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WPC – WEEK 349 – HAT

I am back from Miami Beach! I even brought Kim and Cathie back with me sorta. Not really. At least Kim and I were on the same flight. The short answer was it was a good enough trip that involved long hours in a convention center.

I want to thank everybody that wished me a happy birthday and Kim for briefly singing to me.

Thank you Kim, Elizabeth, Jen, Sara, Anders, Teresa, Micky, Jesse, Michelle, Jay, Monica, Shannon, Elainie, Brandon, Angie, Alexis (bonus points for working in a Godzilla graphic in her birthday wish), Andree, Steph, Faust, Logan, and Carla. I appreciate it! Now on to the mission of the next trip around to the sun and making it as good-ish as possible.

I thought the theme of HAT might be a streak buster because of the unusual logistics of the week, and it did to some degree, but not to the degree that I thought.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 16, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Mary Green – 1 week
+ William McAlpine – 1 week
+ Linda Bennett – 2 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 4 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 6 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 6 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 7 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 9 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 9 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 17 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 17 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 17 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 19 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 20 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 21 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 25 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 26 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 28 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 31 weeks
+ Christopher D. Bennett 450 weeks

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


WEEK 349 - HAT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 10 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 8 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 7 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 349 - HAT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 1 week

WEEK 349 - HAT -
Jesse Howard – 5 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT -
Jesse Howard

WEEK 349 - HAT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 18 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 349 - HAT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 27 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 21 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT -  ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 349 - HAT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 20 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 5 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 22 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 18 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Morton – 26 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 32 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 349 - HAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 349 - HAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 3 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 349 - HAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 349 - HAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 2 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 349 - HAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 349 - HAT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 29 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 19 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 18 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - WILLIAM MCALPINE
William McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 349 - HAT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

33 submissions from 22 participants. That is a good week. I’m glad to see that so many of you have an important HAT in your life.

There were a couple of accomplishments of note this week. Logan cracked double digits to enter the double digit club. Cathie hit 26 weeks to enter the half year club.

But as I feared, multiple streaks did bite the dust. Sara’s 6 week streak is gone. Suzie’s 8 week streak, only something you can read about in the history books. Monica’s 9 week streak, a distant memory.

9. Teresa Kahler – 18 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 18 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 18 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 19 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 20 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 21 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 22 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 26 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 27 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 29 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 32 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 350 - HISTORY
HISTORY

WARNING: NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. YOU MIGHT BE OUT DOING HOLIDAY TYPE THINGS. THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS TO SEND ME YOUR SUBMISSION. I ALSO MIGHT NOT BE IN POSITION TO SEND OUT ANY REMINDERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

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

But what is a HISTORY picture? A HISTORY picture is simply any picture that deals with a HISTORI(Y)cal artifact. Could be something found in a museum. It could be something found on the side of the road. It could be an old church or an old building. It could be living history. It doesn’t have to be anything as grand as the spot where a President of the United StateS spoke. It doesn’t have to be political HISTORY or military HISTORY or religious HISTORY. It could very easily be personal HISTORY or family HISTORY.

When thinking on possible subjects for your submission, meditate on the following quote:

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
-Karl Marx

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of HISTORY in this place that definitely records my daily minutiae next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 348 – SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE got more results than I am expected. You people have impressed me!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Linda Bennett – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 5 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 5 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 6 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 6 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 8 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 8 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 16 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 16 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 16 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 18 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 19 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 20 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 24 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 25 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 27 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 30 weeks

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


WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings – 9 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 26 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 7 weeks
View from “The Mount” of several harden by Hermann Park in Houston

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
“Inside the Octopus”. The main ballroom of the Octopus where countless Christmas parties, summer socials, and special evets were held.

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
TPC Group “Octopus”, built 1959. An octagonal building with ballroom and meeting facilities. Built by employees from wood harvested on site.

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 19 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 31 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - WILLIAM MCALPINE
William McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 21 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CHRISTOHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 28 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennet – 2 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 4 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 25 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 9 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 20 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

31 submissions from 24 participants! That is a great week! Better than I expected, considering the extra rule for this week. Don’t worry none of the remaining Year 9 themes have a bonus rule.

Also, the following people earned this week’s bonus points by submitting a black & white image:
+ Teresa Kahler
+ Monica Jennings – 1 out of 3 anyways
+ Joe Duff – 1 out of 3 anyways
+ Mary Green
+ Kio Dettman
+ Linda Bennett
+ Angie DeWaard
+ Suzie Brannen
+ Logan Kahler
+ Andy Sharp

Be sure to check your mailbox, those bonus points should be arriving any day now.

This was an exciting week for new participants. Mary Green participating for the first time ever. As did William McAlpine. Willy’s submission came all the way from Portugal!

Also you may have noticed a couple name changes from a couple of the participants. I wonder what that means? Congratulations is what is means!

But it wasn’t all good news. 2 streaks did bite the dust. Jen’s two week streak. Gone. Dawn’s 6 week streak. Poof. I have no doubt they will be back with great submissions again in the future!

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 17 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 17 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 17 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 19 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 20 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 21 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 25 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 26 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 28 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 31 weeks

Congratulations to Elizabeth as her submissions (all the way from Florida) made her the third person to have a streak extend for half of a year! 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:


WEEK 349 - HAT
HAT

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

But what exactly is a HAT photo? It is very simple. Just any picture that features a HAT in the image works. There are all sorts of hats out there ranging from fedoras to beanies to fedoras to bucket hats to fedoras to baseball caps to fedoras. Did I mention fedoras?

There is a warning on this theme though:

NEXT MONDAY I WILL NOT BE IN ANY POSITION TO SEND OUT ANY KIND OF REMINDERS. YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON YOUR OWN ON THIS ONE.

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

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
-Henry David Thoureau

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of HAT in this place where I hang many of my hats next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 347 – SQUARE

WARNING: THE THEME FOR NEXT WEEK IS THE OTHER WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE THAT DOES HAVE A SECOND RULE. READ THE DIRECTIONS CLOSELY.

Square has proven to be a pretty popular theme.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 2, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 4 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 5 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 7 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 7 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 15 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 17 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 18 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 19 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 23 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 24 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 26 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 29 weeks

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


WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 30 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 34 - SQUARE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 20 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 19 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 27 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 25 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 18 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 8 weeks

WEEK 347 - CATHIE RALEY - SQUARE
Cathie Raley – 24 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 6 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 347 - SQUARE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

I’m not going to get into who had streaks broke and how many participants there were, because Mediacom sucks. Just absolutely sucks. You are lucky you are even seeing this post, that is how bad Mediacom sucks.

There were 31 submissions. That is all you get.

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 348 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a SLICE OF LIFE photo? It might not be what you think. Hence this week’s special rule. SLICE OF LIFE is a reference to the photo postcard company that my Dad created. That is why (and here is the special rule) this week, the theme is NOT up for interpretation. This week’s theme is to take a picture that you could see used as a postcard. That is the only interpretation available to you.

Some of you might not live in a tourist hotbed like Boone, Iowa (no seriously, Boone has lots of tourist attractions from Pufferbilly Days to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace to Ledge State Park to the Boone Speedway to name a few) but there is certainly something in your town that you could see put on a postcard. For those of you that are under the age of 40 you may have to ask an elder what a postcard is, but I’m sure they will be happy to tell you all about it. And also other amazing things that happened in the 80s or 70s or before.

To give you another few examples of postcards. Here are a few postcards that my Dad made that I hastily scanned this morning:


Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

Slice of Life Postcards

When you look at these postcards, remember that these were made in a darkroom. With film! Quite a bit harder than dragging and dumping layers in Photoshop.

So remember, it has to be the kind of image you would see on a postcard. Not a picture of your pet or your kid and then saying, this is a “slice of my life”. That doesn’t qualify this week.

Do I expect this to possibly be a streak killer for many people? Maybe, but maybe SQUARE already was a major streak killer, who knows?

BONUS: If you want to go the extra mile, this isn’t a requirement, you can take your image in black & white as my Dad’s postcards were black & white.

While considering your SLICE OF LIFE subjects, meditate on the following quote:

The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.
-Mary E. Pearson

I look forward to seeing the digital postcards you send me.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is nothing more than my postcard to the world next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 346 – #INSTAGOOD

#INSTAGOOD proved to be a pretty popular theme. Which is good, because there literally isn’t an easier theme on the Year 9 Calendar.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Angie DeWaard – 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 3 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 4 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 4 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 6 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 6 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 14 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 16 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 17 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 18 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 22 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 23 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 25 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 28 weeks

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


WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 3 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 4 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 4 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 5 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 5 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 7 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 7 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 15 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 17 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 18 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 19 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 23 weeks

WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 24 weeks

WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 26 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 29 weeks

WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD -
Christopher D. Bennett – 448 weeks


25 submissions from 25 participants! That is a great week. I do believe that the 25 participants is a new record.

Only 1 streak was snapped. Linda’s streak of 5 did not make it to 6.

Shannon extended her streak to 26! That is six straight months of submissions! WooHoo!

Here is the current list of top streaks!

1. Kio – 29 weeks
2. Shannon – 26 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 24 weeks
4. Cathie – 23 weeks
5. Bill – 19 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 18 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 17 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 16 weeks
9. Teresa Kahler – 15 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 15 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 15 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 347 - SQUARE
SQUARE

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

But what is a SQUARE image? A SQUARE image is any image where one of the major elements of your composition is a SQUARE. Remember, all SQUAREs are rectangles, but not all rectangles are SQUAREs. If you look around, you will see that there is are SQUAREs all over the place. Once you see them, you won’t be able to stop seeing them. The next step is to photograph one. I wouldn’t even hate on you if you took a picture of your dog and used a 1:1 aspect ratio.

There are also other definitions of SQAURE you can ponder.

While thinking on your possible subjects for SQUARE, meditate on the following song lyric:

I used to be a renegade
I used to fool around
But I couldn’t take the punishment
And had to settle down
Now I’m playing it real straight
And yes, I cut my hair
You might think I’m crazy
But I don’t even care
Because I can tell what’s going on
It’s hip to be square

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of SQUARE in this place that is nothing more than proof that I’m a square next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 345 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

WARNING: READ THE RULES FOR NEXT WEEK’S THEME CARFEULLY. THERE IS ONE CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK’S THEME!

LETTERS OR NUMBERS has proven to be a fairly popular theme.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Kim Barker – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 3 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 4 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 4 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 13 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 13 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 15 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 16 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 17 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 21 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 22 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 24 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 27 weeks

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


WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 23 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 17 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 16 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 4 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 28 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 1 week

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 18 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 345 - LETTERS 0R NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 25 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 4 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 22 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

31 submissions from 24 participants! That is a great week!

Only 1 “streak” was snapped. Sarah wasn’t able to built on her submission from last week. However, to balance that out, Angie participated for the first time in Year 9. Hopefully this is the sign of big things to come!

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 28 weeks
2. Shannon – 25 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 23 weeks
4. Cathie – 22 weeks
5. Bill – 18 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 17 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 16 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks
9. Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 14 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 346 - #INSTAGOOD
#INSTAGOOD

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

But what is a #INSTAGOOD picture? #INSTAGOOD is the second most popular hashtag used on Instagram. As of this morning, it has been used on Instagram 1,531,803,168 times. You might be thinking, “Well, that is an interesting statistic, that doesn’t tell me what it means!”

Don’t worry baby birds, I’m gonna feed you.

The #INSTAGOOD hashtag is used when an Instagram user thinks that the picture is particularly good. Not just your average picture, but a good picture. For our uses, this week’s theme is to send me you best picture you took during this week. From between 12:01 PM today and 10:59 next Monday.

So that brings me to the new rule for this week’s theme:


SEND ME ONE AND ONLY ONE PICTURE!! THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE BEST PICTURE YOU TOOK THIS WEEK! DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SENDING ME MULTIPLE IMAGES AND TELLING ME TO PICK THE BEST ONE. I WILL NOT DO IT!! I WILL COUNT THAT AS ZERO SUBMISSIONS! I’D HATE TO SEEN ANY STREAKS ENDED CAUSE OF A TECHNICALITY!

So now that is clear. When considering possible subjects for your best picture this week, meditate on these song lyrics from a song from THE KARATE KID:

Try to be best
‘Cause you’re only a man
And a man’s gotta learn to take it
Try to believe
Though the going gets rough
That you gotta hang tough to make it
History repeats itself
Try and you’ll succeed
Never doubt that you’re the one
And you can have your dreams!
You’re the best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down

I look forwarding to seeing the best you got next Monday!

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of #INSTAGOOD in this place that is nothing more than the best I got next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 344 – ORANGE

Orange has proven to be a pretty popular theme. Orange you glad?

As of 11:00 AM on Monday, April 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Kim Barker – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Joe Duff – 2 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 2 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 3 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 3 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 4 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 12 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 12 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 13 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 14 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 15 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 16 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 20 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 21 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 23 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 26 weeks

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


WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 4 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 24 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 27 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 3 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 22 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 13 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 15 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 17 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 16 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 3 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 5 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 2 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 21 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 13 weeks

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 4 weeks

30 submissions from 23 participants! You would think I knew more than one person that had a favorite color of ORANGE!

Amazingly, there wasn’t a single streak snapped AND the first submission from Sarah Karber this cycle. All very exciting stuff!!

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 27 weeks
2. Shannon – 24 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 22 weeks
4. Cathie – 21 weeks
5. Bill – 17 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 16 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 15 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks
9. Teresa Kahler – 13 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 13 weeks

A really great week!

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


WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS
LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a LETTERS OR NUMBERS picture? A LETTERS OR NUMBERS picture is simply any picture that features LETTERS OR NUMBERS or both! They can be used to create words or they can just be a random jumble like in the theme reveal image.

While thinking on possible subjects for your LETTERS OR NUMBERS picture, meditate on the following qoute:

Why’ is the only question that bothers people enough to have an entire letter of the alphabet named after it.

The alphabet does not go ‘A B C D What? When? How?’ but it does go ‘V W X Why? Z.
-Douglas Adams

I look forward to seeing your interpretations next Monday:

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of LETTERS OR NUMBERS in this place that is nothing more than letters and numbers and symbols next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 343 – GRATITUDE

I’m proud to report that many people have found something in their live to give thanks for in photographic form.

As of 10:59 AM on Monday, April 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Joe Duff – 1 week
+ Dawn Krause – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Linda Bennett – 2 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 3 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 11 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 11 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 11 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 12 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 13 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 14 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 15 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 19 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 20 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 22 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 25 weeks

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


WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 2 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 12 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 15 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 3 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 12 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 26 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEL 343 - GRATITUDE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 3 weeks

WEEL 343 - GRATITUDE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 13 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 20 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 21 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 2 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 14 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 4 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 16 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 1 week

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 23 weeks

30 submissions from 21 participants! That is a solid week!

There were only 3 streaks snapped this week. Vest couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. Evie and Jesse had two week streaks snapped.

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 26 weeks
2. Shannon – 23 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 21 weeks
4. Cathie – 20 weeks
5. Bill – 16 weeks

26 weeks in a row for Kio! That is 6 straight months of submissions!

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 344 - ORANGE
ORANGE

ORANGE! What a great theme for Week 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is an ORANGE image? An ORANGE image is simply and image where the subject of the image OR a major compositional element of the image is the color ORANGE.

While considering possible subjects for your ORANGE theme meditate on the following quote:

Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.
– Wassily Kandinsky

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of ORANGE in this place that contains a little bit of yellow humanity next Monday.

Fall Apart Again

Year 17 of the Roundball Oracles has come to an end. On Monday night, Kansas used a flaw in the court that injured North Carolina’s best player to help them overcome the Tar Heels in the last minute of the game. It was an otherwise great game and it is sad that it was partially decided by an injury due to a flaw in the court construction.

Ben Baier was the winner of this year’s pool. He is the youngest to ever win it. He joins this list:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2022 – Ben Baier
2021 – Micky Augustin
2020 – No Tournament
2019 – Becky Parmelee
2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

Where there is a champion, there also has to be a last place. This year’s The Sara “winner” was Joey Randazzo.

Past “The Sara” Winners

2022 – Joey Randazzo
2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2020 – No Tournament
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

Note, Olivia Baier actually finished below Mr. Randazzo, but as she is a child, she is not eligible for The Sara.

Here are the Final Standings:

1. Ben Baier – 273 points
2. Sara Lockner – 271 points
3. Shawn Lockner – 242 points
4. Rachel Gildersleeve – 242 points
5. Linda Bennett – 232 points
6. Becky Parmelee – 231 points
7. Carla Stensland – 229 points
8. Angie DeWaard – 224 points
9. Humble Narrator – 224 points
10. Tim Peterson – 223 points
11. Jason Baier – 217 points
12. Lowell Davis – 215 points
13. Derek Dohrman – 215 points
14. Carrie Baier – 214 points
15. Sarah Karber – 210 points
16. Micky Augustin – 209 points
17. Elizabeth Nordeen – 206 points
18. Jorge Rios – 203 points
19. Brandon Kahler – 203 points
20. Will Baier – 197 points
21. Jordan Toot – 197 points
22. Corey Faust – 197 points
23. Andree Jauhari – 192 points
24. Jesse Howard – 191 points
25. Dawn Krause – 182 points
26. Derrick Gorshe – 181 points
27. Michelle Haupt – 179 points
28. Jackson Faust – 176 points
29. Jason Stensland – 168 points
30. J.J. Baier – 164 points
31. Russell Kennerly – 161 points
32. Toby Sebring – 157 points
33. Robert Henning – 151 points
34. Jill Gorshe – 147 points
35. Joey Randazzo – 143 points
36. Olivia Baier – 141 points

I’m already looking forward to next season. Iowa State will have to replace a lot from this year’s team and one of their assistant coaches, but could be a good team. You never know. This year’s team definitely wasn’t supposed to make the Sweet Sixteen!

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Seems like a good time to share some flower pictures from last year:


Soul Expansion - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Fall Apart Again

Fall Apart Again

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

I still have some flower pictures left to share from last year.

Selfie Project – March 2022

Tomorrow is the Final Four. Thought it would be a good time to check-in on the Roundball Oracles.

With 3 games left to go in the NCAA tournament this is the Top 3:

1. Becky Parmelee – 231 Points
2. Carla Stensland – 229 Points
3. Angie DeWaard – 224 points

This is the Bottom 3:

34. Joey Randazzo – 143 points
35. Olivia Baier – 141 points
36. Toby Sebring – 140 points

At this point, there are 4 people left that have a chance of taking home the Championship Trophy. 2 people still have a shot at The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for The Sara:

If Villanova beats Kansas then Toby “wins” The Sara.
If Kansas beats Villanova then Joey “wins” The Sara.

Note as Olivia Baier is a child, she is not eligible for The Sara.

Here are the scenarios for the Championship:

If Duke wins the National Championship then Sarah Karber wins the trophy.
If Kansas wins the National Championship then Ben Baier wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats Duke for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Villanova for the National Championship then Becky wins the trophy.
If North Carolina beats Kansas for the National Championship then Ben wins the trophy.
If Villanova beats North Carolina for the National Championship then Derrick Gorshe wins the trophy.

It is possible, that there is an error in my math, but I’m fairly certain this is correct.

Root accordingly.

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I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I think I actually did some stuff in March. I didn’t go to Pennsylvania and Illinois (briefly) and North Carolina (briefly), but I did stand in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota all at the same time. I ate the reigning Best Tenderloin in Iowa. I went to two Iowa State NCAA Tournament games. I stood on the highest point in Iowa and the second highest. I hosted Alligator Movie Night. I had some good times with friends and some poignant times with family. March wasn’t too bad. Raised the bar a bit for April.

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from March:


Day 60 - March 1, 2022
March 1

Day 62 - March 3, 2022
March 3

Day 63 - March 4, 2022
March 4

Day 64 - March 5, 2022
March 5

Day 66 - March 7, 2022
March 7

Day 67 - March 8, 2022
March 8

Day 68 - March 9, 2022
March 9

Day 70 - March 11, 2022
March 11

Day 71 - March 12, 2022
March 12

Day 72 - March 13, 2022
March 13

Day 74 - March 15, 2022
March 15

Day 75 - March 16, 2022
March 16

Day 76 - March 17, 2022
March 17

Day 77 - March 18, 2022
March 18

Day 78 - March 19, 2022
March 19

Day 79 - March 20, 2022
March 20

Day 80 - March 21, 2022
March 21

Day 82 - March 23, 2022
March 23

Day 84 - March 25, 2022
March 25

Day 85 - March 26, 2022
March 26

Day 88 - March 29, 2022
March 29

Day 89 - March 30, 2022
March 30

Day 90 - March 31, 2022
March 31

Oh yeah! I also bought a new camera in March! I hope to continue to do good work in April!

Of course, there can only be one selfie for each day. Here are my favorite alternates I took for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

Jesse is a sleeper!

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


WEEK 342 - FRAMED
FRAMED

But what exactly is a FRAMED picture? It is simply a picture where the subject is FRAMED in by something else. In the theme reveal, the edge of the garbage can makes a frame for the subject of the refuse. A doorway makes a good frame. So does a hall way. A window Any thing that creates negative space makes a great frame for your subject. Or you could even do something as easy as taking a picture of something that is in a literal picture frame.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 341 – SHADOW

SHADOW seems to be a pretty popular theme.

As of 10:59 AM on Monday, March 28, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Harrison Gorshe – 1 week
+ Monica Henning – 1 week
+ Logan Kahler – 1 week
+ Stephanie Kim – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 9 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 9 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 9 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 9 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 10 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 11 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 12 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 13 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 17 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 18 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 20 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 23 weeks

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


WEEK 341 - SHADOW - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 12 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 10 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 11 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 24 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 21 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 14 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 19 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 10 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 342 - SHADOW - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 18 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 13 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 2 weeks

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 341 - SHADOW - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 2 weeks

28 submissions from 22 participants. That is a great week.

Congratulations to Teresa, Tamara, and Carla for being the latest people to join the double digit club!

Unfortunately a few streaks were snapped. Harrison, Stephanie, and Vest could not build on their submission from last week. Dawn had a 5 week streak snapped. And Joe… a 9 week streak gone! Hopefully they can start building that streak back up starting next week!

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 24 weeks
2. Shannon – 21 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 19 weeks
4. Cathie – 18 weeks
5. Bill – 14 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 342 - FRAMED
FRAMED

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

But what exactly is a FRAMED picture? It is simply a picture where the subject is FRAMED in by something else. In the theme reveal, the edge of the garbage can makes a frame for the subject of the refuse. A doorway makes a good frame. So does a hall way. A window Any thing that creates negative space makes a great frame for your subject. Or you could even do something as easy as taking a picture of something that is in a literal picture frame.

While thinking on possible subjects for your FRAMED image, meditate on the following quote:

You can frame a moment. But you can’t frame life.
-Armin Houman

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of FRAMED in this place that tries to put a frame around my existence next Monday.