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WPC – WEEK 460 – BLACK & WHITE

Today is going to be a long one, so buckle up and get your popcorn ready!

Today is Jay’s birthday, so I need to start by wishing him a happy birthday.


Day 70 - March 11, 2022
Happy birthday Jay!

I hope your birthday is magical in the nothingness you attempt to do!

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It is that time of year when a little yellow card shows up in the mailboxes of many a photographer in the state of Iowa. The yellow card that tells you if you had any pictures accepted into one of the hardest photo contests in the country. The Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. A contest that only displays 25% of the pictures submitted. It is the only photo contest that I enter (for a wide variety of reasons) and as such I did get my yellow card in the mail last week. It looked a little something like this:



You might be wondering what pictures I entered this year. I’m the only person that currently knows what pictures I entered. But, you can go down to the Iowa State Fair and see them for yourself. I will reveal what pictures I entered and what pictures got in on the last day of the Fair. As is my custom.

But I wasn’t the only regular contributor to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE that got pictures accepted to the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Angie, Logan, and Nathanial all got pictures accepted! WooHoo! Which makes sense, because when THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was birthed into existence as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT all those years ago by me and Mike Vest, the idea was (to be honest more his idea than mine) that at the end of the year, you would have 52 photos you could consider for entering in photo contests. Maybe in 2025 there will be MORE than 4 people from THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE displayed at the Iowa State Fair. I have an eye on a few of you.

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Must be time to see the submission for BLACK & WHITE, right? Not yet. As you may know, it is about 10 weeks out from the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. So it is past time that I published the rules for this year’s contest. They are identical as last year.

Have a look:



I hope many of you enter again this year! Now I need to get to work!

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BLACK & WHITE! A great theme! But did enough people see the world in monochrome to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
4-Deanna McClain – 3 weeks (IA, MN)
5-Mary Green – 4 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
6-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
7-Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
8-Mike Vest – 7 weeks (IA, MO)
9-Alexis Stensland – 10 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
11-Adam Gordon – 19 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
12-Lowell Davis – 26 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 27 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 45 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 55 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 55 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 57 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK, FL)
19-Jesse Howard – 56 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN)
20-Tamara Peterson – 68 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 72 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 101 weeks (KS, IA)
23-Sarah Toot – 102 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
24-Angie DeWaard – 106 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 110 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 116 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 117 weeks (TX, NY)
28-Teresa Kahler – 128 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 128 weeks (IA, MO, SD)
30-Micky Augustin – 130 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
31-Andy Sharp – 131 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL) <2>
32-Bill Wentworth – 132 weeks (NE, MO)
33-Cathie Morton – 135 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) <2>
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 137 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 139 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 141 weeks (IA)

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 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Prescott, Wisconsin) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Plymouth, Minnesota)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Devil’s Tower National Monument – Wyoming) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arkansas River – Salida, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Ankeny, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 142 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Bone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Colo, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Grove, Oklahoma) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Bentonsville, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Mitchellville, Iowa) – 73 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Tampa, Florida) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

37 participants this week! A pretty good week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)
+ Wyoming (1)

Thanks to Carla’s travels, we were able to add Wyoming to the map!

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 (943)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (36)
+ 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 (19)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (2)
+ Wyoming (1)

31 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 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.

There were no major milestones reached this week. And unfortunately a few streaks bit it. Willy and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions from last week. Their streaks are over before they began. Then worst of all, Jesse’s 56 week streak is over! It lasted over a year, but now it is over. The humanity!

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 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT

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

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 FACELESS PORTRAIT in this place that isn’t afraid to show its face next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 455 – SIGN

SIGN! A great theme, but did enough people see the signs to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 27, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Fran Duncan – 1 week (WI)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL)
4-Johnathan Stensland – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks (IA, MD)
6-Mike Vest – 3 weeks (IA, MO)
7-Alexis Stensland – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 7 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 9 weeks (IA, MN)
10-Adam Gordon – 13 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 14 weeks (AR, IA, OK) <2>
12-Lowell Davis – 21 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 21 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 22 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 40 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 50 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
17-Logan Kahler – 50 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 52 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 52 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) <2>
20-Tamara Peterson – 64 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 67 weeks (IA)
22-Linda Bennett – 96 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 97 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 101 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 105 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 111 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
27-Joe Duff – 112 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 123 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 123 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 125 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 126 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 127 weeks (NE, MO) <2>
33-Cathie Morton – 130 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) <2>
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 132 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 134 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 136 weeks (IA)

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 455 - SIGN - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN -
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN -
Alexis Stensland (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Mission, Kansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Des Moines, Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 68 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LINDA TOOT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LINDA TOOT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Las Vegas, Nevada) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (McCallsburg, Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Spirit Lake, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Boone High School Auditorium – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Kennebec, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Omaha, Nebraska)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 558 weeks

35 participants this week! Actually that doesn’t deserve and exclamation point. More like a sad face emoticon. That is a drop of 4 participants from last week. People don’t like signs!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Kansas (3)
+ Missouri (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (1)

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

+ Arkansas (13.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (784)
+ Kansas (32)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (13.5)
+ Nebraska (29)
+ Nevada (3)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (33)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL) – 4
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 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

Jen is currently in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though! And she hasn’t submitted in weeks. She is ripe to be knocked off the throne!

There were no major milestones reached this week. But on the other hand, streaks bit the dust left and right! Fran couldn’t build on last week’s streak and it was over before it began. Mary’s 2 week streak is kaput!Deanna’s streak calls it quit 1 week short of joining the Double Digit Streak Club! The humanity!

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 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT
ANYTHING BUT A CAT – SUGGESTED BY ANDY SHARP

ANYTHING BUT A CAT! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I have thought about including a “wild card” theme again for the last few years, but hadn’t pulled the trigger. I liked Andy’s idea of bringing back a wild card but eliminating one thing. Maybe it seems spiteful, but you’ll have to take that up with Andy.

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 ANYTHING BUT A CAT in this place that doesn’t feature many cats next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 454 – NOT YOUR HOMETOWN

Today is a very important day! Today is Jason’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


June 14
Happy birthday Jason!

I hope you birthday is amazing!

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Today is also Memorial Day. The day we honor and mourn U.S. miliary personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Monroe County - Albia

It isn’t the kind of holiday where you say “Happy (insert holiday name)!” But I hope you have a good Memorial Day filled with time spent with friends and/or family.

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It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough for me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme every week. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their widest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point. But don’t tempt me!

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! A great theme, but did enough people escape the confines of their HOMETOWN to go someplace that wasn’t their hometown and take a picture to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 20, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL) <2>
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, MN, BHS)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA, MD)
5-Mike Vest – 2 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 4 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 10 weeks (IA)
10-Adam Gordon – 12 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 13 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Lowell Davis – 20 weeks (IA) <2>
13-Michelle Haupt – 20 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 39 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 49 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 51 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 51 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 63 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 66 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 95 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 96 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 100 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 104 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 110 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 111 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 122 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 122 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 125 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 126 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 129 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 131 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 133 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 135 weeks (IA)

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 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Ames, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Haines Park – Altoona, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Middlebrook, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Marshalltown, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Polk County, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Pilot Mound/Fraser, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Okoboji, Iowa)- 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ankeny, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Cambridge, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MINDI TERRELLM
Mindi Terrell (Urbandale, Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Norwalk, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Laurel, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Jack Trice Stadium – Ames, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN -SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Fairbanks/Manchester, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - FRAN DUNCAN
Fran Duncan (Kellogg, Wisconsin) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Marshalltown, Iowa)

There were 37 participants this week! Same as last week. Not bad for a holiday weekend!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (2)
+ Iowa (38)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (2)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Wisconsin (1)

Thanks to Fran’s first ever submission, we added Wisconsin to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (14.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (742)
+ Kansas (29)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (12.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (32)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL) – 4
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 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

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

Deanna and Bill joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple states/places.

The huge milestones reached this week were Nathanial and Jesse both joining the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Cathie joined the 1.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all peaches and cream. Sara couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Her streak ended before it started. Monica’s streak calls it quits after 5 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 455 - SIGN
SIGN

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

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 SIGN in this place that reads the tea leaves next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 453 – WORK

REMINDER: NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR BANK PROBABLY TAKES THAT DAY OFF, THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR PICK IN BEFORE YOU GO TO THE CEMETERY OR BARBECUE OR WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE DOING TO CELEBRATE.

WORK! A great theme! But did enough people put in the work to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 13, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1- Suzie Brannen – 1 week (IA, MD)
2-Mike Vest – 1 week (IA, MO)
3-Alexis Stensland – 3 weeks (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 4 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Deanna McClain – 9 weeks (IA)
7-Adam Gordon – 11 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
8-Becky Parmelee – 12 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
9-Lowell Davis – 19 weeks (IA)
10-Michelle Haupt – 19 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
11-Brandon Kahler – 20 weeks (IA, MN)
12-Scott Degeneffe – 38 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
13-Sheri Fakhouri – 48 weeks (IA, NE)
14-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Nathanial Brown – 50 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
16-Jesse Howard – 50 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
17-Tamara Peterson – 62 weeks (IA, MN)
18-Mindi Terrell – 65 weeks (IA) <2>
19-Linda Bennett – 94 weeks (KS) <2>
20-Sarah Toot – 95 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
21-Angie DeWaard – 99 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
22-Dawn Krause – 103 weeks (IA)
23-Kim Barker – 109 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
24-Joe Duff – 110 weeks (TX)
25-Teresa Kahler – 121 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
26-Carla Stensland – 121 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
27-Micky Augustin – 123 weeks (IA, IL)
28-Andy Sharp – 124 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
29-Bill Wentworth – 125 weeks (NE)
30-Cathie Morton – 128 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 130 weeks (IA)
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 132 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
33-Kio Dettman – 134 weeks (IA)

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:



29 states so far!

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 453 - WORK - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Des Moines, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Audubon County, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Illinois) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Whistle Stop Cafe – Boone, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Decorah, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Ohio) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Boone, Iowa) – 63 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 66 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SARAJ TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 126 weeks

37 participants this week. An improvement of three on last week. Trending in the right direction?

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (43)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

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

+ Arkansas (12.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (704)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (15)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (30)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 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) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 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

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though! Elizabeth and Linda joined the list of people to have submitted from multiple places!

There were plenty of big milestones this week!

Deanna joined the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Angie joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Dawn joined the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

As a bonus, no streaks were 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:



NOT YOUR HOMETOWN – SUGGESTED BY ANDY SHARP

NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

For the purposes of this theme, I don’t care how you define HOMETOWN. Is it the town you were born in? The town you grew up in? The town you currently live in? Doesn’t matter to me. Just whatever town you define as being your HOMETOWN, the picture can’t be taken there.

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 WORK in this place that hardly feels like work most days next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 451 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! A great theme! But were enough people their own dawg enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 29, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA)
2-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
3-Alexis Stensland – 1 week (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 5 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
8-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks (IA)
9-Deanna McClain – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Adam Gordon – 9 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 10 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Sara Lockner – 14 weeks (IA, BHS)
13-Lowell Davis – 17 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
15-Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 36 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
17-Mike Vest – 41 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 46 weeks (IA, NE)
19-Logan Kahler – 47 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
20-Nathanial Brown – 48 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN) <2>
21-Jesse Howard – 48 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
22-Tamara Peterson – 60 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 63 weeks (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 92 weeks 129 (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 93 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
26-Angie DeWaard – 97 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
27-Dawn Krause – 101 weeks (IA) <2>
28-Kim Barker – 107 weeks (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 108 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 119 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
31-Carla Stensland – 119 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
32-Micky Augustin – 121 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 122 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 123 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 126 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 128 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 130 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
38-Kio Dettman – 132 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.

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 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Springdale, Arkansas) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Grand Junction, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Rochester, Minnesota) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Camp Dodge – Iowa) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC, Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (What Cheer, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 554 weeks

37 participants this week! A drop off of 2 participants from last week. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (5)
+ Minnesota (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 (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (7)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (7)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

28 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

The big milestone this week was Adam joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! But it wasn’t all good times. A ton of streaks bit the dust. Nader and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions last week. Suzie’s 5 week streak is no more. But worst of all Scarecrow, Vest’s 41 week streak is history! The humanity!

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 452 - RUINS
RUINS

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

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 RUINS in this place that could us a sprucing up next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 449 – TIME

For no real apparent reason, I thought I would start adding a little photography lesson into these things every month or so. And I mean a very little photography lesson.

This month’s lesson is going to be on bokeh.

What is bokeh?

Bokeh (the Japanese word for blur) is the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image, caused by circles of confusion. Bokeh has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in lens aberrations and the shape of aperture blades and the amount of aperture blades cause very different bokeh effects. There are strong opinions on what is good bokeh and bad bokeh. My use of Lensbaby lenses is frequently because of they produce bokeh effects that I personally enjoy. A photography technique is to use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions, accentuating their lens’s bokeh. It can add a sense of depth and dimensionality to an image and can make the subject stand out more effectively.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. Bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all regions of an image which are outside the depth of field.

How is bokeh pronounced? You will hear people pronounce it in all sorts of different ways. The proper way is like “bow” in a bow and arrow and then the “ke” sound in the word kettle. Although a majority of people may pronounce it like boh – kay.

I hope we all learned something today.

+++++++

TIME! A great theme! But did enough people make TIME in their schedule to submit a photo to make TIME a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week (IA)
2-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks (IA)
3-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 3 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
4-Mary Green – 3 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
5-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 7 weeks (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 8 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 13 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 15 weeks (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 15 weeks (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 34 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO)
16-Mike Vest – 39 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 44 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 45 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 46 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 46 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
21-Tamara Peterson – 58 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 61 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 90 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 91 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Angie DeWaard – 95 weeks (IA)
26-Dawn Krause – 99 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 105 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 106 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 117 weeks (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 117 weeks (2) (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 119 weeks (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 120 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 121 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 124 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 126 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 128 weeks (2) (IA, CA, NV)
37-Kio Dettman – 130 weeks (2) (IA)

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 (CENTRAL) 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 449 -TIME - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (McGarrah Farms – Pea Ridge, Arkansas) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Ankeny, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Ankeny, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Ames, Iowa) 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Goodwill Store – Ames, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (The skies over Des Moines, Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Palisades Dows Observatory – Ely, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 62 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Palisades-Kepler State Park – Overlook Trail – Cedar River Dam – Mount Vernon, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Pella, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 59 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Perry, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (State Center, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Easton, Kansas) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 92 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas)

37 participants! That is a drop-off from the previous week! Is this the beginning of the end for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE?

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (37)
+ 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 (9.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (587)
+ Kansas (24)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (25)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (13)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (26)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

26 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN) – 5
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO) – 4
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy are in striking distance though!

The big, huge milestone this week was Dawn joining the TRIPLE DIGIT STREAK CLUB!! WOOHOO!!! But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows. Mary’s streak is no more at 3 weeks. Alexis’ streak is gone after 15 weeks! The humanity!

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 450 - EMOTION
EMOTION – Suggested by Sarah Toot AND Andy Sharp

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

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 EMOTION in this place that gets me in the feels next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 448 – NECESSITY

NECESSITY! A great theme! But did enough people find it necessary to submit a photo to make NECESSITY a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 4 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 6 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 12 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 33 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Mike Vest – 38 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 43 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 45 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 45 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL)
21-Tamara Peterson – 57 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 60 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 89 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 90 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Dawn Krause – 98 weeks (IA)
26-Angie DeWaard – 94 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 104 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 105 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 116 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 116 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 118 weeks (2) (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 119 weeks (2) (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 120 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 123 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 125 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 127 weeks (2) (IA, CA)
37-Kio Dettman – 129 weeks (2) (IA)

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:


WEEK 448 Map
25 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 448 - NECESSITY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Chico, California) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Winnemucca, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Near Martinsville, Indiana)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 34 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Denver, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Miami, Florida) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Aruba) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Curacao)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 121 weeks

EDITOR’S NOTE: I never comment on submissions. It is one of the base creeds that I operate under for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. No matter how much I want to comment, I don’t. But there is a picture on here that I really need to comment on. You probably can’t even guess which one it is. I’m not going to comment on Elizabeth’s taste in music (although I do approve) or Baby Face Adam (although it does crack me up) or that there were a few pictures of dogs, but no pictures of cats as a NECESSITY. Interesting. Yes, provocative. What I have to comment on is how extremely jealous I am that Scott got to eat at a Taco Time! I’m like burning with jealousy. I’m not even comfortable with how jealous I am. The real ones know that Taco Time is the truth when it comes to “Mexican” fast food. Every once in awhile you will get somebody from dirty Dodge try to force Taco Tico down your throat. Which is uncomfortable because that isn’t how you eat tacos, you have to chew first and Taco Tico is gross. Taco Time is the ONLY fast food “Mexican” I will eat. I won’t even look Taco Bell in the face. I won’t even spit in the general direction of a Taco John’s. It has been years now since I’ve eaten at Taco Time. Now the axe-throwing place at North Grand Mall does a serviceable knockoff of the Crisp Meat Burrito, but at the end of the day… it is still a knockoff. I know it. They know it. The Crisp Meat Burrito knows it. We are living a lie. I miss Taco Time. Screw you Scott for opening this wound back up!

But while I am deeply, to a disturbing level, passionate about Taco Time, you may have noted Lowell’s picture was taken in a hospital. Leah is in the hospital for a few days, so if you are the praying type, keep them in your prayers and if you aren’t, keep them in your thoughts.

38 participants! The exact same participation rate as last week. Better than falling off… I guess…

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Aruba (1)
+ California (1)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Indiana (1)
+ Iowa (36)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Utah (1)

Thanks to Scott’s “business” trip we added Utah to the map! WooHoo! Thanks to Jesse’s vacation we also added 2 foreign countries in Aruba and Curacao! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (8.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (5)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (515)
+ Kansas (23)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (24)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (24)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

26 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN) – 5
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO) – 4
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy are in striking distance though!

The big milestone this week was Kio joining the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun in the sun and delicious tacos this week. Monica’s streak was blinded by the light and is now just 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 449 - TTIME
TIME

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

I’m trying not to explain the themes this year, but sometimes I can’t help myself. ‘m like me at a table filled with Crisp Meat Burritos. Self-control is an issue. But I digress…

If you look closely at the TIME theme reveal image (not that closely) you will see that it is actually 2 separate images put together. On the left is a picture with a “fast” shutter speed that freezes the water. The right side of the image was taken with a “slow” shutter speed that makes the water more of a blur. The idea of the theme TIME is to either freeze TIME in place with a fast shutter speed or show the fluidity of time with a slow shutter speed.

However, I know most people don’t have control over the shutter speed on the camera they use, so as always interpret the theme as you see fit.

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 TIME in this place that hopefully passes it for a few of you next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 446 – #INSTAGOOD

#INSTAGOOD! A great theme! A theme so easy that you could participate if you took one picture this week. But did many people take at least one picture to be able to send us the best picture that they took this week to make #INSTAGOOD a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, March 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week (IA)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Tim Panages – 1 week (IA)
4-Elainie Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Deanna McClain – 2 weeks (IA)
6-Johnathan Stensland – 2 weeks (IA)
7-Adam Gordon – 4 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
8-Stehanie Kim – 6 weeks (NY)
9-Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks (AR, IA)
10-Sara Lockner – 10 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 12 weeks (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 12 weeks (IA, MO)
13-Alexis Stensland – 12 weeks (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 31 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Sabas Hernandez – 32 weeks (2) (IA)
17-Mike Vest – 36 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 41 weeks (2) (IA)
19-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (IA, MN)
20-Nathanial Brown – 43 weeks(IA, SD, GA, TN)
21-Jesse Howard – 43 weeks (IA, MO, NE)
22-Tamara Peterson – 55 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 58 weeks (2) (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 87 weeks (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 88 weeks (2) (PA, NY, VT, NV)
26-Angie DeWaard – 92 weeks (IA)
27-Dawn Krause – 96 weeks (2) (IA)
28-Kim Barker – 102 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 103 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 114 weeks (2) (IA)
31-Carla Stensland – 114 weeks (IA, MO)
32-Micky Augustin – 116 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 117 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 118 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 121 weeks (IA, FL, BHS)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 123 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 125 weeks (IA)
38-Kio Dettman – 127 weeks (2) (IA)

An observant observer might be wondering why Carla’s streak is intact. She did get a submission in at the horn, but not soon enough for it to be included in the email blast. But is up on the website. You can go look at last Monday’s post and verify.

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.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Hampton, Virginia) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TIM PANAGES
Tim Panages (Ankeny, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Ogden, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Overland Park, Kansas) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ogden, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 59 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 88 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 89 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Red Oak, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Mines of Spain State Recreation Area – Dubuque County, Iowa) – 550 weeks

42 participants! That is a great week! Breaking the previous high for this year held by DECORATION at 40. I believe 42 ties the all-time high. Held by the #INSTAGOOD theme from last year. But I’d have to check my records to confirm that.

Thanks to Becky’s trip we added Oklahoma to the Photography 139 Submissions Map!

Thanks to Jen’s trip we added Virginia to the Photography 139 Submissions Map! Virginia was one of the states we didn’t get a submission from in 2023! So that makes it extra exciting!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (34)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Michigan (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)
+ Virginia (1)

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

+ Arkansas (6.5)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (3)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (444)
+ Kansas (19)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (8.5)
+ Nebraska (18)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (9)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (20)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

25 states so far! 1 foreign country! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA) – 6
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE) – 3
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2

Andy holds a 1 state lead over Jen to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!”

There were no big milestones reached this week. However, Layla submitted for the first time this year! WooHoo! There was some sadness. Evie couldn’t build on her submission from last week and her streak is over before it began. Elainie’s streak is over after 2 weeks. But worst of all, Steph’s streak goes down after 6 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 447 - PASSION
PASSION – SUGGESTED BY SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY

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

I’m not describing the themes this year unless I think they need a little explanation. One thing to remember that PASSION is not just something you like bunches and bunches. PASSION is something you are willing to suffer for. When you take your pictures, would you be willing to take a punch to the face for this thing? Would you be willing to take something worse for this thing? If the answer is “yes”, then you have a PASSION subject.

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 PASSION in this place that is a bit of passion project next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 445 – HOBBIES

NOTES: 1. THIS IS ONE OF 2 THEMES THAT HAVE A SPECIAL, EXTRA RULE. MAKE SURE YOU READ THAT RULE BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. 2. I’VE BEEN GETTING SOME SMALL IMAGES SUBMITTED. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FAQ ANSWER ON IMAGE SIZE. YOU MAY NEED TO ADJUST YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS OR YOUR EMAIL ATTACHMENT SETTINGS OR YOUR IMAGE TEXT MESSAGE SETTINGS OR MAYBE YOU ARE AN OVER-CROPPER. DON’T BE AN OVER-CROPPER. CROP WTH YOUR FEET. 3. AS ALWAYS, I APPRECIATE ANYBODY THAT GETS THEIR SUBMISSION IN BY SUNDAY NIGHT.

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It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough for me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme every week. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPATHIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their widest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point. But don’t tempt me!

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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HOBBIES! A great theme! Everybody has a HOBBY or 2. From making kolaches to eating kolaches, HOBBIES can really run the gamut! But did enough people have photography as a HOBBY to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, March 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Elainie Hernandez – 1 week
3-Deanna McClain – 1 week
4-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week
5-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
6-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
7-Adam Gordon – 3 weeks (2)
8-Mary Green – 5 weeks (2)
9-Stehanie Kim – 5 weeks
10-Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
11-Sara Lockner – 9 weeks
12-Lowell Davis – 11 weeks (2)
13-Michelle Haupt – 11 weeks
14-Alexis Stensland – 11 weeks
15-Brandon Kahler – 12 weeks
16-Scott Degeneffe – 30 weeks
17-Sabas Hernandez – 31 weeks
18-Mike Vest – 36 weeks
19-Sheri Fakhouri – 40 weeks (2)
20-Logan Kahler – 41 weeks (2)
21-Nathanial Brown – 42 weeks (2)
22-Jesse Howard – 42 weeks
23-Tamara Peterson – 54 weeks
24-Mindi Terrell – 57 weeks (2)
25-Linda Bennett – 86 weeks (2)
26-Sarah Toot – 87 weeks
27-Angie DeWaard – 91 weeks
28-Dawn Krause – 95 weeks
29-Kim Barker – 101 weeks
30-Joe Duff – 102 weeks
31-Teresa Kahler – 113 weeks (2)
32-Carla Stensland – 113 weeks
33-Micky Augustin – 115 weeks
34-Andy Sharp – 116 (2) weeks
35-Bill Wentworth – 117 weeks
36-Cathie Morton – 121 weeks (2)
37-Elizabeth Nordeen – 122 weeks
38-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 124 weeks
39-Kio Dettman – 126 weeks (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.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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 445 - HOBBIES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Nassau, Bahamas) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, NE) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Story County Administration Building – Nevada, Iowa) – 92 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nobu – Las Vegas, Nevada) – 88 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 87 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES -NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Hilton West – Omaha, Nebraska) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Bettendorf, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 31 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Boone, Iowa)- 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ADAM GORDEON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ADAM GORDEON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - TIM PANAGES
Tim Panages (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 445 - HOBBIES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Hilton West – Omaha, Nebraska)

39 participants this week! A pretty good week! But that is a 1 participant drop from DECORATION.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Bahamas – 1
+ Iowa – 39
+ Kansas – 1
+ Nebraska – 3
+ Nevada – 1
+ New York – 1
+ Pennsylvania – 1
+ Texas – 1

Thanks to Sarah’s trip we added Nevada! Thanks to Cathie’s trip, we added the Bahamas!

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

+ Arkansas (6.5)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (3)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (444)
+ Kansas (17)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (4)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (8.5)
+ Nebraska (17)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (9)
+ Pennsylvania (11)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (19)
+ Vermont (1)

23 states so far! 1 foreign country! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN) – 5
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE) – 3
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2

Andy maintains a 2 state lead over Jen to be crowned the most travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE photographer!

Becky joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple states! WooHoo!

The big milestone this week was Sara joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Also the first ever submission from Tim! That’s pretty sweet too!

But it wasn’t all good news. In fact it was mostly bad news. There was a veritable bloodbath of streaks. Jen couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Her streak is over before it began. Suzie and Monica had two week streaks go poof! Mary’s 5 week streak is over!

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 446 - #INSTAGOOD
#INSTAGOOD

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

But what exactly is an #INSTAGOOD image? Here is where that special rule for this theme is revealed. An #INSTAGOOD image is simply the best image you take this week. Period. And because it is the best image you take this week (HERE IS THAT SPECIAL RULE) you can only submit ONE picture for this theme. Only one picture is your best picture.

I will add, do NOT send me multiple images and ask me to pick the best one. Remember that one rule for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is that the picture has to be taken the week of the theme because this is not a curate your pictures challenge, this is a get off your butt and go take pictures challenge! However, this week, you will have to curate all the pictures you take this week down to one, best picture.

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 INSTAGOOD in this place in this place that is sometimes gets my best next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 444 – DECORATION

DECORATION! A great theme! Everybody loves to decorate. But did enough people like to decorate enough to make DECORATE a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, March 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Monica Jennings – 1 week
3-Adam Gordon – 2 weeks (2)
4-Mary Green – 4 weeks (2)
5-Stehanie Kim – 4 weeks
6-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
7-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 8 weeks
9-Lowell Davis – 10 weeks
10-Michelle Haupt – 10 weeks
11-Alexis Stensland – 10 weeks (2)
12-Brandon Kahler – 11 weeks
13-Scott Degeneffe – 29 weeks
14-Sabas Hernandez – 29 weeks
15-Mike Vest – 35 weeks
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 39 weeks (2)
17-Logan Kahler – 40 weeks (2)
18-Nathanial Brown – 41 weeks
19-Jesse Howard – 41 weeks
20-Tamara Peterson – 44 weeks
21-Mindi Terrell – 56 weeks (2)
22-Linda Bennett – 85 weeks
23-Sarah Toot – 86 weeks
24-Angie DeWaard – 90 weeks
25-Dawn Krause – 94 weeks
26-Kim Barker – 100 weeks
27-Joe Duff – 101 weeks
28-Teresa Kahler – 112 weeks (2)
29-Carla Stensland – 112 weeks
30-Micky Augustin – 114 weeks
31-Andy Sharp – 115 weeks
32-Bill Wentworth – 116 weeks
33-Cathie Morton – 120 weeks
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 121 weeks
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 123 weeks
36-Kio Dettman – 125 weeks (2)

Reminder. 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.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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:


Week 444 Map

We’ve put a good dent into the United States already.

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 444 - DECORATION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION -
Christopher D. Bennett (Hilton South – Kansas City, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 86 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Monteagle, Tennessee) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Fort Valley, Georgia)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa)- 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (State Historical Building – Des Moines, Iowa) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Nashville, Tennessee) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (The Breakfast Club – Ankeny, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (The Breakfast Club – Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Hilton South – Kansas City, Missouri) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Bloomington, Minnesota) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Bloomington, Minnesota)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ankeny, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Brass Armadillo – Des Moines, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau Bahamas) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau Bahamas)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - BECKY PAREMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bentonsville, Arkansas) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Grand Isle, Louisiana) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Gulf of Mexico – Off Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Power & Light District – Kansas City, Missouri) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 57 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 87 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 36 weeks

WPC - WEEK 444 - DECORATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 117 weeks

40 participants! That is a great week! Tops ORANGE for the most popular theme of Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Florida (2)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Iowa (34)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Minnesota (2)
+ Missouri (4)
+ New York (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Tennessee (2)
+ Texas (1)

Thanks to the travels of Nathanial, we added Georgia to the list! And thanks to Andy’s travels we added Louisiana to the list.

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

+ Arkansas (6.5)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (3)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (405)
+ Kansas (16)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (4)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (8.5)
+ Nebraska (14)
+ New York (8)
+ Pennsylvania (10)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (18)
+ Vermont (1)

22 states so far! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple states:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN) – 5
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO)
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO) – 2
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2

Andy maintains a 2 state lead over Jen to be crowned the Emperor of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Travel! I’ll keep workshopping that name. But I might buy a crown for the winner. Just another idea I’m spitballing.

Logan, Jesse, Carla, Cathie, and your humble narrator all joined the group of people that have taken submissions in multiple states.

There were no major milestones reached this week. The only bad news was that Willy’s streak went POOF after 6 weeks. The humanity!

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 445 - HOBBIES
HOBBIES

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

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 all be sharing your idea of HOBBIES in this place in this place that is something more of one next Monday.