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Selfie Project – August 2022

Another month down and another month of THE SELFIE PROEJCT in the books. I think I had a pretty active August. At least in spurts. With Pufferbilly Days and the State Fair and some much needed vacation all in August, I did some things man.

I don’t anticipate September being anywhere as busy, but hopefully I’ll do some cool stuff this month.

Here are some of my favorites from August for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Day 213 - August 1, 2022
August 1

Day 214 - August 2, 2022
August 2

Day 215 - August 3, 2022
August 3

Day 216 - August 4, 2022
August 4

Day 217 - August 5, 2022
August 5

Day 218 - August 6, 2022
August 6

Day 220 - August 8, 2022
August 8

Day 221 - August 9, 2022
August 9

Day 223 - August 11, 2022
August 11

Day 224 - August 12, 2022
August 12

Day 225 - August 13, 2022
August 13

Day 226 - August 14, 2022
August 14

Day 228 - August 16, 2022
August 16

Day 229 - August 17, 2022
August 17

Day 230 - August 18, 2022
August 18

Day 231 - August 19, 2022
August 19

Day 232 - August 20, 2022
August 20

Day 233 - August 21, 2022
August 21

Day 236 - August 24, 2022
August 24

Day 237 - August 25, 2022
August 25

Day 238 - August 26, 2022
August 26

Day 239 - August 27, 2022
August 27

Day 240 - August 28, 2022
August 28

Day 241 - August 29, 2022
August 29

Day 243 - August 31, 2022
August 31

Of course there can only be one selfie that represents THE SELFIE PROJECT every day, but I did have a busy August, so here are the many alternates:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

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SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

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SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

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SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

You might be thinking, “That is a lot of pictures with ice cream!” There is a reason for that. The reason isn’t because I love ice cream, but that is probably the base level reason. I’ll explain the real reason in a future post. Or I won’t. What is important for you to know is that your humble narrator is a champion. A ice cream champion. Also, Willy and Jesse owe me dinner.

You also might be thinking, “How many gray t-shirts do you own?” The answer is, plenty.

Finally you might be thinking, “You need to retire that green t-shirt.” Yeah, that is true enough.

WPC – WEEK 362 – WEEKENDS

To clarify some information about Sunday’s post. The part about the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Even though the book does say two people got all 4 of their entries in, in fact NOBODY got all 4 submissions accepted for display. That is the first time I can ever remember that happening. They had some tough judges.

The time I spent yesterday at the Photography Salon was pretty joyful.

I think that WEEKENDS is going to end up being a more popular theme than FAMILY. Seems people like their WEEKENDS more than they like their FAMILY. Very strange. But you’ll have to keep scrolling to find out if the data matches the theory.

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

+ Brooklyn Erb – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 1 week
+ Linda Bennett – 3 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 4 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 6 weeks
+ Mary Green – 8 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 9 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 13 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 19 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 20 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 22 weeks (3)
+ Teresa Kahler – 30 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 30 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 30 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 31 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 32 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 33 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 34 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 38 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 39 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 41 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 44 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 20 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 31 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 10 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 34 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 40 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 35 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS -KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 45 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS -
Kio Dettman

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS -
Kio Dettman

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS -KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 4 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 9 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 32 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 5 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TIM CUCULIC
Tim Tim Cuculic – 1 week

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 31 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 14 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 7 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 21 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 33 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 39 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 23 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 31 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 362  - WEEKENDS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 7 weeks

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks

28 participants! That is a great week! I guess people really do like their weekends more than they like their families!

On the list of new participants was first time ever participant Tim! I’m hoping this is just the start of big things for Tim.

Angie joined the double digit streak club. Congrats Angie!

This is just a guess, but I believe the submissions spanned from Pennsylvania to Indiana to Illinois to Nebraska to Texas to California and I assume many of these pictures were taken in Iowa. My picture was taken in Illinois.

However, it wasn’t all fun and games and travel. Brooklyn Erb could not extender her streak to 2 weeks. I blame Andy.

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 363 - CIRCLE
CIRCLE

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

But what is a CIRCLE image? It is simply a picture where a major compositional element of the picture is a CIRCLE. 360 degrees of fury! There are CIRCLE(s) literally everywhere! Once you starting looking for them, it is hard to not see them everywhere.

While thinking about possible subjects for your CIRCLE image, meditate on the following quote for inspiration:

The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.
-Empedocles

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

RULES

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

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

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

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Results

Before I delve into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, I do know what picture and what award I got into the Iowa State Fair. It is my policy not to reveal the pictures I entered until after the State Fair is over, but your clue is don’t go all the way into the main room. Go almost into that room, then look to your left.

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I think that the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest was a success this year. Not a smashing success, but I definitely feel like it is on greater footing now. A more solid foundation. In 2021 there were only 24 pictures entered. This year that number more than doubled to 61. Which is a good number, but I won’t be satisfied until that number hits triple digits. Until we outgrow KWBG and I’m forced to find a new location.

This is how the entries broke down.

ADULT
+ BLACK & WHITE – 1 entry (I can’t put into word how this breaks my heart!)
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 3 entries
+ NATURE – 16 entries
+ PEOPLE – 5 entries
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 6 entries
+ TOTAL – 31 entries

TEEN
+ BLACK & WHITE – 3 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 7 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 0 entries
+ TOTAL – 12 entries

YOUTH
+ BLACK & WHITE – 4 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 10 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 2 entries
TOTAL – 18 entries

Thank God for the Youth and teens that are holding down the BLACK & WHITE class. Once again the balance with the NATURE class was all out of whack, so next year I’m going to split them up into ANIMALS and PLANTS.

These are the winners:



Best of Show – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


People’s Choice Award – “Just A Swingin'” – Daphne Harris


1st Place Adult Overall – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Overall – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard


3rd Place Overall – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard


1st Place Teen Overall – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold


2nd Place Teen Overall – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit


3rd Place Teen Overall – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Youth Overall – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams


2nd Place Youth Overall – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe


3rd Place Youth Overall – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie


1st Place Adult Nature – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Nature – “Libella pulchella” – Allison Kayser


3rd Place Adult Nature – “Lithobates castebeianus maculosus” – Allison Kayser


1st Place Adult People – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult People – “Good Sports” – Angie DeWaard


3rd Place Adult People – “Persevere” – Jen Ensley


1st Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Two Tracks” – Sally Kay Whitney


3rd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Spike Driving Contest” – Bea Upah


1st Place Adult Black & White – “Zebra Bark” – Angie DeWaard


1st Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Through the Wires in Pilot Mound” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Mill Creek Stone Arch” – Bea Upah


3rd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Sunset Over Boone” – Nicole Schecklman


1st Place Teen Nature – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit


2nd Place Teen Nature – “Fence Post” – Emma Wiebold


3rd Place Teen Nature – “Garden Raider” – Simon Enabnit


1st Place Teen People – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Teen Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Beautiful Garbage” – Simon Enabnit


1st Place Teen Black & White – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold


2nd Place Teen Black & White – “Rosie the Pug” – Emma Wiebold


3rd Place Teen Black & White – “Old Tree in Pasture” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Youth Nature – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie


2nd Place Youth Nature – “The Cone” – Kayelee Burns


3rd Place Youth Nature – “Black Lab Smelling Flowers” – Tommy Williams


1st Place Youth People – “Grass” – Evie Gorshe


1st Place Youth Hidden Treasures of Boone County -“Kate Shelley Museum” – Kayelee Burns


1st Place Youth Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe


2nd Place Youth Trains, Planes and Automobiles – “Steam Engine” – Kayelee Burns


1st Place Youth Black & White – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams


2nd Place Youth Black & White – “Easy on Me” – Kayelee Burns


3rd Place Youth Black & White – “Snickers” – Daphne Harris

Maybe you don’t agree with the judges? Which is fine. I don’t agree with all of their decisions, but I selected a great collection of judges this year and they did a tremendous job!

Meet them:



One thing I learned this year is that a lot of people seem to think I was “the judge” or “a judge” and then when they found out I wasn’t a judge, then I didn’t really do that much. Which I think is funny, but I’m okay with people not knowing how much work goes into this and thinking the judges do all the work. If people see how much work this is, then I’m not doing my job.

I’ve already mentally selected the three judges for next year. Two of them have already committed. I’m sure the third one will commit as well, I just have to make the call. Janae will be returning and Nathanial and Logan will be rotating out. The second judge that has committed is Angie. I had been playing with the idea of whomever wins Best of Show gets to be a judge the following year. Her winning Best of Show cemented that or maybe quickcreted it for this year, at least.

While I’ve already tried to explain how much work I put into this contest. I definitely don’t do it myself. I need to thank people that helped along the way:
+ Kim Barker – Helped with label printing and only complained once, but for good reason.
+ Nathanial Brown – a judge, but also a good idea man. For example, his idea to split the youth division into Teen and Youth. Also provided sides for dinner AND most responsible for streamlining the Judges Form.
+ Kio Dettman – Got me this gig, but also is part of the Display Team. Both setting up and tearing down.
+ Janae Erickson – Judge while being super pregnant. A trooper.
+ Michelle Haupt – Did the Photo Contest Book. It looks professional because it is professional. I think she was only moderately frustrated when she would ask a question and 9 times out of 10 my answer was “I trust you.”
+ Jesse Howard – Part of the tear down team and gophered stuff between Ames and Boone for me. Including purchasing the photo stands for the overall photos.
+ Jay Janson – Designed one of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers.
+ Monica Jennings – Designed multiple Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers, designed and assembled the judges board for the display case, designed and put together the certificates that went with each ribbon. She was also instrumental in putting together the display. Bossing Logan around even more than I did. Which is saying something. I got so many compliments on what the display looked like this year. I think that was a lot of Monica.
+ Logan Kahler – Was a judge. Which was big. But even bigger in my mind, was being the “inside the display case” man when putting the display together. He also provided the meat for the judgement night meal. It was delicious.
+ Teresa Kahler – Did a ton of the administrative stuff and has big ideas for streamlining that process next year with mail merge.
+ Carla Stensland – Did a ton of administrative stuff as well. She was the judges’ assistant and helped keep them moving forward.
+ The Staff of KWBG – They are all wonderful, but Jennifer in particular is VERY helpful. She put up lights so there is some lighting in there at night and fixed some of the small mistakes that were made on the administrative end.

I’ve already mentioned some of the tweaks I’m going to make for next year. There are still more to make. However, the rest I’m going to keep close to my vest for now. But I might share them when I share some of the behind the scenes pictures in the future.

However, I think there is time for one last look back. I mentioned the incredible job that Michelle did on the book. This idea is pretty much completely stolen from, I mean influenced by, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Michelle is a genius when it comes to making this kind of thing and I think you should click on the links below and really appreciate her work:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Book – Easy to Read

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Book – Easy to Print

Be wary, next year I might try bothering you to get you on the photo contest team! Or even better, maybe next year you or your kids will enter. I heard more than one story about this being a great activity for parents to do with their children and grandparents to do with their grandchildren.

WPC – WEEK 359 – ODD CAMERA ANGLE

Was ODD CAMERA ANGLE oddly popular? I guess you will have to scroll down to find out.

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

+ Sarah Toot – 1 week (3)
+ Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 3 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
+ Mary Green – 5 weeks (3)
+ Angie DeWaard – 7 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 16 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 17 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 19 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks (2)
+ Carla Stensland – 27 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 29 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 30 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 35 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 41 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 2 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 6 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 8 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 11 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 17 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 18 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler 20 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 29 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 30 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 31 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 32 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 36 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 37 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 39 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 42 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 463 weeks


26 participants! That is a pretty good week! We had submissions from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, California, Kansas, Colorado, Michigan and even Iowa this week!

There were 4 weeks that sadly were snapped though. Sarah Karber’s couldn’t extend her streak this week. Willy’s streak snapped at 2. Looks like that guy just can’t keep streaks going… Sara Lockner’s streak was snapped at 4 weeks. Just not a good week for Saras. Sarah Toot kept the pride in the name going though.

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 360 - PEOPLE
PEOPLE

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

But what is a PEOPLE picture? Well, it is simply a picture that has a PEOPLE or multiple PEOPLE in it. (Somewhere an English teacher is hanging their head so low right now.) I know. PEOPLE are vile and disgusting subjects. They are a failed species that are responsible for 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the evil on this planet. Completely susceptible to propaganda. Responsible for the complete and utter raping of our planet. Avarice. Greed. War. Genocide. Racism. Homophobia. Transphobia. Misogyny. All unique products of PEOPLE. What I’m trying to say is that in the coming war between monkeys and humans, I am hard core #TeamMonkey*. I’d like to say we’ve had a good run, but all the evidence is to the contrary.

But as bad as PEOPLE are, even they aren’t on the list of things I hate most in this world. Well they aren’t the only thing on that list. That Top 5 list goes like this:

#1. People who say “hate” is a strong word. Yeah, I know, that is why I used it.
#2. Powerlines in front of pretty churches or murals. I mean it is 2022? Why aren’t all powerlines buried?
#3. People who park in front of murals. I know there are parking spots there, doesn’t mean you have to use them.
#4. People who are living their own life and getting in my shots, like their world doesn’t revolve around me.
#5. The open faced sandwich. Makes no sense. Shouldn’t exist.

But even I have PEOPLE I like. If you are reading this, you are one of my PEOPLE. Or dare I say, one of my peeps? I will put in a good word for you with our soon to be monkey overlords.

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

I love mankind… it’s people I can’t stand!!!
-Charles M. Schulz

I look forward to the interpretations.

RULES

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

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

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

* The war has already started. Look into the Japanese monkeys that are already out there stealing babies.

WPC – WEEK 357 – WORK

WORK sure can be a lot of WORK. But how many people put in the WORK of getting a WORK photo? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 3 weeks
+ Mary Green – 3 weeks (2)
+ Angie DeWaard – 5 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 8 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 14 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 15 weeks (2)
+ Logan Kahler – 17 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 25 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 25 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 25 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 27 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 28 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 29 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 33 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 34 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 36 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 39 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 357 - WILD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 15 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 16 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 29 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 28 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 6 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 34 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 40 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 357 - WILD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 11 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 9 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 357 - WORK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WORK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 18 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 357 - WORK - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

27 participants! That is a great week!

This week’s milestones were pretty major. Teresa and Tamara and Carla all reached reached the Half-Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Brandon couldn’t build on his 1 week streak, but he claims he will cook up something good for this week.

Here are the current top streaks:

Here are the current streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 26 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 28 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 29 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 34 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 40 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 358 - WILD
WILD

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

But what is a WILD image? A WILD image is simply a picture of something that isn’t domesticated. Something that is out in nature. A WILDflower. A WILD animal. Such as (in this neck of the woods) a squirrel or a bunny or a bird or a deer or (if you are super lucky) a snake. Any trip into the WILDerness should provide you ample WILD photo opportunities. Lichens and fungus and just all sorts of things that exist, without the aid of man.

Remember, there is also more than one definition of the word WILD!

While thinking on possible subjects for your WILD picture, meditate on the following quote:

It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.
-Cheryl Strayed

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

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

WPC – WEEK 356 – ROAD TRIP

Last week’s theme represented the 26th theme of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Thought I would share a few of those statistics that I like so much. Although, I don’t think these are as meaningless as the statistics I share during the milestone posts.

6 Month Statistics

+ 36 different people have submitted at least one photo. (37 if you count Harrison and Beck separately, but are twins really separate people?)
+ The following people have submitted every week so far:
* Micky Augustin
* Shannon Bardole-Foley
* Kio Dettman
* Cathie Morton
* Elizabeth Nordeen
* Andy Sharp
* Bill Wentworth
+ On the other end of the spectrum, the following people have submitted exactly one week:
* Robyn Augustin
* Jodie Cue
* Derrick Gorshe
+ People with submission rates above 90% (but below 100%) are:
* Michelle Haupt – 96%
* Teresa Kahler – 96%
* Tamara Peterson – 96%
* Carla Stensland – 96%
+ There have been 786 photos submitted.
+ There have been 572 combined participants. That is an average of 22 participants a week
+ The most popular theme has been SELF-PORTRAIT with 31 participants. The least popular theme has been ROCK with 16 participants.
+ The theme that snapped the most streaks was ENTERTAINMENT. Snapped 11 streaks.

Now on to the second half of Year 9.

ROAD TRIP. It is one of my favorite things to do, but did it prove to be a popular theme with the masses? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 4, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Beck and Harrison Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Mary Green – 2 weeks (2)
+ Angie DeWaard – 4 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 7 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 9 weeks (7)
+ Kim Barker – 13 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 14 weeks (2)
+ Logan Kahler – 16 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 24 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 24 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 24 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 25 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 26 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 27 weeks (2)
+ Bill Wentworth – 28 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 32 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 33 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 35 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 38 weeks (6)

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


WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 15 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 39 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 10 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 3 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 36 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 1 week

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 25 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 29 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP -
Micky Augustin – 27 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 28 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 14 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 8 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 17 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 34 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 5 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 1 week

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 25 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 3 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 33 weeks

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

26 participants! That is a great week! I’m particularly pumped about the first ever submissions by Sabas and Brandon! Hopefully there are more in the future from them! Maybe Sabas can even get Elainie to submit?!?! Who knows? Crazier things have happened.

There was only one streak snapped. That was the one week streak by two man photography team of Beck and Harrison, but to expect toddlers to go on a ROAD TRIP, might have been asking a bit much.

Linda reached the double digit club for streaks! Michelle reached the 6 Month club! Big accomplishments! Congratulations!

Here are the current streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 25 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 25 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 25 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 27 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 28 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 29 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 33 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 34 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 36 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 39 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 357 - WORK
WORK!

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

But what is a WORK image? A WORK picture is simply a picture of somebody doing WORK or tools that are used to do WORK or a place where WORK is done. Remember not everybody has to WORK as hard as I do. Some people have slacker jobs where they get to frolic on a mezzanine or play with trains all day. Try not to think how hard I have it at the Computer Mine and maybe think on the physics definition of WORK. The measure of energy transfer that occurs when an object is moved over a distance by an external force.

WARNING: If you are taking a picture at your place of employment, consider what things in your picture your employer would not want the rest of the world to see. You won’t get in trouble with me, but you might with one of your eight bosses.

While considering your possible subjects for your submission, meditate on the following quote:

So I’m sitting in my cubicle today and I realized that ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So it means that every single day you see me, that’s on the worse day of my life.
– OFFICE SPACE

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of WORK in this place that doesn’t feel like WORK for me next Monday.

The Juncks 2021 – Volume 4

I need to start this post by wishing Naima a happy birthday. I know most of you are thinking, a day late and a dollar short Bennett, but the reason I didn’t wish Naima happy birthday is because we celebrated it today.

Here are some pictures of the 11 year old over the years:


Colorful - Alternate

Naima's Dickcissel Adventure

Naima at Dickcissel Park

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

A Jazz Standard

Naima Orange Filter Test

Yellow Filter Test

Raggle-Taggle

A Spectacle Monopolized

East of Omaha

Naima at Dickcissel

Girl Don't Play the Fool Now

Dogs

WPC - ANIMAL ALTERNATE

You're So Good When You're Bad

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens

Thanks to everybody that wished Naima a happy birthday. Jen and Alexander. She appreciated it and then probably went back to sleep.

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Time once again for a Formal Portrait Sunday. This week’s features Gretchen and Maven. I’m not sure when, but at some point, Gretchen turned into a complete ham, and I’m here for it.


Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

Junk Family Photo Shoot - 2021

There is still one more collection of pictures to come from the 2021 Junck Family Photo Shoot. Next Formal Portrait Sunday, we will check back in with the Howard Family Photo Shoot.

WPC – WEEK 355 – ENTERTAINMENT

Last Monday was the halfway point in Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The halfway point is a good time to review a few things. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

The short answer is, “no”. Some people think that there is a limit of one submission per person because I only present one submission a week, personally. I have the other 6 days to post my photography. So one is more than enough image from me.

However, the longer answer is, 3 would be a good guide to limit yourself to submit. It isn’t a rule, but much over 3 begins to start to overwhelm the submissions of the others in the community. Also, if you are submitting multiple submissions, think about your submissions. Are they unique? Are they of wholly different subjects? Is each submission saying something unique?

The long answer is, there isn’t a limit, but 3 is a good rule of thumb. If I start to average about 30 participants a week, I will consider putting a limit of 1 per participant, to help manage my workload, but we are a long ways from averaging 30 participants a week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own.

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

I will accept those the last Monday of October and the first Monday of November. I only accept suggestions in the “Comments” section of the journal entries on those days. Don’t text me or email me them or call me or Snapchat me. Put them in the Comments section of the journal entries on those days. I have my reasons.

Why do you hate cats?

I don’t hate cats, they go to the bathroom inside and that is disgusting. But I don’t hate cats, eagles have to eat too. Cats make good eagle snacks.

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As can be expected, the holiday did take a toll on the participants this week. How big of a toll, you’ll have to scroll down to find out.

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

+ Lori Backous – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Layla Gorshe – 1 week
+ Mary Green – 1 week (3)
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Stephanie Kim – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
+ Mike Vest – 2 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 6 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks (4)
+ Jesse Howard – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 12 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 13 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 15 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 23 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 23 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 23 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 25 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 26 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 27 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 31 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 34 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 37 weeks (3)

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


WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - BECK AND HARRISON GORSHE
Beck and Harrison Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 2 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 4 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 7 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennet – 9 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 13 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 14 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 16 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT -TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 24 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT -TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 24 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 24 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 25 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 26 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 27 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 28 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 32 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 33 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 35 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 38 weeks

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 355 - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 457 weeks

22 participants. Not bad considering the holiday. But obviously, there was a blood bath of streaks that ended. Lori, Suzie, Derrick, Evie, Layla, Monica, Stephanie, and Willy all had 1 week “streak” not make it to two weeks. Vest and Becky had 2 week streaks. Most tragically, Jesse had is 10 week streak hit the ash heap of history.

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 356 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

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

But what is a ROAD TRIP photo? It is simply any picture that is taken during or in preparation for a ROAD TRIP. Or even as the result of a ROAD TRIP. What is the difference between a ROAD TRIP and just running to the store or to work? Doesn’t have to be. A ROAD TRIP is generally thought to be a long-distance journey. But who am I define what you consider to be “long-distance”.

When considering your possible subjects for your ROAD TRIP picture meditate on the following quote:

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
– Lewis Carroll

I look forward to your interpretations.

Fat Mum Slim – June 2022

On Thursday I completed another month of the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. For June, there was only one prompt. Grateful. Everyday, post a picture of something that makes you grateful. What I decided to do was every day take a picture with somebody that I am grateful to have in my life. 30 days in June. 30 different people. Only one person a day. It wasn’t going to be easy, but it wasn’t necessarily difficult. Most days, I just let people come into my life. I never made a trip way out of my way to take a picture. I think the farthest I went out of my way was to Madrid for the last day. Most people agreed to come to me. The farthest away a picture was taken was in Lansing, Iowa. But I didn’t go to Lansing, Iowa to take the picture. I went to Lansing to take a picture of their town sign. The second farthest away a picture taken was Spirit Lake, Iowa. But I didn’t go to Spirit Lake to take the picture. I went to Spirit Lake to go camping. The funny thing about those subjects is they were my sisters, who both live pretty darn close to me. The farthest away anybody lives from me that was included was Easton, Kansas. But that person definitely didn’t drive to Boone to have their picture taken with me.

The breakdown of people that I got pictured, if I were to categorize these people by how I first met them, it would break down like this:

+ Friend from Work: 11 – 7 current and 4 from the past.
+ Blood Relative – 7 people.
+ Church Friend – 5 people.
+ School Friend – 4 people.
+ In-Law – 1 person.
+ Teresa’s Friend – 1 person.
+ Olivia’s Friend – 1 person.

Here are my gratitude pictues:


June 1
June 1 – Grateful – I’m grateful for my “Workspace Buddy” Joe. Not only because he is a great co-worker, but a great guy. He 100% believes the earth is flat, that there is no such thing as space, the moon landing was faked, and all celebrities are clones. While I don’t buy any of his views, I do have more respect for them than somebody that believes that supply side economics work. I’m grateful to know such an outside of the box thinker.

June 2
June 2 – Gratitude – This is Derrick. I’ve known him since we were slinging burgers together at the Evil Clown Empire back in college. I’m grateful to have him in my life, not just because we have season tickets together for Iowa State Cyclones football, but also because I wish I had 5% of his musical talent. He is a true guitar god in that he can both play a face melting solo and he can tell you everything about and repair any guitar. Just listening to him talk about guitars is a privilege.

June 3
June 3 – Gratitude – This is Willy. I’ve known him since I started getting invited to Saturday Morning Basketball in 9th Grade. Willy used to dominate the game before the “Big Dog” started to prowl the court. Willy is a world traveler as his Costa Rico hat and Portugal shirt attest and I do live vicariously through him. But the reason I’m most grateful to have him in my life is shortly after his teenage sister passed away suddenly, we started getting supper together on Friday nights. Other members of Friday Night Supper Club came and went, but Willy and I got supper together almost every Friday for a decade, right up until the pandemic. It was and maybe in the future, the perfect end to a work week.

June 4
June 4 – Gratitude – This is Brandon. I’m grateful for all my nieces and nephews, biological and otherwise. Brandon is my oldest nephew and grows the best beard of any of them. He also has great taste in pop culture as he shares my love for all things Godzilla.

June 5
June – Gratitude – I know there are well more than 30 people from my life that I am grateful for, but I also just don’t know if that I will see 30 different people on 30 different days. Especially when I mostly work from home. Some days I don’t really know that I will see anybody that I haven’t already photographed, but then something happens totally unexpected. My sister Teresa had tickets to see Hamilton with her best friend Sheri, but then she got sick and couldn’t go, so I ended up going to see Hamilton with Sheri. While I feel bad for Teresa, I am grateful to have Sheri in my life as she is one of those friends that is more like family to everybody in my family. And yes Hamilton was great! It is Hamilton.

June 6
June 6 – Grateful – This is my Aunt Linda. She is practically the last one left from my Dad’s generation. I’m grateful to have her in my life as she is a connection to my Grandma and Grandpa Bennett that I never got to know, my Uncle David that I never got to know and my Dad who I lost when I was nine. I don’t see her much because she lives in Easton, Kansas but she was in town today to take care of her Boone house.

June 7
June 7 – Grateful – This is Nader. I met him when in another life, I transferred to the Campustown outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. I’m grateful to have Nader in my life because despite having spent 5 years in an Iranian prison without a trial for saying Allah wouldn’t want you to kill people, in front of the wrong people, he still managed to find happiness in Henry Fonda winning an Oscar for On Golden Pond. I share his love of movies, but not how infatuation with the Oscars.

June 8
June 8 – Gratitude – This is Kim. At work I’m somewhere between the low man on the totem pole to not being on the totem pole at all. However, a big wig like Kim takes care of the little people by scheduling Popcorn Day around my schedule!

June 9
June 9 – Gratitude – This is Ron. I’ve worked with him for over 16 years now. Ron has a Purple Heart because he was injured in the terrorist attack on Khobar Towers. However, the truth about his heart is that is gigantic in his love for dogs. He has several dogs and he and his late wife were very active with the animal rescue league in his hometown and he is active in trying to get puppies away from puppy mills, often going to Missouri in this pursuit. I’m grateful for Ron, not just because he is a fountain of knowledge but because he loves dogs even more than me!

June 10
June 10 – Gratitude – This is Carla. She is my elder sister. The middle child of 3. I could just say I’m grateful cause she is my sister, but I realize not everybody has a sister where they are also friends. I am fortunate to have that with both my sisters. If you doubt that, I’m writing this while smashed into the bottom bunk of her camper reminding myself, that I’m not claustrophobic. I’m not claustrophobic. I’m not claustrophobic.

June 11
June 11 – Grateful – This is Sara. Today was her daughter Maven’s birthday party. Before this picture we tried to remember when we first met. Sadly, we can’t figure it out, but it was definitely no later than 1997, but probably before that. Sara has a hard fast rule that when taking a picture of her there has to be at least 3 takes. She is one of the best educated people I know. She has a Bachelor’s from Iowa State. A nursing degree from Mercy, and a Nurse Practitioner degree from Iowa with an emphasis in mental health. While I respect all that learning, but really I’m grateful for her because she is just incredibly fun to be around.

June 12
June 12 – Grateful – This is Pastor Dave. Today was his last day at our church. He is moving on to become a chaplain. I know that Dave must be a devastatingly handsome man because when I’m in my short beard mode I often get mistaken for him. I wish he was sticking around but I’m grateful to him for the job he did taking over in our church shortly before the pandemic began. It could not have been easy!

June 13
June 13 – Grateful – This is Jay. I’ve known Jay since 7th Grade. He is one of the most talented and creative artists that I know. I’m grateful to have some of the art he has created, including this hand staff he made when like 5 years ago I decided I wanted to make MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE themed birthday party invitations.

June 14
June 14 – Grateful – This is my brother-in-law Jason. He’s married to my sister Carla. He’s a great guy and very selfless. But probably why I’m most grateful to have him in my life is because he is handy. I am decidedly not “handy” and anytime I need help with a home project or a car repair, he volunteers his time and expertise.

June 15
June 15 – Grateful – This is Scottie D. I’ve known him since we worked together at the Boone Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. We (with a few other rotating members) the competitive barbecue team Baby Got Rack. Not gonna lie, Scott is pretty much all the culinary talent and I mostly help pack and unpack and photodocument and follow orders. We’ve won more than a few competitions, but haven’t competed since before the pandemic. The hiatus might be coming to an end next month, but even if it doesn’t, I’m grateful to have Scott in my life because of all the delicious food he makes.

June 16
June 16 – Gratitude – This is my nephew Logan. Of all my nieces and nephews, he is the one that is continuing the family legacy of photography. He is even pursuing it professionally doing portrait and wedding photography. I’m grateful to have family that share my passion.

June 17
June 17 – Grateful – This is Kio. He is the person I know that is most dedicated to philanthropy and volunteering. But the reason I’m most grateful to have Kio in my life is that he was instrumental in hooking me up with running the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. A gig I coveted for years.

June  18
June 18 – Gratitude – This is my niece Alexis. It is rather embarrassing how long it has been since today that we’ve seen each other. She is the baby of the family. Well of her generation. She lived with me for a bit and that is the one and only time she heard me “swear”. It was apparently significant enough to her that she immediately took to social media to post about it.

June 19
June 19 – Grateful – This is Andrea. She was the Associate Pastor at my church about 10 years ago until she got moved to Fort Dodge to have her own church. Last year they moved her to West Des Moines. I went down to her worship service today and her sermon was so affirming and so everything I needed to hear. She is probably the Pastor that has had the most influence on my faith journey… in many ways… but including the simple act of asking me to help chaperone a Youth Group Mission Trip to Kansas City a long time ago.

June 20
June 20 – Grateful – This is Jesse. We’ve been best friends since meeting in Mrs. Ford’s 2nd Grade Class. Probably could write a ton on him, but enough to say he has been with me on most adventures and tragedies in my life since then. Which is a lot of years when you’re old and washed up like us.

June 21
June 21 – Grateful – This is Johnathan. He is the last of my biological nieces or nephews that will be featured this month. I have one more. My niece Elainie, but she is off in California currently with her Navy husband. So… Johnathan. He is the often quiet, keep to yourself nephew and I can relate to that. He is a phenomenal cook and is way better at cleaning than I am. He also lived with me briefly and his portion of the house was always in order. Like all my nieces and nephews, I need to effort to see him more, especially because his work schedule is so tough.

June 22
June 22 – Grateful – This is Micky. I’ve worked with him for over 16 years now. And while I’m grateful to him for all the help he gives me at work, I’m really grateful for our friendship outside of work. He is a great outdoorsman, but in ways that are opposite to how I enjoy it. Meaning, he likes to hunt and fish. Frankly, I do enjoy fishing a bit, I don’t think I could ever murderize other animals, I just don’t have it in me. Yet I have went turkey hunting with him. But my favorite part of our friendship is the great outdoorsman is terrified of snakes and I love sending him videos of snakes.

June 23
June 23 – Grateful – This is Michelle – I’ve worked with Michelle for a bit now. But like all my work friends it is our friendship outside of work that I’m truly grateful for.She is from Fort Dodge, so she does have the affliction of not knowing that Taco Tico is disgusting. But despite that she has went with me on more than one occasion to try a new tenderloin. She plays banker for the football betting pool I run and she currently has the 8th longest consecutive submission streak for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE I run. She is proof not all Walmart Hawkeyes are bad people (she went to Drake).

June 24
June 24 – Grateful – This is Jen. I’ve known Jen since we worked together at the Boone Outpost of the Evil Clown Empire. Now she works for NASA. I don’t really care where my friends work, as long as they are happy, but I use it as an example of what a long, strange, often tragic and often joyful, trip we’ve been on. I’m wearing a banana hat because she hates bananas, but one thing we definitely agree on is that today was an incredibly sad day in this country’s history. But she will persist. I will be an ally.

June 25
June 25 – Grateful – This is my eldest sister Teresa. Like I mentioned with my other sister Carla, I am lucky to also be friends with my two siblings. She is super crafty and she’s probably made like half the shirts I wear, including the one in this picture with her Cricut. She also crochets and paints and many other things I’m probably forgetting.

June 26
June 26 – Grateful – This is Phil. He is another former Pastor from my church. He has also had a huge influence on my faith journey. He was a key part of my becoming way more active in my church and he did this by visiting my at a point in my life when I was deep in grief and not giving me any of the platitudes that you are given at that time. He was just present and it made such a huge difference. Over lunch he also shared a story when he knew I saw him as a person and not just a Pastor and I won’t share it, but I will remember it and it will help shape my interactions in the future.

June 27
June – 27 – Grateful – This is Anders. I’ve known him since meeting him in Jr. High band. He is a major driving force in the monthly movie night I host in my theater room. I’m grateful to have somebody in my life who has similarly eclectic taste in cinema as I do. In fact, the book I’m holding is a 700 page book he wrote on the making of our favorite bad movie, ROBOT MONSTER.

June  28
June 28 – This is Andy. I’d guess I’ve really known Andy about 10 years now. I don’t know he made a great first impression, but that is one of the cool parts of this friendship. We have chaperoned youth group mission trips to Martin, South Dakota, Saint Paul, Houston, Milwaukee, Rapid City, and I think Kansas City. Would be more, except for the pandemic. The shirt he is wearing is for a local charity he supports (there are too many to list) that gives support to families that have lost a baby. (Neonatal, perinatal, and infant loss) I’d explain why this is necessary, but it makes me sad. Andy’s big heart is why I’m grateful he is in my life.

June 29
June 29 – Grateful – This is Elizabeth. This might be a hard one to write because I was only partially convinced that she would agree to do this and I wasn’t expecting her to come to me this morning with her hair all straightened and say, “I don’t like having my picture taken, but I do like you. So let’s take this picture.” Which was an absolute highlight of my day. And she will read that and give me grief about it. Then she said, “You’ll probably write something snarky about how I don’t like having my picture taken”. Which I probably would have and pointed out about how as a photographer it really gnaws at you, the pictures you don’t get to take. I might have even written something about the misogynist in me vs. the feminist in me, but none of that will cover why she is important to me. So I will get to that. She is probably the person that most calls me on my BS, which somebody like me needs. She at least attempts to tell me when she thinks I’m wrong as she is the unnamed other opinion on my TOWN SIGN PROJECT posts on my regular Instagram account. While we have differing opinions on the important things (pizza and she doesn’t LOVE peanut butter and chocolate together, right?)… I’ve somehow come to value her opinion. That probably even surprises her.

June 30
June 30 – Grateful – This is Mike. Made it. 30 days. 30 different people. That is a lot of grateful and a lot of grateful still left on the table. But Mike… I’ve known him since I started working at the Computer Mine 16 plus years ago. He is the number one influence on my photography website being as advanced technologically as it is. And because we both have interests in photography (both interests inherited from fathers we both lost way too early) it was originally mostly his idea to create THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on my website. A challenge that has very slowly grown from a couple people a week to consistently over 30 submissions a week. And his technological savvy is just a small part of why I conclude the grateful month with Mike.

I definitely didn’t write nearly enough about some people. Sometimes it was a time crunch. Sometimes, it just seemed obvious and obvious is sometimes hard to put into words.

Obviously there are more than 30 people in my life that I am grateful to have in my life. I won’t even give you examples of people that I am thankful for, because I’m sure I would leave people out. Then they would have been left out of the 30 days and then out of the list of but I’m also grateful for you list and then would be like a double slap. Just know that if you think I’m grateful to have you in my life, I probably am and you weren’t included in this set of 30 because you live too far away or I don’t see you on a regular basis. Or at least didn’t see you in June.

Here are the FatMumSlim Prompts for July:

July 1 – Reflections
July 2 – Letters
July 3 – Human
July 4 – I’m Working on This…
July 5 – Wall
July 6 – Bright Colours
July 7 – A Fave Place
July 8 – Out of Focus
July 9 – A Boomerang
July 10 – Behind Someone
July 11 – Interior
July 12 – Exterior
July 13 – Life
July 14 – Create A PostCard
July 15 – Where I Stood
July 16 – Pattern
July 17 – Water
July 18 – Street Photography
July 19 – A Cylinder
July 20 – Hug
July 21 – A Church
July 22 – Current Interest
July 23 – Still Life
July 24 – A Metaphor
July 25 – Beauty
July 26 – Portrait Mode
July 27 – Countryside
July 28 – An Old Car
July 29 – Black and White
July 30 – Happy Days
July 31 – Sunday Morning

Some good prompts in there. It will fill weird getting back to a different prompt everyday, but I’m sure I can handle it.

WPC – 354 – SELF-PORTRAIT

I though SELF-PORTAIT would be a popular theme. Do you think I was right? Well, you’ll have to scroll down to find out.

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

+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Angie DeWaard – 2 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 7 weeks (4
+ Jesse Howard – 9 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 11 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 12 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 14 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 22 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 22 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 22 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 23 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 24 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 25 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 26 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 30 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 31 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 33 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 36 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 8 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson – 23 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 27 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 23 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 37 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 12 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 23 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LORI BACKOUS
Lori Backous – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 13 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 15 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 6 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 355 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 25 weeks

WEEK 355 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 31 weeks

WEEK 355 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 10 weeks

WEEK 355 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 33 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 26 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LAYLA GORSHE
Layla Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks


31 participants! A new record. Smashing the old record of 26 participants for FLOWER. That is a great week!

There were a few milestones achieved. Jesse reached double figures. Andy joined the Half Year Club.

Derrick submitted for the first time this year. True Jen was heavily involved in that, but I would consider that a good thing.

There was a time when I was sure Andy and Shannon’s epic streaks were going to be history, but they came in with submissions with a few minutes to spare!

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 23 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 23 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 23 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 25 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 26 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 27 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 31 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 32 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 34 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 37 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 355 - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT

WARNING: NEXT MONDAY IS THE 4TH OF JULY. SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS INDEPENDENCE DAY (EVEN THOUGH NOTHING HAPPENED ON THE 4TH OF JULY). I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY PLANS INCLUDE YET, BUT IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT I WON’T BE IN A POSITION TO SEND OUT ANY REMINDERS. IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT YOU WILL GET SUPER BUSY NEXT MONDAY AND FORGET TO SUBMIT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY. CAUSE WHILE THE BANKS AND THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE TAKING NEXT MONDAY OFF. THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF AT PHOTOGRAPHY 139. NO REST FOR THE WICKED(LY AWESOME!).

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

But what is an ENTERTAINMENT image? It is simply a picture of something that is used for ENTERAINMENT or something that ENTERTAINMENTs you. Examples would include things like theaters (like in the theme reveal) or concerts or plays or anything you would do to pass the time in an enjoyable way.

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

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
-Rita Mae Brown

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

RULES

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

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

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