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Chickasaw and Howard County Aux – Vol. 3

No Formal Portrait Sunday this Sunday. I was in Kansas City for a good chunk of my weekend and busy the rest of it. So I didn’t want to even think about how I’m going to handle formal portraits going forward. That is clearly a decision for next Sunday. Or the Sunday after. It is hard to tell.

What I am going to share now is another collection of pictures from my road trip through Chickasaw and Howard County. All of these pictures were taken in Howard County. Lime Springs. Lidke Park. Chester. Cresco.


Howard County - Lime Springs
Lime Springs

Howard County - Lidke Park
Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Lidke Park

Howard County - Chester
Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County - Chester

Howard County

Howard County - Cresco
Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Howard County - Cresco

Believe it or not, there are still more pictures from this road trip left to share. I really like Cresco. It is on my list of towns I’d like to return to and photograph again at some point in the future.

Pufferbilly Days Parade – 2022

This year was the first year I made it to the Pufferbilly Days Parade where I wasn’t in it, since I don’t know when. At least a decade. I decided I better photograph it.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the parade:


Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

Pufferbilly Days Parade - 2022

There is generally nothing I find more boring than a parade, except for maybe fireworks. But I got enough enjoyment from going. At least from seeing the people I knew that were in it.

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


WEEK 369 - VIOLET
VIOLET

VIOLET! What a great theme for year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a VIOLET photo. It is simply any picture where the color VIOLET (or purple if you will) plays an important part of the composition. It can be a picture of something that is VIOLET. Or it can be surrounded by VIOLET. Heck, you can crack out a VIOLET filter and make everything VIOLET.

Happy photo harvesting!

Fat Mum Slim – September 2022

Another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. I have to confess that I spent some time on the struggle bus this month. I don’t know if I lost some steam or if I just want feeling some of the themes. Being sick for a few days in September didn’t help either. With that being said, I think there is still some good work in there.

Here are the September images:


September 1
September 1 – Something I Saw

September 2
September 2 – Plastic

September 3
September 3 – Paper

September 4
September 4 – Somewhere I Went

September 5
September 5 – Hobby

September 6
September 6 – Green + Blue

September 7
September 7 – Before Bed

September 8
September 8 – An Emotion

September 9
September 9 – Opposites

September 10
September 10 – I Can Hear…

September 11
September 11 – Paint

September 12
September 12 – Symmetry

September 13
September 13 – Tasty

September 14
September 14 – Odd One Out

September 15
September 15 – A Food Shop

September 16
September 16 – 12:34

September 17
September 17 – Lucky

September 18
September 18 – Car Park

September 19
September 19 – What’s on TV

September 20
September 20 – Texture

September 21
September 21 – Nature

September 22
September 22 – Tree Trunk

September 23
September 23 – Crunchy

September 24
September 24 – I Can Smell…

September 25
September 25 – Laneway

September 26
September 26 – The Moon

September 27
September 27 – Open Door

September 28
September 28 – My Culture

September 29
September 29 – Not My Style

September 30
September 30 – Sentimental

As you can tell, the woman who runs this challenge is Australian and there were some terms in there I had to look up, cause I had no clue what a laneway is.

Remember, you can follow on for my daily posts on the dedicated Instagram Account.

@fmsbennett

These are the themes for October:

1. White
2. Black
3. Green
4. Red
5. Orange
6. Blue
7. Yellow
8. Purple
9. Aqua
10. Pink
11. Grey
12. Brown
13. Pop of Colour
14. Stripes
15. Floral
16. One Colour
17. Two Colours
18. Pattern
19. Black and White
20. Rainbow
21. My Fave Colour
22. Matching
23. Natural
24. Dark
25. Light
26. Pastel
27. Bright
28. Gold
29. Fresh
30. Mellow
31. Dots

Some good ones in there. Should be a good month!

Appanoose County Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I cruised around Appanoose County harvesting their town signs. Found quite a few other things to photograph while I was there. Including, in this collection, a few outhouse pictures. I find the outhouse pictures to be poignant, moving, and funny. But some people might find them disagreeable. But they are not gross. All that being said, you have been warned.


Monroe County - Lovilia
Lovillia

Monroe County - Lovilia

Appanoose County - Moravia
Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
I’ve also read that this is a myth. More research might be needed.

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
There are 100 official Freedom Rocks, but there are a few not quite Freedom Rocks out there too.

Appanoose County - Udell
Udell – This bank still has better hours and customer service than my bank.

Appanoose County - Udell

Appanoose County - Unionville
Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville
Heart shaped!

Appanoose County - Unionville

The picture of the Buxton sign is located in Monroe County. Buxton is a fascinating bit of Iowa history. I meant to visit the Buxton ruins once, but I just didn’t trust the road. Some day soon though.

Pufferbilly Days – Car Show

I headed up to Pufferbilly Days on the Friday Night to post the People’s Choice Standings. I thought I might get a funnel cake or check out the entertainment center, but I’m not even going to front. The band in there was so bad I had to check out after 1 really bad cover of Johnny Cash. Instead I walked through the car show. I’m not really a car guy, but I do like antiques and old stuff. Also, I know a few people that do the car show circuit and thought I might run into one or two of them.

Here are some pictures from my Pufferbilly Days Friday night.


Pufferbilly Days - Friday Night

Pufferbilly Days - Friday Night

Pufferbilly Days - Friday Night

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022
The only car at the car show I could afford.

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022
This car is made out of wood.

Pufferbilly Days Car Show- 2022

I still have many more Pufferbilly Days photos to share.

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This is your reminder that this weeks’ THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PATHS:


WEEK 366 - PATHS
PATHS

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

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

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

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 359 – ODD CAMERA ANGLE

Was ODD CAMERA ANGLE oddly popular? I guess you will have to scroll down to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, July 25, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Sarah Toot – 1 week (3)
+ Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 3 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 4 weeks
+ Mary Green – 5 weeks (3)
+ Angie DeWaard – 7 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 10 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 16 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 17 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 19 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 27 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 27 weeks (2)
+ Carla Stensland – 27 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 28 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 29 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 30 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 31 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 35 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 36 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 38 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 41 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 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 2 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 2 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 4 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 6 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 8 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 11 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 17 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 18 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler 20 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 28 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 29 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 30 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 31 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 32 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 36 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 37 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 39 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 42 weeks

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – 463 weeks


26 participants! That is a pretty good week! We had submissions from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, California, Kansas, Colorado, Michigan and even Iowa this week!

There were 4 weeks that sadly were snapped though. Sarah Karber’s couldn’t extend her streak this week. Willy’s streak snapped at 2. Looks like that guy just can’t keep streaks going… Sara Lockner’s streak was snapped at 4 weeks. Just not a good week for Saras. Sarah Toot kept the pride in the name going though.

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 360 - PEOPLE
PEOPLE

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

But what is a PEOPLE picture? Well, it is simply a picture that has a PEOPLE or multiple PEOPLE in it. (Somewhere an English teacher is hanging their head so low right now.) I know. PEOPLE are vile and disgusting subjects. They are a failed species that are responsible for 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the evil on this planet. Completely susceptible to propaganda. Responsible for the complete and utter raping of our planet. Avarice. Greed. War. Genocide. Racism. Homophobia. Transphobia. Misogyny. All unique products of PEOPLE. What I’m trying to say is that in the coming war between monkeys and humans, I am hard core #TeamMonkey*. I’d like to say we’ve had a good run, but all the evidence is to the contrary.

But as bad as PEOPLE are, even they aren’t on the list of things I hate most in this world. Well they aren’t the only thing on that list. That Top 5 list goes like this:

#1. People who say “hate” is a strong word. Yeah, I know, that is why I used it.
#2. Powerlines in front of pretty churches or murals. I mean it is 2022? Why aren’t all powerlines buried?
#3. People who park in front of murals. I know there are parking spots there, doesn’t mean you have to use them.
#4. People who are living their own life and getting in my shots, like their world doesn’t revolve around me.
#5. The open faced sandwich. Makes no sense. Shouldn’t exist.

But even I have PEOPLE I like. If you are reading this, you are one of my PEOPLE. Or dare I say, one of my peeps? I will put in a good word for you with our soon to be monkey overlords.

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

I love mankind… it’s people I can’t stand!!!
-Charles M. Schulz

I look forward to 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 PEOPLE in this place that is made for humans by humans next Monday.

* The war has already started. Look into the Japanese monkeys that are already out there stealing babies.

Osceola County Aux – Vol. 3

Time for the final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Osceola County. This trip was cut short in Lyon County while harvesting their town signs due to inclement weather. So many of the signs in this collection were taken in Lyon County and a few were taken in Clay County. I believe this is also the trip where I hit a pheasant. People think I hate cats. They are worthless, yes, but I don’t hate them. Pheasants, I hate. They are probably, truly, the only animal in the world I actually hate. Unless you count the failed species known as humans. But I even like some humans. Pheasants, don’t like a single one.


Lyon County - Little Rock
Little Rock

Lyon County - Little Rock

Lyon County - Little Rock

Lyon County - Rock Rapids
Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - Rock Rapids

Lyon County - George
George

Lyon County - George

Lyon County - George

Lyon County - George

Osceola County - Ashton
Ashton

Osceola County - Ashton

Osceola County - Melvin
Melvin – I’ve stared at the mural for a bit. I can’t figure it out.

Osceola County - Melvin

Clay County - Dickens
Dickens

Clay County - Gillet Grove
Gillet Grove

Clay County - Gillet Grove

I love the murals in Rock Rapids. I would rank it as a Top 3 town in Iowa for murals. It is up there with Creston and Le Mars, I haven’t shared the Le Mars murals yet. I went back through Rock Rapids at a later date and photographed their murals again.

In fact, the next time we hit the open road to share some auxiliary images, we will share images from Clay and Lyon County.

Osceola County Aux – Vol. 1

I have big news! Big, big news! I would say news of a comeback, but don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years. Rockin’ my peers. Puttin’ suckers in fear. Makin’ the tears rain down like a monsoon. Listen to the bass go boom.

What I’m trying to say is for the first time since 2019, Baby Got Rack is dusting off their fedoras. Putting on their Hawaiian shirts and competing in the rough world of competitive barbecue! How do you like me now!


Baby Got Rack - 2019 - iowa State Fair

We will competing at the Boone County Fair this Saturday! So you should probably figure out a way to get there. And try some award winning barbecue, cause I can’t promise it won’t be another 3 years before Baby Got Rack is in full effect again.

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A few months back I went up to Osceola County to harvest their town signs. It was a trip that ended with me calling it a day prematurely because I ran into some sever weather. I originally intended to also harvest the town signs of Lyon County, but weather.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from the trip. Many of these taken in Clay County.


Clay County - Greenville
Greenville

Clay County- Royal
Royal

Clay County- Royal

Clay County - Everly
Everly

Osceola County - May City
May City

Osceola County - May City

Osceola County - May City

Osceola County

Osceola County - Harris
Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Harris

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound
Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County - Ocheyedan Mound

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

Osceola County

One thing I’ve discovered one these trips is that if you want to leave a legacy behind after you die, create bizarre art in a small town.

Ocheyedan Mound was long thought to be the highest point in Iowa, but then Hawkeye Point was discovered a few miles away. That being said, Ocheyedan Mound is more impressive looking. But Hawkeye Point is more touristy.

There are still several images left to share from this trip.

WPC – WEEK 334 – JUNK

JUNK has not proved to be a fairly popular theme.

Heading into the 5th week of Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, the following streaks were active:

+ Mike Vest – 1 week
+ Dawn Krause – 1 week
+ Joe Duff – 2 weeks
+ Layla Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 2 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 2 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 2 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 3 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 4 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 4 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 4 weeks
+ Evie Gorshe – 5 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 5 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 6 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 10 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 11 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 13 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 13 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 16 weeks

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 334 - JUNK - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 12 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 6 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 3 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 17 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 334 - JUNK - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 7 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 334 - JUNK - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 3 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 3 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 4 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 14 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 2 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK -BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 5 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (Assist by Beck)

WEEK 334 - JUNK - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 3 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 3 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 11 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 2 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 5 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 5 weeks

WEEK 334 - JUNK - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 14 weeks


22 submissions from 21 participants! That is a good week!

Only 2 streaks were broke this week. Layla had a streak of 2 weeks snapped and Evie had a streak of 5 weeks snapped. Their Mom picked up the slack though by hopefully starting out a new streak this week.

The current top streaks:

#1. Kio – 17 weeks
#2. Kim – 14 weeks
#2. Shannon – 14 weeks
#4. Elizabeth – 12 weeks
#5. Cathie – 11 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 335 - BELIEVE
BELIEVE

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

I’m going to be 100% transparent on this theme. It is 100% inspired by TED LASSO. Let’s face it, if you aren’t watching TED LASSO, then you are watching television wrong! You better do something about it. Like start watching TED LASSO!

All of that being said, what is a BELIEVE image. While on the surface, this seems like a very abstract, conceptual streak killing theme, it is really quite simple. All you have to do is take a picture of something you BELIEVE in. BELIEVE in Jesus? Take a picture that reflects your Christian faith. Or whatever religion you practice. BELIEVE in your favorite sports team. Take a picture that reflects your rooting interests. BELIEVE that education is the foundation of a successful life, take a picture of that. BELIEVE in your children? BELIEVE in gravity? BELIEVE the world is flat? If you think about it, you BELIEVE in a lot of things.

While considering the possible subjects for your BELIEVE image, meditate on the following quote from a speech my man Ted Lasso gave in Season 1 Episode 10:

I’ve been hearing this phrase y’all got over here that I ain’t too crazy about. “It’s the hope that kills you.” Y’all know that? I disagree, you know? I think it’s the lack of hope that comes and gets you. See, I believe in hope. I believe in belief. Now, where I’m from, we got a saying too. A question, actually. “Do you believe in miracles?”
– Ted Lasso

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 our idea of BELIEF in this place that is little more than a collection of my beliefs next Monday.

Monona County Auxiliary Images

A few weeks back a tooled around Monona County and part of Harrison County harvesting town signs. Here is a collection of the auxiliary images I took on that trip:


Monona County - Ute
The correct color tractor.

Monona County - Whiting
Restaurant & Malt Shop. Goodtime Charlie indeed!

Monona County - Whiting
They don’t make numbers high enough to count the number of drunk people that would hit this thing if it was in Boone.

Monona County - Whiting

Lewis and Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park

Monona County - Onawa
Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa

Monona County - Onawa
Onawa claims to have the widest main street in America. 150 feet wide. Eskimo pie was also born here.

Monona County - Turin
Turin

Monona County - Castana
Castana

Monona County - Castana

Monona County - Castana

Monona County - Castana

Monona County - Castana

Monona County - Castana

Monona County - Turin
Turin, again.

Monona County - Turin

Monona County - Turin

Monona County - Blencoe
Blencoe

Harrison County - River Sioux
River Sioux

Harrison County - Little Sioux
Little Sioux

Harrison County - Little Sioux

Harrison County - Loess Hills

Harrison County - Pisgah
Pisgah

Harrison County - Loess Hills

Here is a little more information on the Turin Man from clio.com:

In 1955, a skeleton was discovered in a gravel pit near Turin, Iowa. Experts first proposed that these remains were about 10,000 years old, going back to the “early people” of the ice age era. As archaeologists continued to excavate, they found in succession three more human skeletons. After months of rigorous reconstruction of the remains and scientific testing, experts concluded that the skeletons were likely a family unit about 6,000 years old. The site provided evidence of prehistoric burial practices with many similarities to ancient burials found throughout the eastern United States. The skeletons found here in Turin were the oldest human remains discovered in the state until August of 2011, when archaeologists excavated a 7,000 year old village in Des Moines.

Next set of auxiliary images we will peek at are from Shelby and Mills counties.