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Jayton – Volume 9

It is another Formal Portrait Sunday. This is the second to last collection of images from Jayton’s two Senior Picture Photo Shoots.

This collection features some pictures with his dog. They are bittersweet because Jayton’s dog passed away shortly after these pictures were taken.


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Next Sunday will be the final collection of images from the 2021 Howard Family Photo Shoot. Almost caught up with all of my Formal Portraits. In a month or so, we might be saying goodbye to Formal Portrait Sunday.

Pufferbilly Days Dog Show

Another Pufferbilly Days event that I photographed was the Pufferbilly Days Dog Show. Technically, it is a pet show, but the only pets that show up are dogs. I mean, it is pretty obvious why nobody enters a cat, but I would think that somebody would enter a guinea pig or a hamster or a rat or a snake or a bearded lizard or a tarantula or a tortoise or a turtle or a fish or something. Makes me want to go buy a tarantula just to enter it. But I can’t. I’m the events official photographer. It is the sacrifice that I make. Maybe next year somebody will enter a tarantula.

Here are some pictures from the Pufferbilly Days Dog Show:


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I look forward to the 2023 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show. Hopefully there will be plenty of spiders and lizards!

There are still plenty more Pufferbilly Days event photos left to share.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is COLORFUL.


WEEK 364 - COLORFUL
COLORFUL

REMINDER IS LABOR DAY. WHILE SCHOOLS AND BANKS AND GOVERMENTS TAKE THE DAY OFF, THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139! I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING ON THAT DAY, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE I WON’T BE IN A POSITION TO REMIND ANYBODY ABOUT SUBMITTING. PLAN YOUR SUBMISSION ACCORDINGLY AND DON’T LET YOUR STREAK GET SNAPPED CAUSE YOU ARE A BANKER OR GOVERNMENT WORKER THAT GETS THE DAY OFF AND YOU GOT LOST IN WATCHING NETFLIX OR TAKING YOUR BOAT TO THE LAKE OR WHATEVER NORMAL PEOPLE DO ON LABOR DAY. MOSTLY MOURN THE END OF SUMMER I BELIEVE.

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

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

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

Happy photo harvesting!

Sorrow and Gladness 2022 – Vol. 3

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
-Saadi

This is a quote attributed to the Persian poet Saadi Shirazi. He was a Persian poet that lived in the 13th century. I have tried to find the original context of this quote, but have failed miserably. It doesn’t seem to be from any of his most famous writings. Which makes me think there is a chance he never actually said it. But whomever said it, it is the perfect quote to discover roses and grief.

Here are the rest of the rose pictures I took in State Center:


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I’m already looking forward to visiting the State Center Rose Garden again in 2023. Maybe make a stop at the new restaurant in Colo on the way back. Or not.

Sorrow and Gladness 2022 – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images I took at the State Center Rose Garden back on June 18. It is one of my favorite flower gardens in Iowa. I definitely try to hit it every year. It was part of a full day of photography. I started at State Center. Then I dropped off my entries for the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Then I went to watch Nathanial’s team compete in the Red Bull Soap Box Derby. Then I concluded the day with taking pictures of Alexis’ family.

Here are more rose pictures:


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Still one more collection of pictures from this set left to share.

Fat Mum Slim – July 2022

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

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


July 1
July 1 – Reflection

July 2
July 2 – Letters

July 3
July 3 – Human

July 4
July 4 – I’m Working On This…

July 5
July 5 – Wall

July 6
July 6 – Bright Colours

July 7
July 7 – A Fave Place

July 8
July 8 – Out of Focus

July 9
July 9 – A Boomerang

July 10
July 10 – Behind Someone

July 11
July 11 – Interior

July 12
July 12 – Exterior

July 13
July 13 – Life

July 14
July 14 – Create A Postcard

July 15
July 15 – Where I Stood

July 16
July 16 – Pattern

July 17
July 17 – Water

July 18
July 18 – Street Photography

July 19
July 19 – A Cylinder

July 20
July 20 – Hug

July 21
July 21 – A Church

July 22
July 22 – Current Interest

July 23
July 23 – Still Life

July 24
July 24 – A Metaphor

July 25
July 25 – Beauty

July 26
July 26 – Beauty

July 27
July 27 – Countryside

July 28
July 28 – An Old Car

JULY 29
July 29 – Black and White

July 30
July 30 – Happy Days


July 31 – Sunday Morning

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

Here are the August prompts:

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

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

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

@fmsbennett

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

WPC – WEEK 358 – WILD

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


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

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

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

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

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

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

What is the Mandela Effect?

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

Here is the most famous example:

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

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

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

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


WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 5 weeks

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Mary Green

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Toot

WEEK 357 - WILD - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

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

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Tamara Peterson

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

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

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

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Kio Dettman

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Kio Dettman

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Kio Dettman

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

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

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

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Micky Augustin

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

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

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

WEEK 357 - WILD - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 358 - WILD - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

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

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

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

WEEK 358 - WILD - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings

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

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

26 participants! A great week!

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the current top streaks:

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

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


WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing the interpretations.

RULES

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

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

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of ODD CAMERA ANGLE in this place that is my crooked look at the world next Monday.

Baby Got Rack – Boone County Fair Prep

On Saturday Baby Got Rack competed in the Boone County Fair Barbecue Competition. The Iowa Farm Bureau Cook-out is the technical name I believe.

The bad news is that we were definitely rusty. In fact, it might have been the worst performance in Baby Got Rack’s storied career.

The good news is that we did win the Combination Category, so we will be moving on to compete in the Iowa State Fair.

The Thursday before we competed, we got together at the Baby Got Rack Test Kitchen and prepped for the coming competition. Here are some pictures of the prep work:


Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Baby Got Rack 2022 - Boone County Fair Prep

Pictures from the day of the competition day will be coming in the near future.

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


WEEK 358 - WILD
WILD

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

But what is a WILD image? A WILD image is simply a picture of something that isn’t domesticated. Something that is out in nature. A WILDflower. A WILD animal. Such as (in this neck of the woods) a squirrel or a bunny or a bird or a deer or (if you are super lucky) a snake. Any trip into the WILDerness should provide you ample WILD photo opportunities. Lichens and fungus and just all sorts of things that exist, without the aid of man.

Remember, there is also more than one definition of the word WILD!

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 357 – WORK

WORK sure can be a lot of WORK. But how many people put in the WORK of getting a WORK photo? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 11, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Suzie Brannen – 1 week
+ Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
+ Monica Jennings – 1 week
+ Brandon Kahler – 1 week
+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 3 weeks
+ Mary Green – 3 weeks (2)
+ Angie DeWaard – 5 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 8 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 14 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 15 weeks (2)
+ Logan Kahler – 17 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 25 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 25 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 25 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 26 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 27 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 28 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 29 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 33 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 34 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 36 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 39 weeks (4)

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


WEEK 357 - WILD - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 15 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 16 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 29 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 28 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 6 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 34 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 40 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 357 - WILD - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

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

WEEK 357 - WILD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 11 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 357 - WILD - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks

WEEK 357 - WILD - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 9 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 357 - WORK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WORK - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 4 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 357 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 18 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 357 - WORK - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 26 weeks

WEEK 357 - WORK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

27 participants! That is a great week!

This week’s milestones were pretty major. Teresa and Tamara and Carla all reached reached the Half-Year Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all good news. Brandon couldn’t build on his 1 week streak, but he claims he will cook up something good for this week.

Here are the current top streaks:

Here are the current streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 26 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 26 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 26 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 27 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 28 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 29 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 30 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 34 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 35 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 37 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 40 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 358 - WILD
WILD

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

But what is a WILD image? A WILD image is simply a picture of something that isn’t domesticated. Something that is out in nature. A WILDflower. A WILD animal. Such as (in this neck of the woods) a squirrel or a bunny or a bird or a deer or (if you are super lucky) a snake. Any trip into the WILDerness should provide you ample WILD photo opportunities. Lichens and fungus and just all sorts of things that exist, without the aid of man.

Remember, there is also more than one definition of the word WILD!

While thinking on possible subjects for your WILD picture, meditate on the following quote:

It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.
-Cheryl Strayed

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

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

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

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

Miami Beach – Day 5 – A7II – Uno

Trending back to Day 5 of my Computer Mine trip to Miami Beach. This was the only day I got to do much photography. We actually left the convention center at a decent time. We had an appetizer party hosted by the sales team that I attended, but then I snuck out early cause I wanted to go to the botanical garden. Unfortunately, when I got there it was closed for the day. However, I did go visit the Holocaust Memorial that was right next to the botanical garden. Here are some pictures from that walkabout:


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

One more collection of photos from this trip still left to share.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SELF-PORTRAIT:


WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT

But what is a SELF-PORTRAIT? Please don’t play coy. It is simply a portrait of one’s self. Now a SELF-PORTRAIT doesn’t necessarily have to be a picture of your face. It could be of your hands or feet or whatever body part. It doesn’t even have to include you at all. It can be a picture of something that is uniquely you. For example Wily keeps pretty much every pair of running shoes he has ever had. He has maybe an excess of 100. A picture of his running shoes with or without his feet in them would be a SELF-PORTRAIT. OR you could even take a picture of somebody taking a SELF-PORTRAIT.

Happy photo harvesting!

Four Thousand Five Hundred

It has been 5,795 days since August 9, 2006. 5,795 days since I first took keyboard in hand and started the blog portion of the Photography 139 website. The portion I pompously named “An Artist’s Notebook”. The part I started with the words:

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

Over the years this website has transitioned less from an “idea box” and more into a “show and tell”. I keep my idea box more private these days. I didn’t even publish a picture on “An Artist’s Notebook” for months.

In fact, it wouldn’t be until October 20, 2006 that a blog post included an image. This image to be exact:


Groundhog Steve

It is a picture of “Steve” the Groundhog that lived behind the Computer Mine for years.

While the format and what has posted on An Artist’s Notebook has changed several times over the years, its main goals of “actually writing in it”, “being truthful as possible”, and of course the goal of having produced something worthy as being as “pretentious sounding as An Artist’s Notebook” have remained intact.

On these periodic check-ins I like to overwhelm those that stick around this long with a ton of meaningless statistics. Today’s post should be no different. Every post in “An Artist’s Notebook” is tagged with at least one Category. It is one of the easiest ways to navigate around the website. They are listed at the top of each post. Here are some statistics about Categories:

The Top 10 (Most Used) Categories (Rank in Post #4250 & Increase since then):
9. WPC-Submissions – 455 (#9 – +38)
9. Teresa – 455 (NR)
8. Carla – 476 (#7 – +41)
7. Road Trip – 477 (NR)
6. Shannon – 500 (#5 – +42)
5. Art – 506 (#10 – +92)
4. Jesse – 579 (#4 – +50)
3. Animals – 698 (#3 – +33)
2. Flowers – 819 (#2 – +65)
1. Black and White – 918 (#1 – +99)

Top 10 Non Human Categories:
10. Formal Portrait – 381 (NR)
9. Nature – 396 (#9 – +17)
8. Portrait – 435 (#4 – -15)
7. Macro – 441 (#8 – +51)
6. WPC – Submissions – 455 (#5 – +38)
5. Road Trip – 477 (#7 – +83)
4. Art – 506 (#6 – +92)
3. Animals – 698 (#3 – +33)
2. Flowers – 819 (#2 – +65)
1. Black and White – 918 (#1 – +99)

Top 10 Human Categories:
10. Jen – 286 (#9 – +9)
9. Vest – 294 (#10 – +20
8. Kim – 297 (NR)
7. Derrick – 320 (#7 – +9)
6. Jay – 337 (#6 – +8)
5. Mom – 453 (#4 – +31)
4. Teresa – 455 (#5 – +50)
3. Carla – 476 (#3 – +41)
2. Shannon – 500 (#2 – +42)
1. Jesse – 579 (#1 – +50)

If you have spent any time on the Photography 139 website, you know that on the left sidebar, the “Top 100 Categories” are listed. I thought I would give a little bit of coverage to the Bottom 10 of the Top 100. There are currently 194 categories used on the website. I could cover the Bottom 10, but they are mostly people that either very recently came into my life by birth (Dahlia, Anela) or another way. Or people that I thought would be a bigger part of my life and then weren’t. No need to cover those people. The Category that is #194 probably needs to be purged.

The Bottom 10 of the Top 100:

#100. Jaycees – 65
#99. Vacation – 67
#98. Mark – 69
#97. Commercial – 72
#95. Pastor Sarah – 74
#95. Life – 74
#94. Andree – 75
#93. Lowell – 77
#92. Photo Journal – 79
#91. Birthdays – 80

Some of these are bound to slip out of the Top 100. For example, there will never be another Jaycees post. Ever. I also apparently don’t take many vacations. Mark, not really part of my life any more. Life, is a broad category that I’ve tried to eliminate over the years. Photo Journal, a project I have completed, so there will never be another post on that. Birthdays, I currently don’t wish people “happy birthday”, but maybe I will again someday.

So what has a shot at cracking the Top 100? These are the 5 that are the closest.

+ Self-Portrait Project
+ Dae Hee
+ Kelly
+ Layla
+ FNSC

So, you might be wondering, how do you improve your Photography 139 score?

The easiest way is simple. Participate in THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. You don’t even have to be around me and most people will tell you that being around me isn’t all that great. I mean look at Shannon. She is still #2 on the Big Board and I haven’t seen her in person since October 22, 2021. It can be done!

Other ways to increase your score:
+ Act as a Photo Assistant
+ Show up in THE SELFIE PROJECT
+ Go on TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trips with me… that one to Scott County is going to be epic!
+ An underated way is to assist with the FatMumSlim Photo a Day Project.
+ Doesn’t hurt to be related to me, but most of those slots are taken.
+ Doesn’t hurt to work with me, go to the same church as me, or otherwise engage me socially.

That is probably enough Category nonsense. I bet at least Joe is still here with me though.

“An Artist’s Notebook” is part of Photography 139. The 139 comes from Psalm 139:1-12. The Photography part comes from this website is supposed to be filled with photography. So, what are the most popular photo galleries on the Photography 139 website? Glad you asked:

TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY 139 PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERIES (LAST 365 DAYS)

To View the Gallery, Click on its Representative Image
Loess Hills Road Trip
10. Iowa – 35,595 Views

9 Emotions Project - Nader Parsaei
9. 9 Emotions Project – 69,259 Views

WEEK 311 - PEOPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
8. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 8 – 74,730 Views

WEEK 343 - GRATITUDE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
7. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 9 – 77,929 Views

Day 134 - May 14, 2022
6. SELFIE PROJECT – 2022 – 84,763 Views

Alexis Pregnant with Anela
5. Alexis Pregnancy Photo Shoot – 2020 – 95,358 Views

Abandoned Photomosaic
4. Christopher D. Bennett – 104,433 Views

Shelby County - Elk Horn
3. Town Sign Project – Auxiliary Images – 108,873 Views

Day 282 - October 9, 2021
2. Selfie Project – 2021 – 120,185 Views

Bradgate, Iowa
1. Town Sign Project – 176,664 Views

At post 4,250 these were the 5 most popular galleries:
5. Gorshe Family
4. Town Sign Project
3. Weekly Photo Challenge – Year 8
2. Selfie Project – 2021
1. Alexis Pregnancy Photo Shoot – 2020

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

Top 10 Photography 139 Images

Coon Rapids, Iowa
10. Coon Rapids, Iowa – 2,319 Views

Pufferbilly Days
9. Carla and Teresa – 2,379 Views

Dexter, Iowa
8. Dexter, Iowa – 2,426 Views

Scranton, Iowa
7. Scranton, Iowa – 2,484 Views

Moingona, Iowa
6. Moingona, Iowa – 2,770 Views

Howards - 2021
5. The Howards – 2,842 Views

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
4. Miami – 2,920 Views

Alexis Pregnant with Anela
3. Alexis Pregnant – 3,458 Views

Day 73 - March 13, 2021
2. Me and Mom – 4,134 Views

Day 30 - January 30, 2022
1. Bellevue – 14,629 Views

The final statistic I want to share with everybody before riding off into the sunset and not boring you with these statistics for another 250 posts is the 5 people with the highest Photography Subscriber Loyalty Scores.

Top 5 Photography 139 Loyalty Scores
5. Frank Meiners – 97.0%
4. Michelle Haupt – 98.6%
3. Angie DeWaard – 99.5%
2. Joe Duff – 99.7%
1. Mary Green – 100.0%

People right outside the Top 5:
+ Linda Bennett
+ Tamara Peterson
+ Jeannette Duff

To be honest, I don’t know how this number is figured. I believe it is the percentage of emails from the subscriber list that you open within the first 24 hours of getting an email from me, but but I really don’t know if we are being honest. But thanks for doing what it is you are doing!

I think that is enough. Here is to the next 4,500 posts!