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WPC – WEEK 364 – COLORFUL

Happy Labor Day! A day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American works and the millionaires and billionaires that exploit them.

COLORFUL could prove to be a very popular theme. Despite it being a holiday today, I have a good feeling about the participation rates for COLORFUL. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Becky Parmelee – 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 3 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 5 weeks (2)
+ Sarah Toot – 6 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 8 weeks (3)
+ Mary Green – 10 weeks (3)
+ Angie DeWaard – 11 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 15 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 21 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 22 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 24 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 32 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 32 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 32 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 33 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 34 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 35 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 36 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 40 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 41 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 43 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 46 weeks (5)

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 364 - COLORFUL - DERRICK GORSHE
Derrick Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin – 1 week

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - STEVE MARTIN
Steve Martin

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 3 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 6 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 7 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 9 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 11 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 16 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 22 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 23 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 33 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt 34 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 35 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 36 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 37 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 41 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 42 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 44 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 47 weeks

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL -  KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 364 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 468 weeks

30 participants this week! That is a great week! Hopefully we can start averaging 30 participants for a bit!

This is just guess work, but I believe we got submissions from Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and California this week. It is possible that people travelled away from their homes and I just don’t know it. My picture was taken about 15 miles from my front door.

Got the first every submission from Steve Martin! That is exciting! Plus Sarah Karber and Derrick and Evie both submitted for the first time in a bit!

It wasn’t all good news though. Becky couldn’t extend her streak to two weeks and Sara Lockner’s 2 week streak is history as well.

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 365 - GREEN
GREEN

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

But what is a GREEN image? Are you seriously asking that question? It is an image of something that is GREEN or GREEN plays a major part of the composition. There are at least a few pictures here that would also have been great submissions for GREEN. Sarah Karber’s and Monica’s come to mind.

Of course there is more than one definition of the word GREEN. Just find a Dave Matthews fan. They will help you out. (For the record marijuana should be legalized and taxed. And so should churches. Be taxed that is.)

While considering possible subjects for your GREEN image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt something great will come to you.

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind.
-Albert Schweitzer

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 GREEN in this place that is many types of green to me, just not the environmentalist type of green next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 358 – WILD

A reminder that this Friday is the deadline for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Entries are to be submitted to the Chamber office by 5 PM.


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

I hope there are plenty of submissions this year! Or at the least, more than there were last year.

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Was WILD a WILDly popular theme? I guess you will have to scroll down to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
+ Mike Vest – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 3 weeks
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 4 weeks
+ Mary Green – 4 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 6 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 9 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 11 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 15 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 16 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 18 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 26 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 28 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 29 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 34 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 40 weeks (3)

You might look at this list and be thinking, “Wait a second. Didn’t Carla’s streak get snapped last week?” You are experiencing the Mandela Effect.

What is the Mandela Effect?

The Mandela Effect refers to a situation in which a large mass of people believes that an event occurred when it did not.

Here is the most famous example:

The famous children’s book series the “Berenstain Bears” is not immune to the Mandela effect. Many people report remembering the name being the Berenstein Bears (spelled with an “e” instead of an “a”).

So that is what is going on here. Just the Mandel Effect.

You also might be coming down with a touch of gaslighting here too…

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 - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 5 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 7 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 41 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 10 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 29 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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

WEEK 357 - WILD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 35 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 357 - WILD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 17 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 358 - WILD - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 19 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 358 - WILD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 16 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 3 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 358 - WILD - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 358 - WILD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 30 weeks

26 participants! A great week!

Included in that list is the first time ever submissions from Sarah Toot. In fact, it was a big week for Sara(h)s! There were 3 Sara(h) participants. Smashing the previous record held by Michaels. Congratulations to Sara(h)s everywhere!

In another abnormality, it was the second straight week where there was a submission of a Pepsi product. Proving once again that Pepsi is better than Coke (although you shouldn’t drink either cause they are both poison, he said before taking a swig from his 20 oz bottle of Pepsi). The Cola Wars are over. All hail Pepsi!

A big milestone was reached by Dawn. Her streak reached 10 weeks. Another member of the double digit club!

But it wasn’t all good times with the choice of a new generation. 4 streaks were tragically snapped. Jesse couldn’t extend his streak to two weeks. Michael Vest couldn’t join Michael Augustin on the big board. His streak snapped at two. Jen’s streak withered on the vine at 4 weeks. And worst of all, Linda’s streak crumbled at 11 weeks. If there were family streak’s they would be at 12, but there are not family streaks.

I have no doubt all four will get back on the photography horse and have great things for us again in the future.

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 27 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 29 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 30 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 35 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 41 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 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is an ODD CAMERA ANGLE photo? It is pretty simple. 99.9% of the pictures in the world are taken from the eye level of the photographer. This theme asks you to move the camera. It can be from an extremely low camera angle. Or it can be from an extremely high camera angle. Move your body and your camera to a perspective of your subject that isn’t normally seen.

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

Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find the truth about who you are.
-Ann Lamott

I look forward to seeing 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 ODD CAMERA ANGLE in this place that is my crooked look at the world next Monday.

Town Sign Project: Sioux County

I need to start by pointing out that in the chaos that was my morning yesterday I jacked up Dawn’s #INSTAGOOD submission by accidentally posting Sarah’s post twice. So to make amends…

This was Sarah’s submission:


WEEK 346 - INSTAGOOD - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

This is Dawn’s submission:


WEEK 347 - #INSTAGOOD - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

This is already fixed on the website.

I’ll be better in the future. I probably won’t, but I can claim that I will be.

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Several weeks back I took to the open road and harvested the town signs of Sioux County. Here are some facts about Sioux County:

+ Population is 34,900 making it the 20th most populous county in Iowa. Below Wapello County and above Lee County.
+ The largest town is Sioux Center. The county seat is Orange City.
+ Sioux County was formed on January 15, 1851.
+ Named after the Sioux tribe.
+ Home of the Orange City Tulip Festival.
+ Home of Dort University and Northwestern College.
+ Major highways are: US-18, US-75, IA-10, IA-12, and IA-60.
+ Adjacent counties are Lyon, O’Brien, and Plymouth.
+ Is currently at peak population.

Sioux County has a beautiful courthouse:


Sioux County Courthouse
The Sioux County Courthouse located in Orange City, Iowa.

The Sioux County Freedom Rock is located in Hawarden, Iowa:


Sioux County Freedom Rock

Sioux County Freedom Rock

Sioux County Freedom Rock

With Sioux County conquered, here is the updated Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 69 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

69 counties completed. 69.7% of the Cyclone State conquered!

Here are the town signs of Sioux County:


Sioux Center, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Sioux Center
growing bright
Population: 8,229 (+1,181)

Orange City, Iowa
Orange City, Iowa
Welcome to ORANGE CITY
Population: 6,627 (+267)

Rock Valley, Iowa
Rock Valley, Iowa
Rock Valley
Place of opportunities
Population: 4,059 (+705)

Hawarden, Iowa
Hawarden, Iowa
WELCOME TO HAWARDEN
ESTABLISHED 1887
Population: 2,700 (+154)

Hull, Iowa
Hull, Iowa
WELCOME TO HULL
Population: 2,384 (+1,168)

Alton, Iowa
Alton, Iowa
Welcome to ALTON
Stop & Visit our Historical Attractions!
Population: 1,248 (+541)

Hospers, Iowa
Hospers, Iowa
Hospers Public Library & Museum
Population: 718 (+20)

Boyden, Iowa
Boyden, Iowa
1889
ESTABLISHED
BOYDEN
Population: 701 (+3)

Ireton, Iowa
Ireton, Iowa
Welcome to Ireton
est. 1882
Small Town Values with Big City Goals
Population: 590 (-19)

Granville, Iowa
Granville, Iowa
Welcome to GRANVILLE
Home of Black Soil
Population: 310 (-2)

Maurice, Iowa
Maurice, Iowa
Welcome to Maurice
Small in size, but on the rise
Population: 265 (-10)

Chatsworth, Iowa
Chatsworth, Iowa
CHATSWORTH
Population: 75 (-4)

Matlock, Iowa
Matlock, Iowa
Welcome to Matlock
Population: 74 (-13)

Sioux County has a solid collection of signs, but maybe nothing spectacular. The worst by far is Hospers. The best I could do there was get a picture of their library. Which is strange because Hospers is near a major highway and has a FASCINATING art collection. Hospers is also the closest I’ve come to dying on this trip. A woman almost hit me with her car while I was walking towards this FASCINATING sculpture located in the middle of one of their business district intersections. I have to confess, I was staring at my phone and not paying attention.

To her credit, the woman did stop and talk to me for several minutes. We had a great conversation about the town’s FASCINATING art. She then reminded me not to look at my phone while walking in the middle of the road. Which I confess, is solid advice.

What town gets the purple ribbon for Best in Show in Sioux County? I am fascinated by Granville’s “Home of Black Soil” sign. Turns out, BLACK SOIL is a 1930 novel by Josephine Donovan. A native of Granville. The novel is set in Granville. I do like the Maurice sign. Although I don’t know what hot air balloons have to do with their town. I think that might be a mountain in the background as well. Maybe that is the Loess Hils, but Maurice isn’t really in the Loess Hills. Plus Maurice is home to the Famous Fire Escape Slide. That is something that should be on their sign! I have to give it to Orange City and their wooden shoe sign.


Orange City, Iowa
Orange City – Best in Show – Sioux County

There are a few alternate town signs in Sioux County:


Orange City, Iowa
Orange City – Alternate

Alton, Iowa
Alton – Alternate

Alton, Iowa
Alton – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

Storm Lake, Iowa
Best in Show – Buena Vista County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Lowden, Iowa
Best in Show – Cedar County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Washta, Iowa
Best in Show – Cherokee County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Rossie, Iowa
Best in Show – Clay County

Low Moor, Iowa
Best in Show – Clinton County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Modale, Iowa
Best in Sow – Harrison County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Millersburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Iowa County

La Motte, Iowa
Best in Show – Jackson County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

George, Iowa
Best in Show – Lyon County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Leighton, Iowa
Best in Show – Mahaska County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Paullina, Iowa
Best in Show – O’Brien County

Melvin, Iowa
Best in Show – Osceola County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Mallard, Iowa
Best in Show – Palo Alto County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Walnut, Iowa
Best in Show – Pottawattamie County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Orange City, Iowa
Best in Show – Sioux County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Humeston, Iowa
Best in Show – Wayne County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Buffalo Center, Iowa
Best in Show – Winnebago County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Plymouth County.

WPC – WEEK 346 – #INSTAGOOD

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Here is the current list of top streaks!

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

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


WEEK 347 - SQUARE
SQUARE

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

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

There are also other definitions of SQAURE you can ponder.

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretations.

RULES

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

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

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

WPC – WEEK 344 – ORANGE

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

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

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

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


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

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

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

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

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

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

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 344 - ORANGE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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

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

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

Here are the current top streaks:

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

A really great week!

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


WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS
LETTERS OR NUMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretations next Monday:

RULES

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

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

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

Fall Apart Again

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

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

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

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

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

Past “The Sara” Winners

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

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

Here are the Final Standings:

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

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

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


Soul Expansion - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Fall Apart Again

Fall Apart Again

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

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

Selfie Project – March 2022

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

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

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

This is the Bottom 3:

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

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

Here are the scenarios for The Sara:

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

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

Here are the scenarios for the Championship:

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

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

Root accordingly.

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

Here are my favorite SELFIE PROJECT images from March:


Day 60 - March 1, 2022
March 1

Day 62 - March 3, 2022
March 3

Day 63 - March 4, 2022
March 4

Day 64 - March 5, 2022
March 5

Day 66 - March 7, 2022
March 7

Day 67 - March 8, 2022
March 8

Day 68 - March 9, 2022
March 9

Day 70 - March 11, 2022
March 11

Day 71 - March 12, 2022
March 12

Day 72 - March 13, 2022
March 13

Day 74 - March 15, 2022
March 15

Day 75 - March 16, 2022
March 16

Day 76 - March 17, 2022
March 17

Day 77 - March 18, 2022
March 18

Day 78 - March 19, 2022
March 19

Day 79 - March 20, 2022
March 20

Day 80 - March 21, 2022
March 21

Day 82 - March 23, 2022
March 23

Day 84 - March 25, 2022
March 25

Day 85 - March 26, 2022
March 26

Day 88 - March 29, 2022
March 29

Day 89 - March 30, 2022
March 30

Day 90 - March 31, 2022
March 31

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

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


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE

Jesse is a sleeper!

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


WEEK 342 - FRAMED
FRAMED

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

Happy photo harvesting!

Roundball Oracles – Year 17

It is time once again for the greatest sporting event of year. It is that time known as March Madness. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Once again, I will be sponsoring a pool. There is no cost to enter the pool, except for pride.

The winner gets a trophy. The dead last place person gets a trophy known as The Sara*.

By winning, you get your name etched on the list of immortals:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

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 said that there are 2 trophies. The 2nd trophy, The Sara, goes to the adult that finishes dead last, while trying. A person can not tank on purpose and win The Sara. The reason The Sara winner has to be an adult is that I don’t want to mock children, to their face. Does that mean I have no problem mocking children behind their back? Does it make me a bad person if I say yes? Probably a better rule would be that to “win” The Sara, you have to be at least a teenager. I have no problem mocking teenagers to their face. At least, back when there was a Youth Group.

Past “The Sara” Winners:

2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

The Sara doesn’t have the long storied history of the championship trophy, but it will get there. I have no doubts.

These were the final standings from last year:

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 16

1. Michael Augustin – 275 points
2. Jorge Rios – 252 points
3. Jordan Toot – 240 points
4. Corey Faust – 233 points
5. Tim Peterson – 229 points
6. Mike G – 228 points
7. Dawn Krause – 216 points
8. Joey Randazzo – 210 points
9. Elizabeth Nordeen – 204 points
10. Kio Dettman – 203 points
11. Humble Narrator – 202 points
12. Angie DeWaard – 202 points
13. Brandon Kahler – 199 points
14. Bill Wentworth – 194 points
15. Toby Sebring – 191 points
16. Carla Stensland – 188 points
17. Andree Jauhari – 187 points
18. Lowell Davis – 184 points
19. Dylan Groves – 179 points
20. Jesse Howard – 177 points
21. Derek Dohrman – 174 points
22. Joseph Duff – 170 points
23. Robert Henning – 168 points
24. Jackson Faust – 167 points
25. Sarah Karber – 151 points
26. Michelle Haupt – 143 points
27. Rachel Gildersleeve – 142 points

If you are a basketball fan, or are just interested in having fun, click on the link below to join my pool:

Roundball Oracles – Year 17

The rules are as follows:
Round 1 = 1 point + seed
Round 2 = 2 points + seed
Round 3 = 4 points + seed
Round 4 = 8 points + seed
Round 5 = 16 points + seed
Rounds 6 = 32 points + seed

The Play-in Games (AKA the First Four) don’t matter. You can wait for those games to complete before filling out your bracket. The deadline to fill out your bracket, is tip-off of the first game on Thursday. Roughly 11 AM. Yes, there are no Thursday games this year.

Under special circumstances, I will allow you to turn in a paper bracket to me. So, don’t be afraid to ask.

Yes, your child can fill out a bracket. Your dog, no.

There were 27 competitors in 2021. A 15 person drop from 2019. (There was no tournament in 2020.) Hopefully there is a slight rebound in participation this year, but it is possible I have 15 less friends than I did in 2019. It is possible I have lost even more friends since 2020. I might not be that great of a person.

*You have to be 14 years or older to win “The Sara”.

Roundball Oracles – Year 16

Congratulations to Micky on winning this years Roundball Oracles Basketball Pool.

His name has not been etched on the list of immortals:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2021 – Micky Augustin
2020 – Tournament Cancelled
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

And congratulation, I guess, to Rachel for “winning” this year’s “The Sara” for last place:

Past “The Sara” Winners:

2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2020 – Tournament Cancelled
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

Both of your trophies have been ordered.

Here are the final standings:

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 16

1. Michael Augustin – 275 points
2. Jorge Rios – 252 points
3. Jordan Toot – 240 points
4. Corey Faust – 233 points
5. Tim Peterson – 229 points
6. Mike G – 228 points
7. Dawn Krause – 216 points
8. Joey Randazzo – 210 points
9. Elizabeth Nordeen – 204 points
10. Kio Dettman – 203 points
11. Humble Narrator – 202 points
12. Angie DeWaard – 202 points
13. Brandon Kahler – 199 points
14. Bill Wentworth – 194 points
15. Toby Sebring – 191 points
16. Carla Stensland – 188 points
17. Andree Jauhari – 187 points
18. Lowell Davis – 184 points
19. Dylan Groves – 179 points
20. Jesse Howard – 177 points
21. Derek Dohrman – 174 points
22. Joseph Duff – 170 points
23. Robert Henning – 168 points
24. Jackson Faust – 167 points
25. Sarah Karber – 151 points
26. Michelle Haupt – 143 points
27. Rachel Gildersleeve – 142 points

Hopefully in 3 or 4 years Iowa State will be good enough to make the tournament again.

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This is your reminder that there are two themes to work on this week:


WEEK 290 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

It was apropos that the theme was LOVE the week that we had to say goodbye to Mom. I don’t know anybody that embodied the various definitions of LOVE than my Mom. It is strange that the very next theme is SLICE OF LIFE. SLICE OF LIFE is a theme that was designed to honor my Dad. For those of you that don’t know, my Dad passed away when I was 9 years old. His legacy is a large part of the reason as to why I got into photography. He had started a postcard company called Slice of Life.

Therefore, a SLICE OF LIFE image is an image that looks at your local town and capture an image that could be used as a postcard. His postcards were black and white, if you want to go the extra mile.

The second theme to work on this week:


WEEK 291 - DRINKS
DRINKS

This theme isn’t very complicated. It is merely a picture of a DRINK or DRINK(S).

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 288 – STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

I’m not going to get into a big thing today about submissions. If you haven’t heard, my family experienced a medical emergency over the weekend. Please keep us in your prayers.

I wasn’t sure I was going to post anything today, but I decided to and this way you can start working on this week’s theme. If you were going to submit, but forgot, feel free to send your submission and I will get it up at a later date:


WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY -  MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - STEVE WHITE
Steve White

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

This week’s theme is LOVE:


WEEK 289 - LOVE
LOVE

A LOVE image is pretty simple. Just a picture of somebody or something you LOVE expressing LOVE.

Good luck!