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WPC – WEEK 367 – SIGNS

It is our monthly time to look at the WPC FAQ:

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. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

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.

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Was SIGNS a popular theme? You’ll have to scroll down to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 19, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 5 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 8 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 9 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks
+ Mary Green – 13 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 17 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 23 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 25 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 26 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 35 weeks (3)
+ Tamara Peterson – 35 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 35 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 36 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 37 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 38 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 39 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 43 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 44 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 46 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 49 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 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 9 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 47 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 40 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 26 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 14 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS -KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 24 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 18 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 45 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 38 weeks

WEEK 367 -SIGNS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 50 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 37 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 36 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 39 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 12 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 44 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 10 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 27 weeks

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 367 - SIGNS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

27 participants this week! That is a good week!

Recently I’ve become curious where pictures were taken that have been submitted and decided to put together a little map of what states submissions have been taken from. It might not be 100% accurate, but I think it is pretty darn accurate. It doesn’t include submissions from foreign countries like France and Spain and Mexico, off the top of my head. That would be another project. Here is that map:


WPC - Submissions Map

Obviously a heavy cluster around the midwest. But in a way, it does stretch from coast to coast. If you look closely, even D.C. is represented.

This week, I believe the states of Iowa, Alaska, California, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are represented.

My picture was taken about 55 miles east of my front door, as the crow flies. Down US-30.

You might notice that Monica’s streak is back and magically intact. Maybe. I have no comment on the matter at this time.

There were not streaks broken, but there were a few milestones reached. Sarah reached double digits on her streak. Joe reached the Half-a-Year Club with his streak! Congratulations to you both!

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 368 - RUINS
RUINS

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

But what is a RUINS photo? It is simply a picture of something that has been abandoned, forgotten. Something that is rusting. Dilapidated. No longer being properly maintained. Or improperly maintained. This is one of my Top 5 favorite themes! It can be an old building. An old car. Just for examples. But there are a lot of things out there that have been abandoned. Forgotten. That are wasting away. Waiting for you to immortalize them through the art of photography.

While considering what you want to immortalize, meditate on the following quote:

Ruin is when man-made has become a part of nature.
-Marco Casagrande

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 RUINS in this place that will someday become a part of nature next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 365 – GREEN

I’m not sure GREEN is going to be a popular theme. I’m not sure it won’t be. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 5, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Steve Martin – 1 week (2)
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 6 weeks (3)
+ Sarah Toot – 7 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 9 weeks
+ Mary Green – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 15 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 21 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 23 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 24 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 33 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 33 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 34 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 35 weeks (2)
+ Andy Sharp – 36 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 37 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 41 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 42 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 44 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 47 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 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 37 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 22 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 43 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 24 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 36 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 38 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 48 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 7 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 12 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 45 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 8 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 35 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 16 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 42 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

28 participants this week! That is a great week! A slight dip from the last couple weeks, but that is okay. The ebb and flows.

Sabas and Monica both joined the double digit streak club! WooHoo! Congrats!

There were submissions from all over the globe this week. Submissions came from France, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Alaska. I believe the picture from Alaska is the farthest north I’ve ever had a submission come from. France is pretty far east, but I think I’ve had submissions from Italy before. I don’t know what is the farthest west or farthest south off the top of my head. I think there might have been some Caribbean island pictures in the past that are the farthest south. Possibly the Alaska picture is also the farthest west too. I know people that have been in Hawai’i, but I don’t think they have submitted from there. Then you get to a point where, what is east and what is west. Some of those states are assumptions based on where people live.

I took my picture about 1 mile from my front door.

The Alaska picture, if you are wondering, is Shannon’s. I better you can figure out the pictures from France on your own.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and flowers and Iowa State beating Iowa in soccer. AND volleyball. AND football. There was some bad news. Derrick, Evie, Sarah Karber, and Steve couldn’t extend their streak past 1 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 366 - PATHS
PATHS

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

WARNING! WARNING! NEXT MONDAY I WILL NOT BE NEAR A COMPUTER DURING THE MORNING! THEREFORE, THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE NO REMINDER MESSAGES NEXT WEEK! YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN TO GET YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN!

But what is a PATHS image? It is simply an image where a PATH(S) is a major compositional element. Lots of things can qualify as a PATH(S). A sidewalk. A trail. A street. Railroad tracks. A PATH(S) doesn’t just show where somebody or something is going, but can also show where they have been.

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

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
-Anatole France

I look forwarding 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 PATHS in this place that is my trail through the wilderness of life next Monday.

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.

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

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 363 – CIRCLE

It looks like there might some more new participants in the pipeline, so probably a good time to review the FAQ:

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. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme.

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.

Was CIRCLE a popular shape or a popular theme. It has a lot of work to do to be as loved as WEEKENDS. Keep scrolling to find out.

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

+ Tim Cuculic – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe 1 week
+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 4 weeks (4)
+ Sarah Toot – 5 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 7 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 7 weeks
+ Mary Green – 9 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 10 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 14 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 20 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 21 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 23 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 31 weeks (4)
+ Tamara Peterson – 31 weeks (2)
+ Carla Stensland – 31 weeks (3)
+ Michelle Haupt – 32 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 33 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 34 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 35 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 39 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 40 weeks (2)
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 42 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 45 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 363 - CIRCLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 41 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 35 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 34 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 46 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 5 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 24 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 10 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 43 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 6 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 36 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 11 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 21 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 22 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE -  JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 33 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 8 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 32 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 40 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 15 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 2 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks

WEEK 3643 - CIRCLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 1 week

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 2 weeks

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

WEEK 363 - CIRCLE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 3 weeks

It was a great week for participation. 28 participants!

I’m not 100% sure where all the pictures came from, but I’ll guess Texas, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Iowa. My picture was taken in Ames, Iowa.

Mary had the big accomplishment of the week. She joined the double digit club for streaks! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Tim and Jen couldn’t extend last week’s participation to 2 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 364 - COLORFUL
COLORFUL

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

But what is a COLORFUL image? If we break down the word COLORFUL it simply means something that is full of color. So any subject or scene where there is a lot of color is COLORFUL. Almost too easy! Many of the pictures taken for CIRCLE would also qualify for COLORFUL.

Of course, there is more than one definition of the term COLORFUL.

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

If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world.
-Michael Schenker

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 COLORFUL in this place that is is my coat of many colors next Monday.

Pufferbilly Days Race

I took a lot more pictures at Pufferbilly Days this year. At least I made the effort. This was for two reasons. One is because I’m going to use these images for the photo project I’m going to move onto after the completion of THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. The second reason is simply that I was around. I’m usually not around much during Pufferbilly Days. It used to be in September and September Saturdays are for Iowa State football. However, it was extremely hot on the Saturday of Pufferbilly Days. So hot that at least one event got moved to Sunday and I believe one event didn’t happen at all.

One event that definitely did happen was the Pufferbilly Days 5K and 10K. Thankfully it was ran early in the morning, cause I can’t imagine how brutal it would have been for the athletes if the race had been run at like 5 PM like it was in 2021.

I went up there to photograph part of the race cause Willy was running in it. There are also usually plenty of other runners I know in the competition. But this year Avril and Tiffany didn’t run. Neither did Katelyn. But she is teaching in the Czech Republic for the next year. So the only runners I knew were Willy and Katelyn’s sister Erica. Them and a new friend from Carroll.

One thing that was a little dangerous about the Pufferbilly Days Race is that it ended in front of the Dutch Oven Bakery. That intersection is also where the vendors for the Craft Fair were entering Story Street to setup their wares.

I setup near this intersection because more than one driver just blasted through the barriers in attempt to go to prison for vehicular manslaughter. Hyperbole? Not by much. While standing there, a guy who was attempting to stop traffic struck up a conversation with me.

He admired my shirt. I was wearing a shirt that Sara had made for me for my birthday. It says something about how Life is like a camera. I can’t remember the exact wording. He wanted to know if he could use my camera to take a picture of me. I suddenly felt like Grant from YOUNG GUNS.

Don’t remember Grant from YOUNG GUNS? Grant was the guy that Billy the Kid strikes up a conversation with in a saloon that brags to Billy the Kid, without knowing he is talking to Billy Kid, that he is going to kill Billy the Kid.

Billy asks Grant to hold his gun because:

“I admire you, Sir. And if I can touch the gun that’s gonna kill Billy the Kid…”

Grant relents and hands the gun to Billy. After Billy admires the gun for a bit, Grant asks for it back:

“Pass her back. Son. You stroke another man’s gun like that you might as well be strokin’ his woman.”

I don’t “have a woman”, but I feel the same way about my camera. I told him that I was good, but I appreciated the offer.

After that though we had a good conversation. I learned he was from Carroll and he was there watching his wife run. He asked me for restaurant recommendations in the area and he told me about his experience with Belluci’s and the Thompson Special. He was told it had a white sauce, but was horrified when he got it and learned the white sauce is mayonnaise. It made me laugh.

The pictures of the man running next to a woman filming her with his cell phone is my new friend from Carroll.

Here are some pictures I took of the race. The first couple of pictures are of sidewalk art done by local artist (and family friend) Don Hughes. It was a tribute to the 1963 Boone High Marching Band that marched in the Rose Bowl Parade. There was exhibit at the Boone Historical Society Museum about them. The farthest the Boone High Marching Band ever traveled in my day was Pella. Which is where the infamous Chuggler Incident happened. We don’t talk about the Chuggler Incident.


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Lots more Pufferbilly Days photos to come! Choo! Choo!

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


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.

Happy photo harvesting!

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.

WPC – WEEK 360 – PEOPLE

PEOPLE was probably a popular theme. I even found some PEOPLE I like to photograph. Well one PEOPLE, but if the rest of the PEOPLE are good with Fran, they are probably okay PEOPLE. But to find out, you’ll have to keep scrolling. But I bet there were a ton of pictures taken at Pufferbilly Days submitted.

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

+ Linda Bennett – 1 week (2)
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Sarah Toot – 2 weeks (2)
+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 4 weeks
+ Mary Green – 6 weeks (3)
+ Angie DeWaard – 8 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 11 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 17 weeks (2)
+ Joe Duff – 18 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 20 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 28 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 28 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 28 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 29 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 30 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 31 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 32 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 35 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 37 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 39 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 42 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 360 - PEOPLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 32 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 18 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 31 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 38 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 29 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - WILLY MCAPLINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 29 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 21 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 5 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 36 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 19 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 43 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 2 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 7 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 30 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 40 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 29 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 3 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 33 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 12 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 9 weeks

WEEK 360 - PEOPLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

26 participants! That is a great week! The Photography 139 Empire stretched from North Carolina to Michigan to Texas to Kansas to California and back to Iowa this week. Possibly other places that I don’t even realize.

Only 3 streaks were broken this week. Jen and Vest couldn’t build there streak up to 2. Brandon’s 2 week streak is also 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 361 - FAMILY
FAMILY

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

But what exactly is a FAMILY photo? It is simply a picture of a FAMILY or something that comes from a FAMILY. An example might be a keepsake from a relative that has passed on. But don’t be hampered by the strict DNA definition of FAMILY. In the theme reveal image, none of the 3 people share any DNA. They were the judges for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. They are a photography FAMILY. They are in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest FAMILY. The people that come here and submit pictures are a FAMILY of sorts as well. Even though I am the only one that has met every single one of you.

I should note that I am on vacation next Monday. I don’t necessarily have plans for that day yet, but it is quite possible that there will be no reminders going out that day. Also possible the submission post might be later in the day than usual.

When thinking of possible subjects for FAMILY, meditate on the following quote:

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect in each other’s life.
– Richard Bach

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 FAMILY in this place that is made is definitely a branch of my FAMILY next Monday.

Fat Mum Slim – July 2022

A quick heads up. If you were thinking of going to or entering an animal into the Pufferbilly Days Dog and Exotic Animal Show, because of the extreme heat of today it was postponed. It is now tomorrow at noon at the park on 9th and Story.

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I have another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge. This month wasn’t as difficult as last month because they were just standard themes. I think the images I took are a fair record of my experiences in July.


July 1
July 1 – Reflection

July 2
July 2 – Letters

July 3
July 3 – Human

July 4
July 4 – I’m Working On This…

July 5
July 5 – Wall

July 6
July 6 – Bright Colours

July 7
July 7 – A Fave Place

July 8
July 8 – Out of Focus

July 9
July 9 – A Boomerang

July 10
July 10 – Behind Someone

July 11
July 11 – Interior

July 12
July 12 – Exterior

July 13
July 13 – Life

July 14
July 14 – Create A Postcard

July 15
July 15 – Where I Stood

July 16
July 16 – Pattern

July 17
July 17 – Water

July 18
July 18 – Street Photography

July 19
July 19 – A Cylinder

July 20
July 20 – Hug

July 21
July 21 – A Church

July 22
July 22 – Current Interest

July 23
July 23 – Still Life

July 24
July 24 – A Metaphor

July 25
July 25 – Beauty

July 26
July 26 – Beauty

July 27
July 27 – Countryside

July 28
July 28 – An Old Car

JULY 29
July 29 – Black and White

July 30
July 30 – Happy Days


July 31 – Sunday Morning

I think there was some pretty good work in July. Hopefully some good work to be done in August.

Here are the August prompts:

August 1 – I Am…
August 2 – I Love This Colour…
August 3 – I Walked Here…
August 4 – I Like To…
August 5 – I Love This Time of Day…
August 6 – I Love…
August 7 – I Made This…
August 8 – I Work Here…
August 9 – I Held This…
August 10 – I Wrote This…
August 11 – I Saw…
August 12 – I Like To Drink…
August 13 – I Stood Here…
August 14 – I Do This On Sundays…
August 15 – I Once…
August 16 – I Never…
August 17 – I Went To…
August 18 – I Read This…
August 19 – I Did This Good Thing…
August 20 – I Love This View…
August 21 – I Don’t Life To…
August 22 – On Mondays I…
August 23 – I Sat Here…
August 24 – I Like To Eat…
August 25 – I Have To…
August 26 – I Wore This…
August 27 – On Weekends I…
August 28 – I Watched This…
August 29 – I Can…
August 30 – I Can’t…
August 31 – I Believe…

I guess people will get to know me better this month… unless I can help it.

If you want to follow this project on the daily, they are posted on my Fat Mum Slim Instagram account.

@fmsbennett

Otherwise, we’ll check in on this next month.

Selfie Project – July 2022

This is a reminder that tomorrow there is a dog and exotic animal pet show for Pufferbilly Days. A person could also enter a cat, but people don’t, cause… cat. I mean, it explains itself.

However, I give this reminder with the caveat that it is possible that the Dog and Exotic Animal Pet Show could possibly be cancelled due to heat.

Here is the information you need if you are interested:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Show Flyer - 2022

If it goes down, I will be there to photograph it. If it doesn’t go down, I’ll probably be eating ice cream, in the air conditioning.

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It is time once again to check in with THE SELFIE PROJECT. One of the things I like about THE SELFIE PROJECT I get to take a quick look back at everything I did last month and be like, “that was last month? I thought that was forever ago!”

I think I had a pretty busy July, but you can be the judge of that.

Here are some of my favorite images:


Day 182 - July 1, 2022
July 1

Day 183 - July 2, 2022
July 2

Day 184 - July 3, 2022
July 3

Day 186 - July 5, 2022
July 5

Day 187 - July 6, 2022
July 6

Day 188 - July 7, 2022
July 7

Day 189 - July 8, 2022
July 8
Day 190 - July 9, 2022
July 9

Day 191 - July 10, 2022
July 10

Day 193 - July 12, 2022
July 12

Day 194 - July 13, 2022
July 13

Day 195 - July 14, 2022
July 14

Day 196 - July 15, 2022
July 15

Day 197 - July 16, 2022
July 16

Day 198 - July 17, 2022
July 17

Day 199 - July 18, 2022
July 18

Day 200 - July 19, 2022
July 19

Day 201 - July 20, 2022
July 20

Day 202 - July 21, 2022
July 21

Day 204 - July 23, 2022
July 23

Day 208 - July 27, 2022
July 27

Day 209 - July 28, 2022
July 28

Day 210 - July 29, 2022
July 29

Day 211 - July 30, 2022
July 30

Day 212 - July 31, 2022
July 31

Obviously there were lots of selfies that couldn’t make the cut for this month’s THE SELFIE PROJECT. Here are some of my favorite alternates:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - JULY 2022

My August calendar is pretty loaded up with Pufferbilly Days, the Iowa State Fair, and numerous TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trips all planned for the month. I’m even going to take some time off work. I’m not going anywhere. I’m just not going to work for a few days. I’m looking forward to it. I hope when we reconvene to look at my August pictures that there are some great new memories in there as well.

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


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.

I have to admit that after some of the events of the past week, I’m still 100% #TeamMonkey in the coming Human vs. Monkey War (where do you think Monkey Pox comes from), but I think slightly better of our doomed and failed species than I did on Monday.

While thinking on possible subjects for your PEOPLE picture think on the words of the Law Giver:

“Beware the beast man, for he is the devil’s pawn.”
“Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. ”
“Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. ”
“Let him not breed in great numbers for he will make a desert of his home and yours. ”
“Shun him. ”
“Drive him back into his jungle lair. ”
“For he is the harbinger of death. “

Happy photo harvesting!