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WPC – WEEK 441 – LEADING LINES

Today is Micky’s birthday so I have to wish him a happy birthday:


June 22
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKY!

I hope your birthday is filled with all the outdoorsman adventures you can handle!

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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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LEADING LINES! They lead somewhere, but did they lead to being a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, February 19, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week
2-Susanna Funk – 1 week
3-Stehanie Kim – 1 week
4-Becky Parmelee – 1 week (2)
5-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (2)
6-Deanna McClain – 2 weeks
7-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (2)
8-Sara Lockner – 5 weeks
9-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks
10-Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks (2)
11-Lowell Davis – 7 weeks
12-Michelle Haupt – 7 weeks
13-Alexis Stensland – 7 weeks (2)
14-Brandon Kahler – 8 weeks
15-Scott Degeneffe – 26 weeks (2)
16-Sabas Hernandez – 27 weeks
17-Mike Vest – 32 weeks
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 36 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 37 weeks
20-Nathanial Brown – 38 weeks
21-Jesse Howard – 38 weeks (2)
22-Tamara Peterson – 41 weeks
23-Mindi Terrell – 53 weeks (2)
24-Linda Bennett – 82 weeks (2)
25-Sarah Toot – 83 weeks (2)
26-Angie DeWaard – 87 weeks
27-Dawn Krause – 91 weeks (2)
28-Kim Barker – 97 weeks
29-Joe Duff – 98 weeks (2)
30-Teresa Kahler – 109 weeks (2)
31-Carla Stensland – 109 weeks
32-Micky Augustin – 111 weeks
33-Andy Sharp – 112 weeks
34-Bill Wentworth – 113 weeks
35-Cathie Morton – 117 weeks
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 118 weeks
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 120 weeks
38-Kio Dettman – 122 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.

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 441 - LEADING LINES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset Trail – North of Indianola, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Beardshear Hall – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Brookside Park – Ames, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Lagomarcino Hall – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 92 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Bandorama – Boone High School – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 88 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Ludlow, Vermont) – 84 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 83 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Terra Park – Johnston, Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Terra Park – Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (The Waterfront – Ankeny, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Bandorama – Boone High School – Boone, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone County, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Des Moines, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan)

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - STEPANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Downtown Brooklyn – New York City, New York) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 441 - LEADING LINES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa)

36 participants! That is a slight dip from the previous weeks, but still a pretty great week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Vermont

Thanks to the travels of Sarah, we added Vermont to the list.

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

+ Arkansas (3)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (2)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Iowa (307)
+ Kansas (12)
+ Michigan (4)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (1)
+ Nebraska (9)
+ New York (5)
+ Pennsylvania (6)
+ South Dakota (2)
+ Texas (14)
+ Vermont (1)

15 states so far! No bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple states:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX)
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT)
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO)
+ Mary Green (MI, IA)
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN)

Sarah has trimmed Jen’s lead down to 1 state to be crowned the Queen of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Travel! I’ll keep workshopping that name.

There were no major milestones this week, but there are some big ones coming up!

There were some sad times though. Susanna couldn’t build on last week’s submission and her streak is over before it began. Jen and Deanna’s streaks both ended at 2.

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 442 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great them for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! One of my favorite themes every year. Since I’m pretty sure several of you are shut-ins, I like to see some of you actually leave the house now and again. Although I’ve mentally prepared myself for pictures of toy cars.

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 ROAD TRIP in this place in this place that is at least a trip on its best days next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 440 – ORANGE

ORANGE! The favorite color of some. Some even say it is the new black. Some say that whomever said it was the new pink was seriously deranged. But was all these opinions on ORANGE enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out:

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, February 5, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Jennie Green – 1 week
3-Amy Peterson – 1 week (2)
4-Deanna McClain – 1 week
5-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week
6-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
7-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
8-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks
9-Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
10-Lowell Davis – 6 weeks
11-Michelle Haupt – 6 weeks
12-Alexis Stensland – 6 weeks
13-Brandon Kahler – 7 weeks
14-Scott Degeneffe – 25 weeks
15-Sabas Hernandez – 26 weeks
16-Mike Vest – 31 weeks
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 35 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 36 weeks (2)
19-Nathanial Brown – 37 weeks
20-Jesse Howard – 37 weeks
21-Tamara Peterson – 40 weeks
22-Mindi Terrell – 52 weeks (2)
23-Linda Bennett – 81 weeks
24-Sarah Toot – 82 weeks
25-Angie DeWaard – 86 weeks
26-Dawn Krause – 90 weeks (2)
27-Kim Barker – 96 weeks
28-Joe Duff – 97 weeks (2)
29-Teresa Kahler – 108 weeks
30-Carla Stensland – 108 weeks
31-Micky Augustin – 110 weeks
32-Andy Sharp – 111 weeks
33-Bill Wentworth – 112 weeks (2)
34-Cathie Morton – 116 weeks
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 117 weeks
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 119 weeks
37-Kio Dettman – 121 weeks

Heading in to this week’s theme, here is what the 2024 Submission Map looks like:



THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is starting to spread!

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.

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 440 - ORANGE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Photography 139 Studio – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 82 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Boone, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 87 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Missouri Airspace) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Galveston, Texas)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 36 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Pikes Peak, Colorado) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Sacred Heart – Boone, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Y Camp – Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Wal-Mart – Boone, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Bed-Stuy – Brooklyn, New York) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Granger, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 83 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York)

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC - WEEK 440 - ORANGE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 113 weeks

39 participants! That is a great week! Breaks the previous record for participants this year, which was 38! Plus the first submissions this year from Stephanie and Becky!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Colorado
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Missouri
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Texas

Thanks to the travels of Jen, we added Missouri to the list. And Becky’s first submissions of 2024 add Arkansas to the list!

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

+ Arkansas (2)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (2)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Iowa (272)
+ Kansas (11)
+ Michigan (2)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (1)
+ Nebraska (8)
+ New York (4)
+ Pennsylvania (6)
+ South Dakota (2)
+ Texas (13)

12 states so far! No bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple states:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX)
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO)
+ Mary Green (MI, IA)
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY)
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN)

Jen has now taken a 2 state lead to be crowned the Queen of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Travel! I’ll keep workshopping that name.

The big milestone this week was Scott joining the Half Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good times! Jennie, Amy, and Johnathan couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Their streaks ended before they began!

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 431 - LEADING LINES
LEADING LINES – IOWA STATE FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY SALON THEME

LEADING LINES! What a great them for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I’m not explaining themes this year, unless it is something technical, but since this is the special theme category for the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, I thought I would share their explanation for LEADING LINES.



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 LEADING LINES in this place in this place that hopefully is leading somewhere positive next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 439 – TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES! A potential Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest class! But was that enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out:

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, February 5, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Adam Gordon – 1 week (2)
2-Evie Gorshe – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Jason Stensland – 1 week (2)
5-Elainie Hernandez – 3 weeks
6-Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
7-Monica Jennings – 4 weeks
8-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
9-Lowell Davis – 5 weeks
10-Michelle Haupt – 5 weeks
11-Alexis Stensland – 5 weeks (2)
12-Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks
13-Mary Green – 6 weeks (2)
14-Scott Degeneffe – 24 weeks
15-Sabas Hernandez – 25 weeks
16-Mike Vest – 30 weeks
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 34 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 35 weeks (2)
19-Nathanial Brown – 36 weeks
20-Jesse Howard – 36 weeks
21-Tamara Peterson – 39 weeks
22-Mindi Terrell – 51 weeks (2)
23-Linda Bennett – 80 weeks
24-Sarah Toot – 81 weeks
25-Angie DeWaard – 85 weeks (2)
26-Dawn Krause – 89 weeks (2)
27-Kim Barker – 95 weeks
28-Joe Duff – 96 weeks (2)
29-Teresa Kahler – 107 weeks (2)
30-Carla Stensland – 107 weeks (2)
31-Micky Augustin – 109 weeks
32-Andy Sharp – 110 weeks
33-Bill Wentworth – 111 weeks
34-Cathie Morton – 115 weeks
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 116 weeks
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 118 weeks
37-Kio Dettman – 120 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.

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 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Uptown Garage Brewing – Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Uptown Garage Brewing – Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Kate Mitchell Elementary School – Ames, Iowa) – 86 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Ely, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (I-35 – Story City, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Marshalltown, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Les’s Auto – Boone, Iowa) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Les’s Auto – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Enlsey-Gorshe (Colorado Airspace) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JENNIE GREEN
Jennie Green (California) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 81 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 36 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Bliss Cancer Center – Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 110 weeks


Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 31 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Ames, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES -  SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES -  SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 82 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Rochester, Minnesota) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 2 weeks

38 participants! That is a great week! Ties CIRCLE for the most participants in a week this year!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ California
+ Colorado
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Minnesota
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Thanks to Tamara’s trip to Minnesota, Minnesota was added to this year’s map! Thanks to Jen’s work trip, we also added Colorado AND California as well!!

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

+ California (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Iowa (231)
+ Kansas (9)
+ Michigan (2)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Nebraska (8)
+ New York (1)
+ Pennsylvania (6)
+ South Dakota (2)
+ Texas (11)

12 states so far! No bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple states:

+ Mary Green (MI, IA)
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY)
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO)
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN)

There were a couple of major milestones this week. Sabas joined the Half-Year Club! WooHoo! Then Mindi joined the 1 Year Club! That is a double WooHoo!

Another awesome development. The first ever submission from Deanna McClain. Hopefully the beginning of big things in the future! It was also the first ever submission from Jennie Green! I expect that to be more of a one-off, but you never know. You never know.

But it wasn’t all good news. Quite a few streaks bit the dust! Adam, Evie, and Jason couldn’t build on last week’s submission and their streaks were over before they started. Elainie’s streak is over at 3. Worst of all, Mary’s streak is no more after 6 solid 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 440 - ORANGE
ORANGE

ORANGE! 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 ORANGE in this place in this place that loves all colors next Monday.

Tenderloining: Boone Food Truck Field Work

Last Sunday I reported that I was out of food adventures to… uhh… report? Then on Saturday one just kind of fell into my lap*. A tenderloin food truck came to Boone. I’m not hitting the tenderloins hard, as they do fly in the face of my eating healthy journey, but I’m budgeting to eat about 1 a month. Since I had zero in January and it had been 2 months since I’ve had a tenderloin, my favorite enabler said I should do it. And I listen to people when they tell me exactly what I want to hear.

On the positive, a tenderloin actually isn’t super unhealthy. It is a healthy cut of meat. The real problem is that it is fried. The bun also doesn’t help much. The fries I ate as a side were way unhealthier than the tenderloin. Probably. I’m not a food scientist. I just play one on the interwebs. But there are no “red foods”. Only “green foods”, “yellow foods”, and “orange foods”.

I met Jay up there after a trip out to Wally World to pick up a new record, some pastel paper, and a Lego set.**

Jay got their pulled pork as he is not a fan of tenderloins.

Here are some pictures:


Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins
I’ve never heard of this brand of condiments.

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins
Assist to Jay for holding the box open in the wind.

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins
Picture by Jay.

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins
Picture by Jay.

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins
Picture by Jay.

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

Tenderloining - Triple B's Tenderloins

On a technical note, these images are the first foodtography images I’ve taken (well for mass public consumption) since I switched from the Pixel 5 to the Pixel Pro 8.

But you probably care more about the food.

The Good for starters:

+ The fries really hit the spot. Maybe it was because they were the first fried food I’ve had since… well it has been a minute. Unless you count air fried foods. Then it hasn’t been all that long. Unless kolaches are fried. If that is the case, the first fried food since I ate a poppyseed kolache 4 hours earlier***.
+ The tenderloin was a good thickness.
+ The bun-meat ratio was right on.

The Bad:

+ The breading on the tenderloining was salty. Not to a point where it was inedible, but definitely to a point where you knew it was there and you didn’t love it.
+ Jay said his pulled pork was also very salty. Still good but too salty.

The Ugly:

+ Scottie D. and his crew went up there shortly after we did. He was not impressed with the food safety of the crew working the joint. He noted a decided lack of gloves. Their tenderloins tasted like plastic. He said they definitely had a decided plastic aftertaste. I definitely didn’t experience that and I’m not sure what would even cause that. I did not observe the cooks at work. Jay did the ordering and I just mostly stood back and waited, wondering why it was so much colder in the Dollar General parking lot than it had been on the High Trestle Trail just a few hours earlier. Jay did note that he saw some plastic gloves blowing around (so they did have them) and it is just speculation that maybe some of those blew into a fryer.

The Final Verdict:

+ I wouldn’t eat there again. I mean I would if I hit a small town festival and they were the only food truck there, I would imbibe, but I definitely would not go out of my way to eat there and if I saw them serving up grub on the side of the road I would just drive by.

I don’t exactly have another food adventure in the hopper, but I have a sorta food adventure that I am considering.

* Teresa gets the finder’s credit for letting me know there was a food truck setting up shop.
** Teresa also gets the finder’s credit for finding this sweet Lego set that you build into a film camera.
*** You want to see a picture of the kolache don’t you? I took one, but it stays between me and my Czech friends. Better luck next kolache.

WPC – WEEK 438 – CIRCLE

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is possible that this will publish late this week. I am getting my taxes done at 11 this morning and when this publishes is dependent on how long that takes. BIG BUCKS! NO WHAMMIES!*

CIRCLE! 360 degrees of fury! But is there enough fury in a CIRCLE to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 22, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Myriah Sharp – 1 (2)
2-Elainie Hernandez – 2 weeks
3-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
4-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks
5-Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
6-Lowell Davis – 4 weeks (2)
7-Michelle Haupt – 4 weeks
8-Alexis Stensland – 4 weeks (2)
9-Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
10-Mary Green – 6 weeks (2)
11-Scott Degeneffe – 23 weeks (2)
12-Sabas Hernandez – 24 weeks
13-Mike Vest – 29 weeks
14-Sheri Fakhouri – 33 weeks (2)
15-Logan Kahler – 34 weeks (2)
16-Nathanial Brown – 35 weeks
17-Jesse Howard – 35 weeks (2)
18-Tamara Peterson – 38 weeks
19-Mindi Terrell – 50 weeks (2)
20-Linda Bennett – 79 weeks (2)
21-Sarah Toot – 80 weeks
22-Angie DeWaard – 84 weeks
23-Dawn Krause – 88 weeks
24-Kim Barker – 94 weeks
25-Joe Duff – 95 weeks (2)
26-Teresa Kahler – 106 weeks
27-Carla Stensland – 106 weeks (2)
28-Micky Augustin – 108 weeks
29-Andy Sharp – 109 weeks
30-Bill Wentworth – 110 weeks
31-Cathie Morton – 114 weeks
32-Elizabeth Nordeen – 115 weeks
33-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 117 weeks
34-Kio Dettman – 119 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 438 - CIRCLE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - JASON STENSLAND
Jason Stensland (Lake Waubay, South Dakota) – 1 week

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - JASON STENSLAND
Jason Stensland (Lake Waubay, South Dakota)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -  SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)- 5 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Ames, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 438 - CIRCLE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 36 weeks

WPC - WEEK 438 - CIRCLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 36 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 80 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 81 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Des Moines, Iowa) – 85 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 89 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 96 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Ankeny, Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ames, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Mason City, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska)- 111 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE -
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) 120 weeks

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 438 - CIRCLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 542 weeks

38 participants! That is a new high for this year!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ South Dakota
+ Texas

Thanks to Jason’s trip to South Dakota and Sarah’s trip to New York, we can add those to this year’s list!

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

+ Hawaii (2)
+ Iowa (195)
+ Kansas (8)
+ Michigan (2)
+ Nebraska (6)
+ New York (1)
+ Pennsylvania (5)
+ South Dakota (2)
+ Texas (9)

The big milestone this week was the first ever submission from Jason! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Myriah couldn’t build on last week’s submission and her streak was over before it even began!

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 439 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES – POTENTIAL PUFFERBILLY DAYS CLASS

TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES! 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 TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES in this place in this place that was heavily influenced by a book on trains next Monday.

*There were no BIG BUCKS! But there were also NO WHAMMIES! But at least I didn’t owe any money.

WEEK 437 – RULE OF THIRDS

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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RULE OF THIRDS! The first technical (and we’re not talking very technical here) theme we’ve had for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE in quite some time. Was it technically a popular theme our did a third of our participants last week throw in the towel at this theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 22, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Elainie Hernandez – 1 week
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week
3-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
4-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week
5-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
6-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
7-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
8-Lowell Davis – 3 weeks
9-Michelle Haupt – 3 weeks
10-Alexis Stensland – 3 weeks
11-Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks
12-Mary Green – 5 weeks (2)
13-Scott Degeneffe – 22 weeks
14-Sabas Hernandez – 23 weeks
15-Mike Vest – 28 weeks
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 32 weeks (2)
17-Logan Kahler – 33 weeks (2)
18-Nathanial Brown – 34 weeks
19-Jesse Howard – 34 weeks
20-Tamara Peterson – 37 weeks
21-Mindi Terrell – 49 weeks (2)
22-Linda Bennett – 78 weeks
23-Sarah Toot – 79 weeks (2)
24-Angie DeWaard – 83 weeks
25-Dawn Krause – 87 weeks
26-Kim Barker – 93 weeks
27-Joe Duff – 94 weeks (2)
28-Teresa Kahler – 105 weeks
29-Carla Stensland – 105 weeks
30-Micky Augustin – 107 weeks
31-Andy Sharp – 108 weeks
32-Bill Wentworth – 109 weeks (2)
33-Cathie Morton – 113 weeks
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 114 weeks (2)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 116 weeks
36-Kio Dettman – 118 weeks

Here is the updated 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 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SHANNO BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 110 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Hickory Grove Park – Story County, Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (West Lake Okoboji – Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Lower Gar Lake – Arnold’s Park, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 95 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa) – 94 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Rooster’s – Boone, Iowa) – 88 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 84 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 80 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 79 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 34 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (6th Avenue – Des Moines, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Mercy Hospital – Des Moines, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 29 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS -  SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS -  SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story County, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Copa Classico at TBK – Bettendorf, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Copa Classico at TBK – Bettendorf, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)- 4 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Linwood Cemetery – Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Woodward, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp (Hawaii) – 1 week

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - MYRIAH SHARP
Myriah Sharp (Hawaii)

WPC 437 - RULE OF THIRDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Memorial Park – Boone, Iowa)

35 participants! That is a great week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Kansas
+ Hawaii
+ Iowa
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Thanks to Myriah’s trip, Hawaii was added!

Here is the Year 11 list of states where submissions have been taken:

+ Kansas (7)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Iowa (153)
+ Michigan (2)
+ Nebraska (5)
+ Pennsylvania (5)
+ Texas (7)

There weren’t any major milestones this week, but there are some on the horizon! There were a few streaks that bit the dust. Willy and Johnathan couldn’t build on last week’s submission and their streaks are over before they began. Jen’s streak is gone after 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 438 - CIRCLE
CIRCLE

CIRCLE! 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 CIRCLE in this place in this place that has a pretty large circle of trust next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 436 – BREAKFAST

Toda is Sheri’s birthday so I need to wish her a happy birthday!


June 5
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I hope it is as good of a birthday as is possible!

+++++++

BREAKFAST! Some say that is it the most important meal of the day! I don’t know that it is, but was it important enough to enough people to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
2-Monica Jennings – 1 week
3-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
4-Lowell Davis – 2 weeks
5-Susanna Funk – 2 weeks
6-Michelle Haupt – 2 weeks
7-Alexis Stensland – 2 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 3 weeks
9-Mary Green – 4 weeks (2)
10-Scott Degeneffe – 21 weeks
11-Sabas Hernandez – 22 weeks
12-Mike Vest – 27 weeks
13-Sheri Fakhouri – 31 weeks (2)
14-Logan Kahler – 32 weeks
15-Nathanial Brown – 33 weeks (2)
16-Jesse Howard – 33 weeks
17-Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks
18-Mindi Terrell – 48 weeks (2)
19-Linda Bennett – 77 weeks (2)
20-Sarah Toot – 78 weeks
21-Angie DeWaard – 82 weeks (2)
22-Dawn Krause – 86 weeks
23-Kim Barker – 92 weeks
24-Joe Duff – 93 weeks (2)
25-Teresa Kahler – 104 weeks (2)
26-Carla Stensland – 104 weeks (2)
27-Micky Augustin – 106 weeks
28-Andy Sharp – 107 weeks
29-Bill Wentworth – 108 weeks
30-Cathie Morton – 112 weeks
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 113 weeks
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 115 weeks
33-Kio Dettman – 117 weeks (2)

Reminder. Here is the updated 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 436 - BREAKFAST - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 108 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MICKY
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 87 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 93 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 78 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 79 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 94 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 109 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 114 weeks

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC 436 - BREAKFAST - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

37 participants this week! That is definitely the high for this year! WooHoo!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

No new states added this week.

Here is the Year 11 list of states where submissions have been taken:

+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Michigan
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

The big milestone this week is Linda hitting the Year and a Half Club! WooHoo!!

But it wasn’t all rainbows and puppies. Funk’s streak came to a screeching halt at 2 weeks. Hopefully she gets back on the mountain this week!

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 437 - RULE OF THIRDS
RULE OF THIRDS (SUGGESTED BY SARAH TOOT)

RULE OF THIRDS! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I’m not explaining the themes this year, unless it is something technical.

Here is the definition of the RULE OF THIRDS from the SLR Lounge:

“In photography, the rule of thirds is a type of composition in which an image is divided evenly into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the image is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along one of the lines itself.”

You will notice on the theme reveal image I have left the RULE OF THIRDS lines there so you can get an idea of where they are. Every camera gives you the ability to put these lines on the display screen before you take the picture.

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 all be sharing your idea of RULE OF THIRDS in this place that doesn’t follow many rules next Monday.

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: Audubon Field Work

A couple months back Jesse and I hit the open road and ended up at The Feed Mill Restaurant in Audubon, Iowa. It was the 9th stop (technically 10th – but I’ll cover that) on the Tenderloin Trail 2.0. Leaving me just one stamp short of earning my Tenderloin Trail 2.0 shirt!

Despite being one of the closer Tenderloin Trail 2.0 restaurant stops to Boone, I didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to cross this one off the list. Their hours are pretty awful. They are only open a few hours a week. Which is too bad, because their food is excellent!

The Feed Mill Restaurant is inside Waspy’s Truck Stop and that gas station itself has really good food. There are two Waspy’s. One in Audubon and another in Templeton. If you are in the area, I think it is worth the stop. But you know me, I’m partial to food in gas stations. Casey’s Pizza. The Filling Station in Madrid. The Filling Station in Ames. Joe’s in Kansas City. You get the point.

Here are some pictures from the outing:


Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant

As you know, in addition to being a noted tenderloin fiend, I also love me a great cheese curd. Fried or otherwise. If I remember correctly their cheese curds were muenster. It made a fine cheese curd, but it wasn’t decidedly different from your standard cheddar cheese curd. So I’m saying it was pretty great!

As for the tenderloin. It was a pretty great tenderloin! Now the question is, would I eat there again? Would I go out of my way to go there? Would I make a special trip to get this tenderloin?

It is a great tenderloin. The problem is that it is just down the street from Darrell’s Place and the Darrell’s Place tenderloin is the O.G. great tenderloin in Iowa. So being put in the situation of having to choose one, if I was in the area, I would choose Darrell’s Place.

That isn’t a reflection on The Feed Mill. Just nothing is Darrell’s Place.

The Feed Mill Restaurant is located at:

2079 US Highway 71
Audubon, Iowa

Located in Waspy’s Truck Stop.

But I’m not done with this post quite yet. Earlier I wrote that this was the 9th Stop on the Tenderloin Trail, but technically the 10th. That is because back in 2022 I visited the Wood Iron Grille in Oskaloosa with Carla and Teresa and knocked down their tenderloin. However, I didn’t have my Passport on me, so I didn’t get it stamped.

You can understand my frustration because it takes 10 stamps (out of 14, but really 13) to get the free shirt. So shortly after my trip to Audubon with Jesse I made a return trip to Oskaloosa with Teresa. With passport firmly in my hands.

I don’t need to cover the Wood Iron Grille tenderloin again, but I thought I could share 2 pictures from that trip:



The last bite of Tenderloin Trail 2.0.


The passport.

I got my shirt and this letter within a couple weeks of mailing in my Passport:



I’m not going to share a picture of the shirt yet. I have a whole photo session for that worked up in my head. Which means you will probably never get to see it, unless you catch me in the wild wearing it.

However, I would be a poor tenderloin enthusiast if I didn’t thank those people that helped me in fulfilling this dream. An accomplishment that some are calling “the greatest in the history of mankind”. So thanks to everyone who at least sat across from me while I knocked down a tenderloin on this trail:

+ Austin Degeneffe (Iowa Taproom)
+ Porter Degeneffe (Iowa Taproom)
+ Scott Degeneffe (Co-Founder of the Tenderloin Appreciation Society) (Iowa Taproom)
+ Jesse Howard (The Feed Mill, Birdies, Burgers & Brews, and The Pub at Pinicon)
+ Dahlia Kahler (Whatcha Smokin’)
+ Logan Kahler (Whatcha Smokin’)
+ Teresa Kahler (Whatcha Smokin’, Grid Iron Sports Bar & Grille, Stumble Inn, and Wood Iron Grille)
+ Nader Parsaei (Darrell’s Place, Birdie’s Burgers & Brews)
+ Carla Stensland (Wood Iron Grille)
+ Phil Webb (Grid Iron Sports Bar & Grille)

The only stop on the trail I made solo was PrairieMoon on Main.

You might be asking yourself what my future tenderloin plans are since I am eating healthier these days? It is true. I don’t really eat much fried food any more. Really hardly at all. That doesn’t mean tenderloins are off the menu. I have a plan for a more structured tenderloin quest this year. I want to make 1 special tenderloin trip a month. 1st on my list is the reigning 2023 Best Tenderloin at Cliff’s Place in Manning.

I haven’t had this month’s special tenderloin, so I’m going to effort to go to Manning next week and if that doesn’t work out, some place else. Also on my list are the 3 tenderloins on the Tenderloin Trail 2.0 that I haven’t tried. Jethro’s is also on the list, but I’ve had that tenderloin. It isn’t great. Plus my understanding is that the owner of Jethro’s is not a great person and I have limited desire to line his pockets with any of my green. Also on that list is the other finalists from last year. Plus any of the past champions that I haven’t tried.

Drop me a line if you want to go on one of these tenderloin quests. I already have you marked down Michelle. I haven’t forgotten.

The next food adventure I will share will be the last time I ate ice cream. At least I’m pretty sure the last time I ate ice cream.

And You’ll Be the One Who’s Crying

A couple Sundays back my church honored our Building Engineer. He retired after 43 years with our church. Which is amazing when you think about it. Yesterday was my 18th anniversary with the computer mine. I can’t imagine working another 18 years there. Let alone another 25 years. Wow!

I used it as an opportunity to take pictures for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme SUNDAY MORNING. Here are some of the alternate images I took for the theme:


Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

Ben's Retirement

It was a pretty great Sunday morning at the Boone First United Methodist Church!

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

It has been a minute since I shared a food adventure with all of you. Truthfully I haven’t been on a food adventure for a minute. This is partially as I have been efforting to eat healthier and partially because of the time of year. But don’t worry, I still have several food adventures left in the hopper to share. Hopefully I get out there and have some more food adventures soon though.

A couple months back for our post worship service meal Teresa and I were going to go to a restaurant in Duncombe that was a finalist for Best Tenderloin in 2023. The restaurant is called Stumpy’s Bar & Grill. I wanted to get there sooner rather than later because there is a chance they are going to get kicked out of their building by the owners of the building. The Duncombe American Legion. When you read the news stories the American Legion makes it clear in no uncertain terms that they don’t like the owners of Stumpy’s and giving them the boot is a personal decision.

Stumpy’s is still open, so they must have worked out their differences.

However, on this day we walked in. Their Facebook page indicated that they were serving food. But I guess we should have called. Anyways, they were crazy rude in the way they told us that they weren’t serving food. So I have mentally crossed Stumpy’s off the list of tenderloins I need to try.

The nearest town to Duncombe that had open restaurants was Webster City, so we travelled there and went to Leon’s Pizza. It was a win!

Leon’s is an old time restaurant. It has been open since 1972. It feels like a small town mom and pop restaurant. Exactly my favorite type of restaurant.

Here are some pictures:


Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

Like a Big Pizza Pie: Webster City Field Work

For an appetizer we got the Sampler Platter. $10.95. Then we got the large Deluxe Pizza. $23.75.

The ultimate review is, would I eat here again? Would I search it out? Would I go out of my way to eat at Leon’s Pizza?

You’re darn tootin’ I would! I’m frankly surprised I haven’t eaten there again already.

Leon’s Pizza serves more than just pizza. They also serve burgers, sandwiches, chicken, and other things.

Leon’s Pizza can is located at:

643 2nd Street
Webster City, Iowa

Our next Food Adventure will involve the Tenderloin Trail 2.0. Possibly it’s conclusion!