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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 99 – YELLOW

YELLOW really got the old creative juices flowing. I’d reckon that there is close to a record number of submissions this week.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see this week’s submissions. Here they are:


WEEK 99 - YELLOW - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 1
Brooke Milligan 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 2
Brooke Milligan 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 1
Logan Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 2
Logan Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 3
Logan Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augustin 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 3
Teresa Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 4
Teresa Kahler 4

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 1
Bill Wentworth 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 2
Bill Wentworth 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

What an incredible week of submissions!

I wish I could tell you the remaining themes are as easily accessible as YELLOW and SKY, but they aren’t. There are some challenging ones in there. But I know you guys are up to the challenge!

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 100 - COLD
COLD!


COLD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain COLD. It is a temperature that we haven’t felt much of lately here in the middle of the Cyclone State. But it is more than just a temperature. People can be COLD. Actions can be COLD. Feel free to define COLD any way you see fit!

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very frigid Monday!

Pie in Micky’s Face

Last year’s Battle for the Cup came down to a tie again this year. Instead of having a rigged turtle race to determine The Witch, the two tied combatants decided to roll with an old fashioned Pie In Your Face competition.

Here are a few pictures from the battle:


Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Michelle is the new The Witch. There was a peaceful transfer of power from Cathie to Michelle at Zeno’s in Marshalltown. A good time was had by all.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 91 – PORTRAIT

A good solid set of submissions for PORTRAIT as we head down the homestretch of this year’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 1
BILL WENTWORTH 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 2
BILL WENTWORTH 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
STEPHANIE KIM


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT -
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
CARLA STENSLAND 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 2
CARLA STENSLAND 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 1
MIKE VEST 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
MIKE VEST 2


What a great week of submission!

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 92 - NATURE
NATURE!


NATURE! What a great theme! I know getting out in NATURE might be outside of the comfort zone of some people, but trust me. It isn’t scary out there. Unless you go out to your favorite State Park and it is lousy with a bunch of posers. Only showing up when the weather is nice. Taking up space and getting in the way. But I don’t talk from personal experience. Lousy stinking posers!

But I digress. There is NATURE everywhere. Even people living in cities, have access to NATURE. That being said, there is more than one definition of NATURE. I’d tell you another one, but I bet you own a dictionary. If you don’t, they sell them at book stores. Field trip!

Good luck! I can’t wait to see the NATURE interpretations.

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very natural Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 90 – PURPLE

This week I had a technology snafu, so if you emailed in a picture before the 11 AM deadline and don’t see it posted, just email it to me again and I’ll get it up. Late, but I’ll get it up.

But you didn’t come here to talk all tommyrot about technology and snafus. You just want to see the submission for PURPLE:


WEEK 90 - PURPLE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
Angie DeWaard 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest 2

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett 1

WEEK 90 - PURPLE - LINDA BENNETT 2
Linda Bennett 2

A solid week of submissions!

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 91 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT!

PORTRAIT! What a great theme! I think everybody knows what a PORTRAIT is, but don’t think that you have to make this a formal portrait. A group of people awkwardly posed in front of some scene from nature. You CAN do that, but you don’t have to do that. Candids work great as well! Don’t think that a PORTRAIT has to be of a human subject. Animals make great portraits. So do inanimate objects. Don’t think that a PORTRAIT has to be of a face. Think creatively and feel free to define the theme any way you see fit!

HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very portraity Monday!

Happy Birthday to…

One of the smartest and most talented and most interesting people I know!


2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth
Happy birthday Steph!

For those of you who don’t have the good fortune to know Stephanie, she is in the bunny glasses.

Unrelated, for some reason Michelle from day job made this video. Enjoy:




As always, if you are an email subscriber to this here blog, you will have to go to the website to watch the video. It is 16 seconds long and it is glorious!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 85 – HIGH PERSPECTIVE

It was cold and rainy in central Iowa this week. It was a tough week to get out there and get this challenge done. However, several people were able to pull it off. Kudos to them for getting a HIGH PERSPECTIVE!

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you want to see the submission for HIGH PERSPECTIVE:


WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - BECKY PERKOVICH
Becky Perkovich

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 1

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker 3

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 85 - HIGH PERSPECTIVE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

Although no dudes participated this week. Where are all my dudes at? Bill? Micky? Vest? Dustin? Jesse? Dude who has yet to participate but secretly wants to participate?

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 86 - WEATHER
WEATHER!

WEATHER! What a great theme! A WEATHER picture could be anything weather related. The wind blowing on a tree. A cloud in the sky. A water puddle. A thermometer. A rain gauge. A weather vane. You’ll figure it out!

As always! Feel free to define the theme any way you want!

It also be noted that if you have suggestions for the next 52 themes, you’re best to start leaving your suggestions in the comments section of this here blog.

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

We are proud to announce that Glenn and Tamara Peterson are the latest people to show taste, class, and sophistication by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. Glenn and Tamara are food aficionados and have lead me straight to many a wonderful dining experience. They go to my church and are selfless in their devotion. In short, they are two of the best people that I know. If you see them out and about walking the mean streets of Boone, feel free to give them a knowing look and show them the super-secret Photography 139 Handshake.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION

Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very weathered Monday!

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
– No photos like the ones below







2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

March

Now would be a good time to check in on the Selfie Project. I’ve attempted and failed at this project 3 times now. The farthest I’ve ever made it is 116 days. I feel like this just might be the year.

Here are some of my favorites from March:


Selfie Project - March 1
March 1

Selfie Project - March 4
March 4

Selfie Project - March 5
March 5

Selfie Project - March 7
March 7

Selfie Project - March 8
March 8

Selfie Project - March 9
March 9

Selfie Project - March 11
March 11

Selfie Project - March 12
March 12

Selfie Project - March 13
March 13

Selfie Project - March 15
March 15

Selfie Project - March 21
March 21

Selfie Project - March 22
March 22

Selfie Project - March 24
March 24

Selfie Project - March 27
March 27

Selfie Project - March 28
March 28

I do post these daily on Instagram. You can follow me here: @christopherdbennett

Li’l JT Sr.

A few weeks back Micky and I hopped in his wife car and traveled to exotic North Ankeny to visit Michelle, Craig, Lily, and the newest addition to their family… Levi.

I didn’t actually getting any pictures of Levi, but here are some pictures of Lily:


Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

Lily

I have to give Micky some props. It was amazing how quickly Lily warmed up to him. He is the toddler whisperer. A skill that will no doubt come in handy on our future snake hunting adventures.