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Town Sign Project: Monroe County

A few weeks back I hit the open road with Teresa and harvested the town signs of Monroe County.

Here are some facts about Monroe County:

+ Population is 7,577 making it the 87th most populous county in Iowa. Putting it behind Decatur County and above Adair County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Albia.
+ Originally named Kishkekosh County after the Meskwaki Chief. Renamed for James Monroe, 5th President of the United States.
+ Site of Buxton, the largest town with a majority black population in the early 20th century.
+ Major highways are US-34, IA-5, and IA-137.
+ Adjacent counties are Marion, Mahaska, Wapello, Appanoose, and Lucas.
+ Population peaked in 1910 at 25,429.

The Monroe County Courthouse is gorgeous:


Monroe County Courthouse
The Monroe County Courthouse in Albia, Iowa.

The Monroe County Freedom Rock is located in Albia, Iowa.


Monroe County Freedom Rock

Monroe County Freedom Rock

Monroe County Freedom Rock

With Monroe County completed, this is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 55 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

55 counties completed. 55.6% of the Cyclone State conquered!

There are 5 incorporated towns in Monroe County. However, Eddyville is barely in Monroe County and is mostly in Mahaska County and Wapello County, so we will cover it at a later date. Moravia is also ever so slightly in Monroe County, but 99.9% of it is in Appanoose County. So we will also cover it at a later date. That leaves Monroe County with only 3 towns.

Here are the town signs of Monroe County:


Albia, Iowa
Albia, Iowa
ALBIA
SINCE 1846
Population: 3,721 (-45)

Lovilia, Iowa
Lovilia, Iowa
Lovilia
Established 1853
Population: 472 (-66)

Melrose, Iowa
Melrose, Iowa
Welcome to Melrose
Iowa’s Little Ireland
Population: 112 (-2)

Georgetown, Iowa - Unincorporated
Georgetown, Iowa – Unincorporated
WELCOME TO GEORGETOWN

I don’t even think this one is open to discussion. The monorail sales man of US-34 got Albia. Lovilia is also snoozer. Meanwhile, Melrose brings the heat! I loved the town of Melrose. Not only does it have a great sign, they have a monument in their town park for their 1937 high school basketball team that won the state championship that they claim was the best high school team in Iowa history. Although I think the Ames High team with Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermott might have something to say about that. They also have their own blarney stone. That makes two Iowa towns that I know of that have their own blarney stone.


Melrose, Iowa
Melrose – Best in Show – Monroe County

Melrose also had a few alternate signs:


Melrose, Iowa
Melrose – Alternate

Melrose, Iowa
Melrose – Alternate

Melrose, Iowa
Melrose – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Lowden, Iowa
Best in Show – Cedar County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Humeston, Iowa
Best in Show – Wayne County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Buffalo Center, Iowa
Best in Show – Winnebago County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will end up in Mahaska County.

WPC – WEEK 332 – TRIANGLE

So far TRIANGLE has been a fairly popular theme. In fact, it was a record setting theme! More on that later.

Heading into the third week of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, these were the current streaks:

* Mike Vest – 1 week
* Michelle Haupt – 1 week
* Monica Henning – 2 weeks
* Micky Augustin – 2 weeks
* Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
* Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
* Andy Sharp – 3 weeks
* Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks
* Bill Wentworth – 4 weeks
* Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
* Cathie Raley – 8 weeks
* Elizabeth Nordeen – 9 weeks
* Kim Barker – 11 weeks
* Shannon Bardole-Foley – 11 weeks
* Kio Dettman – 14 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participations rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE- CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 10 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 15 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 5 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 12 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 2 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 3 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 12 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 332 - TRIANGLE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 9 weeks

Very impressive! 28 submissions from 22 participants! I think the 22 participants might be a new THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE record! Only two streaks were snapped. Mike Vest’s “streak” of 1 week did not extend to 2 weeks. Dawn Krause’s streak of 5 weeks ends at 5.

The three longest streaks remained intact and Elizabeth joined the world of double digit streaks.

Here are the top streaks:

#1. Kio – 15 weeks
#2. Kim – 12 weeks
#2. Shannon – 12 weeks
#4. Elizabeth – 10 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 333 - LOVE
#LOVE

#LOVE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a #LOVE image. What is #LOVE? #LOVE is the most popular hashtag on Instagram. Instagram has more than 1 billion users that use the app every month. It is the second most downloaded free app. The average Instagram user browses images 53 minutes a day. Instagram is used by 25% of smartphone users. The first ever photo posted to Instagram was of a dog (duh!) near a taco stand (double duh!), taken by a Instagram founder. As I write this, #LOVE has been used 2,147,483,647 times on Instagram. That is billion with a b.

Now if you read all that, and you were like, great, but what is a hashtag? Sigh.

A hashtag is a label used on social media sites that makes it easier to find information with a theme or specific content. Hashtags encourage social media users to explore content that catches their eye. Associations can use hashtags to reach their target audience and to help members filter information.

But for our purpose here, you don’t need to worry about a hashtag. The hashtag is merely the inspiration for this week’s theme. When you are considering your subjects, think, would it be something that somebody could hashtag it with LOVE? The subject could be something that you #LOVE, or it could be something that represents #LOVE to you. Whatever trips your heartstrings. I’m not here to judge. Love is love and #LOVE is #LOVE too.

While considering your possible subjects, think on the following quote and I know you will take a great #LOVE image:

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
-Zora Neale Hurston

I look forward to your interpretations!

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of #LOVE in this place that is little more than a where I put all my loves next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 330 – BLACK + WHITE

As we are about to kickoff the 9th Year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (birthed into this world kicking and screaming as the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT) I thought we could look at what we accomplished as a community in Year 8.

+ There were 866 total submissions by 35 different participants. Averaging 16.65 submissions a week.
+ The most popular themes were HOBBIES and FRIENDS. Both had 30 submissions.
+ SYMMETRY + PATTERNS had the most participants with 19.

Here are the individual statistics for the 35 different participants:
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 52 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Kio Dettman – 50 weeks, 119 photos.
+ Micky Augustin – 44 weeks, 53 photos.
+ Tamara Peterson – 44 weeks, 44 photos.
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Kim Barker – 36 weeks, 43 photos.
+ Carla Stensland – 32 weeks, 73 photos.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks, 40 photos.
+ Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Bill Wentworth – 28 weeks, 28 photos.
+ Cathie Raley – 26 weeks, 26 photos.
+ Andy Sharp – 26 weeks, 52 photos.
+ Teresa Kahler – 22 weeks, 42 photos.
+ Joe Duff – 19 weeks, 25 photos.
+ Mike Vest – 16 weeks, 16 photos.
+ Logan Kahler – 14 weeks, 32 photos.
+ Jesse Howard – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Dawn Krause – 14 weeks, 17 photos.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 12 weeks, 20 photos.
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks, 14 photos.
+ Monica Henning – 11 weeks, 24 photos.
+ Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks, 11 photos.
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks, 8 photos.
+ Sara Lockner – 5 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Amy Peterson – 4 weeks, 6 photos.
+ Susanna Funk – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Aaron Barnett – 3 weeks, 3 photos.
+ Lori Backous – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Steve White – 2 weeks, 4 photos.
+ Jodie Cue – 1 week, 3 photos.
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week, 1 photo.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week, 1 photo.

Thanks to everybody that participated on any level!

I’ve gotten slightly into Snapchat streaks in the last few weeks and I’m going to carry the idea of streaks over to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Heading into this week, these are the people that have “streaks” of submitting photos for consecutive weeks:

+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Mike Parmelee – 1 week.
+ Angie DeWaard – 1 week.
+ Andy Sharp – 1 week.
+ Teresa Kahler – 1 week.
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week.
+ Bill Wentworth – 2 weeks.
+ Joe Duff – 2 weeks.
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks.
+ Cathie Raley – 6 weeks.
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 7 weeks.
+ Kim Barker – 9 weeks.
+ Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks.
+ Kio Dettman – 12 weeks.
+ Christopher D. Bennett – 431 weeks.

Okay, in fairness, I run this show and it does bend around my schedule, slightly, so my streak doesn’t really count for much. It will be interesting to see who is able to build on their streak this week and who has their streak snapped.

As we start up Year 9, just a reminder that the picture has to be taken the week of the theme. The picture needs to be taken somewhere between 12:01 PM on the Monday the theme is revealed and 11:00 AM the following Monday, when I click Schedule on this post and head to lunch. This is a get off your butt and TAKE photos challenge. It is NOT a curate your photos challenge.

Photos are not evaluated for quality (at least not by me) to be posted. This challenge is about doing the work. You put in the work, the quality will come. What I am saying is, don’t hold back a submission because you don’t think it is good enough.

There are two ways to submit your photos to me. You can email me at bennett@photography139.com OR you can text them to my phone. Either one is perfectly acceptable.

These are not rules, but I’d say fairplay guidelines:

+ Don’t send me multiple pictures of the same subject in the same week. Send me multiple pictures, sure, but make them unique.
+ Don’t send me multiple pictures and ask me to choose the best one. I won’t do it. Even on a theme that is coming up in a few weeks where there will be for the first time ever a limitation of 1 submission per participant, I still won’t do it.
+ Watch the resolution of the images you submit. The size should be at least 800 pixels for it to look decent on the website.
+ YOU should be the one taking the picture. If a friend of yours takes a picture and you want to submit it for them, that is fine, but they should get the credit for the picture and they should be cool with it being posted.

Enough of that noise. You didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates and the best ways to participate, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (10 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (3 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Tamara Peterson (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley (7 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Teresa Kahler (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE
Elizabeth Nordeen (8 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (13 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (4 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (2 weeks)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning (1 week)

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 330 - BLACK + WHITE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (2 weeks)

29 submissions from 20 participants. That 20 participants is more than any theme had last year! I’m pumped now! That is a great week! Lots of streaks continued. Only the streaks of Mike Parmelee, Angie DeWaard, and Jen Ensley-Gorshe came to an end.

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 331 - ROCK
ROCK

ROCK! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ROCK photo? Well, there are several types of rocks. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.  All you have to do is find a rock you like (I’m partial to igneous) and take a picture of it. And ROCKs have so many uses, they can hold historical markers, they are canvasses for artists, and people build things out of them.  Just to name a few.  Of course, ROCK can have multiple meanings. There is the type of ROCK that Twisted Sister wants to do. Which isn’t all that different from the kind of ROCK that AC/DC salutes those about to engage in or that Queen wants to do to you. Whatever definition of ROCK you use, it will be the right one for you.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t point out that ROCK was a theme suggested by Angie.  Thanks for the suggestion Angie.

While thinking on your possible subjects for  your ROCK picture, think on this following quote from one of my old time favorite movies.  INHERIT THE WIND. It is a highly dramatized telling of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. One of the lawyers that is prosecuting the teacher on trial for teaching evolution has taken the stand as an expert on The Bible. The lawyer defending the teacher is cross examining him.

Drummond:  It’s sad that we don’t all have your positive knowledge of what is right and wrong, Mr. Brady. How old do you think this rock is?

Brady: I am more interested in the “Rock of Ages” than I am in the age of rocks.

Drummond: Dr. Paige of Oberlin College tells me this rock is at least 10 million years old.

Brady: Well, well, Colonel Drummond, you managed to speak here some of that scientific testimony, after all.

Drummond: Look, Mr. Brady. These are the fossil remains of a marine prehistoric creature found in this very county, and which lived here millions of years ago when these very mountain ranges were submerged in water.

Brady: I know. The Bible gives a fine account of the flood. But your Professor’s a little mixed up in his dates. That rock is not more than six thousand years old.

Drummond: How do ya know?

Brady: A fine biblical scholar, Bishop Usher, has determined for us the exact date and hour of the Creation. It occurred in the year 4004 B.C.

Drummond: Well, that’s Bishop Usher’s opinion.

Brady: It’s not an opinion. It’s a literal fact — which the good Bishop arrived at through careful computation of the ages of the prophets, as set down in the Old Testament. In fact, he determined that the Lord began the Creation on the 23rd of October, 4004 B.C. at, uh, 9:00am.

Drummond: [Is] that Eastern Standard Time? Or Rocky Mountain Time? It wasn’t Daylight Saving Time, was it, because the Lord didn’t make the sun until the fourth day.

Brady: That is correct.

Drummond: That first day, what do you think, it was 24 hours long?

Brady: [The] Bible says it was a day.

Drummond: Well, there was no sun out. How do you know how long it was?

Brady: The Bible says it was a day!

Drummond: Well, was it a normal day, a literal day, 24 hour day?

Brady: I don’t know.

Drummond: What do you think?

Brady: I do not think about things that I do not think about.

Now maybe that scene doesn’t have much to do with rocks, but any chance I can even tangentially reference that movie I will.  I look forward to seeing your ROCK interpretations.

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of ROCK in this place that records my metamorphic change next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 329 – EDUCATION

Here we are. The end of Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There were 866 images submitted this year. Smashing the record set by Year 7, 807. Hopefully we break the record again in Year 9. To have a look at them, click on the link below:

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 8

EDUCATION has proven to be a very popular theme.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - MIKE PARMELEE
Mike Parmelee

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 329 - EDUCATION - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

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:

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 330 - BLACK + WHITE
BLACK + WHITE

BLACK + WHITE! What a great theme to kick off Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

To know me at all, is to know that my first love in photography is always been BLACK + WHITE. But what is BLACK + WHITE photo? Well, the obvious answer is that it simply a picture that is monochrome. Not color. But BLACK + WHITE. However, there are some things to know about taking a good BLACK + WHITE picture. Once you remove color from an image, you can’t rely on color to provide interest. Here are things to think about to make a good BLACK + WHITE image:

+ Shape and Form – The shapes of things will be more dominant.
+ Contrast – Without colors to separate your subjects, you will need the contrast between BLACK + WHITE to separate the objects in the picture.
+ Texture – A good subject in BLACK + WHITE photography will have texture. Texture really pops.

While considering possible subjects for your BLACK + WHITE picture, consider this quote by Ansel Adams:

“Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes.”
-Ansel Adams

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of BLACK + WHITE in this place that is little more than my shades of gray next Monday.

Christmas Treats – 2021

The July image from the 2022 Calendar is a picture of an Easter lily.


2022 Calendar - July

Tomorrow I will share the August image.

+++++++

Last Saturday a few people got together at Teresa’s house to make Christmas treats. I stopped by to take a few pictures.


Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

I think next year Johnathan, Logan, and Brandon might get an invite. However, I’m not in charge, so we’ll see.

WPC – 327 – CANDID PORTRAIT

The January image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is an image I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It is of a corn crib (methinks) that was blown askew by the derecho. It is slightly east of Boone on US-30.


2022 Calendar - January

Tomorrow I will reveal the February image.

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Thus far, CANDID PORTRAIT has proven to be a very popular theme.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensely-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEL 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 327 -CANDID PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

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 328 - HOLIDAYS
HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAYS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! But wait, I thought the themes were random? Seems also convenient that HOLIDAYS is the theme the same week as Christmas? Yeah, it does seem convenient. Perhaps even desperately random…

But what exactly is a HOLIDAYS image? Simply put, a HOLIDAYS image is just any image that suggest the celebration of a HOLIDAY. Opening presents, decorations, making treats, hanging with family or friends or co-workers. There are so many possibilities! And yes, Christmas is this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the basement and pull out your favorite Arbor Day decoration and take a picture of that.

While considering your possible subjects for your HOLIDAYS image, consider the following quote:

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
-Garrison Keillor

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of HOLIDAYS in this place that is little more than where I go for my personal holidays next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 326 – ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE has proven to be an oddly successful theme!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP (Photo by Don Lester)
Submitted by Andy Sharp – Photo by Don Lester

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE -BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE -  MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 326 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

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 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

CANDID PORTRAIT! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a CANDID PORTRAIT image? A CANDID PORTRAIT image is simply an image where the person that is the subject of the photo isn’t posing for the picture. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know their picture is getting taken, but they definitely aren’t posing for the picture. They are just being themselves. Which is why I prefer CANDID PORTRAITS a gazillion to one over formal portraits. But that is just me.

While thinking on your subjects for your CANDID PORTRAIT image, meditate on the following quote:

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
-Unknown

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of CANDID PORTRAIT in this place that is little more than me being candidly candid next Monday.

Sneaky Snake Root Beer

This year for our family Thanksgiving I wanted to attempt to make root beer. I had Glenn Peterson’s recipe in hand and I also fruitlessly pursued another recipe, but I’m not really sure how different root beer recipes can get.

Glenn’s recipe was a little vague on a couple things, but it goes like this:

Recipe for homemade root beer (X 2 for 10 gal water cooler)
4 lbs. sugar
3 ½ gallon water
1 bottle Root beer extract
1 bottle Root beer flavor
4 lbs. dry ice.

Add 4 lbs. sugar to 3 ½ gal water. Stir until sugar dissolved. Add 1 bottle root beer extract and 1 bottle root beer flavor. Stir until mixed. Add 4 lbs. of dry ice ½ to 1 hour before serving. Use gloves when working with dry ice. Dry ice will cause the container to look like a witches’ caldron. Do not stir nor put a lid on container. When “steam” from the dry ice disappears, root beer is ready to drink.
This recipe was shared with Glenn while in the Army. He started sharing it with Pack 150, Madrid at the Blue & Gold Banquets/ Crossovers and Arrow of Lights Ceremony from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

Glenn’s widow Tamara shared the recipe with me a couple years ago.

The one thing I didn’t know is how much is 1 bottle of root beer extract and how much is one bottle of root beer flavor. I compared it to other root beer recipes and determined Glenn’s recipe calls for a 2 oz bottle of each. I changed his recipe slightly. I used 1 4 oz bottle of Shank’s root beer extract.

Johnathan and Logan assisted in the making of my first batch of what I am calling Sneaky Snake Root Beer. Here are some pictures:


Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
Logan is wearing some of my Mom’s old dish gloves.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
This is one of my favorite family pictures ever.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

I decided on the name for my root beer on Saturday while cruising around Monroe County with Teresa. I was originally going to name it after Naima sorta and call it something like Gold Dog Root Beer, so I could put her mug on the bottles. However, I decided to name it after an old family memory. Maybe I was feeling nostalgic because Thanksgiving this year was obviously bittersweet at it was the first major holiday we’ve had without Mom. But I decided to base the name off the Tom T. Hall song “Sneaky Snake”.

When I was a kid and we would go down to my Dad’s darkroom, the music was mostly provided by his 8 track collection. My favorite of his 8 tracks was blue. It was Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits Volume II. I can’t swear that it was Volume II, but it was pretty close. My favorite song on this 8 track was “Sneaky Snake”. I still love that song, even though next to nobody outside of my family seems to appreciate its greatness.

The lyrics are:

Boys and girls take warning
If you go near the lake
Keep your eyes wide open
And look for sneaky snake
Now, maybe you won’t see him
And maybe you won’t hear
But he’ll sneak up behind you
And drink all your root beer

And then sneaky snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

Well sneaky snake drinks root beer
And he just makes me sick
When he is not dancing
He looks just like stick
Now he doesn’t have any arms or legs
You cannot see his ears
And while we are not looking
He’s stealing all of our beer

And then sneak snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

So this is what the label on the bottle should look like, or would look like if I could get it to print correctly:



I’m definitely not a graphic designer, but I do like the picture part. The picture of the snake is from about 10 years ago, when I found a snake in Shorty and Doris’ flower bed. I photoshopped it up a bit though.

I might not explain everything about this under normal circumstances, but my nearly professional labeler Elizabeth is concerned that people might think it is name after the “I’m a Snake” guy of YouTube fame. It definitely is not. So don’t even try thinking that!

I have a few bottles of Batch 001 left. I’ve earmarked a few for December Movie Night. And the rest, well they might go to Elizabeth’s progeny. They apparently are big fans of Sneaky Snake Root Beer!

I’m going to continue to experiment with the recipe. Try different brands of extract. Try Glenn’s original recipe. I want to try mixing in some vanilla at some point too. I definitely need to figure out a way to capture more carbonation. I’m not sure how to do that yet, but I have some theories. Batch 001 will be followed by Batch 002 and 003 and so on and so forth more hopefully.

Tenderloin Appreciation Society – Oskaloosa Field Work

Last Saturday, when Teresa and I were out harvesting town signs, I was hoping to finally hit the first destination on The Tenderloin Trail 2.0. Wood Iron Grille is one of the stops. So I planned for us to eat lunch there, when we hit the Oskaloosa area. Unfortunately, and this is on me, they don’t open until 4 PM on Saturdays.

Instead we dined at a quaint little downtown restaurant called Tasos Steakhouse. While I didn’t get to hit the Tenderloin Trail, your humble narrator did do some tenderloining.

Here are some cruddy cell phone pictures:


Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

Tenderloining at Tasos Steakhouse

You’ve seen the pictures now, but how do I break down the experience? Well it goes a little something like this:

THE GOOD

+ Good bun.
+ Toasted bun.
+ The fried cheese curds were exquisite.
+ Service was friendly.
+ Got food recommendations from some locals.
+ Didn’t nail the meat to bun ratio, but pretty close.
+ Served Pepsi products.

THE BAD

+ Standard has lettuce and tomatoes.
+ Red onions. I mean not the end of the world, but definitely not my tenderloin onion of choice.
+ A little on the bland side.
+ Too thin, not quite, but dangerously close the pork fritter territory.

THE UGLY

+ Fries were a disappointment.

I don’t have any tenderloins currently planned, but I’m sure it is only a matter of time before the universe puts one in my path again.

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



BLUE

BLUE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is BLUE photo? A BLUE photo is simply a picture where the color BLUE is a major compositional element of your image.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 324 – NATURE

NATURE photography turned out to be in the NATURE of several people.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 324 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 324 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 324 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 324 - NATURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 324 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 324 - NATURE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 324 - NATURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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:



BLUE

BLUE! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is BLUE photo? A BLUE photo is simply a picture where the color BLUE is a major compositional element of your image.

Think on the following quote while considering your BLUE possibilities:

Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.
-Jules Feiffer

I look forward to seeing your BLUE interpretations.

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.

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of NATURE in this place that I turn to when I’m feeling blue next Monday.