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NYC – Three

Here is another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse back in 2011. These pictures were all taken around the Statue of Liberty.


Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #62 – ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #62 – BETA

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

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!

Selfie Project – November

Yesterday I completed another successful month of THE SELFIE PROJECT. November really seemed to fly by, with the holiday and other commitments. I think there are some good pictures in here and somethings that I forgot even happened in November.

Here are some of my favorites:


Day 305 - November 1, 2021
November 1

Day 306 - November 2, 2021
November 2

Day 307 - November 3, 2021
November 3

Day 308 - November 4, 2021
November 4

Day 310 - November 6, 2021
November 6

Day 311 - November 7, 2021
November 7

Day 313 - November 9, 2021
November 9

Day 315 - November 11, 2021
November 11

Day 316 - November 12, 2021
November 12

Day 318 - November 14, 2021
November 14

Day 321 - November 17, 2021
November 17

Day 324 - November 20, 2021
November 20

Day 325 - November 21, 2021
November 21

Day 327 - November 23, 2021
November 23

Day 328 - November 24, 2021
November 24

Day 329 - November 25, 2021
November 25

Day 330 - November 26, 2021
November 26

Day 331 - November 27, 2021
November 27

Day 333 - November 29, 2021
November 29

Day 334 - November 30, 2021
November 30

I do like to share some of my favorite alternates, since there can only be ONE selfie a day. Here are those favorites:


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

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Hopefully December is a good month too!

Town Sign Project: Bremer County

A few weeks back after the semi-annual Howard Family Photo Shoot, I tooled around Bremer County harvesting their town signs. Here are some facts about Bremer County:

+ The population is 24,998 making it the 26th most populous county in Iowa. Below Benton County and above Washington County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Waverly.
+ Named after Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish feminist writer.
+ Home of Wartburg College.
+ Major highways are US-63, US-218, IA-3, IA-27, IA-93, and IA-188.
+ Adjacent counties are Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd, Black Hawk, Buchanan, and Butler.
+ Is currently at its peak population. Previous high was 24,820 in 1980.

Bremer County has a fair looking courthouse:


Bremer County Courthouse
Bremer County Courthouse in Waverly, Iowa.

The Bremer County Freedom Rock is located in Readlyn, Iowa:


Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

Bremer County Freedom Rock

With Bremer County conquered, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 47 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

47 counties completed. 47.5% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Bremer County:


Waverly, Iowa
Waverly, Iowa
WAVERLY WELCOMES YOU
SISTER CITY EISENACH, GERMANY
Population: 10,394 (+520)

Sumner, Iowa
Sumner, Iowa (Partially in Fayette County)
Welcome to Sumner
Population: 2,030 (+2)

Denver, Iowa
Denver, Iowa
Welcome to DENVER
The Mile Wide City
Population: 1,919 (+139)

Tripoli, Iowa
Tripoli, Iowa
TRIPOLI WELCOMES YOU
Population: 1,191 (-122)

Janesville, Iowa
Janesville, Iowa (Partially in Black Hawk County)
EST. 1849
JANESVILLE
WELCOME
The Oldest City in Bremer and Black Hawk County
Population: 1,034 (+104)

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn, Iowa
READLYN
“857 friendly PEOPLE”
& one old GRUMP
WELCOME TO READLYN
Population: 845 (+37)

Plainfield, Iowa
Plainfield, Iowa
PLAINFIELD
THE HEART OF A RURAL COMMUNITY
Population: 393 (-43)

Frederika, Iowa
Frederika, Iowa
Welcome to Frederika
Est. 1896
Gem of the Wapsie
Population: 204 (+21)

Horton, Iowa (Unincorporated)
Horton, Iowa (Unincorporated)
HORTON
Est. 1856

Maxfield, Iowa - Ghost Town
Maxfield, Iowa – Ghost Town
“Welcome to Maxfield”

I actually don’t think there is a bad town sign in Bremer County. Even the corporate art types like Sumner manage to be interesting. So I’m not awarding a worst town sign in Bremer County award.

Best in Show is very obvious. But if towns like Plainfield and Denver and Frederika weren’t in the same county as Readlyn they could very easily win Best in Show.


Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Best in Show – Bremer County

There is only one town with an alternate town sign:


Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Alternate

Readlyn, Iowa
Readlyn – Alternate


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT we will end up in Kossuth County.

WPC – WEEK 324 – NATURE

NATURE photography turned out to be in the NATURE of several people.

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


WEEK 324 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 324 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 324 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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:



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.

Think on the following quote while considering your BLUE possibilities:

Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.
-Jules Feiffer

I look forward to seeing your BLUE interpretations.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of NATURE in this place that I turn to when I’m feeling blue next Monday.

Boone FUMC Community Thanksgiving – 2021

Once again, this year my church hosted a free Thanksgiving meal for the community. Once again, due to the pandemic it was carryout only. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:



You can look at all the images by clicking on the link below. They haven’t been edited or curated:

Boone FUMC Thanksgiving – 2021

Hopefully next year we will be able to have people dine-in for Thanksgiving again.

NYC – Two

Here is another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse back in 2011. Most of these pictures are taken around Ellis Island, but some are taken where all the white collar criminals hang out. It was scary hanging out in such a bad neighborhood, but we got in and out without anybody getting us involved in shorting stocks.



By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

MORE RANDOM NYC – ELLIS ISLAND AND FINANCIAL DISTRICT

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

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!