All posts by Christopher D. Bennett

WPC – WEEK 463 – WINDOW VIEW

WINDOW VIEW! A great theme! But did enough people get a view to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 15, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
2-Elainie Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
3-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
4-Deanna McClain – 5 weeks (IA, MN)
5-Sara Lockner – 6 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
6-Suzie Brannen – 10 weeks (IA, MD)
7-Mike Vest – 9 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
8-Alexis Stensland – 12 weeks (IA)
9-Sabas Hernandez – 14 weeks (IA, OH)
10-Adam Gordon – 21 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Lowell Davis – 28 weeks (IA, MO)
12-Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
13-Brandon Kahler – 29 weeks (IA, MN)
14-Scott Degeneffe – 47 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL)
15-Sheri Fakhouri – 57 weeks (IA, NE)
16-Logan Kahler – 57 weeks (IA, MN)
17-Nathanial Brown – 59 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK, FL)
18-Tamara Peterson – 70 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Mindi Terrell – 74 weeks (IA) <2>
20-Linda Bennett – 103 weeks (KS, IA)
21-Sarah Toot – 104 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
22-Angie DeWaard – 108 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
23-Dawn Krause – 112 weeks (IA, IL)
24-Kim Barker – 118 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
25-Joe Duff – 119 weeks (TX, NY)
26-Teresa Kahler – 130 weeks (IA, NE)
27-Carla Stensland – 130 weeks (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) <2>
28-Micky Augustin – 132 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
29-Andy Sharp – 133 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL, MN, WI) <2>
30-Bill Wentworth – 134 weeks (NE, MO)
31-Cathie Morton – 136 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
32-Elizabeth Nordeen – 139 weeks (IA, OH)
33-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 141 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
34-Kio Dettman – 143 weeks (IA)

strong>Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must 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 and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks or the rules of the challenge or how to submit. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 71 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 75 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (North Grand Mall – Ames, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Ames, Iowa) – 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW -ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW -ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MCHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Ankeny, Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Senbon Tattoo – Boone, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 144 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone County Fair – Boone, Iowa) – 113 weeks

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Dawn Krause (Boone County Fair – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone County Fair Parade – Boone, Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone County Fair Parade)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone County Fair – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Boone County, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Early, Iowa) – 60 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW -  AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Childserve – Johnston, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 142 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 1355 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Texas) – 1 week

39 participants this week! This is a big number! Best we’ve done for several weeks!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (41)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

Here is the Year 11 list of places where submissions have been taken (submissions taken in each places):

+ Arkansas (16.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (7)
+ Florida (13)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (11)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (1041)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (40)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (10)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (18.5)
+ Nebraska (35)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (17)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (2)
+ Pennsylvania (21)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (41)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (2)
+ Wyoming (1)

32 states so far! 1 U.S. Territory! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA, IL, MN, WI) – 10
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR, FL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN) – 7
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) -5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO, AR, OK) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL, FL) – 3
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2
+ Dawn Krause – (IA, IL) – 2
+ Joe Duff (TX, NY) – 2
+ Lowell Davis (IA, MO) – 2

Andy now has a commanding lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jen, Jesse, Scott, and Nathanial remain in striking distance though.

The big milestones this week were Vest joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Linda joined the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! There were also no steaks snapped this week! WooHoo!

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:


WPC - WEEK 463 - ABSTRACT
ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

If you are confused by what an ABSTRACT image, think about ABSTRACT art:

Abstract photography is a style of art that uses photographic equipment to create images that are not immediately associated with the physical world. Abstract photographers use techniques like perspective, movement, and light to transform the world into unexpected and often unrecognizable images.

Basically, you are taking a picture where it doesn’t look like what you are taking a picture of. You can do this with the focus or the length of the exposure. That is just a couple of examples.

Here is a good quote from John Suler that might help:

“An abstract photograph draws away from that which is realistic or literal. It draws away from natural appearances and recognizable subjects in the actual world. Some people even say it departs from true meaning, existence, and reality itself. It stands apart from the concrete whole with its purpose instead depending on conceptual meaning and intrinsic form….Here’s the acid test: If you look at a photo and there’s a voice inside you that says ‘What is it?’….Well, there you go. It’s an abstract photograph.”

I look forward to your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of ABSTRACT in this place that loves the obtuse next Monday.

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 5

Bokeh Picture of the Week coming up!


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She’s a charmer!

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Time to share the food I knocked down on my work trip to New Orleans. This time I ate breakfast and it was so amazing that I wish I had eaten breakfast every, single day! So freakin’ good. I also ate lunch with Michelle at a food truck across the street from the Convention Center. Then I tried to eat supper at the Computer Mine Sales Team party but the food was just the worst thing ever. Hard to describe how terrible it was. So I ended up knocking down a street dog on Bourbon Street. No regrets there. One of the best hot dogs I’ve ever eaten!


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
I got the Breakfast Burrito with sausage.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
You can’t get a good chocolate milk outside of Iowa, but this wasn’t bad.

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I could have licked the plate, it was so good!

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I got the Smoked Sausage.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
It was pretty good.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
But what Michelle got was better.

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Sales “party”.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
I was so excited for the fried okra, but you can’t serve fried foods like this!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
This was the most serviceable food there.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
Gross. But free at least.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 5
A dang good Bourbon Street hot dog!

Jimmy J’s Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants I’ve ever been to. In fact, I went there for breakfast again the next day. Oh my, I’ve said too much.

So I haven’t been great about updating my quest to live healthier. But this is what I can say. I’m currently 3.8 pounds from my ultimate goal weight. And this week I earned a new FitBit Badge:



WooHoo me! I did a better job of getting steps in this week and I ate better… well until the weekend. I ate lots of Fair food. But that is okay. Not every day can be nutritional winners!

Will Make You Miss My Wretched Heart

This collection of glorious BLACK & WHITE images i took on July 6. I had a fairly lazy Saturday. I took a mini-road trip over to Jefferson for some A&W and had Jay, Willy, Monica, and Graham over for watermelon. But that was about all I did all day.


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This was Shorty & Doris’ farm.

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Only 1 day of alternate glorious BLACK & WHITE images left to share, but it might take several days to share them all. We’ll see.

Like Cuttin’ Her Down

Time to share another collection of alternate images for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme BLACK & WHITE. I took these glorious BLACK & WHITE pictures on July 5. I went over to Nevada to try what was allegedly great chicken from a gas station with Teresa and hosted Willy and Jay for FNSC and then a viewing of Dragon House. Or whatever that show is called.


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2 more days of glorious BLACK & WHITE images left to share!

When I’m Alone

I turned my back
You were gone in a flash
Like you always do
You’ve always gone off
Somewhere else

And when the phone rang
And I thought it was you
And I sprung like a kid
Who just got out of school
But it’s almost
Always never you
Never you

I scream like a child
My insides went wild

When I’m alone with you, you make me feel, you make me feel
When I’m alone with you, you are the one, you are the one
When I reach out and I only grab air
And it kills me to think
That you never did care and it’s hopeless
You’ve always run off somewhere else
I’m throwing a tantrum
Why are you such a phantom

When I’m alone with you, you make me feel, you make me feel
When I’m alone with you, you are the one, you are the one

When I’m alone with you, you make me feel, you make me feel
When I’m alone with you, you are the one, you are the one

Reminds me of home
When you’re around me
Next time you leave
Don’t go without me
No, don’t go, no!

When I’m alone with you, you make me feel, you make me feel
When I’m alone with you, you are the one, you are the one
-Written by Julian Emery, Elisabeth-Maurus, & James Lawrence Irving
-Performed by Lissie

I’ve recently been watching “Loudermilk”, a great show about the recovery community, and the third season features Lissie as a musician that gave up on her music dreams. It really got me into her music lately. And the music of Ben Rogers. Who is also great as an aspiring musician.

It is a show that has been of the air for a few years now, but I recommend it. It is currently streaming on Netflix.

But Thursdays are for flowers. Time for more tulip pictures from my trip to Pella.


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Still more Pella tulip pictures left to share.

And Now I’m Pickin’ Her Apart

Today is Alexis’ birthday. So I need to wish her a happy birthday.


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Happy birthday Alexis!

I hope it is a magical birthday! Dirty Slytherin…

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Time to share the final set of BLACK & WHITE pictures I took on the 4th of July that were alternates for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Most of these were taken at Scottie D.’s 4th of July Bash.


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4 days of glorious BLACK & WHITE images down! 3 more days to go.

When You Said it First to Me?

Time to share more of the alternate BLACK & WHITE images I took on the 4th of July. This collection concludes the tiem I spent in Ames on that day. Mostly watching a parade with the Gorshes.


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Still one more collection of glorious BLACK & WHITE pictures from this day left to share!

WPC – WEEK 461 – FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAIT! A great theme! But did enough people face a camera to make it a popular theme! You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Elainie Hernandez – 1 week (IA)
2-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week (IA)
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week (IA) <2>
4-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
5-Deanna McClain – 4 weeks (IA, MN)
6-Mary Green – 5 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
7-Sara Lockner – 5 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
8-Suzie Brannen – 9 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
9-Mike Vest – 8 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
10-Alexis Stensland – 11 weeks (IA) <2>
11-Sabas Hernandez – 13 weeks (IA, OH)
12-Adam Gordon – 20 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
13-Lowell Davis – 27 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
14-Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
15-Brandon Kahler – 28 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 46 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 56 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
18-Logan Kahler – 56 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
19-Nathanial Brown – 58 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK, FL)
20-Tamara Peterson – 69 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 73 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 102 weeks (KS, IA)
23-Sarah Toot – 103 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
24-Angie DeWaard – 107 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 111 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 117 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
27-Joe Duff – 118 weeks (TX, NY) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 129 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 129 weeks (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 131 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
31-Andy Sharp – 132 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL, MN, WI) <2>
32-Bill Wentworth – 133 weeks (NE, MO)
33-Cathie Morton – 135 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 138 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 140 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 142 weeks (IA) <2>

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must 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 and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:



32 states

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks or the rules of the challenge or how to submit. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Pella, Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 141 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Chariton, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 59 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 143 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Cool Basil – Clive, Iowa) – 57 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ADA M GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Ankeny, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 139 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 70 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Brushy Creek – Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Brushy Creek – Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 74 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 134 weks

35 participants this week! Not great, but not bad.

here were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (35)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

Here is the Year 11 list of places where submissions have been taken (submissions taken in each places):

+ Arkansas (16.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (7)
+ Florida (13)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (11)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (1000)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (39)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (10)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (18.5)
+ Nebraska (34)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (17)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (2)
+ Pennsylvania (20)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (39)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (2)
+ Wyoming (1)

32 states so far! 1 U.S. Territory! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA, IL, MN, WI) – 10
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR, FL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN) – 7
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) -5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO, AR, OK) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL, FL) – 3
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2
+ Dawn Krause – (IA, IL) – 2
+ Joe Duff (TX, NY) – 2
+ Lowell Davis (IA, MO) – 2

Andy now has a commanding lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jen, Jesse, Scott, and Nathanial remain in striking distance though.

The big milestones this were Suzie joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Sarah Toot joining the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Teresa and Carla joining the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows! Johnathan couldn’t build on his submission last week, and his streak is over before it begins. Jen’s streak comes to an end at 2. Mary’s streak is over at 5.

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:


WPC - WEEK 462 - WINDOW VIEW
WINDOW VIEW – Suggested by Sarah Toot

WINDOW VIEW! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! It can be a picture looking out a window. It can be a picture looking in to a window. The window possibilities are endless!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of WINDOW VIEW in this place that is a view of the world of some kind next Monday.

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 4

Another Bokeh Picture of the Week? You got it!


Bokeh Picture of the Week

On Friday Bokeh went in for her final set of puppy vaccines. She now weighs 35 pounds. This picture is of her waiting on me to pump some gas.

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Time to share the food I knocked down on Day 4 of my work trip to New Orleans. I didn’t eat breakfast again. I ate lunch at the convention center concession stand, which was a mistake. Then got tricked into going to supper with the sales team by Michelle, but it was worth it. The Butcher was one of the best meals I had on my trip.


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
Shrimp Po’ Boy from the Concession Stand.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
It was not good, but at least I got outside.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
I got the Moroccan Spiced Lamb.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
With marinated brussel sprouts.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
Michelle’s meal.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

The Butcher definitely made up for the Po’ Boy. It was a great meal!

Still 3 days left of New Orleans meals to share. Well 2.333333.

Remember When I Believed You Meant It

Time to share the alternate images for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme BLACK & WHITE that I took on July 4. In fact, I took so many pictures on that day, I’m going to split this into 3 days. The first day consists of pictures I took around Ames before and after watching the Independence Day Parade in Ames with the Gorshes.

Let’s get after it:

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Still 2 more collections of images from this day left to share.