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Town Sign Project: Henry County

Several weeks back I cruised around Henry County with Teresa harvesting their town signs. It was a good trip as we met up with Jodie and Doug Cue for lunch in Mount Pleasant. The only trip where I met up with somebody who lived in the county where I was harvesting.

Here are some facts about Henry County:
+ Population is 20,387. Making it the 33rd most populous county in Iowa. Below Buchanan County and above Winneshiek County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Mount Pleasant.
+ Formed on December 7, 1836 as part of the Wisconsin Territory and then became part of the Iowa Territory on July 4, 1838.
+ Named for General Henry Dodge.
+ Home of Iowa Wesleyan.
+ Home of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion.
+ Major highways are US-34, US-218, US-27, IA-16, and IA-78.
+ Adjacent counties are Washington, Louisa, Des Moines, Van Buren, and Jefferson.
+ Population peaked at 21,463 in 1870.

Henry County has a pretty blah courthouse:


Henry County Courthouse
The Henry County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

The Henry County Freedom Rock is located in Winfield, Iowa:


Henry County Freedom Rock

Henry County Freedom Rock

Henry County Freedom Rock

With Henry County conquered, her is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 91 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

91 counties completed. 91.9% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Henry County:


Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
MT. PLEASANT
Population: 9,274 (+606)

New London, Iowa
New London, Iowa
Welcome To NEW LONDON
Population: 1,910 (+23)

Winfield, Iowa
Winfield, Iowa
Winfield
Est. 1882
Population: 1,033 (-101)

Wayland, Iowa
Wayland, Iowa
Wayland
Est. 1880
Population: 964 (-2)

Salem, Iowa
Salem, Iowa
SALEM
FOUNDED 1835
Population: 394 (+11)

Olds, Iowa
Olds, Iowa
WELCOME to Olds
Population: 163 (-66)

Hillsboro, Iowa
Hillsboro, Iowa
HILLSBORO COMMUNITY CENTER
Population: 163 (-17)

Rome, Iowa
Rome, Iowa
Welcome to Rome Chicauqua
Est. 1846
LAND OF THE FREE
BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE
Population: 114 (-3)

Westwood, Iowa
Westwood, Iowa
CITY OF WESTWOOD
EST. 1892
Population: 101 (-11)

Mount Union, Iowa - Unincorporated
Mount Union, Iowa – Unincorporated
Mt. Union
Founded 1904

Swedesburg, Iowa - Unincorporated
Swedesburg, Iowa – Unincorporated
Welcome to SWEDESBURG
MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP

Henry County has kind of a mediocre collection of town signs. Not terrible, but not outstanding. The worst one is easily Hillsboro as they didn’t have a real town sign at all. Oh Heavenly Hillsboro! Do you a hole in your head or your head in a hole!

There are a couple of town signs I like in Henry County. Olds has a solid sign. As does Rome and Westwood. I definitely like Salem’s hard to find town sign. But I’m giving the purple ribbon to Swedesburg.


Swedesburg, Iowa - Unincorporated
Swedesburg – Best in Show – Henry County

There was one alternate town sign for Henry County:


Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Mount Pleasant – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Best in Show – Allamakee County

Centerville, Iowa
Best in Show – Appanoose County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Gilbertville, Iowa
Best in Show – Black Hawk County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

Stanley, Iowa
Best in Show – Buchanan County

Storm Lake, Iowa
Best in Show – Buena Vista 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

Washta, Iowa
Best in Show – Cherokee County

Fredericksburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Chickasaw County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Rossie, Iowa
Best in Show – Clay County

Strawberry Point, Iowa
Best in Show – Clayton County

Low Moor, Iowa
Best in Show – Clinton County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Oneida, Iowa - Unincorporated
Best in Show – Delaware County

Terril, Iowa
Terril – Best in Show – Dickinson County
Best in Show – Dickinson County

Ringsted, Iowa
Best in Show – Emmet County

Clermont, Iowa
Best in Show – Fayette County

Marble Rock, Iowa
Best in Show – Floyd 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

Modale, Iowa
Best in Sow – Harrison County

Swedesburg, Iowa - Unincorporated
Best in Show – Henry County

Lime Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Howard County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Millersburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Iowa County

La Motte, Iowa
Best in Show – Jackson County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Lone Tree, Iowa
Best in Show – Johnson County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Webster, Iowa
Best in Show – Keokuk County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

George, Iowa
Best in Show – Lyon County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Leighton, Iowa
Best in Show – Mahaska County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Riceville, Iowa
Best in Show – Mitchell County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Conesville, Iowa
Best in Show – Muscatine County

Paullina, Iowa
Best in Show – O’Brien County

Melvin, Iowa
Best in Show – Osceola County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Mallard, Iowa
Best in Show – Palo Alto County

Kingsley, Iowa
Best in Show – Plymouth County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Walnut, Iowa
Best in Show – Pottawattamie 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

Orange City, Iowa
Best in Show – Sioux 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

Agency, Iowa
Best in Show – Wapello County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Kalona, Iowa
Best in Show – Washington County

Humeston, Iowa
Best in Show – Wayne County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Buffalo Center, Iowa
Best in Show – Winnebago County

Castalia, Iowa
Best in Show – Winneshiek County

Sloan, Iowa
Best in Show – Woodbury 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 visit Jefferson County.

WPC – WEEK 368 – RUINS

The old. The forgotten. The abandoned. The falling apart. The rusty. The dilapidated. I love that stuff, but were RUINS a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 26, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
2+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3+ Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
4+ Jesse Howard – 6 weeks
5+ Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks
6+ Linda Bennett – 9 weeks
7+ Sarah Toot – 10 weeks
8+ Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks
9+ Monica Jennings – 12 weeks
10+ Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks
11+ Mary Green – 14 weeks (2)
12+ Dawn Krause – 18 weeks
13+ Kim Barker – 24 weeks
14+ Joe Duff – 26 weeks
15+ Logan Kahler – 27 weeks
16+ Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks (3)
17+ Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks
18+ Carla Stensland – 36 weeks (2)
19+ Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks
20+ Micky Augustin – 38 weeks
21+ Andy Sharp – 39 weeks
22+ Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks
23+ Cathie Morton – 44 weeks
24+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks
25+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks
26+ Kio Dettman – 49 weeks (6)

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


WEEK 368 - RUINS - BEKCY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
WEEK 368 - RUINS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 7 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 10 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 11 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 13 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 13 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 15 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 15 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 368 - RUINS -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 19 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 25 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff 27 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 28 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 368 - RUINS - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 37 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CAR;A STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 38 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 39 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 40 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 41 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 46 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 46 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 48 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 368 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 368 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 472 weeks

26 participants this week! A good, but not great week. But I’ll take it.

Submissions from (most of these are assumptions) Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, California, and Iowa this week. My picture was taken about 30 miles from my front door.

Congrats to Linda who joined the double digit streak club!

It wasn’t all fun and games this week though. Willy couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. Jesse’s 6 week streak is a pile of rubble. Ruins, one might say.

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 369 - VIOLET
VIOLET

VIOLET! What a great theme for year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a VIOLET photo. It is simply any picture where the color VIOLET (or purple if you will) plays an important part of the composition. It can be a picture of something that is VIOLET. Or it can be surrounded by VIOLET. Heck, you can crack out a VIOLET filter and make everything VIOLET.

While considering possible subjects for your VIOLET submission, meditate on the following quote:

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
-Alice Walker

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of VIOLET in this place that is very purple next Monday.

Selfie Project – September 2022

I knew September was not going to be as busy as August, but looking at these pictures it is hard not to wonder if I ever left my house. Being sick for about 4 or 5 days didn’t help, but really… I’ll try to do better in October.

Here are some of my favorite selfies from THE SELFIE PROJECT in October:


Day 244 - September 1, 2022
September 1

Day 245 - September 2, 2022
September 2

Day 246 - September 3, 2022
September 3

Day 247 - September 4, 2022
September 4

Day 248 - September 5, 2022
September 5

Day 250 - September 7, 2022
September 7

Day 251 - September 8, 2022
September 8

Day 252 - September 9, 2022
September 9

Day 253 - September 10, 2022
September 10

Day 254 - September 11, 2022
September 11

Day 256 - September 13, 2022
September 13

Day 257 - September 14, 2022
September 14

Day 258 - September 15, 2022
September 15

Day 260 - September 17, 2022
September 17

Day 261 - September 18, 2022
September 18

Day 262 - September 19, 2022
September 19

Day 266 - September 23, 2022
September 23

Day 267 - September 24, 2022
September 24

Day 268 - September 25, 2022
September 25

Day 271 - September 28, 2022
September 28

Day 272 - September 29, 2022
September 29

While there can only be one picture to represent every day, thought I would share some of my favorite alternates from September.


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - SEPTEMBER 2022

I will try to be more active again in October, but I make no promises. Maybe the slacker lifestyle agrees with me?

WPC – WEEK 367 – SIGNS

It is our monthly time to look at the WPC FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. It isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique?

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

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

I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.

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Was SIGNS a popular theme? You’ll have to scroll down to find out.

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

+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 9 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks
+ Mary Green – 13 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 17 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 23 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 25 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 26 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 35 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 35 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 35 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 36 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 37 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 38 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 39 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 43 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 44 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 46 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 49 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 9 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 26 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 24 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 18 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 38 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 39 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 44 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 10 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

27 participants this week! That is a good week!

Recently I’ve become curious where pictures were taken that have been submitted and decided to put together a little map of what states submissions have been taken from. It might not be 100% accurate, but I think it is pretty darn accurate. It doesn’t include submissions from foreign countries like France and Spain and Mexico, off the top of my head. That would be another project. Here is that map:


WPC - Submissions Map

Obviously a heavy cluster around the midwest. But in a way, it does stretch from coast to coast. If you look closely, even D.C. is represented.

This week, I believe the states of Iowa, Alaska, California, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are represented.

My picture was taken about 55 miles east of my front door, as the crow flies. Down US-30.

You might notice that Monica’s streak is back and magically intact. Maybe. I have no comment on the matter at this time.

There were not streaks broken, but there were a few milestones reached. Sarah reached double digits on her streak. Joe reached the Half-a-Year Club with his streak! Congratulations to you both!

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 368 - RUINS
RUINS

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

But what is a RUINS photo? It is simply a picture of something that has been abandoned, forgotten. Something that is rusting. Dilapidated. No longer being properly maintained. Or improperly maintained. This is one of my Top 5 favorite themes! It can be an old building. An old car. Just for examples. But there are a lot of things out there that have been abandoned. Forgotten. That are wasting away. Waiting for you to immortalize them through the art of photography.

While considering what you want to immortalize, meditate on the following quote:

Ruin is when man-made has become a part of nature.
-Marco Casagrande

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of RUINS in this place that will someday become a part of nature next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 366 – PATHS

It was a long and a great day. Hopefully, PATHS was worth waiting for. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 4 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 7 weeks (2)
+ Sarah Toot – 8 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 10 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks (2)
+ Mary Green – 12 weeks (3)
+ Dawn Krause – 16 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 22 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 24 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 25 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 34 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 34 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 34 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 35 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 36 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 37 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 38 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 42 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 43 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 45 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 48 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 366 - PATHS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 38 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 366 - PATHS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 17 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 25 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 23 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 35 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 366 - PATHS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 366 - PATHS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 39 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 43 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 35 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 366 - PATHS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 366 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 49 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 366 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 366 - PATHS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 366 - PATHS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 366 - PATHS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 13 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 366 - PATHS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 36 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 46 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 366 - PATHS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson- 35 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 9 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 366 - PATHS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 37 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 26 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 26 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 5 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 44 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks

WEEK 366 - PATHS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 11 weeks

25 participants. Not a great week. But not a bad week.

A couple things to note. Logan hit the half a year club with his streak. Shannon set a new record for the picture submitted that was taken the farthest north. Her pictures were taken north of the Arctic Circle! I received pictures from Alaska, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Kansas. Many of those are assumptions.

It wasn’t all good news. Sara and Becky’s steaks went kaput at 1 week. Willy’s was shot down after 4 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 367 - SIGNS
SIGNS

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

But what is a SIGNS photo? Quite simply is is a photo of a SIGN(s) or of SIGNS. SIGNS. SIGNS. There are SIGNS everywhere. Messing up the scenery. Breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that. Can’t you read the SIGN(s)?

But one thing you should definitely do is find an interesting SIGN(s) and photograph it in an interesting manner. Of course there is more than one definition of the term SIGNS.

While considering your possible subjects for your picture, meditate on the following quote:

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.
-Thomas Merton

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of SIGNS in this place where I show many alarming signs next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 365 – GREEN

I’m not sure GREEN is going to be a popular theme. I’m not sure it won’t be. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Steve Martin – 1 week (2)
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 6 weeks (3)
+ Sarah Toot – 7 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 9 weeks
+ Mary Green – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 15 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 21 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 23 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 24 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 33 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 33 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 34 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 35 weeks (2)
+ Andy Sharp – 36 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 37 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 41 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 42 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 44 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 47 weeks (5)

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


WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 37 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 22 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 43 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 24 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 36 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 38 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 48 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 7 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 12 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 45 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 8 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 35 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 16 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 42 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

28 participants this week! That is a great week! A slight dip from the last couple weeks, but that is okay. The ebb and flows.

Sabas and Monica both joined the double digit streak club! WooHoo! Congrats!

There were submissions from all over the globe this week. Submissions came from France, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Alaska. I believe the picture from Alaska is the farthest north I’ve ever had a submission come from. France is pretty far east, but I think I’ve had submissions from Italy before. I don’t know what is the farthest west or farthest south off the top of my head. I think there might have been some Caribbean island pictures in the past that are the farthest south. Possibly the Alaska picture is also the farthest west too. I know people that have been in Hawai’i, but I don’t think they have submitted from there. Then you get to a point where, what is east and what is west. Some of those states are assumptions based on where people live.

I took my picture about 1 mile from my front door.

The Alaska picture, if you are wondering, is Shannon’s. I better you can figure out the pictures from France on your own.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and flowers and Iowa State beating Iowa in soccer. AND volleyball. AND football. There was some bad news. Derrick, Evie, Sarah Karber, and Steve couldn’t extend their streak past 1 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 366 - PATHS
PATHS

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

WARNING! WARNING! NEXT MONDAY I WILL NOT BE NEAR A COMPUTER DURING THE MORNING! THEREFORE, THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE NO REMINDER MESSAGES NEXT WEEK! YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN TO GET YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN!

But what is a PATHS image? It is simply an image where a PATH(S) is a major compositional element. Lots of things can qualify as a PATH(S). A sidewalk. A trail. A street. Railroad tracks. A PATH(S) doesn’t just show where somebody or something is going, but can also show where they have been.

While considering possible subjects for your image, mediate on the following quote:

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
-Anatole France

I look forwarding to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of PATHS in this place that is my trail through the wilderness of life next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 364 – COLORFUL

Happy Labor Day! A day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American works and the millionaires and billionaires that exploit them.

COLORFUL could prove to be a very popular theme. Despite it being a holiday today, I have a good feeling about the participation rates for COLORFUL. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 3 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks (2)
+ Sarah Toot – 6 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 8 weeks (3)
+ Mary Green – 10 weeks (3)
+ Angie DeWaard – 11 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 15 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 21 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 22 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 24 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 32 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 32 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 32 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 33 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 34 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 35 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 36 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 40 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 41 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 43 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 46 weeks (5)

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


WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 6 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 7 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 9 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 11 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 16 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 22 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 23 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt 34 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 35 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 36 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 37 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 41 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 42 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 44 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 47 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 468 weeks

30 participants this week! That is a great week! Hopefully we can start averaging 30 participants for a bit!

This is just guess work, but I believe we got submissions from Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and California this week. It is possible that people travelled away from their homes and I just don’t know it. My picture was taken about 15 miles from my front door.

Got the first every submission from Steve Martin! That is exciting! Plus Sarah Karber and Derrick and Evie both submitted for the first time in a bit!

It wasn’t all good news though. Becky couldn’t extend her streak to two weeks and Sara Lockner’s 2 week streak is history as well.

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 365 - GREEN
GREEN

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

But what is a GREEN image? Are you seriously asking that question? It is an image of something that is GREEN or GREEN plays a major part of the composition. There are at least a few pictures here that would also have been great submissions for GREEN. Sarah Karber’s and Monica’s come to mind.

Of course there is more than one definition of the word GREEN. Just find a Dave Matthews fan. They will help you out. (For the record marijuana should be legalized and taxed. And so should churches. Be taxed that is.)

While considering possible subjects for your GREEN image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt something great will come to you.

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind.
-Albert Schweitzer

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of GREEN in this place that is many types of green to me, just not the environmentalist type of green next Monday.

Selfie Project – August 2022

Another month down and another month of THE SELFIE PROEJCT in the books. I think I had a pretty active August. At least in spurts. With Pufferbilly Days and the State Fair and some much needed vacation all in August, I did some things man.

I don’t anticipate September being anywhere as busy, but hopefully I’ll do some cool stuff this month.

Here are some of my favorites from August for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Day 213 - August 1, 2022
August 1

Day 214 - August 2, 2022
August 2

Day 215 - August 3, 2022
August 3

Day 216 - August 4, 2022
August 4

Day 217 - August 5, 2022
August 5

Day 218 - August 6, 2022
August 6

Day 220 - August 8, 2022
August 8

Day 221 - August 9, 2022
August 9

Day 223 - August 11, 2022
August 11

Day 224 - August 12, 2022
August 12

Day 225 - August 13, 2022
August 13

Day 226 - August 14, 2022
August 14

Day 228 - August 16, 2022
August 16

Day 229 - August 17, 2022
August 17

Day 230 - August 18, 2022
August 18

Day 231 - August 19, 2022
August 19

Day 232 - August 20, 2022
August 20

Day 233 - August 21, 2022
August 21

Day 236 - August 24, 2022
August 24

Day 237 - August 25, 2022
August 25

Day 238 - August 26, 2022
August 26

Day 239 - August 27, 2022
August 27

Day 240 - August 28, 2022
August 28

Day 241 - August 29, 2022
August 29

Day 243 - August 31, 2022
August 31

Of course there can only be one selfie that represents THE SELFIE PROJECT every day, but I did have a busy August, so here are the many alternates:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

You might be thinking, “That is a lot of pictures with ice cream!” There is a reason for that. The reason isn’t because I love ice cream, but that is probably the base level reason. I’ll explain the real reason in a future post. Or I won’t. What is important for you to know is that your humble narrator is a champion. A ice cream champion. Also, Willy and Jesse owe me dinner.

You also might be thinking, “How many gray t-shirts do you own?” The answer is, plenty.

Finally you might be thinking, “You need to retire that green t-shirt.” Yeah, that is true enough.

WPC – WEEK 363 – CIRCLE

It looks like there might some more new participants in the pipeline, so probably a good time to review the FAQ:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. It isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique?

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

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

I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.

Was CIRCLE a popular shape or a popular theme. It has a lot of work to do to be as loved as WEEKENDS. Keep scrolling to find out.

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

+ Tim Cuculic – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 4 weeks (4)
+ Sarah Toot – 5 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 7 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 7 weeks
+ Mary Green – 9 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 10 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 14 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 20 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 21 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 23 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 31 weeks (4)
+ Tamara Peterson – 31 weeks (2)
+ Carla Stensland – 31 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 32 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 33 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 34 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 35 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 39 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 40 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 45 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 41 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 35 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 34 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 46 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 5 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 24 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 10 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 43 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 6 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 36 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 11 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 21 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 22 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 33 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 8 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 40 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 15 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 3643 - CIRCLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 3 weeks

It was a great week for participation. 28 participants!

I’m not 100% sure where all the pictures came from, but I’ll guess Texas, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Iowa. My picture was taken in Ames, Iowa.

Mary had the big accomplishment of the week. She joined the double digit club for streaks! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Tim and Jen couldn’t extend last week’s participation to 2 weeks.

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


WEEK 364 - COLORFUL
COLORFUL

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

But what is a COLORFUL image? If we break down the word COLORFUL it simply means something that is full of color. So any subject or scene where there is a lot of color is COLORFUL. Almost too easy! Many of the pictures taken for CIRCLE would also qualify for COLORFUL.

Of course, there is more than one definition of the term COLORFUL.

While considering possible subjects for your COLORFUL image, meditate on the following quote:

If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world.
-Michael Schenker

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

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 your idea of COLORFUL in this place that is is my coat of many colors next Monday.

Town Sign Project: Allamakee County

A few months back I went to Allamakee County to harvest their town signs. Teresa went with my on this trip. I now firmly believe that Allamakee County is the most beautiful county in Iowa. If not, the whole Driftless Area is the most beautiful part of Iowa. I hope to go back up there this fall when the leaves change and do some more photography. Hopefully the scheduling works out.

Here are some facts about Allamakee County:
+ Population is 13,761 making it the 57th most populous county in Iowa. Below O’Brien County and above Cass County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Waukon.
+ Formed on February 20, 1847.
+ There are two theories on who Allamakee County is named after. One is that is was named after a tribal leader. The other theory is is was named after Allen Magee, an early trader. Whomever it was named after, still better than being named after human trash like Andrew Jackson.
+ Located in the northeast corner of Iowa.
+ Part of the Driftless Area, which means there was no ice there during the last ice age.
+ Home of Effigy Mounds National Monument.
+ Home of Yellow River State Forest, which is home to the only fire watch tower in Iowa. (Not currently in use.)
+ Major highways are: US-18, US-52, IA-9, IA-26, IA-51, and IA-76.
+ Adjacent counties are: Clayton, Winneshiek, and Fayette.
+ Population peaked in 1880 at 19,791.

The Allamakee County Courthouse is pretty ugly:


Allamakee County Courthouse
The Allamakee County Courthouse located in Waukon, Iowa.

The Allamakee County Freedom Rock is located in Waukon, Iowa:


Allamakee County Freedom Rock

Allamakee County Freedom Rock

Allamakee County Freedom Rock

With Allamakee County completed, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 85 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

85 counties completed. 85.9% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Allamakee County:


Waukon, Iowa
Waukon, Iowa
WAUKON
NEXT 2 EXITS
Population: 3,827 (-70)

Postville, iowa
Postville, Iowa – Partially in Clayton County
EST. 1849
POSTVILLE
Hometown of the World
Population: 2,228 (+1)

Lansing, Iowa
Lansing, Iowa
LANSING
Where Eagles Soar
Population: 968 (-31)

New Albin, Iowa
New Albin, Iowa
NEW ALBIN
WELCOMES YOU TO KEE HAWK COUNTY
SHOOKY FINK BASEBALL LEGEND 1917-188
Iowa’s Richest High School Baseball Tradition!
Population: 432 (-90)

Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Harpers Ferry, Iowa
WELCOME TO HARPERS FERRY
Population: 262 (-66)

Waterville, Iowa
Waterville, Iowa
Welcome to Waterville
Population: 109 (-35)

Volney, Iowa
Volney, Iowa – Unincorporated
Welcome to VOLNEY
est 1852

I know I’m just loving on Allamakee County, but I think at the aggregate level, this county has the best collection of town signs. True, there are only 6 incorporated towns, and that helps, but I don’t feel like picking a worst one. Okay, it is Waterville. But even the Waterville sign would be the best in some counties.

But who gets the Purple Ribbon? I do truly love them all, but I am giving it to Harpers Ferry. The sailboat sign is just incredibly unique. But more than one sign from this county will probably make the book.


Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Harpers Ferry – Best in Show – Allamakee County

There is only one alternate town sign in Allamakee County:


Volney, Iowa
Volney – Alternate

Some of you might be wondering why I even bothered to photograph the Volney alternate sign, when it has probably fallen off by now. You know I love the old, decrepit, and the damaged. It is why Laura once very mistakenly accused me of having hipster tendencies. Elizabeth once told me that I was attracted to damaged people. Which now I think about it, is there another kind?

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Best in Show – Allamakee County

Centerville, Iowa
Best in Show – Appanoose County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Gilbertville, Iowa
Best in Show – Black Hawk County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

Stanley, Iowa
Best in Show – Buchanan County

Storm Lake, Iowa
Best in Show – Buena Vista 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

Washta, Iowa
Best in Show – Cherokee County

Fredericksburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Chickasaw County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Rossie, Iowa
Best in Show – Clay County

Low Moor, Iowa
Best in Show – Clinton County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Oneida, Iowa - Unincorporated
Best in Show – Delaware County

Terril, Iowa
Terril – Best in Show – Dickinson County
Best in Show – Dickinson County

Ringsted, Iowa
Best in Show – Emmet County

Clermont, Iowa
Best in Show – Fayette County

Marble Rock, Iowa
Best in Show – Floyd 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

Modale, Iowa
Best in Sow – Harrison County

Lime Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Howard County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Millersburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Iowa County

La Motte, Iowa
Best in Show – Jackson County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Webster, Iowa
Best in Show – Keokuk County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

George, Iowa
Best in Show – Lyon County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Leighton, Iowa
Best in Show – Mahaska County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Riceville, Iowa
Best in Show – Mitchell County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Paullina, Iowa
Best in Show – O’Brien County

Melvin, Iowa
Best in Show – Osceola County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Mallard, Iowa
Best in Show – Palo Alto County

Kingsley, Iowa
Best in Show – Plymouth County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Walnut, Iowa
Best in Show – Pottawattamie 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

Orange City, Iowa
Best in Show – Sioux 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

Castalia, Iowa
Best in Show – Winneshiek County

Sloan, Iowa
Best in Show – Woodbury County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road, we will visit Johnson County.