that kept them from answering the phone sometimes and all that stuff. And then as soon as those women were gone, it was like all memory of any of that immediately just evaporated, and it was all funny stories and good things. There are people that could criticize the way that we that we react towards our loved ones when they’re gone, and say that we make them inhuman or perfect — but then, there is the argument to be made that suddenly we see things for real for the first time.

That suddenly we see things for real for the first time…

But enough diving in the deep end. Thursdays are for flowers! This is the final collection of images I took on my usually annual trip to Pella to do some tulip flowertography. Some of my favorites are in this collection:


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Still Laughing - 2023

Still Laughing - 2023
This last picture features some AI Photoshop work in it, for fun.

There might be a State Fair picture or a Photography 139 Calendar image in that collection. Time will tell.

I’m already looking forward to my trip to Pella in 2024. If you would like to book a seat on the trip with me, you know where to find me. We can eat at #DutchFix.

The next set of flowertography pictures are taken on the same day, but are from Red Haw State Park.

Scott County Aux. – Vol. 1

Time to start sharing the auxiliary images from my trip to Scott County to harvest their town signs. Scott County was the second to last county I went to for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. It was a county I knew would be challenging cause of the Quad Cities, but it didn’t turn out to be so rough.

Here is the first collection, the first few pictures were taken on the way to Scott County:


Cedar County - Tipton
Tipton

Cedar County - Tipton

Cedar County - Tipton

Cedar County - Tipton

Cedar County - Tipton

Cedar County - Tipton

Scott County - New Liberty
New Liberty

Scott County - New Liberty

Scott County - Dixon
Dixon

Scott County - Dixon

Scott County - Donahue
Donahue

Scott County - Donahue

Scott County - Donahue

Scott County - Donahue

Scott County - Donahue

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County

Scott County - Princeton
Princeton

Scott County - Princeton

Scott County - Princeton

Scott County - Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead
Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

Scott County - Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

Scott County - Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

Scott County - Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead

Still so many picture left to share from this trip!

Rodan139: BHS Parking Lot

I recently too Rodan139 out for a flight to capture a picture of this year’s parking space paintings in the Boone High School parking lot. I think there are some good ones there this year. It makes me wonder how I would have painted my parking space if they did this when I was a senior in high school. Just kidding. I didn’t have a car when I was in high school. We were poor.

Anyways, here are the pictures:


Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

Rodan139: Boone High School Parking Lot - 2023

The next time Rodan139 takes the skies it will be a picture of another parking lot.