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New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 4

Another Bokeh Picture of the Week? You got it!


Bokeh Picture of the Week

On Friday Bokeh went in for her final set of puppy vaccines. She now weighs 35 pounds. This picture is of her waiting on me to pump some gas.

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Time to share the food I knocked down on Day 4 of my work trip to New Orleans. I didn’t eat breakfast again. I ate lunch at the convention center concession stand, which was a mistake. Then got tricked into going to supper with the sales team by Michelle, but it was worth it. The Butcher was one of the best meals I had on my trip.


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
Shrimp Po’ Boy from the Concession Stand.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
It was not good, but at least I got outside.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
I got the Moroccan Spiced Lamb.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
With marinated brussel sprouts.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4
Michelle’s meal.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 4

The Butcher definitely made up for the Po’ Boy. It was a great meal!

Still 3 days left of New Orleans meals to share. Well 2.333333.

An Eternal Love BS You Know You’ll Never Mean

Today is Logan’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday!


Burgertime: Desination Grille
Happy birthday Logan!

I hope your day is filled with quality garage sale finds and a ton of photo opportunities!

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Today is also Derrick’s birthday, so I also need to wish him a happy birthday!


Day 323 - November 19, 2022
Happy birthday Derrick!

I hope your birthday is filled with camping and some tasty face melting guitar solos. Probably some Pink Floyd as well.

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Time to share more alternate BLACK & WHITE images for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. These BLACK & WHITE images I took on July 3.


Last Penny - 2024

Last Penny - 2024

Nature's Amen - 2024

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

Black & White Alternate

Vest & Ron

Bokeh - Black & White

Bokeh - Black & White

Bokeh - Black & White

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

Yankee Doodle Pops

3 days of glorious BLACK & WHITE images shared! 4 more days to go!

WPC – WEEK 460 – BLACK & WHITE

Today is going to be a long one, so buckle up and get your popcorn ready!

Today is Jay’s birthday, so I need to start by wishing him a happy birthday.


Day 70 - March 11, 2022
Happy birthday Jay!

I hope your birthday is magical in the nothingness you attempt to do!

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It is that time of year when a little yellow card shows up in the mailboxes of many a photographer in the state of Iowa. The yellow card that tells you if you had any pictures accepted into one of the hardest photo contests in the country. The Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. A contest that only displays 25% of the pictures submitted. It is the only photo contest that I enter (for a wide variety of reasons) and as such I did get my yellow card in the mail last week. It looked a little something like this:



You might be wondering what pictures I entered this year. I’m the only person that currently knows what pictures I entered. But, you can go down to the Iowa State Fair and see them for yourself. I will reveal what pictures I entered and what pictures got in on the last day of the Fair. As is my custom.

But I wasn’t the only regular contributor to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE that got pictures accepted to the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Angie, Logan, and Nathanial all got pictures accepted! WooHoo! Which makes sense, because when THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE was birthed into existence as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT all those years ago by me and Mike Vest, the idea was (to be honest more his idea than mine) that at the end of the year, you would have 52 photos you could consider for entering in photo contests. Maybe in 2025 there will be MORE than 4 people from THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE displayed at the Iowa State Fair. I have an eye on a few of you.

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Must be time to see the submission for BLACK & WHITE, right? Not yet. As you may know, it is about 10 weeks out from the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. So it is past time that I published the rules for this year’s contest. They are identical as last year.

Have a look:



I hope many of you enter again this year! Now I need to get to work!

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BLACK & WHITE! A great theme! But did enough people see the world in monochrome to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
2-Willy McAlpine – 1 week (IA)
3-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
4-Deanna McClain – 3 weeks (IA, MN)
5-Mary Green – 4 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
6-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
7-Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
8-Mike Vest – 7 weeks (IA, MO)
9-Alexis Stensland – 10 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Sabas Hernandez – 12 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
11-Adam Gordon – 19 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
12-Lowell Davis – 26 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 27 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 45 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 55 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 55 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 57 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK, FL)
19-Jesse Howard – 56 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN)
20-Tamara Peterson – 68 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 72 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 101 weeks (KS, IA)
23-Sarah Toot – 102 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
24-Angie DeWaard – 106 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 110 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 116 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 117 weeks (TX, NY)
28-Teresa Kahler – 128 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 128 weeks (IA, MO, SD)
30-Micky Augustin – 130 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
31-Andy Sharp – 131 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL) <2>
32-Bill Wentworth – 132 weeks (NE, MO)
33-Cathie Morton – 135 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) <2>
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 137 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 139 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 141 weeks (IA)

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

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

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

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


WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Madrid, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Prescott, Wisconsin) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Plymouth, Minnesota)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 28 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Devil’s Tower National Monument – Wyoming) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arkansas River – Salida, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Ankeny, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York) – 118 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 142 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Bone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Kansas City, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Colo, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Grove, Oklahoma) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Bentonsville, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Mitchellville, Iowa) – 73 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Tampa, Florida) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

37 participants this week! A pretty good week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Iowa (41)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)
+ Wyoming (1)

Thanks to Carla’s travels, we were able to add Wyoming to the map!

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

+ Arkansas (16.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (7)
+ Florida (13)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (11)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (943)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (36)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (10)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (18.5)
+ Nebraska (34)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (17)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (2)
+ Pennsylvania (19)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (2)
+ Wyoming (1)

31 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA, IL, MN, WI) – 10
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY, IL) – 7
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA, IRL, NIR, FL) – 7
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW, MN) – 7
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO, SD, WY, CO) -5
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN, IL, RP) – 5
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO, AR, OK) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS, MN) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL, FL) – 3
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2
+ Elizabeth Nordeen (IA, OH) – 2
+ Linda Bennett (KS, IA) – 2
+ Bill Wentworth (NE, MO) – 2
+ Deanna McClain (IA, MN) – 2
+ Dawn Krause – (IA, IL) – 2
+ Joe Duff (TX, NY) – 2
+ Lowell Davis (IA, MO) – 2

Andy now has a commanding lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jen, Jesse, Scott, and Nathanial remain in striking distance though.

There were no major milestones reached this week. And unfortunately a few streaks bit it. Willy and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions from last week. Their streaks are over before they began. Then worst of all, Jesse’s 56 week streak is over! It lasted over a year, but now it is over. The humanity!

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


WPC - WEEK 461 - FACELESS PORTRAIT
FACELESS PORTRAIT

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of FACELESS PORTRAIT in this place that isn’t afraid to show its face next Monday.

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 3

Another Bokeh Picture of the Week? You got it!


Bokeh

Most of the other pictures I have of are still being considered for my submission for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. This one is of her going for a little car ride.

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Time to share the food I knocked down on Day 3 of my trip to New Orleans. I actually didn’t eat that much on that day. I had some pastries in our training meeting. I completely skipped lunch. So the only real meal of any interest was my supper. Here are the pictures:


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
A King Cake, but no baby in it.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
The hotel was giving out free jambalaya. It wasn’t great.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
I had never had a Muffaletta, but now I wish there was a place around here to get one!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
Unfortunately, they served Coke.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
The fries were only, okay.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
But the sandwich was outstanding!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
But you have to like olives!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
Which I do!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
With tip, it cost me $31.67.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

Next Sunday will be more food from New Orleans, but I might pick up the pace a bit.

As for the health journey. I was pretty terrible with tracking again this week, but I can say that I’m currently 5.4 pounds from my first ultimate goal. I’ll do better this week.

Post 5,250

Can you believe that this is the 5,250th entry in the blog known as “An Artist’s Notebook”? Every 250 posts or so I like to take a moment to reflect on where this post has been and post a lot of meaningless stats.

As always on these posts, I like to start by quoting the very first “An Artist’s Notebook” entry that published on August 9, 2006. That first post that published 6,296 days.

That post that started with these words:

So here is the first journal entry. I felt like having as pretentious sounding name as possible for my journal. I have a few goals about this journal. My main goal is just to actually write in it. My second goal is to be as truthful as possible towards my true thoughts and feelings. I have another journal on another website, but it is really just a collection of sarcastic statements and cheap jabs at open faced sandwiches. This journal is meant to be about what my achievements and failures are in the world of art. What projects I am working on and what I have accomplished and what I have failed to accomplish. What I am photographing and what I am thinking about entering in photo contests. What I am thinking about. It might not always make sense. It might just be things I need to write down because they strike me as poignant or inspirational. This is in a small way an online “idea box”.

Since those words, I have posted 5,250 journal entries. This website is still something of an “idea box”. Sometimes I’m just working stuff out here. I don’t know why, sometimes I need to work stuff out in public. But this website is definitely more than just an “idea box”. It is a place where I post a few thoughts and a ton of pictures. I’ve gone through a few photo projects on these pages. From THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT to the 9 EMOTIONS PROJECT to THE SELFIE PROJECT to the POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT to name just a few. This website has also created a community with THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Which is one of my proudest achievements. Even if it sputtered and spit and barely survived in its first few years.

On these reflective posts, I like to publish a bunch of statistics that me and Joe Duff find interesting. So I might as well get to it.

Every post in “An Artist’s Notebook” is tagged with at least one Category. It is one of the easiest ways to navigate around the website. They are listed at the top of each post. Here are some statistics about Categories:

THE TOP 10 MOST USED CATEGORIES (RANK IN POST #5005 & INCREASE SINCE BEGINING OF 2024)

10. Carla – 632 (#10 – 39)
9. Formal Portrait – 655 (#6 – 6)
8. Teresa – 657 – (#9 – 49)
7. Road Trip – 657 (#8 – 32)
6. Macro – 662 (#7 – 26)
5. Jesse – 754 (#5 – 54)
4. Animals – 833 (#3 – 34)
3. Art – 842 – (#4 – 75)
2. Flowers – 1,010 (#2 – 40)
1. Black & White – 1,221 (#1 – 27)

No categories dropped from the Top 10. The categories with the best shot at cracking the Top 10 in the next 250 posts are Shannon, Nature, WPC-Submissions, Candid Portrait, & Still Life.

THE TOP 10 NON-HUMAN CATEGORIES
10. Candid Portrait – 504 (#9 – 16)
9. WPC-Submissions – 563 (NR – 27)
8. Nature – 568 (#8 – 26)
7. Formal Portrait – 655 (#5 – 6)
6. Road Trip – 657 (#7 – 32)
5. Macro – 662 (#9 – 26)
4. Animals – 833 (#3 – 34)
3. Art – 842 – (#4 – 75)
2. Flowers – 1,010 (#2 – 40)
1. Black & White – 1,221 (#1 – 27)

Photoshop dropped out of the Top 10.

The categories with the best shot of cracking the Top 10 in the next 250 posts are Still Life, Photoshop, Naima, History, and Self-portrait.

THE TOP 10 HUMAN CATEGORIES

10. Willy – 379 (NR – 27)
9. Vest – 388 (#10 – 29)
8. Micky – 399 (#8 – 29)
7. Logan – 428 (#7 – 37)
6. Kim – 441 (#6 – 35)
5. Mom – 473 (#5)
4. Shannon – 615 (#4 – 30)
3. Carla – 632 (#3 – 39)
2. Teresa – 657 (#2 – 49)
1. Jesse – 754 (#1 – 54)

Jay dropped out of he Top 10. The categories that have the best chance of breaking into the Top 10 in the next 250 posts are Andy, Jay, Jen, Sara, and Derrick.

If you have spent any time on the Photography 139 website, you know that on the left sidebar, the “Top 100 Categories” are listed. I thought I would give a little bit of coverage to the Bottom 10 of the Top 100. There are currently 208 categories used on the website. I could cover the Bottom 10, but no real reason. Some of those categories probably need to be purged. I do like to cover the Top 10 of the Bottom 100 though.

THE BOTTOME 10 OF THE TOP 100

10. Nathanial – 82 (+29)
9. Layla – 84 (+8)
8. Commercial – 84 (0)
7. House – 91 (+1)
6. Writing – 92 (0)
5. Becca – 92 (+2)
4. Pastor Sarah – 93 (+2)
3. Pufferbilly Days – 95 (+4)
2. Tenderloining – 96 (+25)
1. Faust – 96 (+4)

The following categories have either fallen out of the Bottom 10 of the Top 100 or climbed out of it:
Andree, Flat Earth Joe, Self-Portrait Project, and Sabas

The following categories have the best shot at dropping back into the Bottom 10 of the Top 10:
Russell, Nate, Jill, Blogging, Sabas, and Lowell.

The following categories have the best shot at climbing up into the Bottom 10 of the Top 10:
Andree, Photo Journal, Self-Portrait Project, Flat Earth Joe, and Mary.

I’m now starting to track what categories have had the greatest gain. These are the ones that have the greatest gain since the beginning of 2024.

THE TOP 10 CATEGORIES BY GAIN

10. Kim – 35
10. Andy – 35
10. Michelle – 35
8. Logan – 37
8. Elizabeth – 37
7. Carla – 39
6. Flowers – 40
5. Teresa – 49
4. Jesse – 54
2. Still Life – 72
2. Street Photography – 72
1. Art – 75

THE TOP 10 NON-HUMAN CATEGORIES BY GAIN

9. Nature -26
9. Nature – 26
7. Black & White – 27
7. WPC – Submissions – 27
6. Road Trip – 32
5. Animals – 34
4. Flowers – 40
2. Still Life – 72
2. Street Photography – 72
1. Art – 75

THE TOP 10 HUMAN CATEGORIES BY GAIN

9. Scottie. D. – 33
9. Linda – 33
9. Sabas – 33
6. Kim – 35
6. Andy – 35
6. Michelle – 35
4. Logan – 37
4. Elizabeth – 37
3. Carla – 39
2. Teresa – 49
1. Jesse – 54

If you are wondering what is your best way to improve your Photography 139 Score and crack the Top 10, it is simply to be active in THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE or go on trips with me or participate in various other photo projects or be related to me. Now these aren’t necessarily the 10 people that have influenced my photography the most, but these are the 10 people that have made the largest imprint on this website.

I can tell you the people that have influenced my photography the most, but that is a tale for another time. But I’m pretty sure you can guess who.

TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY 139 PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERIES (LAST 365 DAYS)

To View the Gallery, Click on its Representative Image

Naima at Dickcissel Park
10. Naima – 72,941 views

Rodan139: Des Moines River Valley
9. Drone – 73,421 views

9 Emotions Project - Anders Runestad
8. 9 Emotions Project – 98,062 views

WEEK 32 - COUNTRY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
7. Weekly Photo Challenge Year 3 – 124,533 views

Bonaparte, Iowa
6. Town Sign Project – 127,555 views

Tenderloin Trail 2.0: The Feed Mill Restaurant
5. Tenderloining – 134,777 views

Jackson County - Saint Donatus
4. Town Sign Project Auxiliary Images – 172,671 views

WPC - WEEK 449 - TIME - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
3. Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 11 – 192,976 views


2. Instagram – 212,131 views

WEEK 388 - FRAME - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
1. Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 11 – 289,984 views

Galleries that fell out of the Top 10 are:
Las Vegas 2023, Weekly Photo Challenge Year 9, Selfie Project – 2022,

Galleries that fell just outside of the Top 10 are:
Life, 365 Day Photo Project -2013, Memphis – 2023, New Orleans – 2024, Phot Journal Rejects.

But what are the most popular single images of the last 365 days? Don’t worry, I’m gonna feed you baby birds.

Top 10 Photography 139 Images

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023
10. 2,475 views

RedzBand - 05-30-2008
9. 2,508 views

Watermelon Day - 2023
8. 2,812 views


7. 3,774 views


6. 3,875 views

Color the Wind - 2023
5. 3,999 views

Ben Baier - 2024
4. 4,020 views

Boone County Fair Barbecue Contest - 2023
3. 4,305 views

Kentucky Road Trip - 2013
2. 4,816 views


1. 20,050 views

If you are interested in checking out some of the milestone posts of the past, I got you. Click on any of the links below to check them out:

Post 1
Post 750
Post 850
Post 1,000
Post 1,101
Post 1,200
Post 1,447
Post 1,718
Post 2,500
Post 3,000
Post 3,252
Post 3,751
Post 4,000
Post 4,250
Post 4,500
Post 4,757
Post 5,005

I think that is enough. We will check back in, in another 250 posts.

Pink Houses

Today is the 4th of July, so I must wish you all a Happy Independence Day!


And You Left Me There Cryin' Wonderin' What I Did Wrong

I hope your day is filled with good food and friends and parades and music and fireworks and not having to go to work!

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There’s a black man with a black cat
Livin’ in a black neighborhood
He’s got an interstate runnin’ through his front yard
You know he thinks he’s got it so good
And there’s a woman in the kitchen
Cleanin’ up the evenin’ slop
And he looks at her and says, “Hey darlin’
I can remember when you could stop a clock”

Ah, but ain’t that America for you and me?
Ain’t that America? Somethin’ to see, baby
Ain’t that America? Home of the free, yeah
Little pink houses for you and me
Ooh yeah, for you and me

Well, there’s a young man in a t-shirt
Listenin’ to a rockin’ rollin’ station
He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
He says, “Lord, this must be my destination”
‘Cause they told me when I was younger
Said, “Boy, you’re gonna be president”
But just like everything else those old crazy dreams
Just kinda came and went

Ah, but ain’t that America for you and me?
Ain’t that America? Somethin’ to see, baby
Ain’t that America? Home of the free, yeah
Little pink houses for you and me
Ah, yeah, baby, for you and me

Well, there’s people and more people
What do they know, know, know?
Go to work in some high rise
And vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico, ooh, yeah
And there’s winners and there’s losers
But they ain’t no big deal
‘Cause the simple man, baby, pays for the thrills, the bills
The pills that kill

Ah, but ain’t that America for you and me?
Ain’t that America? Somethin’ to see, baby
Ain’t that America? Home of the free, yeah
Little pink houses for you and me, ooh
Ooh yeah

Ain’t that America for you and me?
Ain’t that America? Hey, somethin’ to see, baby
Ain’t that America? Oh, the home of the free
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Little pink houses, baby, for you and me
– Written and Performed by John Mellencamp

Once again, not exactly a love song. But a great song! And often completely misunderstood.

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography session was taken in Pella!


Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

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Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still Laughing - 2024

Still… so many pictures to share from my trip to Pella to photograph their tulips!

WPC – WEEK 459 – ENTERTAINMENT

Today is Jen’s birthday, so I need to start today by wishing her a happy birthday!


June 24
Happy birthday Jen!

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be. We also need to get together again at some point! Maybe even before August.

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ENTERTAINMENT! A great theme! But did enough people find it entertaining enough to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 24, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Deanna McClain – 2 weeks (IA, MN)
2-Mary Green – 3 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR)
3-Sara Lockner – 3 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
4-Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks (IA, MD)
5-Mike Vest – 7 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 9 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Sabas Hernandez – 11 weeks (IA, OH)
8-Adam Gordon – 18 weeks (IA, MS, MO)
9-Lowell Davis – 25 weeks (IA)
10-Michelle Haupt – 25 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
11-Brandon Kahler – 26 weeks (IA, MN)
12-Scott Degeneffe – 44 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL)
13-Sheri Fakhouri – 54 weeks (IA, NE)
14-Logan Kahler – 54 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Nathanial Brown – 56 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK)
16-Jesse Howard – 56 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
17-Tamara Peterson – 68 weeks (IA, MN)
18-Mindi Terrell – 71 weeks (IA) <2>
19-Linda Bennett – 100 weeks (KS)
20-Sarah Toot – 101 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ)
21-Angie DeWaard – 105 weeks (IA, IL)
22-Dawn Krause – 109 weeks (IA)
23-Kim Barker – 115 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
24-Joe Duff – 116 weeks (TX) <2>
25-Teresa Kahler – 127 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
26-Carla Stensland – 127 weeks (IA, MO)
27-Micky Augustin – 129 weeks (IA, IL, FL)
28-Andy Sharp – 130 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA, IL)
29-Bill Wentworth – 131 weeks (NE, MO)
30-Cathie Morton – 134 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
31-Elizabeth Nordeen – 136 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
32-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 138 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
33-Kio Dettman – 140 weeks (IA) <2>

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

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

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

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


WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Don Williams Golf Course – Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - AMY PETERSON
Amy Peterson (Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT -SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Waukee, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Busch Stadium – Saint Louis, Missouri) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 27 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Slater, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Tampa, Florida) – 57 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Tampa, Florida)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – 57 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 69 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Chicago Museum of Science & Industry – Chicago, Illinois) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Chicago Museum of Science & Industry – Chicago, Illinois)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Galena, Illinois) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Estes Park, Colorado – Prospect Mountain Road) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (New York) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Noir – Ames, Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Keystone, South Dakota) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Florida) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Olive Garde – Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Near Cumming, Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Des Moines Arts Festival – Des Moines, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 139 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 141 weeks

WPC - WEEK 459 - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Des Moines Arts Festival – Des Moines, Iowa) – 562 weeks

37 participants this week! A pretty good week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Colorado (2)
+ Florida (3)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Iowa (38)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Missouri (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ South Dakota (1)

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

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (8)
+ Florida (12)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (11)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (901)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (36)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (9)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (16.5)
+ Nebraska (33)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (15)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (18)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (4)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

30 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

Jen and Andy are now tied to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and and Scott and Nathanial are in striking distance though! Joe and Dawn joined the group of people to submit from multiple locations.

There were lots of milestones reached this week. Alexis joined the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Lowell and Michelle joined the Half Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Micky joined the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

Also, there were no streaks broken this 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:


WPC - WEEK 460 - BLACK & WHITE
BLACK & WHITE – Modified suggestion by Joe Duff

Joe actually suggested MONOCHROME, but I think MONOCHROME and BLACK & WHITE are very similar and BLACK & WHITE will always be a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, so I’m just crediting Joe with suggesting BLACK & WHITE.

BLACK & WHITE is my first love in photography and it is my favorite theme as well.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

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

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 2

Last week I skipped some stuff cause I was short on time, but I wanted to make sure I definitely included a Bokeh Picture of the Week this week:


Bokeh Picture of the Week

Just making herself home at FNSC!

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Now to start Day 2 of my food adventures in New Orleans. I didn’t eat anything for breakfast. Tony and I went to an Italian place across the street from the Convention Center for lunch. Then I went out to eat with Kim, Gina, and Michelle for supper. Then Gina, Michelle, and I ended up at Cafe du Monde for beignets.

Here are the pictures:


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
It was pretty good pizza!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
Cost: $26.36

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
Kim packed some pretty good snacks this year.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
I went with the Catfish Napoleon for supper.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
Brussel sprouts!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
It was an okay meal.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
And it cost me nothing. So there is that.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
I also freeloaded here.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
An okay chocolate milk.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2
So much powdered sugar!

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 2

All in all, it was another pretty good day of eating!

Last week I didn’t report on my quest to live healthier. The last two weeks have went okay, but I’ve been really bad a tracking things, so it is sufficient to say for now, things are still trending well. I just need to get back at tracking and I need to get back to walking more!

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 1

I ate a lot of food while is New Orleans. Here is just the food I ate on Day 1 of my trip.


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
On the flight from Des Moines to Saint Louis.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Not bad.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Water on the flight from Saint Louis to New Orleans.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Another bag of these.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Tony and I got lunch at Mambo’s.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
I got the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
It was pretty darn good and I’m not really a pasta person.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
We split an order of the Jalapeno Hush Puppies.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Also, very good.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
$38.04 with tip.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim and I ate supper at the Acme Oyster House.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim’s signature drink.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
My supper.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
It was mostly kind of fair.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Jambalaya.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim’s supper was much better.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
$30.37 with tip.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Too bad I don’t like oysters.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

The trip was off to a good start!

I’m Selfish, I Know, I Can’t Let You Go

Time to clear out more of the proverbial backlog. These are a collection of pictures that I took back in August of 2023 but never fit any other “An Artist’s Notebook” posts. But are good enough that I think the world should see them. Some were taken on a trip to Dickcissel with Naima. Some from the drive home from watching Logan and Nathanial compete in a competitive barbecue contest. Some from my yard. And more from Dickcissel.


Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

Moingona School

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa


Panther, Iowa – Ghost Town
PANTHER


Perry, Iowa
PERRY IA
CULTURE & COMMUNITY THRIVE HERE.

Stop Sign on 17.

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Always feels good when the backlog gets just a little bit more cleaned up.