Category Archives: Birthdays

Jeffersonian Visit IV

Today is Bethany’s birthday so I have to wish her a happy birthday.


Minnesota State Fair - 2019
Happy birthday Bethany!

I hope it is an amazing birthday filled with tons of super deep questions from Nora!

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Time to share the balance of pictures I took on that trip around Greene County with Teresa.


Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Now I’m suddenly itching to hit an orchard.

Possibly Impossible

Today is Shannon’s birthday so I need to wish her a happy birthday.



Happy birthday Shannon!

I hope your birthday is filled with soap and/or broom making and not that many stings from bees. But maybe a few. We still need to hit that restaurant in Milo!

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Lay down
Wait for the rush of light
And just trust what’s not in sight
And try to breathe
She says
Calm waves
Shorten the amount of time
Between vex and solidified jolts of grief
And He says
Poor Babe….are you poor like me?

Slow down
Find a place inside your mind
Mix proverbial rum & wine and try to sleep
She says
Sometimes…even the angel on one side
Gets filled with pity and wasted time and starts to speak
And She says
Poor babe….are you poor like me?

It’s possibly impossible to give you enough advice to give you peace
It’s possibly impossible to let you be

It’s the same pain
It’s just a different day
There’s nothing I can say to make it bleed
Same plan
Your shortened attention span
And your textbook search for men make it seem..
Like….poor babe…why am I so mean?

‘Cuz It’s possibly impossible to give you enough advice to give you peace
It’s possibly impossible to let you be

Shine
Don’t you care?
Start to feel the affects of time
It wasn’t just a line
Start to face your choices
These laid courses aren’t so cut and dry
Guess you may start to define “what’s a meltdown?”
Let me offer you my time
After all it’s not a dime..and that’s what’s cheap

Poor babe…are you poor like me?
Poor babe…are you poor like me?

It’s possibly impossible to give you enough advice to give you peace
It’s possibly impossible to let you be
It’s possibly impossible to give you enough advice to give you peace
It’s possibly impossible to let you be
-Bonne Finken

Since it is Shannon’s birthday today, it seems like a good idea to use a song from one of her favorite artists as the title for today. Bonne Finken is a mostly local/regional artist that Shannon interested me too many moons ago. This isn’t a romantic love song. It might be a friendship love song. I guess you can interpret that how you want. That is both the scary and great thing about art. There is the artist intention and then there is how the audience interprets it. This is what Bonne wrote about the inspiration for the song:

This song was written for a good friend of mine. She was struggling – and kept coming to me for advice – and when I gave her advice – she kept not taking it. There’s only so many times you can watch someone slam their head against a wall…and talk to them about how to make their head stop hurting… Some people yell or walk away. I wrote this song.

Bonne is playing the Waukee Arts Festival on July 19. I might just have to go!

But Thursdays are for flowers. This is a continuation of the flowertography collection I shared last Thursday from my yard:


Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Next Thursday’s flowertography collection was also taken in my yard. We are almost out of flower pictures I took in 2023. But don’t worry! I’ve been taking plenty in 2024!

Never Enough

Today is Nate’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


Nate's Graduation Party - 2021
Happy birthday Nate!

I hope you birthday is as peaceful as a birthday can be with triplets running around!

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I’ve seen the people
As they walk down the street
Smiling and looking so free
As I stand on the corner
With a tear in my eye
Wondering how it would be
If I’d never asked for what I could not have
Always living for things out of reach

Never enough
Forever unsatisfied
Missing a piece of my soul
Never enough
Forever unanswered
Like a prayer that never gets told

Fall away troubles, dreams and desires
And let me escape from myself
If I’d never asked for what I could not have
I could live just like everyone else

Fall away troubles, dreams and desires
And let me escape from myself
-Written by Kevin Bowe & Shannon Curfman
-Shannon Curfman

Last Sunday I went to see Shannon Curfman with Lowell and his family and Aric and his family and Teresa. I tried to get Derrick to go, but he was being a big ninny! She is one of my favorite musicians ever. Not necessarily in the Top 5 or even Top 10, but one of my favorites. It is a big tent. I felt obligated to include one of her song titles into our Thursday flowertography sessions. The lyrics might not seem obviously romantic, but when you hear the song live, you will know. You will just know.

It isn’t my favorite Shannon Curfman song is “Few and Far Between” and thank you for asking.

You might be wondering if I took any pictures. Mostly cell phone pictures of a grinder for a future food adventure post, but I took a few with the real camera.

Here is my favorite:


Shannon Curfman
Shannon Curfman – Guitar Goddess.

But Thursdays are for flowers! This flowertography collection is the rest of the pictures I took of Valerie’s Zinnia Patch (a private exclusive garden):


Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

Digging for God - 2023

The next collection of flower images was taken in my yard.

The Big Easy – Day 2 & 3 Phone Pictures

Today is my mother-in-law Colleen’s birthday, so I need to wish her a happy birthday.


Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I hope your birthday is magical!

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I didn’t take many phone pictures on Day 2 and Day 3 in New Orleans, so I’m combining them into one post. Day 2 is when the work begins on setting up for The Big Meeting. Day 3 involves a “training” session and then finishing off setup. But I had sometime to explore on those days.

Here are the pictures:


Day 2 - New Orleans
I started Day 2 with a leftover beignet from Cafe Du Monde.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I took a walk up to Jackson Square to see if it was open. It wasn’t.

Day 2 - New Orleans
But got a nice view of the Saint Louis Cathedral.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I walked down the river walk and found this cool collection of love locks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
I would love to know this story.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Preach.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Tony and I got to the Convention Center while they were still putting the booth together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is by far and I mean by FAR the fastest internet we’ve ever had in a booth.

Day 2 - New Orleans
These snacks were delicious!

Day 2 - New Orleans
The booth put together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Back at the hotel. I’m kind of a connoisseur of southern mayonnaise. This one has ALL the yolks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
One of my goals was to ride the trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
They stopped the trolley so this girl could take a graduation photo with it.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Inside trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Pralines!

Day 2 - New Orleans
That night I had supper with Kim, Michelle, Diane and Gina. Afterwards I ended back up at Jackson Square.

Day 2 - New Orleans

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Final picture I took before going back to the hotel.


Day 3 starts with a 4 hour training session that feels like 8 hours.


Back to the Convention Center.


Got done early enough that I could see the inside of the Saint Louis Cathedral.


They took credit cards.


It is pretty in there.


The altar.


I didn’t take a horse and carriage ride. But I wish I had.


Best name for a restaurant. Ever!


The Rolling Stones played the Jazz Festival the night before.


Taking the trolley to the Garden District.


This guy openly boozed on the trolley. Was super friendly.


Nood Fountain in Audubon Park.


Back on Canal Street. Maybe my favorite graffiti ever.


Last cell phone picture of Day 3.

Still 4 more days of cell phone pictures left to share.

WPC – WEEK 454 – NOT YOUR HOMETOWN

Today is a very important day! Today is Jason’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


June 14
Happy birthday Jason!

I hope you birthday is amazing!

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Today is also Memorial Day. The day we honor and mourn U.S. miliary personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Monroe County - Albia

It isn’t the kind of holiday where you say “Happy (insert holiday name)!” But I hope you have a good Memorial Day filled with time spent with friends and/or family.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

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

Award winning photographers? Really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

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

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

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

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

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

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

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

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

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NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! A great theme, but did enough people escape the confines of their HOMETOWN to go someplace that wasn’t their hometown and take a picture to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL) <2>
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, MN, BHS)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA, MD)
5-Mike Vest – 2 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 4 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 10 weeks (IA)
10-Adam Gordon – 12 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 13 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Lowell Davis – 20 weeks (IA) <2>
13-Michelle Haupt – 20 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 39 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 49 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 51 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 51 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 63 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 66 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 95 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 96 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 100 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 104 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 110 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 111 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 122 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 122 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 125 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 126 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 129 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 131 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 133 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 135 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 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Ames, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Haines Park – Altoona, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Middlebrook, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Marshalltown, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Polk County, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Pilot Mound/Fraser, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Okoboji, Iowa)- 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ankeny, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Cambridge, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MINDI TERRELLM
Mindi Terrell (Urbandale, Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Norwalk, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Laurel, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Jack Trice Stadium – Ames, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN -SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Fairbanks/Manchester, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - FRAN DUNCAN
Fran Duncan (Kellogg, Wisconsin) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Marshalltown, Iowa)

There were 37 participants this week! Same as last week. Not bad for a holiday weekend!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (2)
+ Iowa (38)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (2)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Wisconsin (1)

Thanks to Fran’s first ever submission, we added Wisconsin to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (14.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (742)
+ Kansas (29)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (12.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (32)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

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

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

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

Deanna and Bill joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple states/places.

The huge milestones reached this week were Nathanial and Jesse both joining the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Cathie joined the 1.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all peaches and cream. Sara couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Her streak ended before it started. Monica’s streak calls it quits after 5 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 455 - SIGN
SIGN

SIGN! 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 SIGN in this place that reads the tea leaves next Monday.

On A Long and Lonesome Highway, East of Omaha

Today is a very important day. It is the birthday of somebody very awesome! One of the most awesome people out there!


Stephanie Kim - 2009
Happy birthday Steph!

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

Since my trip to New Orleans, not feeling great since I got back, and adding Bokeh to my house, I’ve missed a ton of birthday wishes, just trying to keep this blog current and everything else. So happy belated birthday wishes to Kelly, Saydie, Becca, and Michelle. Sorry I didn’t get the job done on time!

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Last August I went out to Omaha to see Brandi Carlile in concert. On the way there I stopped in Stuart and Walnut to take a few pictures. Including a new town sign to add to THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT:


Stuart, Iowa
Stuart, Iowa
Welcome to STUART
Home of 1600 Good Eggs
And a Few Stinkers

But I also took a few more pictures:


Stuart, Iowa

Stuart, Iowa

Stuart, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut, Iowa

Walnut is known for its large collection of antique stores. Unfortunately I was there on a Monday and they were pretty much all closed. I need to go back this year and get into some of those stores!

Ben Baier – Class of 2024

Today is Faust’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


But You Broke Much More Than That
Happy birthday Faust!

Hope your day was filled with hockey and grilling out and all the Minnesotan things you can handle!

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A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of taking some Senior Pictures for Ben. Thought now would be a good time to share some of my favorite images from the photo shoot:

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Ben Baier - 2024

Always a good time getting together with the Baiers!

From All the Sunlight of Our Past

Today is my Aunt Linda’s birthday, so I have to wish her a happy birthday.


June 6
Happy birthday!

I hope you have an amazing birthday!

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Seems like a good time to share the alternate images I took for the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme ROAD TRIP. Most of these were taken in Ledges.


ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

ROAD TRIP ALTERNATE

Yeah, I didn’t make it very far from my home that week. It has been a busy time. But I’ll be getting back on the road more again in the future.

Iowa State Fair – Day 3 – Beta

Today is Carla’s birthday, so I need to wish her a happy birthday!


June 10
Happy birthday!

I hope your birthday is free from fire alarms today and maybe involves some camping or camping planning!

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Today is also Monica’s birthday, so I also need to wish her a happy birthday!


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022
Happy birthday!

I hope your birthday is filled with plenty of good music and productivity on some art projects!

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Time once again to share more images from my trip to the Iowa State Fair with Monica and Graham, but then also with Elainie, Sabas, and Tiffany.


Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Iowa State Fair -Trip 3 - 2023

Still plenty more picture from this trip to the Fair left to share!

WPC – WEEK 443 – SENTIMENTAL

Today is Dawn’s birthday, so I must wish her a happy birthday.


9 Emotions Project - Dawn Krause
Happy birthday Dawn!

I hope your birthday is filled with plenty of time to sit down and read!

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Today is also Baier’s birthday, so I must with him a happy birthday!


The Story
Happy birthday Baier!

I hope your birthday is filled plenty of thoughts of the Chiefs winning another Super Bowl!

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SENTIMENTAL! Maybe a little bit of a hard one for some people. Sometimes it is hard to think about the things that we are sentimental about. But was it easy enough for enough people to make SENTIMENTAL a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

If you are like me at all, you will really wonder the backstory on so many of the photographed subject. Fortunately for me, I actually know the story on most of the subjects in the story, but I will never tell.

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

1-Adam Gordon – 1 week
2-Deanna McClain – 1 week
3-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week
4-Mary Green – 3 weeks (2)
5-Stehanie Kim – 3 weeks
6-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
7-Willy McAlpine – 5 weeks
8-Sara Lockner – 7 weeks
9-Lowell Davis – 9 weeks
10-Michelle Haupt – 9 weeks
11-Alexis Stensland – 9 weeks (2)
12-Brandon Kahler – 10 weeks
13-Scott Degeneffe – 28 weeks
14-Sabas Hernandez – 29 weeks
15-Mike Vest – 34 weeks
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 38 weeks
17-Logan Kahler – 39 weeks (2)
18-Nathanial Brown – 40 weeks
19-Jesse Howard – 40 weeks
20-Tamara Peterson – 43 weeks
21-Mindi Terrell – 55 weeks (2)
22-Linda Bennett – 84 weeks
23-Sarah Toot – 85 weeks (2)
24-Angie DeWaard – 89 weeks
25-Dawn Krause – 93 weeks
26-Kim Barker – 99 weeks (2)
27-Joe Duff – 100 weeks
28-Teresa Kahler – 111 weeks
29-Carla Stensland – 111 weeks (2)
30-Micky Augustin – 113 weeks
31-Andy Sharp – 114 weeks
32-Bill Wentworth – 115 weeks
33-Cathie Morton – 119 weeks
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 120 weeks
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 122 weeks
36-Kio Dettman – 124 weeks (2)

Reminder. 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 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kresge Chapel – Kansas City, Missouri) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kresge Chapel – Kansas City, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Sacred Heart Cemetery – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Arkansas/Mississippi Border) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL -ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Missouri/Tennessee Border)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 85 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Val-Air Ballroom – Des Moines, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Val-Air Ballroom – Des Moines, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Schaumburg, Illinois) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Missouri) – 35 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Cherry Glenn – Near Ankeny, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Cherry Glenn – Near Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) – 41 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 30 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Burnsville, Minnesota) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 86 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Panama City Beach, Florida) – 29 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Fort Greene – Brooklyn, New York) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 443 - SENTIMENTAL - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 6 weeks

37 participants! That is a pretty great week! Same as last week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1.5)
+ Florida (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Mississippi (.5)
+ Missouri (3.5)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Tennessee (.5)
+ Texas (1)

Thanks to the travels of Scott, we added Florida to the list! And thanks to Andy’s travels we added Tennessee to the list.

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

+ Arkansas (5.5)
+ California (1)
+ Colorado (4)
+ Florida (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Indiana (2)
+ Iowa (372)
+ Kansas (14)
+ Michigan (4)
+ Minnesota (4)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (4.5)
+ Nebraska (13)
+ New York (7)
+ Pennsylvania (9)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (.5)
+ Texas (17)
+ Vermont (1)

20 states so far! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple states:

+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS)
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX)
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO)
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT)
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN)
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO)
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN)
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD)
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN)
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL)
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL)
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO)
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN)

Andy has taken a 2 state lead over Jen with his sentimental road trip to be crowned the Emperor of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Travel! I’ll keep workshopping that name. But I might buy a crown for the winner. Just another idea I’m spitballing.

Micky, Scott, and Vest all joined the club of people that have submitted from multiple states. Adam added a third state to his list!

There were a few big milestones reached this week! Michelle and Lowell and Alexis all joined the Double Digit Streak Club! Kim joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoos all around!

But it was not all unicorns and rainbows though. Deanna and Johnathan couldn’t build on their submissions from last week and their streaks are over before the even began.

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 444 - DECORATION
DECORATION

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

I look forward to your interpretation!

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