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WPC – WEEK 403 – TEXTURE

NOTE: THERE ARE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS WEEK’S THEME, SO MAKE SURE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THEM. JUST DON’T SKIM BY THEM. NOT THAT ANYBODY DOES THAT. EVERYBODY HANGS ON MY EVERY WORD.

TEXTURE. It is something you really have to feel. But as a theme, did a bunch of people feel it? You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

1-Susanna Funk – 1 week (3)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
3-Melissa Degeneffe – 2 weeks
4-Scott Degeneffe – 2 weeks (2)
5-Mary Green – 2 weeks (3)
6-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
7-Tamara Peterson – 3 weeks (2)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks
9-Mike Vest – 5 weeks
10-Alexis Baugher – 8 weeks (3)
11-Mindi Terrell – 15 weeks (3)
12-Monica Jennings – 20 weeks (2)
13-Brandon Kahler – 40 weeks
14-Linda Bennett – 44 weeks
15-Sarah Toot – 45 weeks (2)
16-Angie DeWaard – 49 weeks
17-Dawn Krause – 53 weeks (3)
18-Kim Barker – 59 weeks
19-Joe Duff – 60 weeks (2)
20-Logan Kahler – 62 weeks (2)
21-Teresa Kahler – 71 weeks (2)
22-Carla Stensland – 71 weeks
23-Micky Augustin – 73 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 74 weeks (2)
25-Bill Wentworth – 75 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 79 weeks
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 80 weeks
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 82 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 84 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - SUZUE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Oregon) – 2 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Oregon)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 41 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 46 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Altoona, Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Altoona, Iowa)

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 61 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 74 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 75 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 76 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 80 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 85 weeks

WEEK 403 - TEXTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 404 - TEXTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 507 weeks

Before I get into participation rates and all that jazz, I want to reveal something on I saw on Instagram from one of our regular participants yesterday. I came across one of Mindi’s posts and the caption was:

Weekly Photo Challenge has made me excited about photography again.

This is up there with one of my favorite things anybody has ever said about THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It is up there with when Joe told me that THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE changed the way he sees the world.

To be excited about photography and change the way you see the world. These are two of the very unstated goals of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Thanks Mindi! I’m very excited that you are a regular participant and I always look forward to seeing your submissions.
However, the answer is still “No” about starting a Facebook group. Maybe a THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE participants “party” could happen though. Probably not though.

31 participants! That is a GREAT week! That is 3 straight weeks with 30+ participants. WooHoo!

Thanks to Funk being a mountain climbing badass, Oregon was added to the map this week.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

27 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 24 steps from my front door, so I continue to not contribute to expanding the map.

There were no major milestones reached this week. But there are some people closing in on some in the coming weeks. Particularly exciting this week was the 1st submission of the year from Layla! WooHoo!

However, it wasn’t all good news. There was a bloodbath of streaks, including some major streaks biting the dust. Melissa and Mary’s 2 week streaks are no more. Sabas’ 5 week streak is also no more. Monica’s 20 streak is history. Devastating. Just devastating. But perhaps most heartbreaking is that Logan’s 62 week streak is over. The longest streak to ever come to an end.

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


WEEK 404 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 10 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.

Here is the Trade Name documentation he filed in March of 1984:



He passed away in December of the same year.

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.

There is one more thing. The 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.

Here are some examples of my Dad’s postcards that will hopefully inspire you (excuse the low quality of the scans):


Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcard

Slice of Life Postcard

I don’t manipulate the order of themes for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I put the 52 themes in a random generate it and then I have it generate the theme the number of times as there are letters in the name of my favorite person at that moment*. EXCEPT for this theme. This theme I put this week specifically. This week is my Dad’s birthday. So it seemed apropos to put the theme that is an homage to him during this week.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is a continuation in many ways next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 402 – PARK

I should start this entry by hoping everybody had a good Memorial Day!


And You Left Me There Cryin' Wonderin' What I Did Wrong

I know, I shared that exact same picture on Saturday. But I like it and it seems to fit Memorial Day.

I’d like to take this little piece of this website to share the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCare:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem inspired the wearing of poppies as a rememberance symbol for those who died in war.

From the History Channel website:

In the spring of 1915, bright red flowers began poking through the battle-ravaged land across northern France and Flanders (northern Belgium). Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who served as a brigade surgeon for an Allied artillery unit, spotted a cluster of the poppies shortly after serving as a brigade surgeon during the bloody Second Battle of Ypres. The sight of the bright red flowers against the dreary backdrop of war inspired McCrae to pen the poem, “In Flanders Field,” in which he gives voice to the soldiers who had been killed in battle and lay buried beneath the poppy-covered grounds. Later that year, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael read the poem in Ladies’ Home Journal and wrote her own poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” to begin a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to all who died in war. The poppy remains a symbol of remembrance to this day.

Now you are wondering about Moina Michael’s poem. Here it is:

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
I hope you have learned a little something today.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 5 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
No.

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send. 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 participation rates climb, that limit of 3 is subject to lower.

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. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

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

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

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

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PARK! A great place to spend some time. But did many people spend time in a PARK and get a picture for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. You will have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (3)
2-Melissa Degeneffe – 1 week (2)
3-Scott Degeneffe – 1 week
4-Mary Green – 1 week (3)
5-Stephanie Kim – 1 week
6-Sara Lockner – 1 week (2)
7-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
8-Nader Parsaei – 1 week
9-Nathanial Brown – 2 weeks (3)
10-Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks
11-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
12-Mike Vest – 4 weeks
13-Alexis Baugher – 7 weeks (3)
14-Jesse Howard – 7 weeks (2)
15-Mindi Terrell – 14 weeks (3)
16-Monica Jennings – 19 weeks
17-Brandon Kahler – 39 weeks
18-Linda Bennett – 43 weeks
19-Sarah Toot – 44 weeks (3)
20-Angie DeWaard – 48 weeks
21-Dawn Krause – 52 weeks (3)
22-Kim Barker – 58 weeks
23-Joe Duff – 58 weeks (2)
24-Logan Kahler – 61 weeks
25-Teresa Kahler – 70 weeks (3)
26-Carla Stensland – 70 weeks
27-Micky Augustin – 72 weeks
28-Andy Sharp – 73 weeks
29-Bill Wentworth – 74 weeks
30-Cathie Morton – 78 weeks
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 79 weeks (2)
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 81 weeks
33-Kio Dettman – 83 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 402 - PARK - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 402 - PARK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone National Little League Park – Boone, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone National Little League Park – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (South Side Park – Slater, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Hunziker Park – Ames, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 59 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 74 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Jester Park – Polk City, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Mindi’s Animal Habitat – Iowa) – 15 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Terra Park – Johnston, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Terra Park – Johnston, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Neil Smith Trail – Iowa) – 20 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 73 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 80 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park Green Space – Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe (Porter’s Badass Campsite – Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Porter’s Badass Campsite – Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Dickcissel Park – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Jester Park – Polk City, Iowa) – 71 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Jester Park – Polk City, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Donovan Park – Houston, Texas) – 59 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Donovan Park – Houston, Texas)

WEEK 402 - PARK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnolds Park – Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 71 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Opal Dubois Anderson Park – Boone, Iowa) – 84 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Opal Dubois Anderson Park – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Memorial Park – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 44 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park – Rural Warren County) – 82 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Municipal Park – Pennsylvania) – 45 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 402 - PARK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Pattee Park – Perry, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Pattee Park – Perry, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Inis Grove Park – Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Inis Grove Park – Ames, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Inis Grove Park – Ames, Iowa)

WEEK 402 - PARK - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Chalco Park – Omaha, Nebraska) – 75 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 402 - PARK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Jester Park – Polk City, Iowa)

29 participants! That’s a pretty great week, considering the holiday weekend and all!

There were no new states added to the map this week and at this point, I’m betting new states added will be an increasingly rare thing. Time will tell.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 24 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.

There were no major milestones this week. However, there was a blood bath of streaks being snapped. Suzie, Stephanie, Becky, and Nader couldn’t build on last week’s submission. That wasn’t totally unexpected for Stephanie and Nader. Nathanial’s 2 week streak no more. Most heartbreaking is that Jesse’s 7 week streak is just a memory now.

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 403 - TEXTURE
TEXTURE

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

But what in Wes Wallace is a TEXTURE image? Well, let’s start with the definition of TEXTURE: the structure, feel, and appearance of something (as a fabric) the smooth texture of silk. wood with a rough texture. In photography that means: the visual depiction of variations in the color, shape, and depth of an object’s surface. What you are trying to do here is to convey the feel of the surface of an object through photography.

While considering possible topics for your TEXTURE submissions, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with an amazing image:

I search for realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture about it… I always want to see the third dimension of something.. I want to come alive with the object.
-Andrew Wyeth

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of TEXTURE in this place that is a little rough around the edges some next Monday.

The Windy City: Day 1C

Today is Kalista’s birthday, so happy birthday Kalista!



Hope your day is as amazing as you want it to be!

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We begin where we left off last Friday. Kim, Lowell, Tony, and I were hanging out by The Bean after having supper at Giordano’s.


Chicago, Illinois
The Bean is one of the few touristy things I’ve seen in my life that didn’t disappoint. But something else on this trip did disappoint.

Chicago, Illinois
Underneath The Bean.

Chicago, Illinois
In Las Vegas I never found a mailbox. I marked this one so I could actually mail postcards from Chicago this time.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
I loved this clock.

Chicago, Illinois
I think the Nederlander Theater was called The Orient Theater, before they realized that was racist.

Chicago, Illinois
Jagged Little Pill was playing, which Jesse wants to go see in Minneapolis.

Chicago, Illinois
Right next door to it is a Garrett’s popcorn, which I would go to twice on this trip.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
The historic Chicago Theater.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
I wanted to hit up the Torture Museum so bad, but I never made it. And that is what regrets are made of.

Chicago, Illinois
Reverse angle, Chicago Theater.

Chicago, Illinois
There was a wide variety of acts that played here while we were there.

Chicago, Illinois
Window shopping at the Torture Museum.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Across the street from the Chicago Theater was this alley with a bunch of sweet murals.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
This mural may have given me nightmares.

Chicago, Illinois

After this we went back to our hotel rooms. I think Tony and I watched the Minnesota Timberwolves get crushed in their playoff game. I dozed off after a pretty good Day 1 in Chicago.

Next Friday we will start in on Day 2.

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REMINDER THAT NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE YOUR BANK AND THE GOVERNMENT AND A BUNCH OF OTHER BUSINESSES TAKE THE DAY OFF, THERE IS NO REST FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. RISE AND GRIND EVERY SINGLE DAY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY PLANS ARE FOR MEMORIAL DAY (OTHER THAN MAYBE SLEEPING LATE AFTER WHAT I HOPE IS AN EPIC MOVIE NIGHT ON SUNDAY) BUT IT MIGHT INCLUDE A ROAD TRIP OR A BARBECUE OR A FEW OTHER OPTIONS THAT MIGHT KEEP ME BUSY. LIKEWISE YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGED IN A SIMILAR ACTIVITY ON MONDAY MORNING. YOU MIGHT NOT GET A REMINDER AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SUBMIT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

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


WEEK 402 - PARK
PARK

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

But what in the John Culbertson is a PARK image? Simply put, it is a picture taken in a PARK. And there are all sorts of PARKs. There are city, state, national, baseball, softball, playgrounds, nature preserves, urban, pocket, sculpture gardens, cultural… just to name a few. Of course, there is more than one definition of PARK.

Also, if you take a picture of a PARK, let me know the name of the park and I will include it in the entry on Monday. If you don’t, I might ask you.

PARK has only been a theme one other time in the 10 year history of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE/RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. I was actually surprised, because I thought that it had never been a theme before. I guess this makes it the second time.

Here are some previous submissions that will hopefully inspire your submission this time:


WEEK 195 - PARK - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – Week 195

WEEK 195 - PARK - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – Week 195

WEEK 195 - PARK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – Week 195

WEEK 195 - PARK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – Week 195

WEEK 195 - PARK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – Week 195

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 401 – HAPPY

I mailed out a postcard to the entrants of last years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest last week. I hear they still haven’t arrived in people’s mailboxes. Thought I would share the postcard here, since many of you entered last year or have kids or grandkids that entered. Or hopefully many of you are thinking of entering this year for the first time. Monica designed the postcard. Have a look:



There are 6 Photo Classes this year:
+ Animals
+ Black & White
+ People
+ Places
+ Plants
+ Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

There are 3 Age Divisions:
+ Youth (7-12)
+ Teen (13-17)
+ Adult (18+)

Hopefully many of you enter again and many more of you are inspired to enter this year. Or inspired to have your kids or grandkids enter.

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REMINDER THAT NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE YOUR BANK AND THE GOVERNMENT AND A BUNCH OF OTHER BUSINESSES TAKE THE DAY OFF, THERE IS NO REST FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. RISE AND GRIND EVERY SINGLE DAY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY PLANS ARE FOR MEMORIAL DAY (OTHER THAN MAYBE SLEEPING LATE AFTER WHAT I HOPE IS AN EPIC MOVIE NIGHT ON SUNDAY) BUT IT MIGHT INCLUDE A ROAD TRIP OR A BARBECUE OR A FEW OTHER OPTIONS THAT MIGHT KEEP ME BUSY. LIKEWISE YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGED IN A SIMILAR ACTIVITY ON MONDAY MORNING. YOU MIGHT NOT GET A REMINDER AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SUBMIT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

HAPPY! Many people claim to like to be HAPPY, but did many people actually get a picture of somebody that is HAPPY or of something that makes them HAPPY? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
4-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
5-Alexis Baugher – 6 weeks (3)
6-Jesse Howard – 6 weeks
7-Mindi Terrell – 13 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 18 weeks (2)
9-Brandon Kahler – 38 weeks (2)
10-Linda Bennett – 42 weeks
11-Sarah Toot – 43 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 47 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 51 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 57 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 58 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 60 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 69 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 69 weeks (2)
19-Micky Augustin – 71 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 72 weeks (3)
21-Bill Wentworth – 73 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 77 weeks
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 78 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 80 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 82 weeks (2)

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


WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 58 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parasei (Orange City, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe (Erb Pond – Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 74 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 43 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 44 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Orange City, Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 59 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 73 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SHANNON  BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (West Bend, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 39 weeks


Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 78 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Roland, Iowa) – 19 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Brooklyn, New York) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 4 weeks

34 participants! That is an amazing week! I know for sure it is the high for this calendar year and it might be the highest of all-time. I’ll have to check my records and get back to you.

Particularly exciting was first ever submissions from Nader and Melissa. I don’t expect Nader to be a regular contributor, but you never know. But with Melissa, there is some hope!

Also, Stephanie had her first submission this year. I don’t know if this will lead to regular or even irregular submissions or not. We will just wait and see.

There were no new states added to the map this week and at this point, I’m betting new states added will be an increasingly rare thing. Time will tell.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 175 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.

There was one major milestone this week! Dawn joined the 52 Week Club! One straight year of weekly submissions. Congratulations Dawn!

There were no streaks snapped!

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 402 - PARK
PARK

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

But what in the John Culbertson is a PARK image? Simply put, it is a picture taken in a PARK. And there are all sorts of PARKs. There are city, state, national, baseball, softball, playgrounds, nature preserves, urban, pocket, sculpture gardens, cultural… just to name a few. Of course, there is more than one definition of PARK.

While considering a possible subject for your PARK submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with an inspiring image.

The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PARK in this place that I believe brings a bit of respite for some next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 400 – RUINS

RUINS! One of my favorite themes and one of my favorite things to photograph. But was it a popular theme or did it leave many streaks in RUINS? This is the 400th THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE post since rebooting THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. (504th all-time) I hope it was popular. But you will have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):
1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week
2-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
3-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
4-Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
5-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Alexis Baugher – 5 weeks (2)
8-Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
9-Mindi Terrell – 12 weeks (3)
10-Monica Jennings – 17 weeks
11-Brandon Kahler – 37 weeks
12-Linda Bennett – 41 weeks
13-Sarah Toot – 42 weeks
14-Angie DeWaard – 46 weeks
15-Dawn Krause – 50 weeks
16-Kim Barker – 56 weeks
17-Joe Duff – 57 weeks
18-Logan Kahler – 59 weeks (2)
19-Teresa Kahler – 68 weeks (2)
20-Carla Stensland – 68 weeks (2)
21-Micky Augustin – 70 weeks
22-Andy Sharp – 71 weeks
23-Bill Wentworth – 72 weeks
24-Cathie Morton – 76 weeks
25-Elizabeth Nordeen – 77 weeks (2)
26-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 79 weeks
27-Kio Dettman – 81 weeks (2)

Heading into today, this is what the Submission Map looks like:



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


WEEK 400 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 69 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Nevada,Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Nevada, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Swaledale, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 73 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 47 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 69 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 78 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Ames, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Bagley, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa_ – 71 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Las Vegas, Nevada) – 43 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 82 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 42 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 80 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 58 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Cleveland, Ohio) – 3 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 77 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 38 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - RUINS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 400 - RUINS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 6 weeks

26 participants. Not a very popular theme. But not bad either. Hopefully one of the upcoming things gets the creative juices flowing for more people.

There were no new states added this week, but if you noticed, if you let me know where your picture was taken I will add that to your submission. The town. I’ll add the town. Not, “my Aunt Hildea’s place”. But I will add the town of Aunt Hildeas’s place exists in. I think that makes it a little more interesting. Than 20 submissions from Iowa. I will NOT assume towns though, like I assume states. I mean I’m pretty sure I know where most of these pictures were taken, but I won’t assume Kio’s pictures were taken in Boone.

Also, if you aren’t in a town, a county would do. For example, I assume Shannon’s picture is taken in rural Warren County. But she also might argue it is taken in Summerset, Iowa. Though.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Ohio
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 15 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.

There were no major milestones reached this week, but many streaks lie in ruins now. Suzie and Becky couldn’t build on their submissions last week. Jen and Sara’s streaks ended at 2.

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


WEEK 400 - HAPPY
HAPPY

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

But what in the Dave Rauker is a HAPPY photo? Simply put, it is a picture of somebody that is HAPPY or a picture of something that makes you HAPPY. HAPPY is, well it is a feeling for pleasure or contentment. In case you aren’t sure you know what it means to be HAPPY.

While considering possible subjects for your HAPPY image, mediated on the following quote and I have no doubt you will create a fascinating image:

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
-Oscar Wilde

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of HAPPY in this place that I hope spreads a bit of happiness in this world next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 399 – SCHOOL

SCHOOL! It isn’t much fun, but it is the best shot at social mobility, so it has to exist. But did SCHOOL get people excited enough to take a picture and submit it? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 1, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
4-Sara Lockner – 1 week
5-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
6-Mike Parmelee – 1 week
7-Mike Vest – 1 week
8-Alexis Baugher – 4 weeks (3)
9-Scott Degeneffe – 4 weeks (2)
10-Jesse Howard – 4 weeks (2)
11-Mindi Terrell – 10 weeks (3)
12-Monica Jennings – 16 weeks (2)
13-Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks
14-Brandon Kahler – 35 weeks (3)
15-Linda Bennett – 40 weeks (2)
16-Sarah Toot – 41 weeks (2)
17-Angie DeWaard – 44 weeks (2)
18-Dawn Krause – 49 weeks (2)
19-Kim Barker – 55 weeks
20-Joe Duff – 56 weeks
21-Logan Kahler – 58 weeks
22-Teresa Kahler – 67 weeks (2)
23-Carla Stensland – 67 weeks (3)
24-Micky Augustin – 69 weeks
25-Andy Sharp – 70 weeks
26-Bill Wentworth – 71 weeks
27-Cathie Morton – 75 weeks
28-Elizabeth Nordeen – 76 weeks
29-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 78 weeks
30-Kio Dettman – 80 weeks (2)

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


WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 45 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 77 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 68 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 41 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP -
Sarah Toot (Nevada) – 42 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 72 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 59 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) 68 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ohio) – 2 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (New York) – 2 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 57 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 36 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 76 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 17 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 71 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WEEK 399 - SCHOOL - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 2 weeks

28 participants! That is a pretty good week! A slight dip from last week, but still definitely a good week!
There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ New York
+ Ohio
+ Texas

Thanks to Sabas’ work trip to Ohio, we were able to add a new state to the map! We actually now have more than half the states and districts. 26 out of 51! I have no belief that that I will get submissions from all 50 states, but I’m curious to see how close we get.

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 15 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.

There were no major milestones this week, but there was a veritable bloodbath of streaks. Nathanial, Willy, and Mike couldn’t build on their contribution last week. Scott’s streak is over at 4. Most tragically, Tamara’s 26 week streak is over.

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 400 - RUINS
RUINS

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

But what in the Ron Harris is a RUINS image? Simply put, it is a picture of something that is in the state of physical destruction or disintegration. Something that is in bad shape.

While considering possible subjects for your RUINS image, mediated on the following quote and I have no doubt you will create a fascinating image:

We moralize among ruins.
-Benjamin Disreali

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of RUINS in this place that will one day lay in digital destruction next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 398 – ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great theme and an even better way to spend a day or two. Nothing calls to me like the open road.
But did it call to many other people? Or did people stay firmly entrenched on their couches? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 24, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Heather Courtney – 1 week
2-Scott Degeneffe – 3 weeks
3-Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
4-Alexis Baugher – 3 weeks
5-Mindi Terrell – 9 weeks (3)
6-Suzie Brannen – 14 weeks
7-Monica Jennings – 14 weeks
8-Tamara Peterson – 25 weeks (2)
9-Brandon Kahler – 35 weeks
10-Linda Bennett – 39 weeks (2)
11-Sarah Toot – 40 weeks (2)
12-Angie DeWaard – 44 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 48 weeks
14-Kim Barker – 53 weeks (2)
15-Joe Duff – 55 weeks (2)
16-Logan Kahler – 56 weeks (2)
17-Teresa Kahler – 66 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 66 weeks
19-Micky Augustin – 67 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 69 weeks
21-Bill Wentworth – 70 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 74 weeks
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 75 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 76 weeks (2)
25-Kio Dettman – 79 weeks (2)

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


WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - WILLY  MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MIKE PARMELEE
Mike Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP -MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 26 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 36 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 40 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New Jersey) – 41 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New Jersey)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Mexico) – 45 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Mexico)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 56 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ROAD TRIP
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ROAD TRIP
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ROAD TRIP
Carla Stensland

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 68 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 71 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Illinois) – 75 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 76 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 77 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 80 weeks

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 398 - ROAD TRIP - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa) – 502 weeks

31 participants! That is a great week! I believe it ties the high for this calendar year. Strange that more people love the open road than love their friends, but maybe it isn’t so strange.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Mexico
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

24 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thanks to Angie’s vacation, Mexico has been added to the list of international places!

I took my picture 87 miles from my front door. So Angie isn’t the only world traveler.

The big accomplishments this week… Mindi joined the Double Digits Club! WooHoo! Tamara joined the Half Year Club! WooHoo! Mike Parmelee had his first submission of the year! WooHoo! I finally got Alexis’ last name right! WooHoo !

But it wasn’t all unicorns and double rainbows. Heather wasn’t able to build her submission from last week into a streak. And most tragically, Suzie’s 14 week streak is a goner. ROAD TRIPs are her Waterloo.

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 399 - SCHOOL
SCHOOL

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

Let me tell you about IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY!

Iowa State University (ISU) is a public land-grant and space-grant research university located in Ames, Iowa, United States. It was founded in 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, and it became the first land-grant institution in the United States in 1862, thanks to the Morrill Act.

Today, ISU is a comprehensive university with more than 35,000 students and offers over 100 undergraduate majors, 112 master’s degree programs, and 83 doctoral degree programs. The university is organized into eight colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Graduate.

ISU is known for its strong programs in agriculture, engineering, and science, and it has a reputation for being one of the top public universities in the United States. The university is home to several research centers and institutes, including the Bioeconomy Institute, the Ames Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC).

The university’s mascot is Cy the Cardinal, and the school colors are cardinal and gold. The Cyclones, ISU’s athletic teams, compete in the Big 12 Conference and they completely dominated the Cy-Hawk Series with Iowa Hawkeyes this year.

Overall, Iowa State University is a well-respected and prestigious institution of higher education, offering a wide range of programs and opportunities for students to excel both academically and professionally.

Wait. Wait. Sorry. I’ve just been told that there are more SCHOOL(s) in the world than just Iowa State. I’m not entirely sure why. But I guess you can take a picture of some other stupid school nobody cares about.

SCHOOL! So what in the Terrence Allen is a SCHOOL picture? Simply put it is any image that involves SCHOOL. From a building to a playground to schoolbooks (before they all get banned) to report cards to teachers to really anything related to a SCHOOL. There are all types of different SCHOOL(s). Pre, secondary, high, middle, junior, dance, Sunday, vocational, technical, and even sometimes I take people to SCHOOL on the basketball court. It does NOT have to be Iowa State, but I mean, why would you take a picture of some lesser school? But you do you bro.

While considering how you are going to incorporate Iowa State into your SCHOOL picture, mediate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great picture:

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
– Malala Yousafzai

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SCHOOL in this place that I like to think has a bit of educational value next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 397 – FRIENDS

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 5 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
No.

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that start 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 participation rates climb, that limit of 3 is subject to lower.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

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

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

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

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Well things worked out correctly.



I boarded an airplane.


I flew back to the Cyclone State.


I made it through the road construction on Fleur.


Made it to Ted’s Coney Island.


Had a badass tenderloin.


Onion rings.


And some delicious baklava.


Delivered popcorn to Elizabeth.


Greeted Naima. She was glad to see me.


Took her for a car ride.


Took her to Dickcissel Park.


Watched the show I’m currently binging. (SUCCESSION)


Did some laundry.


Then finally did all the coding necessary for you to see all the FRIENDS submissions.

So without further adieu, I present the post on this WEEK 397 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE…

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FRIENDS! They are pretty great to have in your life, but do a lot of people have FRIENDS in their life that they could photograph? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Porter Degeneffe – 1 week
2-Scott Degeneffe – 2 weeks (2)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (3)
4-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
5-Alexis Stensland – 2 weeks
6-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
7-Mindi Terrell – 8 weeks (3)
8-Suzie Brannen – 13 weeks (2)
9-Monica Jennings – 13 weeks
10-Mike Vest – 14 weeks
11-Tamara Peterson – 24 weeks (2)
12-Brandon Kahler – 34 weeks
13-Linda Bennett – 38 weeks (2)
14-Sarah Toot – 39 weeks
15-Angie DeWaard – 43 weeks
16-Dawn Krause – 47 weeks
17-Kim Barker – 52 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 54 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 54 weeks
20-Teresa Kahler – 65 weeks (2)
21-Carla Stensland – 65 weeks
22-Micky Augustin – 66 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 68 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 69 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 73 weeks
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 74 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 75 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 78 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 69 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Illinois) – 44 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Illinois) – 53 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Illinois)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degneffe (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 75 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - HEATHER COURTNEY
Heather Courtney (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - BRANEDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 35 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 70 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Illinois) – 74 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 55 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 39 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Utah) – 76 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (California)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 40 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 397 - FRIENDS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

26 participants! That is a pretty good week all things considered.

There were submissions this week taken in the following states:

+ California
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas
+ Utah

Thanks to Shannon’s bee road trip, we added two states to the map! California and Utah!

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

24 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

My submission was taken 360 miles from my front door.

This week saw the first ever submission from Heather. I don’t know if that is a sign of things to come or a one-off, but I hope it is a sign of things to come.

But it wasn’t all good news. There was a veritable bloodbath of streaks falling though. Porter couldn’t build on his submission from last week. Mary’s streak snapped at 2. Sabas’ streak is history at 4. Most tragically, Vest’s 14 week streak is gone!

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 398 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! This is one of my favorite themes for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It isn’t just because I am one of the few universally recognized Masters of the Road Trip. Okay, maybe it is.

But what in the Sam Hill is a ROAD TRIP photo? Simply put, it is a picture that is taken on a ROAD TRIP or in preparation for a ROAD TRIP. It doesn’t have to be a picture of a road or a car or a map or snacks. I LOVE a good ROAD TRIP snack. For example, if you are taking a ROAD TRIP to Pella to do a little flowertography this weekend, then a picture of anything you encounter on that ROAD TRIP is fair game. It doesn’t have to be a grand ROAD TRIP. You don’t have to leave the state on this trip. And judging by where many of my submissions come from, many of you haven’t left the state since Theresa Becker was the Iowa State women’s basketball coach*. I can cast stones, I’m in Illinois right now. I’m a world traveler baby! I go places. I’m a baller. I ask questions. You want me on your corporate team!

Sorry got sidetracked. Your ROAD TRIP could be a jaunt around the block or down to the grocery store. I don’t judge. Or it could just be a picture of preparations for a ROAD TRIP to PELLA to do some flowertography.

While considering possible subjects for your ROAD TRIP submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt that you will come up with an amazing idea:

All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.
-Jack Kerouac

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of ROAD TRIP in this place that is more of a journey than a destination next Monday.

Viva Las Vegas: Day 4 and Day 5A

Day 4 of my trip to Las Vegas was the 2nd Day of the CCM. It was a busy day and I barely touched my camera. I spent pretty much the entire day at the conference center. I got to leave for the day at a pretty normal time and only felt the urge to punch another human being in the throat one time. But I didn’t. I just want you to know that. I didn’t punch that other human being in the throat. I only wanted to punch them in the throat.

That night I was taken out for supper by one of the biggest Computer Mine customers. They are big fans of Italian food so they took me to Trevi Italian Restaurant. Trevi is inside the Shops at the Forum. Our Uber driver dropped us off at The Caesars Forum, which is actually farther away from Trevi than our hotel.

Everybody else at the meal was Catholic and adhered to the no meat Friday deal. I ate lasagna. I offered to join them in not eating meat, since they were paying, but they told me not to worry about it. The lasagna was good and I followed it with some delicious tiramisu.

We walked back to the hotel cause we no longer trusted Uber drivers. We stopped and watch the fountain show at the Bellagio. Then I bid them a good night. I think it was late enough in the evening that I might have just went to bed myself. I don’t know. It is all a blur at this point.

I only took one picture worth sharing:


Las Vegas, Nevada

So after 4 days, here is the Per Diem Fund Update

I started the Day with $223.

Breakfast: Free
Lunch: Free
Trevi Supper: Free

Estimated Per Diem Balance: $223.

According to my highly inaccurate fitness app, I walked 18,170 steps for 8.35 miles.

Day 5 of my trip and Day 3 of the CMC is only a half day. I got to the convention center around 8. It ended at noon. Afterwards everybody “helps” pack the crates. This was the other time I wanted to punch another human being in the throat, but not as hard as the person yesterday. Also, not the same person. Just a person that had “opinions” on how the crate should be packed. After everybody else left, Lowell and I tried to redo the crate as much as we could. Then we locked them up and called it a day.

We took a moment to go back to the hotel and change clothes then we went to Nacho Daddy for lunch with Kim. Nacho Daddy serves the “most insane gourmet nachos smothered in queso and salsa made fresh daily and (they) guarantee you’ll never find a dry chip”.

I believe I got the Fajita Nacho. Which the menu describes as:

Marinated filet mignon, seared peppers & onions, refried beans, melted Cheddar & Jack cheese, yellow queso, cherry tomato pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, & pickled onions on top of our house made tri-colored chips.

Nacho Daddy also serves a Scorpion Shot. It consists of Telson Blanco, a scorpion, salt and a lime wedge. I don’t drink alcohol, so I was off the hook for trying it. But Lowell and Kim both backed down from the challenge. It was a bit of a disappointment.

After the meal we back to the hotel for a bit. There was talk of going to Fremont Street but I didn’t hear from anybody for hours, so after resting I decided to explore a bit nearby on my own. Scottie D. had recommend I check out the Botanical Garden at The Bellagio. I walked across the street to seek it out.

Here are some pictures:


Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

It just absolutely poured rain all night. It pretty much eliminated the chances of anybody wanting to do anything that night. Which I guess was okay because we had to be at the shuttle by 5:15 in the morning.

Still more pictures to come from this rain-soaked night and one final Per Diem Upate!

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


WEEK 397 - FRIENDS
FRIENDS

Not only is this your reminder that this week’s theme is FRIENDS, it is your reminder that I am in Chicago right now and won’t return until Tuesday. Three things to note about that:

#1. If you were hoping to have me in your FRIENDS picture, you better make it to Chicago.
#2. I’m going to be in Chicago on Monday, so there might not be many reminders sent out, so you will be on your own.
#3. I won’t publish the submissions until Tuesday at the earliest.

A FRIENDS photo is simply a picture that involves FRIENDS or a picture that represents a FRIENDShip.

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

Friendship is being there when someone’s feeling low and not being afraid to kick them.

This isn’t the first time that FRIENDS has been a theme. Here is a look at a few of the submissions from the past to help inspire you:


WEEK 246 - FRIENDS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – Week 246

WEEK 310 - FRIENDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – Week 310

WEEK 172 - FRIENDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – Week 172

WEEK 172 - CARLA STENSLAND - FRIENDS
Carla Stensland – Week 172

WEEK 172  - FRIENDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – Week 172

Hopefully this inspired somebody.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 396 – SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH

SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH. Possibly the easiest theme ever. But did it get the creative juices flowing for many people? You will have to keep scrolling too find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 10, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Scott Degeneffe – 1 week
2-Susanna Funk – 1 week
3-Mary Green – 1 week
4-Jesse Howard – 1 week
5-Alexis Stensland – 1 week
6-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
7-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
8-Mindi Terrell – 7 weeks (2)
9-Suzie Brannen – 12 weeks (3)
10-Monica Jennings – 12 weeks (3)
11-Nathanial Brown – 13 weeks (3)
12-Mike Vest – 13 weeks
13-Tamara Peterson – 23 weeks
14-Brandon Kahler – 33 weeks
15-Linda Bennett – 37 weeks (2)
16-Sarah Toot – 38 weeks (2)
17-Angie DeWaard – 42 weeks
18-Dawn Krause – 46 weeks (2)
19-Kim Barker – 51 weeks
20-Joe Duff – 53 weeks
21-Logan Kahler – 53 weeks
22-Teresa Kahler – 64 weeks
23-Carla Stensland – 64 weeks
24-Micky Augustin – 65 weeks (2)
25-Andy Sharp – 67 week
26-Bill Wentworth – 68 weeks
27-Cathie Morton – 72 weeks
28-Elizabeth Nordeen – 73 weeks
29-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 74 weeks
30-Kio Dettman – 77 weeks (2)

I finally broke down and made a map of states where people have submitted pictures from:



You might notice that Michigan is filled in, even though as of last week we had no submissions from Michigan. That isn’t actually the case. After last Monday’s post published, Mary contacted me and let me know that her pictures were taken in Michigan! WooHoo! Another state. So don’t forget to let me know if you took your picture in a different state than the one you live in. Or if you want, you can always let me know where you took your picture at.

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


WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 78 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 54 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH -CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 74 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 68 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 39 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Wyoming) – 75 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Nevada)

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 69 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 38 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENE FROM YOUR COUCH - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - PORTER DEGENEFFE
Porter Degeneffe (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 47 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 34 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH -  MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH -  MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH -  MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SABAS HERNANDEZR
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 73 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 396 - SCENES FROM YOUR COUCH - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 13 weeks

29 participants! That is a pretty great week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following states:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas
+ Wyoming

Thanks to Shannon’s annual bee road trip, Wyoming has been added to the map!

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

22 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 3 miles from my house. I continue not to contribute.

Speaking of people who do contribute in a big way. Congratulations to Kim! She joins the super exclusive 1 Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Funk couldn’t build on her submission last week. Willy’s 3 week streak is history. Most tragically, Nathanial’s 13 week streak is just a distant memory. Very sad!

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 397 - FRIENDS
FRIENDS

NOTE: I WILL BE IN CHICAGO NEXT MONDAY FOR WORK. WHILE I MIGHT BE SURROUNDED BY COMPUTERS THAT DAY, I WILL NOT BE IN ANY KIND OF POSITION TO POST THE ENTRIES FOR FRIENDS UNTIL I RETURN. THAT WILL EITHER BE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT OR AT SOME POINT ON WEDNESDAY. ALSO, DON’T COUNT ON GETTING ANY REMINDERS. IT MIGHT HAPPEN, BUT I DOUBT IT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

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

But what exactly is a FRIENDS image? Simply put it is an image that captures a FRIENDS(hip). That can be through a picture of FRIENDS or a picture of an item that represents a FRIENDS(hip).

But what is are FRIENDS? ChatGPT defines FRIENDS like his:

“Friends are individuals who share a mutual bond of trust, affection, and support with each other. They are people with whom we have a close and positive relationship, and with whom we share common interests, values, and experiences. Friends can provide emotional support, companionship, and a sense of belonging. They can also offer advice, feedback, and constructive criticism, and can help us grow and develop as individuals. Friendship is an important aspect of human social interaction, and having strong friendships can have a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being.”

In case you didn’t know what FRIENDS are.

Now a reminder, I’m leaving for Chicago in a couple of days, so if you were hoping to include me in your FRIENDS picture, you either need to act quickly OR come to Illinois.

But if you can’t use me while considering possible subjects for your FRIENDS image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will make a great submission:

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
— Walter Winchell

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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