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WPC – WEEK 453 – WORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



29 states so far!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were plenty of big milestones this week!

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

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

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



NOT YOUR HOMETOWN – SUGGESTED BY ANDY SHARP

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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

WPC – WEEK 452 – RUINS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK
WORK

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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

WPC – WEEK 451 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Logan Kahler (Iowa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WEEK 452 - RUINS
RUINS

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

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

Eclipse Road Trip – Day 3

I woke up in the hotel in Normal, Illinois at about my normal time 5:45 AM or so. I packed up the tremendous amount of stuff I lugged into the hotel. A suitcase. A laptop. A CPAP. A camera bag. My ledger. Probably some other stuff as well. I figured nobody else would be up, so I hit the shower. Felt pretty dang good for a hotel shower. Much better than the whore’s bath.

Clean. Smelling good (in my humble opinion), I went down to check out the continental breakfast. We stayed at a Comfort Suites which is right in my hotel sweet spot. I like hotels that are “expensive” enough to have amenities. But not so expensive they start charging you for amenities. Basically I want free wi-fi and free breakfast. A pool is nice too, but I’m really here for the free breakfast. I don’t understand why the more expensive a hotel is, the more stuff they charge you for. If a hotel doesn’t have free breakfast this dog is out!

After I took most of my stuff to the car I went to the breakfast room. I was the first one there. I expected to be. There was no way all the Gorshes were ALL up and going.

Not gonna lie. First thing I did when I got settled in my room the night before was going to check out the breakfast layout. Before entering, saying a silent prayer that they would have a waffle maker. The conveyor belt pancake maker is okay, but if you know I’m all about that #wafflelife.

I’ve heard that all prayers are answered. Just many times the answer is “Not today bro.” But on this day, the answer was “I got you bro.” Staring back at me from the corner of the breakfast bar was a shiny, beautiful waffle maker! It was a great morning.

Here are some pictures from the trip home:


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Not only did they offer regular old waffles. They also offered chocolate waffles! Bingpot! I know what you are thinking. Did he go original or did he go chocolate. He is trying to live somewhat healthier, maybe he went for neither and only had some fruit for breakfast. The suspense is killing you.

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I went chocolate of course! If you are going to eat unhealthy, jump in with both feet! Besides calories that you eat in a different state don’t count. That is some kind of adultery loophole I saw on a sitcom once. But the exercise you do counts double. That’s just science. #chocolatewaffelife

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While I was eating my waffle Dave showed up for his breakfast. Then Derrick and the dog showed up. I told them I was going to eject from the caravan and go ahead and hit the road because I was going to do some meandering on the way back and I was ready to hit the dusty trail and they wouldn’t be ready for a couple of hours. I got in the RAV4 and considered opening my Christmas present from Sara that Jen took all the way to Indiana to give to me. I took it all the way back to Iowa to open it.

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My first stop in Iowa was in Le Claire. Le Claire is near the “Quad Cities” which means that it is Happy Joe’s country. I didn’t eat at Happy Joe’s because it wasn’t open for several hours, but I had to stop to at least take a picture of the sign to make Elizabeth (a noted Happy Joe’s fiend) jealous. Also, out of the blue on the trip Derrick told me really had been having a hankering for Happy Joe’s ham & sauerkraut pizza. I don’t think he stopped in Le Claire for some, but at least I let him know he had the option.

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That is a mango-strawberry with banana smoothie. Don’t ever accuse me of drinking coffee!

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Endorsed. Cody Road Coffee for smoothies.

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Reminds me of Carla’s camper.

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Also reminds me of Carla’s camper.

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You know the theme from Golden Girls? I had no clue that was a song that existed outside of that show until a few months ago when I was listening to the Casey Kasem flashback countdown (a Sunday tradition in my sphere of influence) somebody requested it as Long Distance Dedication. My mind was blown. I also love Bob Ross. I’m not a Swiftie though. I’m a Lipsey. But Taylor Swift is cool.

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If anybody is looking for a beer tap, I know a place.

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This was in Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium Unique Gift Shop. Spoiler: Guess what I’m putting in the Computer Mine Gift Exchange this year!!!

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Ya know your boy was checking out the sticker selection.

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So true. I log onto Facebook everyday to read poorly informed political opinions of people I try to continue to respect. Or I never go on Facebook. One of those things is true.

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I feel so seen.

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What is the budget for the Computer Mine Christmas Gift Exchange again?

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Give me a few more years before I start rocking this hat.

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What did the seahorse do?

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This book is in the Gorshe Library.

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But not this one… yet.

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I know these people.

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Next stop was Antique Archaeology. I love hitting this store because it reminds me of my parents and the old Bennett Antiques & Primitives store.

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Even though it is actually super touristy and the price on most things is outrageous.

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I switched to YouTubeTV over a year ago now. I absolutely can’t endorse it enough. But the one thing is I don’t get now is the History Channel. I do miss this show and ANCIENT ALIENS of course.

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I stopped in Belle Plaine for lunch. I’ve wanted to eat at the historic Lincoln Cafe for a minute, so I took this opportunity to stop there and eat on my way home. But that is a story for a future food adventure entry.

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I hope somebody took them up on this.

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Finally made it home. 1150.3 miles later.

That is all I have for cell phone pictures from this trip. But I have plenty of real camera pictures to share at some point in the future.

It was a phenomenal trip and I’m very thankful for the Gorshes letting me crash their eclipse party! Let’s do it again in 20 years.

WPC – WEEK 450 – EMOTION

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

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

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

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

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Cathie Morton (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 126 weeks

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

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Andy Sharp (Adel, Iowa) – 122 weeks

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

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

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Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

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

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Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

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Joe Duff (Texas) – 108 weeks

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Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 107 weeks

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Dawn Krause (Boxholm, Iowa) – 101 weeks

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Dawn Krause (Les’s Auto – Boone, Iowa)

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Angie DeWaard (Chicago, Illinois) – 97 weeks

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Angie DeWaard (Chicago, Illinois)

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Sarah Toot (Valley Cottage, New York) – 93 weeks

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Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 92 weeks

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Linda Bennett (Kansas)

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Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 63 weeks

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Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 60 weeks

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

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Nathanial Brown (Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa)

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Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 48 weeks

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Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa)

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Logan Kahler (Simpson College – Indianola, Iowa) – 47 weeks

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Logan Kahler (Simpson College – Indianola, Iowa)

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Sheri Fakhouri (Civic Center – Des Moines, Iowa) – 46 weeks

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Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 41 weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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

WPC – WEEK 449 – TIME

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

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

What is bokeh?

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

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

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

I hope we all learned something today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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

WPC – WEEK 448 – NECESSITY

NECESSITY! A great theme! But did enough people find it necessary to submit a photo to make NECESSITY a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 4 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 6 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 12 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 33 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Mike Vest – 38 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 43 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 45 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 45 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL)
21-Tamara Peterson – 57 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 60 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 89 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 90 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Dawn Krause – 98 weeks (IA)
26-Angie DeWaard – 94 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 104 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 105 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 116 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 116 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 118 weeks (2) (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 119 weeks (2) (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 120 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 123 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 125 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 127 weeks (2) (IA, CA)
37-Kio Dettman – 129 weeks (2) (IA)

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


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

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

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


WEEK 448 Map
25 States

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


WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Chico, California) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Winnemucca, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Near Martinsville, Indiana)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 34 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Denver, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Miami, Florida) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Aruba) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Curacao)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 121 weeks

EDITOR’S NOTE: I never comment on submissions. It is one of the base creeds that I operate under for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. No matter how much I want to comment, I don’t. But there is a picture on here that I really need to comment on. You probably can’t even guess which one it is. I’m not going to comment on Elizabeth’s taste in music (although I do approve) or Baby Face Adam (although it does crack me up) or that there were a few pictures of dogs, but no pictures of cats as a NECESSITY. Interesting. Yes, provocative. What I have to comment on is how extremely jealous I am that Scott got to eat at a Taco Time! I’m like burning with jealousy. I’m not even comfortable with how jealous I am. The real ones know that Taco Time is the truth when it comes to “Mexican” fast food. Every once in awhile you will get somebody from dirty Dodge try to force Taco Tico down your throat. Which is uncomfortable because that isn’t how you eat tacos, you have to chew first and Taco Tico is gross. Taco Time is the ONLY fast food “Mexican” I will eat. I won’t even look Taco Bell in the face. I won’t even spit in the general direction of a Taco John’s. It has been years now since I’ve eaten at Taco Time. Now the axe-throwing place at North Grand Mall does a serviceable knockoff of the Crisp Meat Burrito, but at the end of the day… it is still a knockoff. I know it. They know it. The Crisp Meat Burrito knows it. We are living a lie. I miss Taco Time. Screw you Scott for opening this wound back up!

But while I am deeply, to a disturbing level, passionate about Taco Time, you may have noted Lowell’s picture was taken in a hospital. Leah is in the hospital for a few days, so if you are the praying type, keep them in your prayers and if you aren’t, keep them in your thoughts.

38 participants! The exact same participation rate as last week. Better than falling off… I guess…

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Aruba (1)
+ California (1)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Indiana (1)
+ Iowa (36)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Utah (1)

Thanks to Scott’s “business” trip we added Utah to the map! WooHoo! Thanks to Jesse’s vacation we also added 2 foreign countries in Aruba and Curacao! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (8.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (5)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (515)
+ Kansas (23)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (24)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (24)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

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

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

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

The big milestone this week was Kio joining the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun in the sun and delicious tacos this week. Monica’s streak was blinded by the light and is now just a distant memory!

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


WEEK 449 - TTIME
TIME

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

I’m trying not to explain the themes this year, but sometimes I can’t help myself. ‘m like me at a table filled with Crisp Meat Burritos. Self-control is an issue. But I digress…

If you look closely at the TIME theme reveal image (not that closely) you will see that it is actually 2 separate images put together. On the left is a picture with a “fast” shutter speed that freezes the water. The right side of the image was taken with a “slow” shutter speed that makes the water more of a blur. The idea of the theme TIME is to either freeze TIME in place with a fast shutter speed or show the fluidity of time with a slow shutter speed.

However, I know most people don’t have control over the shutter speed on the camera they use, so as always interpret the theme as you see fit.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of TIME in this place that hopefully passes it for a few of you next Monday.

Roundball Oracles Year 19 Final Standings

With UCONN mercilessly smashing Purdue (and every other team they played in the Tournament) on Monday night, another smashing round of the Roundball Oracles came to a close.

This year’s champion was… drumroll please… Micky! He adds himself to the list of Immortals!

ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPTIONS – LIST OF IMMORTALS

2024 – Micky Augustin
2023 – Will Baier
2022 – Ben Baier
2021 – Micky Augustin
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

But I hand out 2 trophies for the Roundball Oracles. Micky will take home the Championship trophy for the 2nd time ever. But who gets “The Sara” for last place?

Do you have another drumroll in you? It goes to Oracles newcomer Aaron Sader!

“The Sara” Winners:

2024 – Aaron Sader
2023 – Ben Baier
2022 – Joey Randazzo
2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

Here are the Final Standings:

1. Micky Augustin – 287
2. Toby Sebring – 262
3. Sara Lockner – 258
4. Michelle Haupt – 257
5. Jesse Howard – 244
6. Jason Baier – 232 points
7. Jordan Toot – 225
8. Sean Gildersleeve – 220
9. Russell Kennerly – 220
10. Linda Bennett – 220
11. Adam Gordon – 208
12. Derek Dohrman – 204
13. Andy Sharp – 202
14. Angie DeWaard – 201
15. Elainie Stensland – 198
16. Sarah Karber – 192
17. Rachel Gildersleeve – 188
18. Tim Peterson – 184
19. Robert Henning – 184
20. Derrick Gorshe – 183
21. JJ Baier – 182
22. Corey Faust – 174
23. Elizabeth Nordeen – 170
24. Lowell Davis – 169
25. Humble Narrator – 163
26. Shawn Lockner – 160
27. Ben Baier – 159
28. Carrie Baier – 146
29. Olivia Baier – 145
30. Joseph Duff – 145
31. Andree Jauhari – 140
32. Will Baier – 140
33. Jackson Faust – 139
34. Teresa Kahler – 136
35. Aaron Sader – 129

I’ll have to get the trophies ordered and delivered soon.

Basketball season is barely over and I already miss it!

WPC – WEEK 447 – PASSION

PASSION! A great theme! But did enough people have enough PASSION about their PASSION to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (IA)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA)
3-Layla Gorshe – 1 week (IA)
4-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN)
5-Monica Jennings – 1 week (IA)
6-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
7-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks (IA)
8-Tim Panages – 2 weeks (IA)
9-Deanna McClain – 3 weeks (IA)
10-Johnathan Stensland – 3 weeks (IA)
11-Adam Gordon – 5 weeks (IA, MS, MO)
12-Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
13-Sara Lockner – 11 weeks (IA)
14-Lowell Davis – 13 weeks (IA)
15-Michelle Haupt – 12 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
16-Alexis Stensland – 13 weeks (IA)
17-Brandon Kahler – 14 weeks (IA, MN)
18-Scott Degeneffe – 32 weeks (IA, FL)
19-Sabas Hernandez – 33 weeks (IA)
20-Mike Vest – 37 weeks (IA, MO)
21-Sheri Fakhouri – 42 weeks (IA)
22-Logan Kahler – 43 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Nathanial Brown – 44 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
24-Jesse Howard – 44 weeks (IA, MO, NE)
25-Tamara Peterson – 56 weeks (IA, MN)
26-Mindi Terrell – 59 weeks (IA)
27-Linda Bennett – 88 weeks (KS)
28-Sarah Toot – 89 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
29-Angie DeWaard – 93 weeks (IA)
30-Dawn Krause – 97 weeks (IA)
31-Kim Barker – 103 weeks (IA, CO)
32-Joe Duff – 104 weeks (TX)
33-Teresa Kahler – 115 weeks (IA)
34-Carla Stensland – 115 weeks (IA, MO)
35-Micky Augustin – 117 weeks (IA, IL)
36-Andy Sharp – 118 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
37-Bill Wentworth – 119 weeks (NE)
38-Cathie Morton – 122 weeks (IA, FL, BHS)
39-Elizabeth Nordeen – 124 weeks (IA)
40-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 126 weeks (IA)
41-Kio Dettman – 128 weeks (IA)

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


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

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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


WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Mason City, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 94 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 8 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 120 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 116 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 123 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Saint Louis, Missouri)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Spoon River Rest Area – Illinois)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - deanna mcclain
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Spoon River Rest Stop – Illinois) – 2 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) – 45 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 105 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Des Moines, Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Des Moines, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 89 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Ankeny, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Japser County, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Ankeny, Iowa) – 60 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Des Moines, Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 90 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Gilbert, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Sacramento, California) – 127 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Gretna, Nebraska) – 43 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Gretna, Nebraska)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 97 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Papillon, Nebraska) – 116 weeks

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Papillon, Nebraska)

WPC- WEEK 447 - PASSION - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Goeppinger Field – Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

38 participants! A pretty great week! But a 4 participant drop from the previous week.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ California (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Illinois (2)
+ Iowa (35)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (5)
+ New York (1)
+ Texas (2)

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

+ Arkansas (7.5)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (2)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (4)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (479)
+ Kansas (21)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (23)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (10)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (22)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

25 states so far! 1 foreign country! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

Jen and Andy are now tied to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!”

Shannon, Teresa, and Sheri joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple places this week!

The major milestone this wee was Kim hitting the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! However, there was a bloodbath of streaks coming to an end. Layla and Amy couldn’t build on last week’s submission and their streaks are over before they began. Tim’s streak is over at 2. Worst of all, Sabas’ streak comes crashing to an end at 33! The Humanity!

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


WEEK 448 - NECESSITY
NECESSITY – SUGGESTED BY JOE DUFF

NECESSITY! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! Thank you Joe for suggesting it!

You might be scoffing at the fact that I think VitaCoco Coconut Water is a NECESSITY. Maybe you don’t understand. Their coconuts are carefully handpicked on thousands of small farms throughout the topics. These aren’t blood coconuts picked by child slave labor. It is a necessity cause it replenishes electrolytes, provides vital nutrients, hydrates with coconut goodness, AND makes taste buds happy! It is perfect for post-workouts, hangovers, afternoon boosts (we can all use those), smoothies, and the general human tendency to get thirsty. I like to crush a box of VitaCoco after crushing a workout at Planet Fitness because it provides me with 50% of my daily intake of Vitamin C and 15% of my potassium! And the carton is even recyclable! If that isn’t a NECESSITY, I don’t know what the word means!

But I will be interested to find out what you consider to be a NECESSITY.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of NECESSITY in this place that I hope some of you find to be one next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 446 – #INSTAGOOD

#INSTAGOOD! A great theme! A theme so easy that you could participate if you took one picture this week. But did many people take at least one picture to be able to send us the best picture that they took this week to make #INSTAGOOD a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, March 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Evie Gorshe – 1 week (IA)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Tim Panages – 1 week (IA)
4-Elainie Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Deanna McClain – 2 weeks (IA)
6-Johnathan Stensland – 2 weeks (IA)
7-Adam Gordon – 4 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
8-Stehanie Kim – 6 weeks (NY)
9-Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks (AR, IA)
10-Sara Lockner – 10 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 12 weeks (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 12 weeks (IA, MO)
13-Alexis Stensland – 12 weeks (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 13 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 31 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Sabas Hernandez – 32 weeks (2) (IA)
17-Mike Vest – 36 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 41 weeks (2) (IA)
19-Logan Kahler – 42 weeks (IA, MN)
20-Nathanial Brown – 43 weeks(IA, SD, GA, TN)
21-Jesse Howard – 43 weeks (IA, MO, NE)
22-Tamara Peterson – 55 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 58 weeks (2) (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 87 weeks (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 88 weeks (2) (PA, NY, VT, NV)
26-Angie DeWaard – 92 weeks (IA)
27-Dawn Krause – 96 weeks (2) (IA)
28-Kim Barker – 102 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 103 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 114 weeks (2) (IA)
31-Carla Stensland – 114 weeks (IA, MO)
32-Micky Augustin – 116 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 117 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 118 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 121 weeks (IA, FL, BHS)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 123 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 125 weeks (IA)
38-Kio Dettman – 127 weeks (2) (IA)

An observant observer might be wondering why Carla’s streak is intact. She did get a submission in at the horn, but not soon enough for it to be included in the email blast. But is up on the website. You can go look at last Monday’s post and verify.

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


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

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.
3. Sometimes, for special people, for special circumstances, we can negotiate something.

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


WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Hampton, Virginia) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Michigan) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TIM PANAGES
Tim Panages (Ankeny, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Tulsa, Oklahoma) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Ogden, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Boone, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Overland Park, Kansas) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 32 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ogden, Iowa) – 33 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 59 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 88 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 89 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (League City, Texas) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Red Oak, Iowa) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 446 - #INSTAGOOD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Mines of Spain State Recreation Area – Dubuque County, Iowa) – 550 weeks

42 participants! That is a great week! Breaking the previous high for this year held by DECORATION at 40. I believe 42 ties the all-time high. Held by the #INSTAGOOD theme from last year. But I’d have to check my records to confirm that.

Thanks to Becky’s trip we added Oklahoma to the Photography 139 Submissions Map!

Thanks to Jen’s trip we added Virginia to the Photography 139 Submissions Map! Virginia was one of the states we didn’t get a submission from in 2023! So that makes it extra exciting!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (34)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Michigan (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)
+ Virginia (1)

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

+ Arkansas (6.5)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (3)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (444)
+ Kansas (19)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (8.5)
+ Nebraska (18)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (9)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (20)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

25 states so far! 1 foreign country! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

Andy holds a 1 state lead over Jen to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!”

There were no big milestones reached this week. However, Layla submitted for the first time this year! WooHoo! There was some sadness. Evie couldn’t build on her submission from last week and her streak is over before it began. Elainie’s streak is over after 2 weeks. But worst of all, Steph’s streak goes down after 6 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 447 - PASSION
PASSION – SUGGESTED BY SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY

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

I’m not describing the themes this year unless I think they need a little explanation. One thing to remember that PASSION is not just something you like bunches and bunches. PASSION is something you are willing to suffer for. When you take your pictures, would you be willing to take a punch to the face for this thing? Would you be willing to take something worse for this thing? If the answer is “yes”, then you have a PASSION subject.

I look forward to your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of PASSION in this place that is a bit of passion project next Monday.