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Rodan139: Fire Watchtower

When I went to Allamakee County with Teresa to harvest their town signs, one of my must see stops was the only fire watchtower in Iowa. It is buried in Yellow River State Forest and hasn’t been used for years. I knew it was something I definitely wanted to photograph with Rodan139. And that is exactly what I did.


Rodan 139: Watchtower

Rodan 139: Watchtower

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Rodan 139: Watchtower

Yes, one of these pictures is in the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar.

These pictures are making me itch for the open road. I also haven’t taken flight with Rodan139 this year yet. I need to get on that as well.

I have a list of places I want to visit this year. The first one on my list is the kite festival thing in Clear Lake that is coming up in a couple Saturdays. Let me know if you are interested in a short little road trip on a Saturday morning to watch some kites in some cold weather.

WPC – WEEK 386 – BOOKS

It is time to determine whether or not BOOKS was a popular theme. I thought it might be, because I’m pretty sure the Photography 139 readership is highly literate. But you won’t know until you scroll down:

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 30, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
2-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
3-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
6-Nathanial Brown – 3 weeks
7-Mike Vest – 4 weeks
8-Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
9-Brandon Kahler – 24 weeks
10-Linda Bennett – 27 weeks
11-Sarah Toot – 28 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 32 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 36 weeks
14-Kim Barker – 42 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 43 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 45 weeks (2)
17-Teresa Kahler – 54 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 54 weeks
19-Micky Augustin – 56 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 57 weeks
21-Bill Wentworth – 58 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 62 weeks (2)
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 63 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 65 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 67 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Texas) – 1 week


Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Missouri) – 2 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 28 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 29 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 33 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 37 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 44 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 58 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 59 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 68 weeks

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 386 - BOOKS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa) – 490 weeks

28 participants! That is a pretty great week!

This week we had submissions from:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Missouri
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

There were no new additions to the map. This year’s list is:

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

10 states is still pretty good for this time of year though!

This week I took my picture about 2 miles from my front door. I’m still not helping to grow the map.

There were no major milestones reached this week, BUT there were also no streaks snapped either. So that is good news.

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 387 - PLAY
PLAY

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

But what is a PLAY image? It is simply a picture of something that is PLAYed with or somebody at PLAY. There are all sort of different things that can be PLAYed. A sport. A game. A musical instrument. A human being. Or even a PLAY is PLAYed. Remember, what some might consider WORK others consider PLAY.

While considering possible subjects for your PLAY submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great picture:

It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
-Fred Rogers

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PLAY in this place that is in a constant state of play next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 385 – SILENCE

I need to start today off by wishing Jim a happy birthday!


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Happy birthday Jim! I hope it is filled with all the joy that you desire!

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It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

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!

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send.

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 to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. 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.

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 largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

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.

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

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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It is time to break the SILENCE on whether or not SILENCE was a popular theme. For you to find out, you only have to keep scrolling.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 23, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (2)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
4-Jesse Howard – 1 week
5-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
6-Nathanial Brown – 2 weeks (3)
7-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
10-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
11-Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks
12-Brandon Kahler – 23 weeks
13-Linda Bennett – 26 weeks (2)
14-Sarah Toot – 27 weeks
15-Angie DeWaard – 31 weeks
16-Dawn Krause – 35 weeks (3)
17-Kim Barker – 41 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 42 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 53 weeks (3)
21-Carla Stensland – 53 weeks (2)
22-Micky Augustin – 55 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 56 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 57 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 61 weeks (2)
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 62 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 64 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 66 weeks

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


WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 42 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 27 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 45 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 28 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Georgia) – 65 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 58 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 62 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 36 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 43 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MOINCA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 3 weeks

26 participants. Not a particularly popular theme. But not bad. SILENCE only silenced creative juices of a few people.

This week we had submissions taken in:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Georgia is a new addition to the map. Making this year’s list:

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

That is 10 states. 20% of the map. And I haven’t even contributed to the growth of the map at all!

This week I took my pictures about 2 miles from my front door. But Shannon added Georgia to the map!

It wasn’t all good news though. 3 streaks bit the dust today. Jen couldn’t extender her streak to 2. Mary’s streak is no more at 2. As is Sara’s streak.

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 386 - BOOKS
BOOKS

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

But what is a BOOKS image? Simply put, it is any image where the subject or a major compositional element is a BOOK or BOOKS.

While thinking about possible subjects for your BOOKS image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great image:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
-Jane Austen

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of BOOKS in this place that likes to pretend to be book smart next Monday.

Junk Jaunt

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

Here are some pictures from the day:


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

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


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

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

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

Happy photo harvesting!

Christmas 2022

Need to start today off by wishing Angie a happy birthday:


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I don’t know I’ve seen Angie in person in years, so that is a picture of her pitching Little White Lye Soap.

I hope your birthday has all the mirth that you desire!

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I had a good Christmas. I got up and went to church, cause it was on a Sunday. Then I went over to Teresa’s house for homemade pizza. We probably made too many pizzas, but since some were experimental, that was okay. Then I went out to Carla and Jason’s for a bit to watch ALIEN. Or at least the beginning of ALIEN.

Here are some pictures from Teresa’s:


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Some of these pictures were taken by Logan.

I hope your Christmas is one you still remember fondly.

WPC – WEEK 384 – RED

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 384 - RED
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SILENCE in this place that’s anything but next Monday.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 4

I need to start today by wishing my sister Teresa’s best friend and also a good friend of all of our family, Sheri a happy birthday! Happy birthday Sheri!


Slice of Life Volume 28

That is a picture of Sheri graduating high school taken by my Dad.

I hope your birthday is/was as awesome as you wanted it to be!

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Time to share the last collection of images I took while on a road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Fayette County -
Lansing

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry
Harper’s Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest
Yellow River State Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Waterville
Waterville

The iconic Lansing Mississippi River Bridge can be seen in the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. It is the bridge Alvin Straight crosses to get to Wisconsin to visit his brother.

The next county of auxiliary images we will visit is Washington County.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 3

Time for the third collection of auxiliary images I took on my road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - New Albin
New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

I reckon that the bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River is one of the most photographed bridges in Iowa. At least for its fairly remote location. Something I learned on this trip is that there are surprisingly few bridge that cross the Mississippi River in Iowa.

I’ve seen that bridge in Lansing photographed several times. It is an iconic bridge in a beautiful setting. However, on this trip a Lansing local informed us that it was going to be replaced in the next couple of years. If you want to see it, don’t dawdle.

There is one more collection of images from this trip left to share.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images from my road trip to Allamakee County (and Clayton County) to harvest their town signs with Teresa. The first couple pictures are in Clayton County. The rest are in Allamakee County.


Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Hardin
Hardin – Ghost Town

Allamakee County - Waukon
Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Lycurgus
Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

There is still many more images from this road trip left to share. On the next collection I will talk about the bridge in the last picture that crosses the Mississippi River from Iowa to Wisconsin in Lansing. Enjoy it now, cause it won’t be around for much longer.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 1

Back in June I cruised around both Clayton and Allamakee County harvesting their town signs with Teresa. It is truly the most beautiful part of Iowa and there isn’t a close second. But the Loess Hills are second.

All of these pictures were taken in Clayton County:


Clayton County - Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Volga
Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Elkader
Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Saint Olaf
St. Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

The St. Olaf Tavern finished in the Top 5 in last year’s Best Tenderloin Contest ran by the Iowa Pork Producers Associator.

There are plenty more pictures from this trip still to come.