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WPC – WEEK 385 – SILENCE

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


Nora

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

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week we had submissions taken in:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WEEK 386 - BOOKS
BOOKS

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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

Oh Dear

I need to begin by wishing Anders a happy birthday.


PHOTO JOURNAL - PAGE 121 ALTERNATE

Happy birthday Anders! I hope your birthday is sufficient in every way you want!

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Heart breaks, mistakes
Catching up to me in old ways
I know of hard days
Had my share of lonely nights

It’s only you that my heart desires
Only you alone can break my fall
I pace the floor and I wish for more
-Brandi Carlile

Thursdays are for flowers. This collection once again comes from the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair from the last day of the Fair.


Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Iowa State Fair Discovery Garden - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

Digging for God - 2022

I do love me some Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fair!

Christmas 2022

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


04-30-08

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

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

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

Here are some pictures from Teresa’s:


Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Christmas 2022

Some of these pictures were taken by Logan.

I hope your Christmas is one you still remember fondly.

WPC – WEEK 384 – RED

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 384 - RED
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WEEK 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 4

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


Slice of Life Volume 28

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

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

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


Fayette County -
Lansing

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Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry
Harper’s Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest
Yellow River State Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Waterville
Waterville

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

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

WPC – WEEK 383 – REFLECTION

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a holiday that celebrates the the great civil rights leader. If you have never had a chance to visit the Civil Rights Museum that is near where he was assassinated in Memphis, I highly recommend it.


Civil Rights Museum

I won’t wish you a “Happy” Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I do hope that you spend some time today learning more about the civil rights struggle in this country. Cause it is very far from over.

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REFLECTION! A popular photographic technique. But was it a popular WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Mike Vest – 1 week
3-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
5-Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
6-Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
7-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks
8-Linda Bennett – 24 weeks
9-Sarah Toot – 25 weeks
10-Angie DeWaard – 29 weeks (3)
11-Dawn Krause – 33 weeks
12-Kim Barker – 39 weeks
13-Joe Duff – 40 weeks
14-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (2)
15-Teresa Kahler – 51 weeks
16-Carla Stensland – 51 weeks (2)
17-Michelle Haupt – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 53 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 54 weeks (2)
20-Bill Wentworth – 55 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 59 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 60 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 62 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

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


WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 25 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada) – 26 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Nevada)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 56 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 30 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 41 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 40 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 383 - REFLECTION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 2 weeks

25 participants! That is another solid week!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Texas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada

Nevada was a new one for this year. Making this year’s list:

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

I took my picture in my yard. So once again, I didn’t venture very far.

I’m most excited about a newcomer to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Nathanial Brown! He made his first ever submission! Nathanial is one of the most talented photographers I know. He was a judge the last two Pufferbilly Days Photo Contests and he got 3 photos in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.

Remember, you don’t have to be as talented or a professional like Nathanial to participate. Just a love for photography.

There were two huge milestones reached this week. Both Teresa and Carla reached the 52 Week Streak Club! Is it a coincidence that they are sisters? Is it a coincidence that they are my sisters?

But it wasn’t all great news. Suzie couldn’t extender her participation into a 2 week streak. Jesse’s 2 week streak is gone. Sabas’ 4 week streak is gone. Becky’s 4 week streak is gone. And Michelle’s 52 week streak is nothing more than a distant memory.

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


WEEK 384 - RED
RED

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

But what is a RED image?

A RED image is simply an image where the subject or a major compositional element of the image is the color RED. That is simple enough!

While considering possible subjects for your RED image, meditate on the following quote and I’m sure you will come up with a great image:

Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
-Bill Blass

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of RED!

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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

Marble Beach

Today is Lowell’s birthday… so… happy birthday Lowell!


Day 138 - May 18, 2022

Ironic that this picture was taken on my birthday? Either way, I hope your birthday has adequate amounts of happiness!

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I count this trip a bit as auxiliary images for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. In fact I went camping with Carla and Jason at the Marble Beach State Recreation Area. While I was there I harvested one town sign. It was a town sign that I had harvested before, but I wanted to get a picture of it at night. So I revisited the town sign of Terril, Iowa.


Terril, Iowa
Terril, Iowa – The only town sign in Iowa that is neon.

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Dickinson County - Terril

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

The swinging bridge is located in Estherville. Made a special trip just to walk across it. It is hard to put into words how incredibly dark it was on that bridge on that night. The pictures make it look much brighter than it actually was. In fact, crossing a swinging bridge, suspended over a swift Des Moines River, in pitch black conditions was a bit of a rush.

I still have more pictures from this camping trip to share.

WPC – WEEK 382 – TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

It is time to begin the 10th year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! I’m pumped! Are you pumped? Of course you are pumped? The theme is clearly called TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES, but I had a few people enter under a completely different theme PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES. I decided to accept their submissions because I am super magnanimous!

But the real question is, was TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 2, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week (2)
2-Jesse Howard – 1 week
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week
4-Sarah Karber – 1 week
5-Sara Lockner – 1 week
6-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
7-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
8-Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks
9-Tamara Peterson – 9 weeks
10-Brandon Kahler – 20 weeks
11-Linda Bennett – 23 weeks (3)
12-Sarah Toot – 24 weeks
13-Angie DeWaard – 28 weeks (2)
14-Dawn Krause – 32 weeks
15-Kim Barker – 38 weeks
16-Joe Duff – 39 weeks
17-Logan Kahler – 41 weeks
18-Teresa Kahler – 50 weeks (2)
19-Carla Stensland – 50 weeks (2)
20-Michelle Haupt – 51 weeks
21-Micky Augustin – 52 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 53 weeks
23-Bill Wentworth – 54 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 58 weeks
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 59 weeks
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 61 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 63 weeks (3)
28-Christopher D. Bennett – 485 weeks

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


WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 55 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 51 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 39 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 40 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 24 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 25 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 29 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 21 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICKY AUGSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 33 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 51 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 4 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 42 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 59 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

25 participants! A solid but not spectacular start to the new year!

We had submissions from:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Arkansas
+ Texas
+ Pennsylvania
+ Nebraska

Pictures taken in 6 different states isn’t bad.

My submission for this week was taken about 15 miles from my front door.

Year 9 we finished with submissions taken in the following states:
+ California
+ Nevada
+ Arizona
+ Colorado
+ Texas
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ South Dakota
+ Minnesota
+ Iowa
+ Missouri
+ Arkansas
+ Louisiana
+ Wisconsin
+ Illinois
+ Michigan
+ Indiana
+ Ohio
+ New York
+ Pennsylvania
+ New Jersey
+ Washington D.C.
+ North Carolina
+ Florida
+ Alaska

25 different states. I hope we can beat that this year. Although, I don’t know that I will contribute much. Right now for 2023 I have work trips planned for Las Vegas and Chicago. I’m going to a concert in Omaha. I’m going to visit the triplets in Little Manhattan. I’m sure I will have other trips, but that is what is on the calendar for now.

I rely on my big travelers like Cathie and Sarah and Kim to help fill out the map. No pressure.

We did have many submissions from foreign countries as well. Spain and Mexico and France and a few Caribbean islands come to mind. I plan on tracking that better this year as well.

The big milestone this week was Michelle hitting 52 weeks and joining the 1 Year Streak Club! A big accomplishment! She has said that after hitting one year she would throw in the towel. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses though. The following streaks went kaput:
+ Mary Green – 1 week
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 7 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 383 - REFLECTION
REFLECTION

REFLECTION! What a great theme to kick of Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what in tarnation is a REFLECTION picture. It is simply enough a picture where a major compositional element of the picture is a REFLECTION. Mirrors obviously make great REFLECTIONs. But there are other things that REFLECT(ION) as well. For example water. I nicely waxed floor. Eyes. The list just goes on and on. Also, don’t forget that there is more than one definition of REFLECTION.

While considering possible subjects for your REFLECTION picture reflect on the following quote and I’m sure you will create a magnificent REFLECTION image.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest, and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
-Confucius

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of REFLECTION in this place that holds up a mirror to me next Monday.

Tried So Hard to Be Everything that You Liked

Today seems like a good day to share the rest of the pictures that I considered for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar, but did not use.


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Last Penny - 2022

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2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject


Just because I rejected these images this year, doesn’t mean that one of them couldn’t show up in a future calendar.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES:


WEEK  382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES

But what is a TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOBOMILES picture? Simply put it is a picture that involves a TRAIN or a PLANE or an AUTOMOBILE. All 3 don’t have to be in the picture. One will suffice. The picture can also be of anything that is tangential to TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMBILES. Roads, bridges, train tracks, terminals, stations, are all fair game.

I made this a theme this year because it will be one of the categories in this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. If you submit a photo for this theme, you have a picture you can enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – December 2022

Time to share the December images from THE SELFIE PROJECT. I don’t know I did a tremendous lot in December, but I think there are a few good pictures in there.

Here are my favorite December images:


Day 335 - December 1, 2022
December 1

Day 337 - December 3, 2022
December 3

Day 339 - December 5, 2022
December 5

Day 340 - December 6, 2022
December 6

Day 342 - December 8, 2022
December 8

Day 344 - December 10, 2022
December 10

Day 346 - December 12, 2022
December 12

Day 347 - December 13, 2022
December 13

Day 348 - December 14, 2022
December 14

Day 349 - December 15, 2022
December 15

Day 350 - December 16, 2022
December 16

Day 351 - December 17, 2022
December 17

Day 352 - December 18, 2022
December 18

Day 353 - December 19, 2022
December 19

Day 354 - December 20, 2022
December 20

Day 355 - December  21, 2022
December 21

Day 356 - December 22, 2022
December 22

Day 357 - December 23, 2022
December 23

Day 358 - December 24, 2022
December 24

Day 359 - December 25, 2022
December 25

Day 360 - December 26, 2022
December 26

Day 361 - December 27, 2022
December 27

Day 363 - December 29, 2022
December 29

Day 364 - December 30, 2022
December 30

Day 365 - December 31, 2022
December 31

Day 366 - January 1, 2023
January 1

Then I had to make a photomosaic out of the 365 THE SELFIE PROJECT images of what I looked like on January 1:


The Photomosaic from the 2022 SELFIE PROJECT.

I’m not doing THE SELFIE PROJECT in 2023. Maybe I’ll bring it back in 2024. But it isn’t happening in 2023. Sorry to all this disappoints.