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WPC – WEEK 452 – RUINS

RUINS! A great theme! But were enough people interested in it to make it a popular theme or will many streaks lie in ruins? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 6, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Johnathan Stensland (IA) – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (IA, MI, IN) <2>
3-Alexis Stensland – 2 weeks (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 6 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
7-Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks (IA)
8-Deanna McClain – 8 weeks (IA)
9-Adam Gordon – 10 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
10-Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
11-Sara Lockner – 15 weeks (IA, BHS)
12-Lowell Davis – 18 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 19 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 37 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 47 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 48 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 49 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 49 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 61 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 64 weeks (IA)
22-Linda Bennett – 93 weeks (KS) <2>
23-Sarah Toot – 94 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 98 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 102 weeks (IA)
26-Kim Barker – 109 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 109 weeks (TX)
28-Teresa Kahler – 120 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 120 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 122 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 123 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 124 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 127 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 129 weeks (IA)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 131 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 133 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 452 - RUINS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 99 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Highway 169 – Between Ogden and Harcourt)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Carlisle, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Perry, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Hancock County, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SCOTT DEGENEFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Baltimore, Maryland) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State Farm Museum – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

34 participants this week. A drop of 3 from last week. That is the lowest in a minute. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (1)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

Suzie’s trip to Maryland adds yet another state to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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

+ Arkansas (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

29 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
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ 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
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 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
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 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
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2

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

Suzie joined the list of people to submit from multiple places!

The big milestone this week was Elizabeth joining the 2.5 Year Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. There was a literal bloodbath of streaks that bit the dust. Johnathan and Mary couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Jen’s streak is over at 6. Willy’s streak is over at 7. But worst of all Scarecrow, Sara’s streak is over at 15! Sacre bleu!

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 453 - WORK
WORK

WORK! 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 WORK in this place that hardly feels like work most days next Monday.

WPC – WEEK 451 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! A great theme! But were enough people their own dawg enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 29, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA)
2-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
3-Alexis Stensland – 1 week (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 5 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
8-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks (IA)
9-Deanna McClain – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Adam Gordon – 9 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 10 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Sara Lockner – 14 weeks (IA, BHS)
13-Lowell Davis – 17 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
15-Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 36 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
17-Mike Vest – 41 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 46 weeks (IA, NE)
19-Logan Kahler – 47 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
20-Nathanial Brown – 48 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN) <2>
21-Jesse Howard – 48 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
22-Tamara Peterson – 60 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 63 weeks (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 92 weeks 129 (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 93 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
26-Angie DeWaard – 97 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
27-Dawn Krause – 101 weeks (IA) <2>
28-Kim Barker – 107 weeks (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 108 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 119 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
31-Carla Stensland – 119 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
32-Micky Augustin – 121 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 122 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 123 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 126 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 128 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 130 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
38-Kio Dettman – 132 weeks (IA) <2>

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 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Springdale, Arkansas) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Grand Junction, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Rochester, Minnesota) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Camp Dodge – Iowa) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC, Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (What Cheer, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 554 weeks

37 participants this week! A drop off of 2 participants from last week. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (5)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

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

+ Arkansas (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (7)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (7)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

28 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
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ 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
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 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
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 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
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2

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

The big milestone this week was Adam joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! But it wasn’t all good times. A ton of streaks bit the dust. Nader and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions last week. Suzie’s 5 week streak is no more. But worst of all Scarecrow, Vest’s 41 week streak is history! The humanity!

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


WEEK 452 - RUINS
RUINS

RUINS! 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 RUINS in this place that could us a sprucing up next Monday.

WEEK 452 THEME REVEAL

You probably spent the last several minutes this morning eagerly, constantly refreshing your email inbox waiting to see what delightful images were submitted for last week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme LETTERS OR NUMBERS. Unfortunately for you, I am probably standing in a convention center in New Orleans right now, stashing thinking about hiding in the snackroom closet for the rest of the day. I’m near plenty of computers and very expensive and very slow internet, but unable to compile, upload, code, and put together an entry of last week’s submissions.

I’ll put together such a post when I return to the Cyclone State. So look for that possibly Tuesday evening, but most likely Wednesday evening. You will just have to hold your metaphorical horses. Unless you own real horses. Then hold your real horses and try not to look down on us poor saps that only have metaphorical horses.

However, just cause you can’t see the submissions for LETTERS OR NUMBERS yet, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start working on this week’s theme. It is a doozy! It is one of my favorites and it has been a theme in virtually every year of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Dating back to Year 3. The year the name changed from the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIEMENT to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

This week’s theme:


WEEK 452 - RUINS
RUINS

I took the RUINS theme picture on the backside of McHose Park. It is interesting that the remains of this old bus are rotting away there. But there are plenty of things that have come sliding down the hill into the park from what I believe was the old city dump. For somebody that loves rusty, abandoned, disintegrating stuff, it is a thing of beauty.

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 RUINS in this place that could us a sprucing up next Monday.

And I Thought My Heart was Detached

Seems like a good time to share some alternate images I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme LEADING LINES. I took all of these pictures on a hike through the backside of McHose Park.


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These pictures are almost 3 weeks old, but looking at them, it dawns on me that I should get some pants that fit better. No promises though. I’m still not finished with my cleaning out my closets project. I’m close though. Pretty dang close!

We Broke Up a Month Ago

I took a few pictures for the THE WEEKLY CHALLENGE theme CIRCLE a week or so back. Thought I would share with you all the ones that were good enough to make the cut. Most of these were taken in McHose Park, but a few were taken in other locations. But all in Boone.

Here are the alternates:


Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

Week 438 - Circle - Alternate Image

I do love a good shape theme! It is a theme that makes you look at the world in a slightly different way (SPOILER: that is what all the themes should do) as you see how shapes fit together to make the entire picture you see. It is a great exercise to help you improve your compositional skills. Maybe next year I should do some combined shape themes. Like SQUARE AND TRIANGLE. A submission would have to include both of them. I’m starting to fall in love with my own idea. I’m sure that is the first time that has ever happened.

2024 Photography 139 Calendar Rejects: The Beginning

Time to share the final image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. The December image. It is an image of an abandoned (methinks) church I found in northeast Iowa on a THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT road trip:


2024 Calendar - December
DECEMBER

I chose this image for December because I usually like to either use a cold picture or some religious imagery for the December image. This picture might not scream “Christ is born!” but it is of a church. Not a lines are straight.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: August 20, 2022 – 12:34 PM
LENS: 28-75 f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
EXPOSURE TIME: 1/5000
ISO: 100

It was converted to black & white in Photoshop.

That is it, that is the final image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. But while those 13 images were selected for the calendar, they weren’t the only ones considered. Not by a long shot. There were 73 other images considered and not included. But I would like to give them some love.

Here is the first collection of reject images:


2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

2024 Calendar Reject

There still another 36 images that didn’t make the cut. That doesn’t mean that won’t make the cut next year. The cover image for the 2024 Calendar was rejected for the 2023 calendar. Share the rest on Tuesday. Maybe Wednesday.

And They’ll Think that I am So Exciting

It is time to share the November image from the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar image. It is a picture of the redbud trees in Red Haw State Park.


2024 Calendar - November
NOVEMBER

I chose this picture for November because it had purple in it.

TECHINICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: April 29, 2023 – 12:23 PM
LENS: 17-28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/160
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will show the last image from the 2024 calendar.

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Now is the time to clean up the May backlog. These images were taken in May, but never really fit into a previous “An Artist’s Notebook” post. Some of are Naima. Some were alternate images for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Hopefully all are of interest.

Naima

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima at Dickcissel

Naima

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

And They'll Think that I am So Exciting

Wolf, Iowa

Incline, Iowa

It definitely feels good to get some of the backlog cleared out!

Liberty Bowl Trip Cell Phone Pictures

Time to share the May image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It is a picture taken off of I-80 near the exit that takes you to the Amana Colonies:


2024 Calendar - May
MAY

I chose this picture for May because I usually put a picture in May that is a picture that I love that I think most people won’t. Frequently that is an image of ruins. Which of course I love. Particularly black and white picture of ruins.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: August 8, 2022 – 9:06 AM
LENS: E 28-75MM f/2.8
FOCAL LENTH: 75mm
EXPOSURE: 1/1000
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will share the June image!

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While the football game didn’t go the way I had hoped. It was a full on embarrassment, but that is how the cookie crumbles. It still was an incredible trip. Thought I would go ahead and share some cruddy cell phone pictures from the trip to start:


Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

Liberty Bowl Trip - 2023

I’ll get into details about the trip at a later date.

Stanhope Watermelon Day – IV

Time to share the April image for the 2024 Photography 139 Calendar. It is a picture of tulips taken in Pella:


2024 Calendar - April
APRIL

I chose this tulips picture for April cause April is really the beginning of flowertography season. And tulips are really the first flowers of the year that I really like. Daffodils are just kind of okay in my book.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: April 29, 2023 – 10:02 AM
LENS: 17-28mm f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 17mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/125
ISO: 100

Tomorrow I will share the May image!

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Time to share the rest of the images from my trip to the Stanhope Watermelon Day with Teresa:


Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

Watermelon Day - 2023

The Foreigner cover band was a bonus. It was a pretty great day and I think I will hit Stanhope Watermelon Day again next year.

PHOTO DROP-OFF ROAD TRIP II

Today is Suzie’s birthday. So I need to wish her a happy birthday!


Day 128 - May 8, 2021
Happy birthday Suzie!

Suzie is the short one in the picture, in case you didn’t know! I hope you have an amazing birthday!

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Time to share more pictures from the road trip I took with Nader after I dropped off my pictures for the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. This collection starts where the first collection ended, hanging out with Albert the Bull in Audubon.


Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Audubon, Iowa

Gray, Iowa
Gray

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Gray, Iowa

Manning, Iowa
Manning

Manning, Iowa

Manning, Iowa

Manning, Iowa

Still one more collection of images to share from this road trip.