Category Archives: Carla

Junk Jaunt

Back in October I went on a Junk Jaunt with Carla and Teresa. I didn’t buy much, a few stickers here and there, but I did have a great time and saw many interesting things.

Here are some pictures from the day:


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Hopefully we will be able to go on one of these again next year!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SILENCE:


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 384 – RED

RED. A great color. I don’t know a person who doesn’t look great in cardinal. However, was RED a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (2)
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week
4-Sara Lockner – 1 week
5-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Tamara Peterson – 11 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 22 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 25 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 26 weeks (4)
11-Angie DeWaard – 30 weeks
12-Dawn Krause – 34 weeks
13-Kim Barker – 40 weeks
14-Joe Duff – 41 weeks
15-Logan Kahler – 43 weeks (3)
16-Teresa Kahler – 52 weeks (2)
17-Carla Stensland – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 54 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 55 weeks
20-Bill Wentworth – 56 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 60 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 61 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 63 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

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 384 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 57 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 42 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 26 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 27 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 61 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 384 - RED - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 35 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 41 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks


29 participants! That is an awesome week! The best so far this year!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Florida and Missouri are new additions to the map, Making this year’s list:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

That is 9 states. We’ve covered almost 20% of the states!

Once again, I did not help. I took my picture in my living room. But Nathanial and Cathie filled in a couple more states for us!

It wasn’t all good news though. Willy’s couldn’t extend his streak to 2 weeks.

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 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

While considering a place of SILENCE for you to photograph, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will capture a great SILENCE image:

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
-Mother Teresa

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 SILENCE in this place that’s anything but next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 383 – REFLECTION

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a holiday that celebrates the the great civil rights leader. If you have never had a chance to visit the Civil Rights Museum that is near where he was assassinated in Memphis, I highly recommend it.


Civil Rights Museum

I won’t wish you a “Happy” Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I do hope that you spend some time today learning more about the civil rights struggle in this country. Cause it is very far from over.

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REFLECTION! A popular photographic technique. But was it a popular WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Mike Vest – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 24 weeks
9-Sarah Toot – 25 weeks
10-Angie DeWaard – 29 weeks (3)
11-Dawn Krause – 33 weeks
12-Kim Barker – 39 weeks
13-Joe Duff – 40 weeks
14-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (2)
15-Teresa Kahler – 51 weeks
16-Carla Stensland – 51 weeks (2)
17-Michelle Haupt – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 53 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 54 weeks (2)
20-Bill Wentworth – 55 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 59 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 60 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 62 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

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 383 - REFLECTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 25 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada) – 26 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 56 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 30 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 41 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 40 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 2 weeks

25 participants! That is another solid week!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Texas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

Nevada was a new one for this year. Making this year’s list:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Arkansas
+ Texas
+ Pennsylvania
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

I took my picture in my yard. So once again, I didn’t venture very far.

I’m most excited about a newcomer to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Nathanial Brown! He made his first ever submission! Nathanial is one of the most talented photographers I know. He was a judge the last two Pufferbilly Days Photo Contests and he got 3 photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

Remember, you don’t have to be as talented or a professional like Nathanial to participate. Just a love for photography.

There were two huge milestones reached this week. Both Teresa and Carla reached the 52 Week Streak Club! Is it a coincidence that they are sisters? Is it a coincidence that they are my sisters?

But it wasn’t all great news. Suzie couldn’t extender her participation into a 2 week streak. Jesse’s 2 week streak is gone. Sabas’ 4 week streak is gone. Becky’s 4 week streak is gone. And Michelle’s 52 week streak is nothing more than a distant memory.

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 384 - RED
RED

RED! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

While considering possible subjects for your RED image, meditate on the following quote and I’m sure you will come up with a great image:

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
-Bill Blass

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of RED!

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 RED in this place that’s favorite shade of RED is cardinal next Monday.

I Got My Swim Trunks and My Flippie Floppies

Full intellectual honest, I hate flippie floppies and don’t own a pair. The worst “shoes” ever designed by, I don’t know, the devil! I could write for hours about how they are terrible. They are so terrible, I don’t even like to see other people wearing them.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the second half of the photo collection of me on a boat. Everybody look at me, cause I’m on a boat!


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If you’re on the shore, then you’re sure not me, oh!

The next time we visit a county to look at auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Allamakee County.

On a Boat Like Leo

Happy Friday the 13th to those who celebrate! I celebrate by going to Jimmy’s for their free sandwich Friday the 13th special. I’ll see you there.

This is a good time to share more pictures from my camping trip with Carla and Jason. I actually had to cut the camping trip shorter than I wanted because I had to drive from Spirit Lake to Johnston for a little kid’s birthday party. So I didn’t get to stay through until Sunday. Hopefully I get a chance to go camping with Carla and Jason again this year and won’t have to leave early.

We still had a pretty cool day with the time I was there. We visited the site of the Spirit Lake “Massacre” and then we tooled around I think 3 of the Great Lakes of Iowa. On a boat!


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Still more pictures from this trip to share!

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is REFLECTION:


WEEK 383 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION

REFLECTION! What a great theme to kick of Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what in tarnation is a REFLECTION picture. It is simply enough a picture where a major compositional element of the picture is a REFLECTION. Mirrors obviously make great REFLECTIONs. But there are other things that REFLECT(ION) as well. For example water. I nicely waxed floor. Eyes. The list just goes on and on. Also, don’t forget that there is more than one definition of REFLECTION.

Happy photo harvesting!

Krestmarkt!

Back in early December Carla, Teresa, and I went to Pella to experience their Krestmarkt. A Krestmarkt is a Dutch open air Christmas Market. It was pretty dang cold that day. If we would have went the day before the temperature was in the 50s. I think it was in the low 20s or teens when we were there. It was a pretty good time!


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It was a great trip and I hope we make it back again next year. However, that wasn’t the end of the trip…

Marble Beach

Today is Lowell’s birthday… so… happy birthday Lowell!


Day 138 - May 18, 2022

Ironic that this picture was taken on my birthday? Either way, I hope your birthday has adequate amounts of happiness!

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I count this trip a bit as auxiliary images for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. In fact I went camping with Carla and Jason at the Marble Beach State Recreation Area. While I was there I harvested one town sign. It was a town sign that I had harvested before, but I wanted to get a picture of it at night. So I revisited the town sign of Terril, Iowa.


Terril, Iowa
Terril, Iowa – The only town sign in Iowa that is neon.

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

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Dickinson County - Terril

Emmet County - Estherville

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Emmet County - Estherville

The swinging bridge is located in Estherville. Made a special trip just to walk across it. It is hard to put into words how incredibly dark it was on that bridge on that night. The pictures make it look much brighter than it actually was. In fact, crossing a swinging bridge, suspended over a swift Des Moines River, in pitch black conditions was a bit of a rush.

I still have more pictures from this camping trip to share.

WPC – WEEK 382 – TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

It is time to begin the 10th year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! I’m pumped! Are you pumped? Of course you are pumped? The theme is clearly called TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES, but I had a few people enter under a completely different theme PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES. I decided to accept their submissions because I am super magnanimous!

But the real question is, was TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 2, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week (2)
2-Jesse Howard – 1 week
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week
4-Sarah Karber – 1 week
5-Sara Lockner – 1 week
6-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
7-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
8-Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks
9-Tamara Peterson – 9 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 20 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 23 weeks (3)
12-Sarah Toot – 24 weeks
13-Angie DeWaard – 28 weeks (2)
14-Dawn Krause – 32 weeks
15-Kim Barker – 38 weeks
16-Joe Duff – 39 weeks
17-Logan Kahler – 41 weeks
18-Teresa Kahler – 50 weeks (2)
19-Carla Stensland – 50 weeks (2)
20-Michelle Haupt – 51 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 52 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 53 weeks
23-Bill Wentworth – 54 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 58 weeks
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 59 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 61 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 63 weeks (3)
28-Christopher D. Bennett – 485 weeks

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 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 55 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 51 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 39 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 40 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 24 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 25 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 29 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 21 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICKY AUGSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 33 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 51 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 4 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 42 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 59 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

25 participants! A solid but not spectacular start to the new year!

We had submissions from:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Arkansas
+ Texas
+ Pennsylvania
+ Nebraska

Pictures taken in 6 different states isn’t bad.

My submission for this week was taken about 15 miles from my front door.

Year 9 we finished with submissions taken in the following states:
+ California
+ Nevada
+ Arizona
+ Colorado
+ Texas
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ South Dakota
+ Minnesota
+ Iowa
+ Missouri
+ Arkansas
+ Louisiana
+ Wisconsin
+ Illinois
+ Michigan
+ Indiana
+ Ohio
+ New York
+ Pennsylvania
+ New Jersey
+ Washington D.C.
+ North Carolina
+ Florida
+ Alaska

25 different states. I hope we can beat that this year. Although, I don’t know that I will contribute much. Right now for 2023 I have work trips planned for Las Vegas and Chicago. I’m going to a concert in Omaha. I’m going to visit the triplets in Little Manhattan. I’m sure I will have other trips, but that is what is on the calendar for now.

I rely on my big travelers like Cathie and Sarah and Kim to help fill out the map. No pressure.

We did have many submissions from foreign countries as well. Spain and Mexico and France and a few Caribbean islands come to mind. I plan on tracking that better this year as well.

The big milestone this week was Michelle hitting 52 weeks and joining the 1 Year Streak Club! A big accomplishment! She has said that after hitting one year she would throw in the towel. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses though. The following streaks went kaput:
+ Mary Green – 1 week
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks

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 383 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION

REFLECTION! What a great theme to kick of Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what in tarnation is a REFLECTION picture. It is simply enough a picture where a major compositional element of the picture is a REFLECTION. Mirrors obviously make great REFLECTIONs. But there are other things that REFLECT(ION) as well. For example water. I nicely waxed floor. Eyes. The list just goes on and on. Also, don’t forget that there is more than one definition of REFLECTION.

While considering possible subjects for your REFLECTION picture reflect on the following quote and I’m sure you will create a magnificent REFLECTION image.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest, and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
-Confucius

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme.

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 ude.

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 REFLECTION in this place that holds up a mirror to me next Monday.

Selfie Project – December 2022

Time to share the December images from THE SELFIE PROJECT. I don’t know I did a tremendous lot in December, but I think there are a few good pictures in there.

Here are my favorite December images:


Day 335 - December 1, 2022
December 1

Day 337 - December 3, 2022
December 3

Day 339 - December 5, 2022
December 5

Day 340 - December 6, 2022
December 6

Day 342 - December 8, 2022
December 8

Day 344 - December 10, 2022
December 10

Day 346 - December 12, 2022
December 12

Day 347 - December 13, 2022
December 13

Day 348 - December 14, 2022
December 14

Day 349 - December 15, 2022
December 15

Day 350 - December 16, 2022
December 16

Day 351 - December 17, 2022
December 17

Day 352 - December 18, 2022
December 18

Day 353 - December 19, 2022
December 19

Day 354 - December 20, 2022
December 20

Day 355 - December  21, 2022
December 21

Day 356 - December 22, 2022
December 22

Day 357 - December 23, 2022
December 23

Day 358 - December 24, 2022
December 24

Day 359 - December 25, 2022
December 25

Day 360 - December 26, 2022
December 26

Day 361 - December 27, 2022
December 27

Day 363 - December 29, 2022
December 29

Day 364 - December 30, 2022
December 30

Day 365 - December 31, 2022
December 31

Day 366 - January 1, 2023
January 1

Then I had to make a photomosaic out of the 365 THE SELFIE PROJECT images of what I looked like on January 1:


The Photomosaic from the 2022 SELFIE PROJECT.

I’m not doing THE SELFIE PROJECT in 2023. Maybe I’ll bring it back in 2024. But it isn’t happening in 2023. Sorry to all this disappoints.

Weekly Photo Challenge Year 9 Review

Thought I would take a quick look back at Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Here are a few quick stats:

+ 44 different participants
+ 1811 photos submitted
+ Least popular theme for participation was ROCK with 16 participants
+ Most popular theme for participation was SELF-PORTRAIT with 31 participants
+ Least popular theme for submissions was ROCK with 20 submissions
+ Most popular theme for submission was LINES with 51 submissions
+ The average week had 24.6 participants
+ The average week had 34.8 submissions

If you want to look back at all 1811 images that were submitted this year, click on the link below:

Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 9

Michelle once told me that her kids think that THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is a contest and they always ask her if she “won” this week. It isn’t a contest and I’m not really sure art should compete against other art (yes I run and enter photo contests), but I thought I would share my favorite picture from all 44 participants this year:


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TIM CUCULIC
Tim Cuculic
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 339 - GOVERNMENT - JODIE CUE
Jodie Cue
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - BROOKLYN ERB
Brooklyn Erb
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 2
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 374 - STRONG - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp
Weeks Participated: 1 – 2%
Submissions: 1
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim
Weeks Participated: 2 – 4%
Submissions: 2
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous
Weeks Participated: 3 – 6%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 340 - ABSTRACT - HARRISON GORSHE
Gorshe Twins
Weeks Participated: 3 – 6%
Submissions: 3
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 8 – 15%
Submissions: 8
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 375 - COMMUNICATION - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber
Weeks Participated: 10 weeks 19%
Submissions: 10
Current Streak: 1 week

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 16 weeks – 31%
Submissions: 17
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 351 - FLOWER - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe
Weeks Participated: 18 weeks – 35%
Submissions: 18
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 342 - FRAMED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest
Weeks Participated: 19 weeks – 37%
Submissions: 19
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 380 - EXPLORE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine
Weeks Participated: 21 weeks – 40%
Submissions: 23
Current Streak: 7

WEEK 371 - LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez
Weeks Participated: 23 – 44%
Submissions: 23
Current Streak: 3

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler
Weeks Participated: 24 weeks – 46%
Submissions: 24
Current Streak: 20

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot
Weeks Participated: 24 – 46%
Submissions: 37
Current Streak: 24 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green
Weeks Participated: 26 – 50%
Submissions: 66
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner
Weeks Participated: 32 – 62%
Submissions: 43
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 353 - SERVICE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee
Weeks Participated: 32 – 62%
Submissions: 36
Current Streak: 3

WEEK 379 - WATER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen
Weeks Participated: 35 weeks – 67%
Submissions: 38
Current Streak: 0

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard
Weeks Participated: 36 – 69%
Submissions: 44
Current Streak: 28

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard
Weeks Participated: 40 – 77%
Submissions: 46
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 357 - WORK - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett
Weeks Participated: 42 – 81%
Submissions: 94
Current Streak: 23

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings
Weeks Participated: 44 – 85%
Submissions: 60
Current Streak: 1

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker
Weeks Participated: 48 – 92%
Submissions: 59
Current Streak: 38

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause
Weeks Participated: 48 – 92%
Submissions: 70
Current Streak: 32

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
Weeks Participated: 49 – 94%
Submissions: 63
Current Streak: 39

WEEK 378 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler
Weeks Participated: 49 – 94%
Submissions: 102
Current Streak: 41

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson
Weeks Participated: 50 – 96%
Submissions: 55
Current Streak: 9

WEEK 338 - HOBBIES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 51
Current Streak: 51

WEEK 377 - ANIMAL -  TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 106
Current Streak: 50

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland
Weeks Participated: 51 – 98%
Submissions: 93
Current Streak: 50

WEEK 349 - HAT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 57
Current Streak: 52

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 53
Current Streak: 61

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CHRISTOHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 52
Current Streak: 485

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 156
Current Streak: 63

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Morton
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 56
Current Streak: 58

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 64
Current Streak: 59

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 71
Current Streak: 53 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth
Weeks Participated: 52 – 100%
Submissions: 54
Current Streak: 54

Don’t think I put a ton of effort into picking my favorite images from each person. But I did put some effort in it.

2022 was a great year for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Hopefully 2023 is even better!