Category Archives: Black & White

Pottawattamie and Harrison County Aux – Vol. 2

Here is the rest of the collection of pictures from my trip harvesting the town signs of Pottawattamie County and Harrison County. All of these were taken in Harrison County.


Harrison County - Modale
Modale

Harrison County - Modale

Harrison County - Mondamin
Mondamin

Harrison County - Magnolia
Magnolia

Harrison County - Magnolia

Harrison County - Logan
Logan

Harrison County - Logan

Harrison County - Logan

Harrison County - Logan

Harrison County - Woodbine
Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine
There used to be a Dairy Sweet in Boone in my youth. I know they aren’t connected, but I like to pretend they are.

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

Harrison County - Woodbine

The art scene in Woodbine is greatly underrated. It is a town I would like to go back and photograph in greater depth at some point. Possibly Missouri Valley as well. They have a train ride I’d like to visit someday too.

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


WEEK 350 - HISTORY
HISTORY

WARNING: NEXT MONDAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE THE BANKS AND THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE TAKING THE DAY OFF, THERE ARE NO DAYS OFF FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 139. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! YOU MIGHT BE OUT DOING HOLIDAY TYPE THINGS. THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS TO SEND ME YOUR SUBMISSION. I ALSO MIGHT NOT BE IN POSITION TO SEND OUT ANY REMINDERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

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

But what is a HISTORY picture? A HISTORY picture is simply any picture that deals with a HISTORI(Y)cal artifact. Could be something found in a museum. It could be something found on the side of the road. It could be an old church or an old building. It could be living history. It doesn’t have to be anything as grand as the spot where a President of the United States spoke. It doesn’t have to be political HISTORY or military HISTORY or religious HISTORY. It could very easily be personal HISTORY or family HISTORY.

Happy photo harvesting!

Kyle – Volume 6

It is another Formal Portrait Sunday. It is another time to share some pictures from Kyle’s Fall Photo Shoot. Kyle’s open house was yesterday, but unfortunately, I missed it because I was in Miami. Sucks that I missed it because sounds like there was going to be an impressive spread of food there. Also, Kyle’s a good egg. Sounds like he is taking a bunch of scholarship money and going to DMACC to get his general education credits out of the way while he figures out what he wants to concentrate on. Seems like a good plan to me.

Here are some more Kyle pictures:


Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Kyle Sharp

Next Sunday’s formal portraits will involve Jayton’s Summer Photo Shoot.

Clinton County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

Time for another collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Clinton County and the southern part of Jackson County. All of these pictures were taken in Jackson County.


Jackson County - Sabula
Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Jackson County - Sabula

Clinton County
Miles

Clinton County

Clinton County

Clinton County

Clinton County

Clinton County

Jackson County

Jackson County - Spragueville
Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

Jackson County - Spragueville

There is one more collection of images coming from this road trip.

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


WEEK 349 - HAT
HAT

A HAT picture is just a picture that features a hat somewhere in the composition.

Don’t forget that I won’t be in a position to remind people to submit their images on Monday morning. Going to have to be some self-reliance going on here. Hopefully a ton of streaks don’t bite the dust.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 348 – SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE got more results than I am expected. You people have impressed me!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Linda Bennett – 1 week
+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 3 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 5 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 5 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 5 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 6 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 6 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 7 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 8 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 8 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 16 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 16 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 16 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 18 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 19 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 20 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 24 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 25 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 27 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 30 weeks

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 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings – 9 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Jennings

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 26 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 7 weeks
View from “The Mount” of several harden by Hermann Park in Houston

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
“Inside the Octopus”. The main ballroom of the Octopus where countless Christmas parties, summer socials, and special evets were held.

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff
TPC Group “Octopus”, built 1959. An octagonal building with ballroom and meeting facilities. Built by employees from wood harvested on site.

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 19 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 1 week

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 31 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - WILLIAM MCALPINE
William McAlpine – 1 week

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 21 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CHRISTOHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 28 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennet – 2 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 4 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 25 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 8 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 9 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 20 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 17 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 6 weeks

WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

31 submissions from 24 participants! That is a great week! Better than I expected, considering the extra rule for this week. Don’t worry none of the remaining Year 9 themes have a bonus rule.

Also, the following people earned this week’s bonus points by submitting a black & white image:
+ Teresa Kahler
+ Monica Jennings – 1 out of 3 anyways
+ Joe Duff – 1 out of 3 anyways
+ Mary Green
+ Kio Dettman
+ Linda Bennett
+ Angie DeWaard
+ Suzie Brannen
+ Logan Kahler
+ Andy Sharp

Be sure to check your mailbox, those bonus points should be arriving any day now.

This was an exciting week for new participants. Mary Green participating for the first time ever. As did William McAlpine. Willy’s submission came all the way from Portugal!

Also you may have noticed a couple name changes from a couple of the participants. I wonder what that means? Congratulations is what is means!

But it wasn’t all good news. 2 streaks did bite the dust. Jen’s two week streak. Gone. Dawn’s 6 week streak. Poof. I have no doubt they will be back with great submissions again in the future!

Here are the current top streaks:

9. Teresa Kahler – 17 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 17 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 17 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 19 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 20 weeks
5. Bill Wentworth – 21 weeks
4. Cathie Morton – 25 weeks
3. Elizabeth Nordeen – 26 weeks
2. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 28 weeks
1. Kio Dettman – 31 weeks

Congratulations to Elizabeth as her submissions (all the way from Florida) made her the third person to have a streak extend for half of a year! 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 349 - HAT
HAT

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

But what exactly is a HAT photo? It is very simple. Just any picture that features a HAT in the image works. There are all sorts of hats out there ranging from fedoras to beanies to fedoras to bucket hats to fedoras to baseball caps to fedoras. Did I mention fedoras?

There is a warning on this theme though:

NEXT MONDAY I WILL NOT BE IN ANY POSITION TO SEND OUT ANY KIND OF REMINDERS. YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON YOUR OWN ON THIS ONE.

While considering subjects for your HAT image, mediate on the following quote:

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
-Henry David Thoureau

I look forward to seeing your 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 HAT in this place where I hang many of my hats next Monday.

Monroe and Mahaska County Auxiliary Images Vol. 3

I promised you more information about the Great Pyramids of Iowa. Here is information from a Des Moines Register article titled: “Pyramids? Haunted angels? These are 6 of Iowa’s oddest graveyards to visit before you die.:

Three small Egyptian-style pyramids at the back of Hickory Grove Cemetery near Avery are the lone remnant of one man’s unrealized dream to be entombed inside one.

According to local records, their construction was commissioned in 1939 by newspaper publisher Axel Peterson, when he was 70 years old. Peterson’s plan was that, when he died, he and his friend, Anton Heymooler, would be placed inside, seated and facing each other with his printing press between them.

The pyramids were built, but neither Peterson nor Heymooler were buried inside. Peterson died at age 78 and was instead buried in nearby Cuba Cemetery. But the pyramids remain at Hickory Grove to this day.

Here are the rest of the pictures from this trip:



Lovilia


Cedar


Rose Hill


Keomah Village


Albia


The next time we hit the open road to look at auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will hit Clinton County.

Monroe and Mahaska County Auxiliary Images Vol. 2

Time for another collection of auxiliary images from a road trip I took with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Monroe and Mahaska County. Almost all these pictures are taken in Albia or near Albia. The near Albia pictures are taken at what I think is the coolest veteran memorial I have ever seen in Iowa.


Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Avery
Great Pyramids of Iowa

Monroe County - Avery

I will get more into the history of the Great Pyramids of Iowa when I share the rest of these images tomorrow night.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SLICE OF LIFE:


WEEK 348 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a SLICE OF LIFE photo? It might not be what you think. Hence this week’s special rule. SLICE OF LIFE is a reference to the photo postcard company that my Dad created. That is why (and here is the special rule) this week, the theme is NOT up for interpretation. This week’s theme is to take a picture that you could see used as a postcard. That is the only interpretation available to you.

Some of you might not live in a tourist hotbed like Boone, Iowa (no seriously, Boone has lots of tourist attractions from Pufferbilly Days to the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace to Ledge State Park to the Boone Speedway to name a few) but there is certainly something in your town that you could see put on a postcard. For those of you that are under the age of 40 you may have to ask an elder what a postcard is, but I’m sure they will be happy to tell you all about it. And also other amazing things that happened in the 80s or 70s or before.

To give you another few examples of postcards. Here are a few postcards that my Dad made that I hastily scanned this morning:

Slice of Life Postcard

Slice of Life Postcard

Slice of Life Postcard

Slice of Life Postcard

When you look at these postcards, remember that these were made in a darkroom. With film! Quite a bit harder than dragging and dumping layers in Photoshop.

So remember, it has to be the kind of image you would see on a postcard. Not a picture of your pet or your kid and then saying, this is a “slice of my life”. That doesn’t qualify this week.

Do I expect this to possibly be a streak killer for many people? Maybe.

BONUS: If you want to go the extra mile, this isn’t a requirement, you can take your image in black & white as my Dad’s postcards were black & white.

DOUBLE BONUS: For this theme and this theme only, if you include some kind of description of your postcard scene, I will include it in the “An Artist’s Notebook” post on Monday.

Happy photo harvesting!

Monroe and Mahaska County Auxiliary Images Vol. 1

A long, long time ago when I revealed the towns signs of Monroe County I pointed out that the town of Melrose, Iowa had a memorial up in their town park to honor the 1936-37 Melrose Shamrocks boys basketball team. A team that the Des Moines Register honored as the best team in the first 100 years of Iowa boys basketball in 2012.

Kio took great offense to this and sent me the following email:

Some of what Melrose claims about their championship basketball team might be a bit of blarney. I have to stick up for the Boone High Boys State Basketball 1931 State Champions. Although I’m not completely impartial, my Dad was the captain of that team, it had a legitimate star at all positions. Also worth noting, there were no classes or divisions in high school basketball in those days. All the teams in the state were lumped together. So if you won the state championship, you were truly the best team in the state. I always add this footnote when talking on this topic. Although Boone hasn’t won a state basketball tournament championship since 1931, no one would have been prouder to see his team’s record beaten than my Dad.

While Kio is clearly prejudiced, I think it is fair to reveal why the Melrose Shamrocks are considered the best boys basketball team in the first 100 years of Iowa boys basketball.

Here are some facts about them:
+ Melrose was the smallest school to ever win a single-class state basketball title in Iowa. Enrollment was 66. They beat Marshalltown in the championship game. A school with an enrollment of 1,077.
+ Melrose was the first team to go undefeated in state history. Going 33-0. They defeated undefeated Rolfe (29-0) in the semifinal game. They beat them 29-13.
+ Their 35-17 win over Marshalltown was the largest margin of victory in the championship game up until that point.
+ Played their home games in an opera house because they didn’t have a gym. The court measured 30 feet by 40 to 45 feet. Why 40 to 45 feet? One of corners of the playing floor featured a wood stove that heated the building and was blocked off so players didn’t run into it. A standard basketball court is 50 feet by 94 feet.
+ “Many of the players on the Melrose basketball team wanted to fit in with the “big city” crowd of Des Moines. In the fashion of the day, they slicked back their hair with Rose Hair Oil. Rose Hair Oil was inexpensive (“about 15 cents per gallon,” according to Walt O’Connor), so they apparently used lots of it. The oil also had a nice smell to it.

While this was fine before the tournament started, it gave the team trouble in their first game against Geneseo. During the game, the hair oil went from their hair to their hands to the ball. As Walt O’Connor recalled, “We started perspiring and wiping our heads to get the hair out of our eyes, and the first thing you knew, the referee couldn’t hold the ball.” After having trouble handling the ball in the first half, the players washed out their hair at half time. Better ball handling in the second half helped them to win the game, 35 – 34. After almost letting the first game of the tournament slip their grasp, Melrose stopped using the hair oil in the later games.”

Some of this information is taken from the Melrose website article on the team:

1937 Melrose Shamrocks

All of that being said, the Ames High team featuring Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermott would have beaten this team by at least 20 points. They did win 53 games in a row.

Here is the first collection of the auxiliary images from a road trip I took to Monroe and Mahaska County with Teresa.


Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Melrose

Monroe County - Georgetown
Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown

Monroe County - Georgetown
Albia

Monroe County - Albia

Monroe County - Albia

There are still two more collections of images to share from this road trip.

The Best Way to Find Yourself

Many of my post titles come from the titles of songs or from quotes. I don’t usually reveal the source of the post title, because I hope that the reader thinks on it for at least half a second.

To share how I get to where I get, so you can get a small inkling on how my mind walks around this planet, I thought I would share how today’s title came about.

The pictures I am sharing today were taken near Lost Lake in Ledges last November. One of them you have seen before because it is the September image of the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

Because they were taken near LOST lake, the basis of the title is from the following words about being lost:

Sometimes being lost is the best way to find yourself.
-LJ Vanier

Here are some pictures that helped me find myself:


Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake
Can anybody figure out what this says?

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake

A quick thought on graffiti. I am a big fan of graffiti. One of the things I like about living in a railroad town (besides it provides jobs to a few of my friends) is because every day when the trains roll through town it is like a mobile museum. Now much of the art isn’t great, but usually I see at least one thing that I enjoy. In fact, when I work at the Ames Computer Mine, I frequently head down 17 and then take Old 30 into Boone, even though it takes longer, just to check out the graffiti on the parked railroad cars that are usually by the Jordan elevator.

With all of that being said, I can’t stand graffiti in nature. The sayings here that are drawn in this with chalk or a media that will quickly fade away. I’m cool with that. But using spray paint. I’m not down. Tag up a railroad car or the side of a building or a bridge. I’m down with that.

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


WEEK 346 - #INSTAGOOD
#INSTAGOOD

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

But what is a #INSTAGOOD picture? #INSTAGOOD is the second most popular hashtag used on Instagram. As of this morning, it has been used on Instagram 1,531,803,168 times. You might be thinking, “Well, that is an interesting statistic, that doesn’t tell me what it means!”

Don’t worry baby birds, I’m gonna feed you.

The #INSTAGOOD hashtag is used when an Instagram user thinks that the picture is particularly good. Not just your average picture, but a good picture. For our uses, this week’s theme is to send me you best picture you took during this week. From between 12:01 PM today and 10:59 next Monday.

So that brings me to the new rule for this week’s theme:

SEND ME ONE AND ONLY ONE PICTURE!! THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE BEST PICTURE YOU TOOK THIS WEEK! DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SENDING ME MULTIPLE IMAGES AND TELLING ME TO PICK THE BEST ONE. I WILL NOT DO IT!! I WILL COUNT THAT AS ZERO SUBMISSIONS! I’D HATE TO SEEN ANY STREAKS ENDED CAUSE OF A TECHNICALITY!

This is one of two themes that will have special rules this year. The other one is also coming up pretty soon.

Surprisingly, I’ve already received a couple of submissions. I love the bravado! It isn’t even the weekend yet and people have decided, this is it! This is the best picture I can take this week! I mean it is possible that I have already taken the best picture I will take this week already. But I’m also arrogant enough to think the next click of the shutter will be the best picture. Then the click after that will be even better.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 345 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

WARNING: READ THE RULES FOR NEXT WEEK’S THEME CARFEULLY. THERE IS ONE CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK’S THEME!

LETTERS OR NUMBERS has proven to be a fairly popular theme.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 18, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks:

+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Kim Barker – 2 weeks
+ Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
+ Becky Parmelee – 2 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 3 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 3 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 4 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks
+ Monica Henning – 4 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 5 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 13 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 13 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 13 weeks
+ Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 15 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 16 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 17 weeks
+ Cathie Raley – 21 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 22 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 24 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 27 weeks

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 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 23 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 17 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - EVIE GORSHE
Evie Gorshe – 2 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 16 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 4 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 28 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 1 week

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 18 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 14 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 345 - LETTERS 0R NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 25 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 6 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 3 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 4 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley – 22 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 1 week

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning – 5 weeks

WEEK 345 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

31 submissions from 24 participants! That is a great week!

Only 1 “streak” was snapped. Sarah wasn’t able to built on her submission from last week. However, to balance that out, Angie participated for the first time in Year 9. Hopefully this is the sign of big things to come!

Here are the current top streaks:

1. Kio – 28 weeks
2. Shannon – 25 weeks
3. Elizabeth – 23 weeks
4. Cathie – 22 weeks
5. Bill – 18 weeks
6. Andy Sharp – 17 weeks
7. Micky Augustin – 16 weeks
8. Michelle Haupt – 15 weeks
9. Teresa Kahler – 14 weeks
9. Tamara Peterson – 14 weeks
9. Carla Stensland – 14 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 346 - #INSTAGOOD
#INSTAGOOD

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

But what is a #INSTAGOOD picture? #INSTAGOOD is the second most popular hashtag used on Instagram. As of this morning, it has been used on Instagram 1,531,803,168 times. You might be thinking, “Well, that is an interesting statistic, that doesn’t tell me what it means!”

Don’t worry baby birds, I’m gonna feed you.

The #INSTAGOOD hashtag is used when an Instagram user thinks that the picture is particularly good. Not just your average picture, but a good picture. For our uses, this week’s theme is to send me you best picture you took during this week. From between 12:01 PM today and 10:59 next Monday.

So that brings me to the new rule for this week’s theme:


SEND ME ONE AND ONLY ONE PICTURE!! THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE BEST PICTURE YOU TOOK THIS WEEK! DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SENDING ME MULTIPLE IMAGES AND TELLING ME TO PICK THE BEST ONE. I WILL NOT DO IT!! I WILL COUNT THAT AS ZERO SUBMISSIONS! I’D HATE TO SEEN ANY STREAKS ENDED CAUSE OF A TECHNICALITY!

So now that is clear. When considering possible subjects for your best picture this week, meditate on these song lyrics from a song from THE KARATE KID:

Try to be best
‘Cause you’re only a man
And a man’s gotta learn to take it
Try to believe
Though the going gets rough
That you gotta hang tough to make it
History repeats itself
Try and you’ll succeed
Never doubt that you’re the one
And you can have your dreams!
You’re the best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down
You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down

I look forwarding to seeing the best you got next Monday!

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 #INSTAGOOD in this place that is nothing more than the best I got next Monday.