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WPC – WEEK 457 – SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! A great theme, but did enough people dabble in the theme that is an homage to my Dad to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 3, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
2-Beckham Gorshe – 1 week (IA)
3-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
4-Eliainie Hernandez – 1 week (IA)
5-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, BHS, MN)
6-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA) <2>
7-Kyle Sharp – 1 week (IA)
8-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
9-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
10-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
11-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
12-Mike Vest – 5 weeks (IA, MO)
13-Alexis Stensland – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
15-Adam Gordon – 15 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
16-Becky Parmelee – 16 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
17-Lowell Davis – 23 weeks (IA) <2>
18-Michelle Haupt – 23 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
19-Brandon Kahler – 24 weeks (IA, MN)
20-Scott Degeneffe – 42 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL52)
21-Sheri Fakhouri – 52 weeks (IA, NE)
22-Logan Kahler – 52 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
23-Nathanial Brown – 54 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL) <2>
24-Jesse Howard – 54 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
25-Tamara Peterson – 66 weeks (IA, MN)
26-Mindi Terrell – 69 weeks (IA) <2>
27-Linda Bennett – 98 weeks (KS) <2>
28-Sarah Toot – 99 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
29-Angie DeWaard – 103 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
30-Dawn Krause – 107 weeks (IA)
31-Kim Barker – 113 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
32-Joe Duff – 114 weeks (TX) <2>
33-Teresa Kahler – 125 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
34-Carla Stensland – 125 weeks (IA, MO)
35-Micky Augustin – 127weeks (IA, IL)
36-Andy Sharp – 128 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
37-Bill Wentworth – 129 weeks (NE, MO)
38-Cathie Morton – 132 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
39-Elizabeth Nordeen – 134 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
40-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 136 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
41-Kio Dettman – 138 weeks (IA)

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:



29 States. 1 U.S. Territory. 4 foreign countries.

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Wild black raspberries picked at Honey Hollow, rural Warren County, IA) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 114 weeks


Christopher D. Bennett (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Linwood Cemetery – Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Linwood Cemetery – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Named after a 200 year old secret society, The Muddlers Club serves meticulously prepared dishes. The restaurant has held a Micehlin Star since 2020.) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (This narrow road weaving through sharp cliff faces is one of the highest mountain pass roads in Ireland.)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone County, Iowa) – 139 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Monigona, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Seabrook’s hidden gem for live music, hot food, and cold drinks. Barge 295 on Clear Lake.) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (North Ankeny, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kansas City, Missouri) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kansas City Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iglesias Methodista, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Gate to the city, Old San Juan Puerto Rico)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (We will do all we can to not only help you leave this life in peace, but also help you live until you die.) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Ogden Bulldog #33 hists a pop fly.) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa)- 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bentonville AR – Corn on a table) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 70 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New Jersey) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 130 weeks

There were 39 participants this week! That is a great number for what is a somewhat abstract theme! It is always interesting to see what people think would be on a postcard.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (40)
+ Ireland (1)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ Texas (1)
+ North Ireland (1)

Thanks to Sarah’s travels, we’ve added New Jersey to the map WooHoo! Thanks to Nathanial’s travels we’ve added North Ireland to the map WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (7)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (870)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (34)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (15.5)
+ Nebraska (31)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (14)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (36)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

30 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2

Jen is currently in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott and Nathanial are in striking distance though!

There were several big milestones this week! Sabas joined the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Sarah joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! WooHoo! Angie joined the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Bill joined the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo! All of them amazing accomplishments!

But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows! Beckham, Nader, and Kyle couldn’t build on their submissions from last week. Their streaks are over before they even began! Johnathan’s streak is over at 4!

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:



CAMERA

CAMERA! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of CAMERA in this place that relies on one heavily next Monday.

Methodist Men 2024 Pie Auction

A few weeks back was the annual Methodist Men Pie Auction. Once again, it was a smashing success. It raised close to $2,000 for various youth projects at our church.

Here are a few pictures of the event. Most taken by Teresa:


2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

2024 Methodist Men Pie Auction

Once again I made it through another pie auction without buying another pie or cake or cookie or cupcake or brownie. The streak continues!

WPC – WEEK 456 – ANYTHING BUT A CAT

READ THE THEME DESCRIPTION THIS WEEK. THERE ARE SPECIAL RULES!

ANYTHING BUT A CAT! A great theme, but did enough people get pumped to not take a picture of a cat to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 3, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Monica Jennings – 1 week (IA) <2>
2-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks (IA)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 3 weeks (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
5-Mike Vest – 4 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 6 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
8-Adam Gordon – 14 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
9-Becky Parmelee – 15 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Lowell Davis – 22 weeks (IA) <2>
11-Michelle Haupt – 22 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
12-Brandon Kahler – 23 weeks (IA, MN)
13-Scott Degeneffe – 41 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
14-Sheri Fakhouri – 51 weeks (IA, NE)
15-Logan Kahler – 51 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
16-Nathanial Brown – 53 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
17-Jesse Howard – 53 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) <2>
18-Tamara Peterson – 65 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Mindi Terrell – 68 weeks (IA) <2>
20-Linda Bennett – 97 weeks (KS) <2>
21-Sarah Toot – 98 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
22-Angie DeWaard – 102 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
23-Dawn Krause – 106 weeks (IA) <2>
24-Kim Barker – 112 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
25-Joe Duff – 113 weeks (TX)
26-Teresa Kahler – 124 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
27-Carla Stensland – 124 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
28-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
29-Andy Sharp – 127 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
30-Bill Wentworth – 128 weeks (NE, MO) <2>
31-Cathie Morton – 131 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
32-Elizabeth Nordeen – 133 weeks (IA, OH)
33-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 135 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
34-Kio Dettman – 137 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BECKHAM GORSHE
Beckham Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELAINIE STENSLAND
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Waukee, Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KYLE SHARP
Kyle Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Vieques, Puerto Rico) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Colo, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 69 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Guinness Storehouse – Dublin, Ireland) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Teeling Distillery – Dublin, Ireland)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Marshalltown, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (State Center, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Las Vegas, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Illinois)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Teresa Kahler (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Lost Lake – Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 2 weeks

NOTE: A surly person that might have sent me hate mail over this theme may have noticed that there is one picture that does in fact include a cat. You might be wondering why that picture was NOT rejected. It isn’t cause I like Scott more than the rest of you. Although he does feed me. (But the list of people that have cooked me or given me some kind of food is pretty extensive. – See Michelle’s submission.) It is for 2 reasons. That cat is Fred. And Fred, I’m told, identifies as a dog. And on this website we believe that Love is Love. Black Lives Matter. Women’s Rights are Human Rights. No Human is Illegal. Science is Real. Kindness is Everything. In Religious Freedom. Hate Has No Home Here. But secondly and sadly, sometime between when that picture was taken and this post published, Fred may have crossed over the rainbow bridge. Fred was not expected to make it through the night. And I would not deny Fred, who has the outwards appearance of being a cat, but is in fact a dog, one final appearance on this website. And if this makes you mad, ask yourself, why you hate cats so much?

42 participants this week! Man, people were so thirsty for pictures that don’t have cats in them. I guess that Andy Sharp knows how to come up with the theme ideas!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (47)
+ Ireland (2)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ Texas (2)

Thanks to the travels of Nathanial we added Ireland to the list. And thanks to the travels of Mary we added Puerto Rico to the list! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (7)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (830)
+ Ireland (2)
+ Kansas (34)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (13.5)
+ Nebraska (30)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New York (13)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (35)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 4 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2

Jen is currently in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

There were a couple of big milestones this week! Sheri and Logan both reached the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo!

No streaks were killed this week! WooHoo!

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:


WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE – IN HONOR OF MY DAD

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a SLICE OF LIFE image? This is where I normally give you kind of a broad definition of the theme, but not this week. For those that don’t know SLICE OF LIFE is the name of the postcard company that my Dad started and ran out of the basement darkroom in our house.

He specialized in black & white postcards of local interest. Here is this week’s assignment. It is to take a picture that you could see being used on a postcard. Now back in the day, they used to take pictures of all sorts of things and put them on postcards. So don’t think that there is nothing in your area that would make it on a postcard. It could be a building that is interesting looking or has a historical significance. It could simply be a pretty scene. Back when I was doing THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT, sometimes they took pictures of downtown intersections and put those on postcards.

While I will require your submission to be a postcard like image, meaning don’t try to “interpret” Slice of Life to mean something different, I will only strongly encourage you to submit the picture in black & white and also only slightly encourage you to throw some text on the image, if you have the editing skills or software. You know, design a postcard!

There is one more thing. This is the one and only theme where if you write a SHORT description of your image (like you would see on the backside of a postcard) that I will include it along with your submission.

I don’t manipulate the order of themes for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I put the 52 themes in a random generator and then I have it generate the the order of the themes EXCEPT for this theme. This theme I put this week specifically. This week is my Dad’s birthday. In fact, it is tomorrow. He would have turned 81. So it seemed apropos to put the theme that is an homage to him during this week.

And if you don’t know, he is the person in the theme reveal image.

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 SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is a continuation in many ways next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 455 – SIGN

SIGN! A great theme, but did enough people see the signs to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 27, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Fran Duncan – 1 week (WI)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL)
4-Johnathan Stensland – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks (IA, MD)
6-Mike Vest – 3 weeks (IA, MO)
7-Alexis Stensland – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 7 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 9 weeks (IA, MN)
10-Adam Gordon – 13 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 14 weeks (AR, IA, OK) <2>
12-Lowell Davis – 21 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 21 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 22 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 40 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 50 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
17-Logan Kahler – 50 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 52 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 52 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) <2>
20-Tamara Peterson – 64 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 67 weeks (IA)
22-Linda Bennett – 96 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 97 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 101 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 105 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 111 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
27-Joe Duff – 112 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 123 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 123 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 125 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 126 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 127 weeks (NE, MO) <2>
33-Cathie Morton – 130 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) <2>
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 132 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 134 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 136 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN -
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN -
Alexis Stensland (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Mission, Kansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Des Moines, Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 68 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LINDA TOOT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - LINDA TOOT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Las Vegas, Nevada) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (McCallsburg, Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Houston, Texas) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Spirit Lake, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Boone High School Auditorium – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Kennebec, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Omaha, Nebraska)

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 455 - SIGN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 558 weeks

35 participants this week! Actually that doesn’t deserve and exclamation point. More like a sad face emoticon. That is a drop of 4 participants from last week. People don’t like signs!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Kansas (3)
+ Missouri (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (1)

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

+ Arkansas (13.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (784)
+ Kansas (32)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (13.5)
+ Nebraska (29)
+ Nevada (3)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (33)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL) – 4
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2

Jen is currently in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though! And she hasn’t submitted in weeks. She is ripe to be knocked off the throne!

There were no major milestones reached this week. But on the other hand, streaks bit the dust left and right! Fran couldn’t build on last week’s streak and it was over before it began. Mary’s 2 week streak is kaput!Deanna’s streak calls it quit 1 week short of joining the Double Digit Streak Club! The humanity!

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:


WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT
ANYTHING BUT A CAT – SUGGESTED BY ANDY SHARP

ANYTHING BUT A CAT! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I have thought about including a “wild card” theme again for the last few years, but hadn’t pulled the trigger. I liked Andy’s idea of bringing back a wild card but eliminating one thing. Maybe it seems spiteful, but you’ll have to take that up with Andy.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of ANYTHING BUT A CAT in this place that doesn’t feature many cats next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 454 – NOT YOUR HOMETOWN

Today is a very important day! Today is Jason’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


June 14
Happy birthday Jason!

I hope you birthday is amazing!

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Today is also Memorial Day. The day we honor and mourn U.S. miliary personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Monroe County - Albia

It isn’t the kind of holiday where you say “Happy (insert holiday name)!” But I hope you have a good Memorial Day filled with time spent with friends and/or family.

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It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

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

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

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

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! A great theme, but did enough people escape the confines of their HOMETOWN to go someplace that wasn’t their hometown and take a picture to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 20, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL) <2>
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, MN, BHS)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA, MD)
5-Mike Vest – 2 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 4 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 10 weeks (IA)
10-Adam Gordon – 12 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 13 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Lowell Davis – 20 weeks (IA) <2>
13-Michelle Haupt – 20 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 39 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 49 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 51 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 51 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 63 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 66 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 95 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 96 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 100 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 104 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 110 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 111 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 122 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 122 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 125 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 126 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 129 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 131 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 133 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 135 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Ames, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Haines Park – Altoona, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Middlebrook, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Marshalltown, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Polk County, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Pilot Mound/Fraser, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Okoboji, Iowa)- 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ankeny, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Cambridge, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MINDI TERRELLM
Mindi Terrell (Urbandale, Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Norwalk, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Laurel, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Jack Trice Stadium – Ames, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN -SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Fairbanks/Manchester, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - FRAN DUNCAN
Fran Duncan (Kellogg, Wisconsin) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Marshalltown, Iowa)

There were 37 participants this week! Same as last week. Not bad for a holiday weekend!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (2)
+ Iowa (38)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (2)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Wisconsin (1)

Thanks to Fran’s first ever submission, we added Wisconsin to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (14.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (742)
+ Kansas (29)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (12.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (32)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL) – 4
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

Deanna and Bill joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple states/places.

The huge milestones reached this week were Nathanial and Jesse both joining the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Cathie joined the 1.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all peaches and cream. Sara couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Her streak ended before it started. Monica’s streak calls it quits after 5 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 455 - SIGN
SIGN

SIGN! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of SIGN in this place that reads the tea leaves next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 453 – WORK

REMINDER: NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR BANK PROBABLY TAKES THAT DAY OFF, THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR PICK IN BEFORE YOU GO TO THE CEMETERY OR BARBECUE OR WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE DOING TO CELEBRATE.

WORK! A great theme! But did enough people put in the work to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 13, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1- Suzie Brannen – 1 week (IA, MD)
2-Mike Vest – 1 week (IA, MO)
3-Alexis Stensland – 3 weeks (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 4 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Deanna McClain – 9 weeks (IA)
7-Adam Gordon – 11 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
8-Becky Parmelee – 12 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
9-Lowell Davis – 19 weeks (IA)
10-Michelle Haupt – 19 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
11-Brandon Kahler – 20 weeks (IA, MN)
12-Scott Degeneffe – 38 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
13-Sheri Fakhouri – 48 weeks (IA, NE)
14-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Nathanial Brown – 50 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
16-Jesse Howard – 50 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
17-Tamara Peterson – 62 weeks (IA, MN)
18-Mindi Terrell – 65 weeks (IA) <2>
19-Linda Bennett – 94 weeks (KS) <2>
20-Sarah Toot – 95 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
21-Angie DeWaard – 99 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
22-Dawn Krause – 103 weeks (IA)
23-Kim Barker – 109 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
24-Joe Duff – 110 weeks (TX)
25-Teresa Kahler – 121 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
26-Carla Stensland – 121 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
27-Micky Augustin – 123 weeks (IA, IL)
28-Andy Sharp – 124 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
29-Bill Wentworth – 125 weeks (NE)
30-Cathie Morton – 128 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 130 weeks (IA)
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 132 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
33-Kio Dettman – 134 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:



29 states so far!

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


WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Des Moines, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Audubon County, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Illinois) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 51 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Whistle Stop Cafe – Boone, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Decorah, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Ohio) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Boone, Iowa) – 63 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 66 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - SARAJ TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 126 weeks

37 participants this week. An improvement of three on last week. Trending in the right direction?

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (43)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

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

+ Arkansas (12.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (704)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (15)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (30)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though! Elizabeth and Linda joined the list of people to have submitted from multiple places!

There were plenty of big milestones this week!

Deanna joined the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Angie joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Dawn joined the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

As a bonus, no streaks were snapped this week! WooHoo!

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:



NOT YOUR HOMETOWN – SUGGESTED BY ANDY SHARP

NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

For the purposes of this theme, I don’t care how you define HOMETOWN. Is it the town you were born in? The town you grew up in? The town you currently live in? Doesn’t matter to me. Just whatever town you define as being your HOMETOWN, the picture can’t be taken there.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of WORK in this place that hardly feels like work most days next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 452 – RUINS

RUINS! A great theme! But were enough people interested in it to make it a popular theme or will many streaks lie in ruins? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 6, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Johnathan Stensland (IA) – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (IA, MI, IN) <2>
3-Alexis Stensland – 2 weeks (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 6 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
7-Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks (IA)
8-Deanna McClain – 8 weeks (IA)
9-Adam Gordon – 10 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
10-Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
11-Sara Lockner – 15 weeks (IA, BHS)
12-Lowell Davis – 18 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 19 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 37 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 47 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 48 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 49 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 49 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 61 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 64 weeks (IA)
22-Linda Bennett – 93 weeks (KS) <2>
23-Sarah Toot – 94 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 98 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 102 weeks (IA)
26-Kim Barker – 109 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 109 weeks (TX)
28-Teresa Kahler – 120 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 120 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 122 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 123 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 124 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 127 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 129 weeks (IA)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 131 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 133 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Highway 169 – Between Ogden and Harcourt)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Carlisle, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Perry, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Hancock County, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SCOTT DEGENEFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Baltimore, Maryland) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State Farm Museum – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

34 participants this week. A drop of 3 from last week. That is the lowest in a minute. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (1)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

Suzie’s trip to Maryland adds yet another state to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

29 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2

Jen is in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy Scott are in striking distance though!

Suzie joined the list of people to submit from multiple places!

The big milestone this week was Elizabeth joining the 2.5 Year Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. There was a literal bloodbath of streaks that bit the dust. Johnathan and Mary couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Jen’s streak is over at 6. Willy’s streak is over at 7. But worst of all Scarecrow, Sara’s streak is over at 15! Sacre bleu!

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:


WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK
WORK

WORK! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of WORK in this place that hardly feels like work most days next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 451 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! A great theme! But were enough people their own dawg enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA)
2-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
3-Alexis Stensland – 1 week (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 5 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
8-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks (IA)
9-Deanna McClain – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Adam Gordon – 9 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 10 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Sara Lockner – 14 weeks (IA, BHS)
13-Lowell Davis – 17 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
15-Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 36 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
17-Mike Vest – 41 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 46 weeks (IA, NE)
19-Logan Kahler – 47 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
20-Nathanial Brown – 48 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN) <2>
21-Jesse Howard – 48 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
22-Tamara Peterson – 60 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 63 weeks (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 92 weeks 129 (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 93 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
26-Angie DeWaard – 97 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
27-Dawn Krause – 101 weeks (IA) <2>
28-Kim Barker – 107 weeks (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 108 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 119 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
31-Carla Stensland – 119 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
32-Micky Augustin – 121 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 122 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 123 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 126 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 128 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 130 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
38-Kio Dettman – 132 weeks (IA) <2>

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Springdale, Arkansas) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Grand Junction, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Rochester, Minnesota) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Camp Dodge – Iowa) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC, Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (What Cheer, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 554 weeks

37 participants this week! A drop off of 2 participants from last week. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (5)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

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

+ Arkansas (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (7)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (7)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

28 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

The big milestone this week was Adam joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! But it wasn’t all good times. A ton of streaks bit the dust. Nader and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions last week. Suzie’s 5 week streak is no more. But worst of all Scarecrow, Vest’s 41 week streak is history! The humanity!

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 452 - RUINS
RUINS

RUINS! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of RUINS in this place that could us a sprucing up next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 450 – EMOTION

NOTE: Next Monday I will be in New Orleans and have limited access to the internet or the phone. Don’t expect any kind of reminders. You’ll have to be your own dawg.

It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

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

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

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

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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EMOTION! A great theme! But enough people get their emotions under control to make a submission to make EMOTION a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 15, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Monica Jennings – 1 week (IA)
2-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
3-Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks (IA)
4-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 4 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
5-Willy McAlpine – 5 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 6 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 6 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 8 weeks (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 9 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 13 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 16 weeks (IA) <2>
12-Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Brandon Kahler – 17 weeks (IA, MN)
14-Scott Degeneffe – 35 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO)
15-Mike Vest – 40 weeks (IA, MO)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 45 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 46 weeks (IA, MN)
18-Nathanial Brown – 47 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 47 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 59 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 62 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 91 weeks 129(KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 92 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 96 weeks (IA)
25-Dawn Krause – 100 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 106 weeks (IA, CO)
27-Joe Duff – 107 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 118 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 118 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 120 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 121 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 122 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 125 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 127 weeks (IA)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 129 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 131 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday. PLEASE INCLUDE THE LOCATION OF WHERE YOUR PICTURE WAS TAKEN WITH YOUR SUBMISSION.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Adel, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Linwood Cemetery- Boone, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boxholm, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Les’s Auto – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Chicago, Illinois) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Chicago, Illinois)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Valley Cottage, New York) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 92 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 63 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Simpson College – Indianola, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Simpson College – Indianola, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Civic Center – Des Moines, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION -MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Bardstown, Kentucky) – 36 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Indiana)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone High School – Boone, Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (HYSC – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Bricktown Bakery – Nevada, Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Near Bahamas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Progressive Field – Cleveland, Ohio) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (Clark Tower – Winterset, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Dayton, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 450 - EMOTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (John Wayne Birthplace Museum – Winterset, Iowa)

39 participants this week! A great week. The slow bleed of the last few weeks has been cauterized!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ Illinois (2)
+ Indiana (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Texas (1)

Thanks to Scott’s trip we added Kentucky to the list for this year! WooHoo! Thanks to Sabas’ trip we added Ohio to this year’s list! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (10.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (686)
+ Kansas (26)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (26)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (13)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (27)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

28 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN) – 5
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO) – 4
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2

Jen is in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

Angie, Sara, and Sabas all joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple “PLACES” this year!

The major milestone this week was Becky joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! The other major milestone this week is Shannon joining the 2 and a Half Year Streak Club. WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows. Johnathan’s 6 week streak came tumbling down! Sacre bleu!

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:


WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS
LETTERS OR NUMBERS – Slightly modified from a suggestion by Andy Sharp

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of LETTERS OR NUMBERS in this place that is nothing more than characters at its base level next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 449 – TIME

For no real apparent reason, I thought I would start adding a little photography lesson into these things every month or so. And I mean a very little photography lesson.

This month’s lesson is going to be on bokeh.

What is bokeh?

Bokeh (the Japanese word for blur) is the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image, caused by circles of confusion. Bokeh has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in lens aberrations and the shape of aperture blades and the amount of aperture blades cause very different bokeh effects. There are strong opinions on what is good bokeh and bad bokeh. My use of Lensbaby lenses is frequently because of they produce bokeh effects that I personally enjoy. A photography technique is to use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions, accentuating their lens’s bokeh. It can add a sense of depth and dimensionality to an image and can make the subject stand out more effectively.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. Bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all regions of an image which are outside the depth of field.

How is bokeh pronounced? You will hear people pronounce it in all sorts of different ways. The proper way is like “bow” in a bow and arrow and then the “ke” sound in the word kettle. Although a majority of people may pronounce it like boh – kay.

I hope we all learned something today.

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TIME! A great theme! But did enough people make TIME in their schedule to submit a photo to make TIME a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 15, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week (IA)
2-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks (IA)
3-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 3 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
4-Mary Green – 3 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
5-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 7 weeks (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 8 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 13 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 15 weeks (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 15 weeks (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 16 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 34 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO)
16-Mike Vest – 39 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 44 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 45 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 46 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 46 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
21-Tamara Peterson – 58 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 61 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 90 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 91 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Angie DeWaard – 95 weeks (IA)
26-Dawn Krause – 99 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 105 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 106 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 117 weeks (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 117 weeks (2) (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 119 weeks (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 120 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 121 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 124 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 126 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 128 weeks (2) (IA, CA, NV)
37-Kio Dettman – 130 weeks (2) (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM (CENTRAL) next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (McGarrah Farms – Pea Ridge, Arkansas) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Ankeny, Iowa) – 35 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Ankeny, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Ames, Iowa) 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Goodwill Store – Ames, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (The skies over Des Moines, Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Palisades Dows Observatory – Ely, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 62 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Palisades-Kepler State Park – Overlook Trail – Cedar River Dam – Mount Vernon, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Pella, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 59 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Perry, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (State Center, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Easton, Kansas) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 -TIME - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 92 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas)

37 participants! That is a drop-off from the previous week! Is this the beginning of the end for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE?

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (37)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

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

+ Arkansas (9.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (587)
+ Kansas (24)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (25)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (13)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (26)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

26 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN) – 5
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO) – 4
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy are in striking distance though!

The big, huge milestone this week was Dawn joining the TRIPLE DIGIT STREAK CLUB!! WOOHOO!!! But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows. Mary’s streak is no more at 3 weeks. Alexis’ streak is gone after 15 weeks! The humanity!

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 450 - EMOTION
EMOTION – Suggested by Sarah Toot AND Andy Sharp

EMOTION! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of EMOTION in this place that gets me in the feels next Monday.