Category Archives: Black & White

Pizza Remains

Last October the Boone Fire Department burned down the old Pizza Hut to get rid of it and to practice. I didn’t actually watch it and photograph it, as I was out of town. Logan and Nathanial got some amazing photos of it though. I’m not here to share those though. I’m here to share some pictures I took of what was left of the old Pizza Hut after they were done with it.

Here are those pictures:


Pizza Hut Remains

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Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

I can’t say I was sad to see Pizza Hut go. Other than it was an eating option in Boone gone. Granted, one I never used. We were a hardcore Godfather’s family when I was growing up. Even after Godfather’s left I never really ate at Pizza Hut. In the last several years it was open the only time I had Pizza Hut was when somebody bought it for the youth group. So there aren’t a lot of fond memories in the rubble for me. Hopefully someday something new will take its place. For now, it remains an empty lot. And the pizza options in Boone are currently: Casey’s (3 stores to choose from), The Adobe, Bellucci’s, Roosters, Pizza Ranch (if you want to pay an arm and a leg), and Domino’s. Which is probably enough. But when has there ever been enough pizza options?

Jeffersonian Visit IV

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


Minnesota State Fair - 2019
Happy birthday Bethany!

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

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


Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

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Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County - Deal's Orchard

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Greene County, Iowa

Now I’m suddenly itching to hit an orchard.

WPC – WEEK 457 – SLICE OF LIFE

SLICE OF LIFE! A great theme, but did enough people dabble in the theme that is an homage to my Dad to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 3, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
2-Beckham Gorshe – 1 week (IA)
3-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
4-Eliainie Hernandez – 1 week (IA)
5-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, BHS, MN)
6-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA) <2>
7-Kyle Sharp – 1 week (IA)
8-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
9-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
10-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
11-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
12-Mike Vest – 5 weeks (IA, MO)
13-Alexis Stensland – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
15-Adam Gordon – 15 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
16-Becky Parmelee – 16 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
17-Lowell Davis – 23 weeks (IA) <2>
18-Michelle Haupt – 23 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
19-Brandon Kahler – 24 weeks (IA, MN)
20-Scott Degeneffe – 42 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL52)
21-Sheri Fakhouri – 52 weeks (IA, NE)
22-Logan Kahler – 52 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
23-Nathanial Brown – 54 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL) <2>
24-Jesse Howard – 54 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
25-Tamara Peterson – 66 weeks (IA, MN)
26-Mindi Terrell – 69 weeks (IA) <2>
27-Linda Bennett – 98 weeks (KS) <2>
28-Sarah Toot – 99 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
29-Angie DeWaard – 103 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
30-Dawn Krause – 107 weeks (IA)
31-Kim Barker – 113 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
32-Joe Duff – 114 weeks (TX) <2>
33-Teresa Kahler – 125 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
34-Carla Stensland – 125 weeks (IA, MO)
35-Micky Augustin – 127weeks (IA, IL)
36-Andy Sharp – 128 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
37-Bill Wentworth – 129 weeks (NE, MO)
38-Cathie Morton – 132 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
39-Elizabeth Nordeen – 134 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
40-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 136 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
41-Kio Dettman – 138 weeks (IA)

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:



29 States. 1 U.S. Territory. 4 foreign countries.

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Wild black raspberries picked at Honey Hollow, rural Warren County, IA) – 137 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 114 weeks


Christopher D. Bennett (Boone County, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Linwood Cemetery – Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Linwood Cemetery – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Named after a 200 year old secret society, The Muddlers Club serves meticulously prepared dishes. The restaurant has held a Micehlin Star since 2020.) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (This narrow road weaving through sharp cliff faces is one of the highest mountain pass roads in Ireland.)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 43 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone County, Iowa) – 139 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Monigona, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 104 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Seabrook’s hidden gem for live music, hot food, and cold drinks. Barge 295 on Clear Lake.) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (North Ankeny, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kansas City, Missouri) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Kansas City Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iglesias Methodista, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Gate to the city, Old San Juan Puerto Rico)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELAINIE HERNANDEZ
Elainie Hernandez (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (We will do all we can to not only help you leave this life in peace, but also help you live until you die.) – 55 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 53 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Ogden Bulldog #33 hists a pop fly.) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa)- 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 135 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bentonville AR – Corn on a table) – 17 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Council Bluffs, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ames, Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 70 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New Jersey) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York)

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 130 weeks

There were 39 participants this week! That is a great number for what is a somewhat abstract theme! It is always interesting to see what people think would be on a postcard.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Iowa (40)
+ Ireland (1)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ Texas (1)
+ North Ireland (1)

Thanks to Sarah’s travels, we’ve added New Jersey to the map WooHoo! Thanks to Nathanial’s travels we’ve added North Ireland to the map WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (7)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (870)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (34)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (15.5)
+ Nebraska (31)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (14)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (36)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

30 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 5 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

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

There were several big milestones this week! Sabas joined the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Sarah joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! WooHoo! Angie joined the 2 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Bill joined the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo! All of them amazing accomplishments!

But it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows! Beckham, Nader, and Kyle couldn’t build on their submissions from last week. Their streaks are over before they even began! Johnathan’s streak is over at 4!

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:



CAMERA

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

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of CAMERA in this place that relies on one heavily next Monday.

Possibly Impossible

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



Happy birthday Shannon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Soul Expansion - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Happiness Shared - 2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

Painted without Instruction -2023

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

WPC – WEEK 456 – ANYTHING BUT A CAT

READ THE THEME DESCRIPTION THIS WEEK. THERE ARE SPECIAL RULES!

ANYTHING BUT A CAT! A great theme, but did enough people get pumped to not take a picture of a cat to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 3, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Monica Jennings – 1 week (IA) <2>
2-Willy McAlpine – 2 weeks (IA)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 3 weeks (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 4 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
5-Mike Vest – 4 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 6 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Sabas Hernandez – 8 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
8-Adam Gordon – 14 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
9-Becky Parmelee – 15 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Lowell Davis – 22 weeks (IA) <2>
11-Michelle Haupt – 22 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
12-Brandon Kahler – 23 weeks (IA, MN)
13-Scott Degeneffe – 41 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
14-Sheri Fakhouri – 51 weeks (IA, NE)
15-Logan Kahler – 51 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
16-Nathanial Brown – 53 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
17-Jesse Howard – 53 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) <2>
18-Tamara Peterson – 65 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Mindi Terrell – 68 weeks (IA) <2>
20-Linda Bennett – 97 weeks (KS) <2>
21-Sarah Toot – 98 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
22-Angie DeWaard – 102 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
23-Dawn Krause – 106 weeks (IA) <2>
24-Kim Barker – 112 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
25-Joe Duff – 113 weeks (TX)
26-Teresa Kahler – 124 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
27-Carla Stensland – 124 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
28-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
29-Andy Sharp – 127 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
30-Bill Wentworth – 128 weeks (NE, MO) <2>
31-Cathie Morton – 131 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
32-Elizabeth Nordeen – 133 weeks (IA, OH)
33-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 135 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
34-Kio Dettman – 137 weeks (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

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


WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BECKHAM GORSHE
Beckham Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 107 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELAINIE STENSLAND
Elainie Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Waukee, Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 114 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 113 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - KYLE SHARP
Kyle Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Vieques, Puerto Rico) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Colo, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 69 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NADER PARSAEI
Nader Parsaei (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Guinness Storehouse – Dublin, Ireland) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Teeling Distillery – Dublin, Ireland)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Marshalltown, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (State Center, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Las Vegas, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 42 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Illinois)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Honey Hollow – Summerset, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 66 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Teresa Kahler (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT -
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 456 - ANYTHING BUT A CAT - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Lost Lake – Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 2 weeks

NOTE: A surly person that might have sent me hate mail over this theme may have noticed that there is one picture that does in fact include a cat. You might be wondering why that picture was NOT rejected. It isn’t cause I like Scott more than the rest of you. Although he does feed me. (But the list of people that have cooked me or given me some kind of food is pretty extensive. – See Michelle’s submission.) It is for 2 reasons. That cat is Fred. And Fred, I’m told, identifies as a dog. And on this website we believe that Love is Love. Black Lives Matter. Women’s Rights are Human Rights. No Human is Illegal. Science is Real. Kindness is Everything. In Religious Freedom. Hate Has No Home Here. But secondly and sadly, sometime between when that picture was taken and this post published, Fred may have crossed over the rainbow bridge. Fred was not expected to make it through the night. And I would not deny Fred, who has the outwards appearance of being a cat, but is in fact a dog, one final appearance on this website. And if this makes you mad, ask yourself, why you hate cats so much?

42 participants this week! Man, people were so thirsty for pictures that don’t have cats in them. I guess that Andy Sharp knows how to come up with the theme ideas!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (47)
+ Ireland (2)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ Texas (2)

Thanks to the travels of Nathanial we added Ireland to the list. And thanks to the travels of Mary we added Puerto Rico to the list! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (15.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (7)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (830)
+ Ireland (2)
+ Kansas (34)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (13.5)
+ Nebraska (30)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New York (13)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ Puerto Rico (2)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (35)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (1)

29 states so far! 1 U.S. Terriorty! 4 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

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

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

There were a couple of big milestones this week! Sheri and Logan both reached the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! WooHoo!

No streaks were killed this week! WooHoo!

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


WPC - WEEK 457 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE – IN HONOR OF MY DAD

SLICE OF LIFE! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a SLICE OF LIFE image? This is where I normally give you kind of a broad definition of the theme, but not this week. For those that don’t know SLICE OF LIFE is the name of the postcard company that my Dad started and ran out of the basement darkroom in our house.

He specialized in black & white postcards of local interest. Here is this week’s assignment. It is to take a picture that you could see being used on a postcard. Now back in the day, they used to take pictures of all sorts of things and put them on postcards. So don’t think that there is nothing in your area that would make it on a postcard. It could be a building that is interesting looking or has a historical significance. It could simply be a pretty scene. Back when I was doing THE POSTCARD RECREATION PROJECT, sometimes they took pictures of downtown intersections and put those on postcards.

While I will require your submission to be a postcard like image, meaning don’t try to “interpret” Slice of Life to mean something different, I will only strongly encourage you to submit the picture in black & white and also only slightly encourage you to throw some text on the image, if you have the editing skills or software. You know, design a postcard!

There is one more thing. This is the one and only theme where if you write a SHORT description of your image (like you would see on the backside of a postcard) that I will include it along with your submission.

I don’t manipulate the order of themes for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. I put the 52 themes in a random generator and then I have it generate the the order of the themes EXCEPT for this theme. This theme I put this week specifically. This week is my Dad’s birthday. In fact, it is tomorrow. He would have turned 81. So it seemed apropos to put the theme that is an homage to him during this week.

And if you don’t know, he is the person in the theme reveal image.

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 SLICE OF LIFE in this place that is a continuation in many ways next Monday.

This Ain’t Sea World, This is as Real as it Gets

Before Carla and I went to the Clay County Fair, we took a quick spin around Lake Okoboji with Jason before he put away the boat for the winter. It is always a good time when you are on a boat.

Here are some pictures:


Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

Cruise Around the Iowa Great Lakes

It was a truly great and always a great time cruising around the lake. Hope I get to do it again at some point this year too!

Jeffersonian Visit II

Here is another collection of street photography images I took while wondering the streets of Jefferson. A town with similar or lesser economic strengths of Boone, but somehow has a way better public art situation. Which isn’t saying much. There is a reason why I have the BOONE ART CENTER photo project. However, even if Boone had a good public art situation, Jefferson’s still would be pretty impressive.


Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Jefferson, Iowa

Sad thing is, Boone has no shortage of talented artists. The guy who lives two houses down from me has more sculptures in his yard (that he makes and are sweet) than Boone has public art. Period.

Still more Jefferson pictures left to share from a second trip I took there, the next day. What can I say? I love me some A&W!

WPC – WEEK 448 – NECESSITY

NECESSITY! A great theme! But did enough people find it necessary to submit a photo to make NECESSITY a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2) (MI, IA, IN)
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks (IA)
6-Deanna McClain – 4 weeks (IA)
7-Johnathan Stensland – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Adam Gordon – 6 weeks (2) (IA, MS, MO)
9-Becky Parmelee – 7 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
10-Sara Lockner – 12 weeks (IA)
11-Lowell Davis – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
12-Michelle Haupt – 14 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
13-Alexis Stensland – 14 weeks (2) (IA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 15 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 33 weeks (IA, FL)
16-Mike Vest – 38 weeks (IA, MO)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 43 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 45 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
20-Jesse Howard – 45 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL)
21-Tamara Peterson – 57 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 60 weeks (IA)
23-Linda Bennett – 89 weeks (2) (KS)
24-Sarah Toot – 90 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
25-Dawn Krause – 98 weeks (IA)
26-Angie DeWaard – 94 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 104 weeks (2) (IA, CO)
28-Joe Duff – 105 weeks (2) (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 116 weeks (2) (IA, NE)
30-Carla Stensland – 116 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 118 weeks (2) (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 119 weeks (2) (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
33-Bill Wentworth – 120 weeks (NE)
34-Cathie Morton – 123 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 125 weeks (IA)
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 127 weeks (2) (IA, CA)
37-Kio Dettman – 129 weeks (2) (IA)

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

It is the third week of the month and on the third week of the month I like to share a map of all the states where people have submitted from heading into today. Here is that map:


WEEK 448 Map
25 States

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


WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Jasper County, Iowa) – 119 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Chico, California) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Winnemucca, Nevada)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Near Martinsville, Indiana)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 90 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Clive, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 34 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Denver, Colorado)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 106 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Miami, Florida) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Aruba) – 46 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Curacao)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 16 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 45 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone First United Methodist Church – Boone, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (McHose Park – Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Perry, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Perry, Iowa) – 58 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 117 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Johnston, Iowa) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (New York City, New York) – 91 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 39 weeks

WPC - WEEK 448 - NECESSITY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 121 weeks

EDITOR’S NOTE: I never comment on submissions. It is one of the base creeds that I operate under for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. No matter how much I want to comment, I don’t. But there is a picture on here that I really need to comment on. You probably can’t even guess which one it is. I’m not going to comment on Elizabeth’s taste in music (although I do approve) or Baby Face Adam (although it does crack me up) or that there were a few pictures of dogs, but no pictures of cats as a NECESSITY. Interesting. Yes, provocative. What I have to comment on is how extremely jealous I am that Scott got to eat at a Taco Time! I’m like burning with jealousy. I’m not even comfortable with how jealous I am. The real ones know that Taco Time is the truth when it comes to “Mexican” fast food. Every once in awhile you will get somebody from dirty Dodge try to force Taco Tico down your throat. Which is uncomfortable because that isn’t how you eat tacos, you have to chew first and Taco Tico is gross. Taco Time is the ONLY fast food “Mexican” I will eat. I won’t even look Taco Bell in the face. I won’t even spit in the general direction of a Taco John’s. It has been years now since I’ve eaten at Taco Time. Now the axe-throwing place at North Grand Mall does a serviceable knockoff of the Crisp Meat Burrito, but at the end of the day… it is still a knockoff. I know it. They know it. The Crisp Meat Burrito knows it. We are living a lie. I miss Taco Time. Screw you Scott for opening this wound back up!

But while I am deeply, to a disturbing level, passionate about Taco Time, you may have noted Lowell’s picture was taken in a hospital. Leah is in the hospital for a few days, so if you are the praying type, keep them in your prayers and if you aren’t, keep them in your thoughts.

38 participants! The exact same participation rate as last week. Better than falling off… I guess…

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Aruba (1)
+ California (1)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Indiana (1)
+ Iowa (36)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ New York (1)
+ Nevada (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Utah (1)

Thanks to Scott’s “business” trip we added Utah to the map! WooHoo! Thanks to Jesse’s vacation we also added 2 foreign countries in Aruba and Curacao! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (8.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (1)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (5)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (3)
+ Indiana (3)
+ Iowa (515)
+ Kansas (23)
+ Louisiana (2)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (24)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (11)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (12)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (24)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

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

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

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

The big milestone this week was Kio joining the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun in the sun and delicious tacos this week. Monica’s streak was blinded by the light and is now just a distant memory!

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:


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TIME

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

I’m trying not to explain the themes this year, but sometimes I can’t help myself. ‘m like me at a table filled with Crisp Meat Burritos. Self-control is an issue. But I digress…

If you look closely at the TIME theme reveal image (not that closely) you will see that it is actually 2 separate images put together. On the left is a picture with a “fast” shutter speed that freezes the water. The right side of the image was taken with a “slow” shutter speed that makes the water more of a blur. The idea of the theme TIME is to either freeze TIME in place with a fast shutter speed or show the fluidity of time with a slow shutter speed.

However, I know most people don’t have control over the shutter speed on the camera they use, so as always interpret the theme as you see fit.

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of TIME in this place that hopefully passes it for a few of you next Monday.

Ben Baier – Class of 2024

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


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Happy birthday Faust!

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

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

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Always a good time getting together with the Baiers!