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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Recap

I know I might have written that I was finally going to start sharing pictures from the Color the Wind Festival today, but instead I’m going to do a recap of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest before it gets too long in the tooth.

First, I should announce to those of you that voted in the People’s Choice Award what photo took home the prize:



Road Trip by Savannah Martin

Road Trip received 50 votes. The next highest vote total received was 21 votes.

If you are interested in seeing this year’s photo books, click on the links below:

Readable Photo Book

Printable Photo Book

There is a lot of people I need to thank for making this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest a success.

The Judges:
+ Andie DeWaard
+ Janae Erickson
+ Lisa Person

The Administrative Staff:
+ Teresa Kahler
+ Carla Stensland

The Pegboard Builders:
+ Andy Sharp
+ Jason Stensland

The Graphic Designer:
+ Monica Jennings

The Photo Display Team:
+ Dawn Krause
+ Jesse Howard
+ Monica Jennings
+ Graham Jennings

The Book Designer:
+ Michelle Haupt

The Best of Show & People’s Choice Award Creator:
+ Anonymous

The Merchants that hosted the photo entries:
+ Boone Theater (Teen and Adult Places)
+ Ema’s Elegance (Adult Animals)
+ The Houndstooth Haberdashery (Adult Trains, Planes, & Automobiles)
+ Infamous Ink (Adult Black & White)
+ The Lavender Basket (Adult Plants)
+ Paradox (Youth)
+ Studio 721 (Adult People)

I didn’t take as many pictures as I have in the past of the machinations of the Photo Contest but I did take a few.

Here are some from the Judging:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Judging went very smooth. There was some good and spirited debate from the judges and for the first time ever, had to engage in some tie-breakers. Including a tie-breaker for Best in Show.

I already have 2 of the judges picked out for next year. Still thinking on that third judge, for now. But I have a pretty good idea. Or at least a couple of candidates in mind.

Monica and I set up the photo displays on Thursday. Paradox and Studio 721 set up the displays themselves, which was a big help. Monica really put the displays together and I did the grunt work.

Here are some pictures of the displays:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

On Saturday Jesse and I tore down all the displays. On Sunday we transported them out to McHose Park. Graham and Monica met us out there and setup the tents and the display. Jesse and I sat out there in the pouring rain all day trying to keep the pictures dry.

Here are some pictures from Art in the Park:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2023

Watching over the photo display at Art in the Park was a pretty cool experience, even if the conditions weren’t ideal. I got to meet and speak with a few of the photographers that I hadn’t met before. And I met one person that is interested in entering next year and another that is an artist that urged their friend to enter this year. I enjoyed all of those interactions.

After Art in the Park concluded Dawn and Nathanial helped tear down the display and the tents. Logan returned all the pictures that weren’t picked up at Art in the Park for me.

All things considered, it was a successful year. I’m not sure what changes I will make for next year, but I know I will need to add some new faces to the list of volunteers. That volunteer might be you!

WPC – WEEK 413 – NEGATIVE

WARNING! NEXT MONDAY I WILL BE ON THE ROAD, SO NEXT WEEK’S POST WILL PUBLISH LATE AND THERE MIGHT NOT BE ANY REMINDERS. PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

I need to start this post by wishing Russ a happy birthday. Happy birthday Russ!


Mother's Day - 2009

I hope you have lots of visitors today!

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I did have a late submission for SELF-PORTRAIT that I do need to share. A couple actually:


WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Vallunareju Norte – Peru)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SUSANNA FUNK
Susanna Funk (Vallunareju Norte – Peru)

You might be asking yourself why Funk gets special privileges and can blow past the deadline and nobody else can? Because she is climbing a mountain in Peru! If you go climb a mountain in Peru, I will also let you miss the deadline. Maybe.

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NEGATIVE! An abstract and maybe demanding theme. But were there many people that could find some NEGATIVE in their life to make NEGATIVE into a positive theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, August 7, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week (3)
3-Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks
4-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks
5-Mike Vest – 5 weeks
6-Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks
7-Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks
8-Sheri Fakhouri – 8 weeks
9-Monica Jennings – 9 weeks
10-Logan Kahler – 9 weeks
11-Nathanial Brown – 10 weeks
12-Jesse Howard – 10 weeks (2)
13-Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
14-Alexis Stensland – 18 weeks
15-Mindi Terrell – 25 weeks (3)
16-Brandon Kahler – 49 weeks
17-Linda Bennett – 54 weeks
18-Sarah Toot – 55 weeks (3)
19-Angie DeWaard – 59 weeks
20-Dawn Krause – 63 weeks (2)
21-Kim Barker – 69 weeks
22-Joe Duff – 70 weeks
23-Teresa Kahler – 81 weeks (3)
24-Carla Stensland – 81 weeks
25-Micky Augustin – 83 weeks
26-Andy Sharp – 84 weeks
27-Bill Wentworth – 85 weeks
28-Cathie Morton – 89 weeks
29-Elizabeth Nordeen – 90 weeks
30-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 92 weeks
31-Kio Dettman – 94 weeks
* Susanna Funk – 1 week

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 413 - NEGATIVE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Hickory Grove Park – Story County, Iowa) – 84 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (High Trestle Trail – Boone County, Iowa) – 93 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – 55 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 95 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 60 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Dallas, Texas) – 71 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Des Moines, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 82 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 90 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 91 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - TAMARA PTERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 85 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 19 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 82 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 26 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 56 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE -
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 86 weeks

WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Orpheum Theater – Minneapolis, Minnesota)

29 participants! Subtracting last week’s 33 participants, creates a negative 4. But 29 is still pretty good considering it is somewhat of an abstract theme.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

33 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over 60% of the way there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico (General)
+ Isla Mujeres, Mexico
+ Riviera Maya, Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Vallunareju Norte – Peru
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture 226 miles from my front door. But in a state that has already been marked. I continue to not contribute.

The big milestones this week were Monica and Logan reaching The Double Digit Streak Club. WooHoo! Mindi reached The Half Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Becky’s 3 week streak ended. Willy’s 4 week streak is gone. Sabas’ 6 week streak is no more.

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 414 - ART
ART

ART! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is an ART photo? Simply put, it is a picture of an existing piece of ART. You could simply find a piece of ART and stand back and take a picture of it. But I would urge you to take an ARTistic look at a piece of an ART. Take a picture of it from a different angle. Take a picture of only part of the picture. Take a picture of it in its environment. Other possibilities are to take pictures of an ARTist making a piece of ART or tools made in the creation of ART. There are just so many possibilities.

While considering possible subject for your submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt your ART submission will be a new piece of ART all its own:

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
-Stella Adler

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 NEGATIVE in this place that started with a pile of negatives next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 412 – SELF-PORTRAIT

SELF-PORTRAIT! Maybe not the most artistic theme, but on the other hand, it is a chance for some of you to introduce yourself to the rest of you. But did a bunch of people do that? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 31, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
2-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
3-Scott Degeneffe – 4 weeks
4-Mike Vest – 4 weeks
5-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
6-Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks
7-Sheri Fakhouri – 7 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 8 weeks
9-Logan Kahler – 8 weeks
10-Nathanial Brown – 9 weeks
11-Jesse Howard – 9 weeks
12-Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks
13-Alexis Stensland – 17 weeks (3)
14-Mindi Terrell – 24 weeks (3)
15-Brandon Kahler – 49 weeks
16-Linda Bennett – 53 weeks
17-Sarah Toot – 54 weeks (2)
18-Angie DeWaard – 58 weeks
19-Dawn Krause – 62 weeks
20-Kim Barker – 68 weeks
21-Joe Duff – 69 weeks
22-Teresa Kahler – 80 weeks (2)
23-Carla Stensland – 80 weeks
24-Micky Augustin – 82 weeks
25-Andy Sharp – 83 weeks
26-Bill Wentworth – 84 weeks
27-Cathie Morton – 88 weeks
28-Elizabeth Nordeen – 89 weeks
29-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 91 weeks
30-Kio Dettman – 93 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 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Washington D.C.) – 1 week

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Altoona, Iowa)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Washington D.C.) – 1 week

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 3 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (The Outlets at Orange – Orange County, California) – 6 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)- 10 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 54 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, South Carolina) – 55 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, South Carolina)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Sedgefield Country Club – Greensboro, South Carolina)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Nebraska – probably) – 59 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Fort Madison, Iowa) – 69 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 70 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Gretna, Nebraska) – 81 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Gretna, Nebraska)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Gretna, Nebraska)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Don Williams Lake – Ogden, Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Room M4470B, Converse, 4th Floor, Friley Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA)

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Undisclosed Location – Iowa) – 83 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Las Vegas, Nevada) – 84 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 85 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 89 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 90 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp – Spirit Lake, Iowa) – 92 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 94 weeks

WEEK 412 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 516 weeks

32 submissions this week! That is a pretty great week! Plus, thanks to Sarah Toot, we’ve now added South Carolina to the map! WooHoo!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Kansas
+ Iowa
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ South Carolina
+ Texas
+ Washington D.C.

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Carolina
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

33 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over 60% of the way there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico (General)
+ Isla Mujeres, Mexico
+ Riviera Maya, Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 1 mile from my front door, so I continue not to contribute.

Both Nathanial and Jesse joined the Double Digit Streak Club. WooHoo! But it wasn’t all good news. Scottie D.’s streak came crashing to a halt at 4 weeks. 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:


WEEK 413 - NEGATIVE
NEGATIVE – SUGGESTED BY ANGIE DEWAARD

NEGATIVE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a NEGATIVE photo? NEGATIVE might be an abstract theme that might be hard to wrap your mind around at first. But there are multiple types of NEGATIVE. There are simply bad things or things you don’t like. In the theme reveal picture there are dead sunflowers, which is a NEGATIVE. Plus, I inverted the colors so it looks like an old school NEGATIVE. You know a film NEGATIVE. So you could just edit a photo so that colors are inverse. That would be a NEGATIVE. So it could be something that is a NEGATIVE in your life. Like bad weather or work. Or it can simply mean rejecting something. A disagreement. Or in science (and electricity) there is also NEGATIVE. I think once you put your mind to it, you will come up with something that is NEGATIVE. Maybe some of you still have physical film NEGATIVE(s).

While considering possible subjects for your NEGATIVE picture meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with an interesting picture:

It’s as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative – whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.
-Sylvia Plath

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 NEGATIVE in this place that started with a pile of negatives next Monday.

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest – 2023

This weekend is Pufferbilly Days. So all the work the me and so many others have put into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest is now on display and will also be on display tomorrow at Art in the Park.

I will get into all the people that helped and the fact that entries more than doubled for the 2nd straight year at a later date.

But here is a look at the winners:

YOUTH – TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

#111
1ST TPA: Emarose Davis-In the Air

#102
2ND TPA: Kayelee Burns – Welcome to Boone

#89
3RD TPA: Brantlee Staebler – Wing Cart

YOUTH – PLANTS

#116
1ST PLANTS: Daphne Harris-Up to the Sky

#96
2ND PLANTS: Trevor Upah – Tulips

#97
3RD PLANTS: Trevor Upah – Vines

YOUTH – PLACES

#92
1ST PLACES: Layla Gorshe-City Sky

#93
2ND PLACES: Layla Gorshe – Hudson Yards

#90
3RD PLACES: Evie Gorshe – The Inbetween

YOUTH – PEOPLE

#108
1ST PEOPLE: Emarose Davis – Kitten Love

#95
2ND PEOPLE: Trevor Upah – Mom and Scarlett

#86
3RD PEOPLE: Brantlee Staebler – I’m Happy

YOUTH – BLACK & WHITE

#99
1ST BLACK & WHITE: Kayelee Burns – Hungry Bee

#107
2ND BLACK & WHITE: Emarose Davis – Sheep on the Cliff

#112
3RD BLACK & WHITE: Daphne Harris – Dragonfly

YOUTH – ANIMALS

#103
1ST ANIMALS: Hazel Davis – Kitty Cat

#113
2ND ANIMALS: Daphne Harris – Duck Duck

#106
3RD OVERALL: Emarose Davis-In the Air

YOUTH OVERALL

#92
1ST OVERALL: Layla Gorshe-City Sky

#116
2ND OVERALL: Daphne Harris-Up to the Sky

#111
3RD OVERALL: Emarose Davis-In the Air

TEEN – PLANTS

#79
1ST PLANTS: Noah Davis – Flowers

#120
2ND PLANTS: Tommy Williams – Moss on Tree

TEEN – PLACES

#121
1ST PLACES: Tommy Williams – Light Shining through Corridor at ISU

#83
2nd PLACES: Simon Enabnit – My Backyard

TEEN – BLACK & WHITE

#118
1ST BLACK & WHITE: Tommy Williams – Barbed Wire with Clouds

#75
2ND BLACK & WHITE: Emma Wiebold – Crossroads Motel

#77
3RD BLACK & WHITE: Emma Wiebold – Evil Mabel

TEEN – ANIMALS

#76
1ST OVERALL: Emma Wiebold – Hen in Clover

#81
2ND ANIMALS: Simon Enabnit – Playful Kitty

#82
3RD ANIMALS: Simon Enabnit -Why, Hello There

TEEN OVERALL

#76
1ST OVERALL: Emma Wiebold – Hen in Clover

#118
2ND OVERALL: Tommy Williams – Barbed Wire with Clouds

#121
3RD OVERALL: Tommy Williams – Light Shining through Corridor at ISU

ADULT – TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES

#74
1ST TPA: Nathanial Brown – Sun Up to Sun Down

#67
2ND TPA: Alex Grimes – 102 Seconds of Building

#58
3RD TPA: John Roberts – Fast Colors

ADULT – PLANTS

#17
1ST PLANTS: Savannah Martin-Dawn of the Dahlia

#3
2ND PLANTS: Monica Jennings – Corn Rows

#27
3RD PLANTS: Jolene Bowman – Haze

ADULT – PLACES

#72
1ST PLACES: Nathanial Brown – Narrow Pass

#41
2ND PLACES: Logan Kahler – Quiet Curve

#35
3RD PLACES: Dawn Krause – Iron Mountain Road

ADULT – PEOPLE

#73
1ST PEOPLE: Nathanial Brown – Burning the Midnight Oil

#66
2ND PEOPLE: Alex Grimes – Tattoos as Rings

#70
3RD PEOPLE: Nathanial Brown – Ride Fast

ADULT – BLACK & WHITE

#39
1ST BLACK & WHITE: Logan Kahler – Veiled Beauty

#16
2ND BLACK & WHITE: Savannah Martin – Shattered Dreams

#71
3RD BLACK & WHITE: Nathanial Brown – Sold Out

ADULT – ANIMALS

#49
1ST ANIMALS: JoAnne Korpi – Mr. Will on the Hill

#26
2ND ANIMALS: Allison Kayser – Froggy Feeder

#56
3RD ANIMALS: John Roberts – Reflection? Nope

ADULT – OVERALL

#73
1ST OVERALL: Nathanial Brown – Burning the Midnight Oil

#49
2ND OVERALL: JoAnne Korpi – Mr. Will on the Hill

#39
3RD OVERALL: Logan Kahler – Veiled Beauty

BEST IN SHOW

#73
Nathanial Brown – Burning the Midnight Oil

The only thing left to determine in the People’s Choice Award. If you are interested in voting, first go here to see ALL the entries:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Entries – 2023

Then go here to vote:

People’s Choice Award Poll

Choose wisely.

WPC – WEEK 410 – GUILTY PLEASURE

Today is Dahlia’s birthday so I need to wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday Dahlia!


Easter - 2022

Enjoy life without spreadsheets and emails and meetings and call centers and bills and jobs as long as you possibly can!

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This is your reminder that if you are interested in entering the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, the deadline is Friday:



I’ve already heard from a few of you that you are entering and I am excited. Hopefully this is a popular year for the photo contest!

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It is the last collection of submissions of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

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 7 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO.

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 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 participation rates climb, that limit of 3 is subject to lower.

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. 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. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that.

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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You are probably wondering if you are every going to get to see this week’s submissions. It is one of my GUILTY PLEASURE(s) to make you wait. But were there a ton of people that were willing to share the shame of their GUILTY PLEASURE with all of us? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
2-Scott Degeneffe – 2 weeks
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (3)
4-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
5-Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
6-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
7-Sheri Fakhouri – 5 weeks
8-Monica Jennings – 6 weeks (2)
9-Logan Kahler – 6 weeks (2)
10-Nathanial Brown – 7 weeks
11-Jesse Howard – 7 weeks
12-Tamara Peterson – 10 weeks
13-Alexis Stensland – 15 weeks (3)
14-Mindi Terrell – 22 weeks (3)
15-Brandon Kahler – 47 weeks
16-Linda Bennett – 51 weeks
17-Sarah Toot – 52 weeks (2)
18-Angie DeWaard – 56 weeks
19-Dawn Krause – 60 weeks
20-Kim Barker – 66 weeks
21-Joe Duff – 67 weeks (2)
22-Teresa Kahler – 78 weeks (2)
23-Carla Stensland – 78 weeks (2)
24-Micky Augustin – 80 weeks
25-Andy Sharp – 81 weeks
26-Bill Wentworth – 82 weeks
27-Cathie Morton – 86 weeks
28-Elizabeth Nordeen – 87 weeks
29-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 89 weeks
30-Kio Dettman – 91 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 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Sommerset, Iowa) – 90 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone County Fair – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 52 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (J.C. Newman Cigar Company – Tampa, Florida) – 8 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (John’s Pass – Treasure Island – Florida)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Near Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 92 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 68 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE -EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Clive, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone County Fair – Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Infamous Ink – Boone, Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Road to Newton, Iowa) – 87 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 88 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 82 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 16 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Maryland) – 53 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Maryland)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Maryland)

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 410 - GUILTY PLEASURE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 83 weeks

35 participants!! WooHoo! Another great week! Nearly tying a record currently held by FLOWER. Lots of guilty people out there! Also exciting is that thanks to Sarah Toot’s travelling ways, we’ve added Maryland to the map!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Maryland
+ Nebraska
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Louisiana
+ Maryland
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ North Carolina
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Tennessee
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

32 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over 60% of the way there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico (General)
+ Isla Mujeres, Mexico
+ Riviera Maya, Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 1 mile from my front door, so I continue not to contribute.

The big milestones this week were Evie had her first submission of the year! WooHoo! Linda joined the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Another exciting development was that there were no streaks broken this week. WooHoo!

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 411 - LIQUID
LIQUID – SUGGESTED BY SARAH TOOT

LIQUID! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a LIQUID image? Simply put it is an image where the subject or a major compositional element is a LIQUID. And there are so many LIQUID(s) out there. From water to Jones Soda to AE Chocolate Milk to Jagermeister to some kinds of soap to lotion. There are just so many possibilities!

While thinking about possible subjects for LIQUID meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a fascinating image:

Time is liquid. One moment is no more important than any other and all moments quickly run away.
-Kurt Vonnegut

I look forward to 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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 GUILTY PLEASURE in this place that will hold only a little bit of judgment on your pleasures next Monday.

The Windy City: Day 5

There is one week left to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Monica created this sweet social media artwork to post:



Here is the link to the Entry Form:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Entry Form

Thanks again Monica! I hope at least a few of you decide to enter!

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Last week I shared the cell phone pictures I took on Day 5 of my work trip to Chicago for the Big Convention. Now I’m going to share pictures from the “real” camera:


Chicago, Illinois
Garrett’s to get popcorn.

Chicago, Illinois
Apparently it is where it is at in the popcorn world. I did get some Pecan Caramel Crisp and it was solid.

Chicago, Illinois
Yeah, I photographed this thing a lot.

Chicago, Illinois
The people that were going to this concert were definitely dressed to party!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Outside the Korean Barbecue.

Chicago, Illinois
That night I wandered around near the hotel to do a little street photography.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Co-sign.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
I do regret not taking a river cruise.

Chicago, Illinois
Watch out for DMB’s Tour Bus!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Bubble People!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Just one more small collection of pictures from Chicago left to share. Then on to other adventures!

Des Moines & Louisa County Aux. – Vol. 2

Just a reminder that the deadline for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest is coming up, but there is still time to enter:



Thanks to Monica for making the sweet graphic for social media posts!

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For rules and the entry form, go here:

Time to share a second collection of images from my trip to Des Moines County and Louisa County to harvest their town signs. We start still in Columbus Junction.


Louisa County - Columbus Junction
Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Fredonia
Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Fredonia

Louisa County - Columbus Junction
Back in Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Columbus Junction

Louisa County - Grandview
Grandview – Full applause for this sign.

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

Louisa County - Grandview

A few notes about the Convict Road. The first section of concrete road in Iowa was placed in Le Mars in 1904. It was in service until 1968 when it was replaced. The oldest concrete road in Iowa that is still in service in Iowa is The Eddyville Cemetery Road. It was place in 1909. The Convict Road in Fredonia may be the 2nd oldest concrete paved road in Iowa. However, a segment of the Moscow Road might be older. It was placed in 1910. I’m not sure if it still exists. The history of concrete roads in Iowa isn’t as exciting as you might think so many sources seem to be out of date. Which is truly a shame. Most of it seems to link to a report by a Todd D. Hanson that was made in March of 2009.

The first rural paving in Iowa was between Mason City and Clear Lake. This happened in 1915.

The oldest concrete street in America is in Bellefontaine, Ohio. They paved Court Avenue in 1891 and one block of it remains the original concrete.

There is a lot more from my trip to these two counties left to share. But this is all I have on old concrete roads in Iowa.

WPC – WEEK 405 – FLOWER

Here is another reminder that we are a little more than a month away from the deadline for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Flyers should start showing up around town this week. I hope at least a few of you enter. Or you get your kids to enter or your grandkids to enter. You don’t have be from Boone or Boone County to enter. You merely have to enjoy photography. Monica made a wonderful flyer this year:



Thanks Monica!

She had a lot of fun with this year’s Pufferbilly Days theme, which is the ’90s. I’ll probably need more volunteers than normal this year, so if that is something that might interest you. Let me know. Many hands make light work. And there might be a meal or two in it for you.

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NOTE: ALMOST EVERYBODY HAD THEIR SUBMISSIONS IN THIS WEEK BY SUNDAY NIGHT. WHILE THAT ISN’T THE DEADLINE, I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT. MAKES MY JOB MUCH EASIER! THANKS!

FLOWER! What a great theme! A person would have to have no joy in their heart to not find joy in a beautiful FLOWER. In fact, I’ve even heard some suggest that next year all 52 weeks should be flower themes. One week ROSE. The next week DAISY. The next week SUNFLOWER. I mean that is just crazy talk though. So crazy it just might work. But was this year’s lone FLOWER theme enough to make a bunch of people crazy enough to submit? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

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

1-Elainie Hernandez – 1 week
2-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week (3)
4-Logan Kahler – 1 week
5-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (3)
6-Nathanial Brown – 2 weeks
7-Jesse Howard – 2 weeks
8-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 4 weeks (2)
10-Tamara Peterson – 5 weeks
11-Mike Vest – 7 weeks
12-Alexis Baugher – 10 week (2)
13-Mindi Terrell – 17 weeks (3)
14-Brandon Kahler – 42 weeks
15-Linda Bennett – 46 weeks (2)
16-Sarah Toot – 47 weeks (2)
17-Angie DeWaard – 51 weeks
18-Dawn Krause – 55 weeks (2)
19-Kim Barker – 61 weeks
20-Joe Duff – 62 weeks (2)
21-Teresa Kahler – 73 weeks (3)
22-Carla Stensland – 73 weeks (3)
23-Micky Augustin – 75 weeks
24-Andy Sharp – 76 weeks
25-Bill Wentworth – 77 weeks
26-Cathie Morton – 81 weeks (2)
27-Elizabeth Nordeen – 82 weeks (2)
28-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 84 weeks
29-Kio Dettman – 86 weeks

Entering today, this is the map of states where people have submitted pictures from:



Map made at visitedplaces.com

Only 1 new state added since last time I shared the map.

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 405 - FLOWER - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (30 Miles East of Ashland, Montana) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 62 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 77 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Rural Story County, Iowa) – 76 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 74 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 87 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 47 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Rural Warren County, Iowa) – 85 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Rural Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Rural Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 78 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (State Center, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Mexico) – 3 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Mexico)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Mexico)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - PORTER DEGENEFFE
Porter Degeneffe (Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 74 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (South Dakota) – 56 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (South Dakota)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (South Dakota)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa)

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 63 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 48 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WEEL 405 - FLOWER - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 82 weeks

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 405 - FLOWER - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Noel, Missouri) – 8 weeks

36 participants this week! This is a new record for participation! Making FLOWER the most popular theme in the storied history of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Maybe the idea of 52 themes of FLOWER isn’t crazy after all. Marigolds one week. Pansies the next. Oooh… a week of begonias would be lovely!

36 participants breaks the previous record of 34 held by HAPPY that was set just 4 weeks ago.

36 participants is so many that it is more lines than I have in my Ledger book where I record such things for posterity. Have a look:



I’m not sure how I will record this week, but it is a great problem to have!

Also, if we continue on this trajectory (5 straight weeks of 30+ participants) I might be lowering the cap for submissions from 3 to 2. Just fair warning. Like I say in the FAQ, it isn’t about harshing anybody’s creativity buzz, but about managing workload. Hopefully, we get there!

Thanks to Willy attending a Tuesday Wedding in Montana (all weddings should be on Tuesday or Thursdays) and Kim’s work trip to Louisiana, we added two more states to the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE SUBMISSION MAP!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Louisiana
+ Nebraska
+ Mexico
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Louisiana
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ Montana
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Oregon
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

29 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

You might be wondering what states are currently missing. I got you:

+ Alabama
+ Alaska
+ Connecticut
+ Delaware
+ Hawaii
+ Idaho
+ Indiana
+ Kentucky
+ Maryland
+ Massachusetts
+ Mississippi
+ New Hampshire
+ New Mexico
+ North Carolina
+ Rhode Island
+ South Carolina
+ Tennessee
+ Vermont
+ Virginia
+ West Virginia

The Outside of the United States map is currently (I could put more info for Mexico, but nobody told me where they went in Mexico):

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I travelled about 15 steps from front door to take my submission I continue not to contribute to expanding the map.

The big accomplishment this week was Angie reaching the 52 Week Club! That is a fully year of submitting without missing a week. A big time accomplishment! WooHoo!

Bill also joined the Year and a Half Club. He isn’t the first person to join the club, but he is the first person that I have noted to have made the club. Cathie made it 4 weeks ago. Elizabeth made it 5 weeks ago. Shannon 7 weeks ago. Kio 12 weeks ago. Monster achievements for all of them!

Another sweet deal was that there wasn’t a single streak snapped 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:


WEEK 406 - 'SCAPE
‘SCAPE

‘SCAPE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ‘SCAPE picture? The “‘” in the theme name allows you to substitute in a few words. Your submission could be a LANDSCAPE or a WATERSCAPE or a CITYSCAPE.

Well for one thing, it is a great theme for me to remind you that you can include the town your picture was taken in or the county and I will include that with your submission.

Did you know that the first photograph ever taken was of a landscape?

“View from the Window at Le Gras” was captured by Nicéphore Niépce, in 1827. It features a very abstract view from Niépce’s window.

It would be another 12 years before somebody would think to take a “photograph” of a stupid human. I assume the 2nd picture ever taken was of a dog.

With this theme, you are literally touching the absolute deepest root of photography. Wow! That is powerful to think about. But maybe you are still confused about what LANDSCAPE photography is. Here is a definition from the Wiki:

Landscape photography commonly involves daylight photography of natural features of land, sky and waters, at a distance—though some landscapes may involve subjects in a scenic setting nearby, even close-up, and sometimes at night.

Photography of artificial scenery, such as farm fields, orchards, gardens and architecture, may be considered “landscape” photography as well. Even the presence of man-made structures (buildings, roads and bridges, etc.) or art (such as sculpture) may be considered “landscape” if presented in artistic settings or appearing (or photographed) in artistic style.

Further, landscape photography is typically of relatively stationary subjects—arguably a form of “still life.” This tends to simplify the task, as opposed to photography of kinetic or live subjects. However, landscape photography often overlaps the activity of wildlife photography and the two terms are used somewhat interchangeably; both wildlife and landscapes may be elements of the same picture or body of work.

While thinking about a possible subject for your ‘SCAPE theme, meditate on the following quote:

This is the gift of the landscape photograph, that the heart finds a place to stand.
-Emmet Gowin (American Photographer)

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 ‘SCAPE in this place that hopefully has a least put a little dent in the landscape of photography next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 401 – HAPPY

I mailed out a postcard to the entrants of last years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest last week. I hear they still haven’t arrived in people’s mailboxes. Thought I would share the postcard here, since many of you entered last year or have kids or grandkids that entered. Or hopefully many of you are thinking of entering this year for the first time. Monica designed the postcard. Have a look:



There are 6 Photo Classes this year:
+ Animals
+ Black & White
+ People
+ Places
+ Plants
+ Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

There are 3 Age Divisions:
+ Youth (7-12)
+ Teen (13-17)
+ Adult (18+)

Hopefully many of you enter again and many more of you are inspired to enter this year. Or inspired to have your kids or grandkids enter.

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REMINDER THAT NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE YOUR BANK AND THE GOVERNMENT AND A BUNCH OF OTHER BUSINESSES TAKE THE DAY OFF, THERE IS NO REST FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. RISE AND GRIND EVERY SINGLE DAY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY PLANS ARE FOR MEMORIAL DAY (OTHER THAN MAYBE SLEEPING LATE AFTER WHAT I HOPE IS AN EPIC MOVIE NIGHT ON SUNDAY) BUT IT MIGHT INCLUDE A ROAD TRIP OR A BARBECUE OR A FEW OTHER OPTIONS THAT MIGHT KEEP ME BUSY. LIKEWISE YOU MIGHT BE ENGAGED IN A SIMILAR ACTIVITY ON MONDAY MORNING. YOU MIGHT NOT GET A REMINDER AND YOU MIGHT NOT BE IN A POSITION TO SUBMIT. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

HAPPY! Many people claim to like to be HAPPY, but did many people actually get a picture of somebody that is HAPPY or of something that makes them HAPPY? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

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

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Tamara Peterson – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
4-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
5-Alexis Baugher – 6 weeks (3)
6-Jesse Howard – 6 weeks
7-Mindi Terrell – 13 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 18 weeks (2)
9-Brandon Kahler – 38 weeks (2)
10-Linda Bennett – 42 weeks
11-Sarah Toot – 43 weeks
12-Angie DeWaard – 47 weeks
13-Dawn Krause – 51 weeks (2)
14-Kim Barker – 57 weeks
15-Joe Duff – 58 weeks
16-Logan Kahler – 60 weeks
17-Teresa Kahler – 69 weeks (2)
18-Carla Stensland – 69 weeks (2)
19-Micky Augustin – 71 weeks
20-Andy Sharp – 72 weeks (3)
21-Bill Wentworth – 73 weeks
22-Cathie Morton – 77 weeks
23-Elizabeth Nordeen – 78 weeks
24-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 80 weeks
25-Kio Dettman – 82 weeks (2)

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 401 - HAPPY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 58 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parasei (Orange City, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 72 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 79 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Rural Boone County, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MELISSA DEGENEFFE
Melissa Degeneffe (Erb Pond – Boone County, Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ALEXIS BAUGHER
Alexis Baugher (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 74 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 83 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 43 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 44 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Orange City, Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 59 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 73 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 70 weeks

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 401 - HAPPY - SHANNON  BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 81 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 14 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 61 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (West Bend, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 52 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 39 weeks


Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 78 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Roland, Iowa) – 19 weeks

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim (Brooklyn, New York) – 1 week

WEEK 400 - HAPPY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 4 weeks

34 participants! That is an amazing week! I know for sure it is the high for this calendar year and it might be the highest of all-time. I’ll have to check my records and get back to you.

Particularly exciting was first ever submissions from Nader and Melissa. I don’t expect Nader to be a regular contributor, but you never know. But with Melissa, there is some hope!

Also, Stephanie had her first submission this year. I don’t know if this will lead to regular or even irregular submissions or not. We will just wait and see.

There were no new states added to the map this week and at this point, I’m betting new states added will be an increasingly rare thing. Time will tell.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New York
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Here is the current calendar year list for states:

+ Arizona
+ Arkansas
+ California
+ Colorado
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Illinois
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ New Jersey
+ New York
+ Nevada
+ Michigan
+ Minnesota
+ Missouri
+ North Dakota
+ Ohio
+ Oklahoma
+ Pennsylvania
+ South Dakota
+ Texas
+ Utah
+ Washington D.C.
+ Wisconsin
+ Wyoming

25 states and 1 district! That is pretty impressive! Over halfway there!

The Outside of the United States map is currently:

+ British Virgin Islands
+ Mexico
+ Nassau Bahamas
+ Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I took my picture about 175 miles from my front door, so I continue to not contribute.

There was one major milestone this week! Dawn joined the 52 Week Club! One straight year of weekly submissions. Congratulations Dawn!

There were no streaks snapped!

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 402 - PARK
PARK

PARK! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what in the John Culbertson is a PARK image? Simply put, it is a picture taken in a PARK. And there are all sorts of PARKs. There are city, state, national, baseball, softball, playgrounds, nature preserves, urban, pocket, sculpture gardens, cultural… just to name a few. Of course, there is more than one definition of PARK.

While considering a possible subject for your PARK submission, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with an inspiring image.

The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

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

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 PARK in this place that I believe brings a bit of respite for some next Monday.

Pufferbilly Day 2022 – Photo Contest

This is the final collection of images from Pufferbilly Days. This collection is the behind the scenes pictures from the Photo Contest. Which for the most part went well, but there are already ideas being explored to streamline some of the process. By streamline the process, I mean find ways for me to do less work.


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

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Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2022

There is going to be a new person running Pufferbilly Days in 2023. Laura moved on to a job at the best university in all the land, so it is hard to blame her. I don’t know how that will effect that Photo Contest, but I don’t think it will much. Those might be famous last words.

I imagine many of the same people will help me again next year. But I bet there will be some new people as well. I have my eye on some of you.

I’ve kind of gotten used to using Fridays to mostly share pictures from fairs or festivals. I think next Friday I will share some pictures from a Renaissance Festival I attended back in May.

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


WEEK 371 - LINES
LINES

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

But what is LINES photo? Lines are a very powerful compositional element. The eye will naturally follow lines through the image. This is why they use of leading LINES is a very popular tool. That would be placing your subject at the end of a line in the picture. But you don’t have to just use leading LINES. Just any picture of a LINE(S) would work. Whether they lead somewhere or nowhere. Of course there are all sorts of different types of LINES. There are LINES to the bathroom (or so I’m told, I’m a man, I’ve never experienced such a thing) or LINES at a cash register. Traffic LINES. Some of us that are a little more aged even have LINES on our face. In some ways, it is practically impossible to take an in-focus picture that doesn’t include LINES.

Happy photo harvesting!