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Jeffersonian Visit III

The day after I visited Jefferson, I actually headed back. This time with Teresa. I wanted to go up in the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower. I thought I had been up in the belltower before, but after I got up there it didn’t ring any bells (see what I did there) so I’m pretty sure this was a first for me.

Here are some pictures:


Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

Greene County - Jefferson

A couple of facts about the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower.

The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower, located on the southwest corner of the courtyard, was given to the people of Jefferson and Greene County in accordance with the wills of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mahanay. The tower is 168 ft. 2 inches high, and it is illuminated by 6 floodlights.

The glass enclosed observation deck at 120 ft. is accessed by an elevator and is fully handicap accessible. At the 2017 Bell Tower Festival, it was named the Paul Nally Observation Deck.

Beginning in 1966, fourteen bells, cast at the world famous Petit & Fritsen bell foundry in Holland in 1966, chimed on the hour, quarter, and half-hour. The electronic carillon bells were played from a manual keyboard. Because of the limited amount of music that could be played with only 14 bells, recorded concerts played two songs after each hour for many years.

The total cost of the tower and the fourteen bells dedicated on Sunday, October 16, 1966 was approximately $350,000.

I have another collection of pictures from this trip left to share.

The Big Easy – Day 7 Phone Pictures

Day 7 in New Orleans was supposed to be relatively short. Tony and I had a 10:20 flight. So we would leave for the airport a little after 8. We would grab a connecting flight in Denver and be back in the Cyclone State by 3:30. But the best laid plans of mice and men…

Here are the pictures from Day 7. The final day.


New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I got up early to take one last stroll around. Saw this banner. I level of petty I can get behind.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
About the time I was going to order an Uber we got a message from Southwest Airlines. Our flight had been delayed until noon! We decided to delay our trip to the airport until 10. That gave me time to go down and try to see the famous Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. I didn’t get to see it because you have to pay for a tour, which is fine, but the tour lasted too long for me to take it. Anyways, saw this sticker. Enjoyed it.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
On the way to the airport we got a text from Southwest that our flight had been moved back to its original flight time. Meaning that we missed our flight. Southwest was less than helpful. They told me to run and I might make the flight. Yeah, this was the security line. While waiting in it (this is TSA Pre-Check) Southwest sent me a message that my flight had left. Thanks!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I had to go back and get booked on a flight that wouldn’t leave until after 6. The fortunate thing for me was that they had checked my bags in. So I could go into the airport. They hadn’t checked Tony’s bag in, so he couldn’t go into the airport until 4 hours before the flight.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Not a fan of Southwest.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Another look at the security lines. This is the one that isn’t TSA Pre-Check.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Waited with Tony for a bit before going in.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Thanks airport.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
NASA display.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their Moon Pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Airport art.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their Moon Pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their moon pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Not in the mood for this toy at this time.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
No lies detected.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
For the Swifties that also love crawdads!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I know a big fan of the Golden Girls.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their moon pies.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Finally in the air!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Bellisimo!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Landed in the home of Toasted Ravioli!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
This sign made me so happy!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Goodbye Land of Toasted Ravioli.

Tony and Shannon dropped me off at my doorstep a little after midnight. It was a long, boring day. It was good to be home. 2 days later I would be welcoming Bokeh into my life and this trip feels like such a distant memory, even though it was only a month ago.

At some point I’ll begin sharing the pictures I took of New Orleans with the real camera!

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!

The Big Easy – Day 4, 5, & 6 Phone Pictures

Time to share the cell phone pictures I took on Day 4 and Day 5 and Day 6 of my trip to New Orleans for the Big Meeting. I didn’t take many cell phone pictures on these days. Maybe not that many in general.

Day 4 is the worst day of the trip. It is over a 12 hour work day. And the last few hours is standing in the booth doing nothing because it is the “Big Meeting” Party”. So people flock to the booths that hand out free booze. We are not one of those. So nobody comes to our booth. Actually, now I think about it, that part is kind of amazing.

Here are pictures from Day 4:


Day  4 - New Orleans
Some street art from a morning walk.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I hope they find their fish!

Day  4 - New Orleans
I ate here for breakfast, but not on Day 4.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I like gumbo, but I prefer the version of this that references ice cream.

Day  4 - New Orleans
Getting ready to take on the day.

Day  4 - New Orleans
So Instagrammable!

Day  4 - New Orleans

Day  4 - New Orleans
The thing of nightmares.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I’d like a word with the designer.

Day  4 - New Orleans
It is almost like you are in New Orleans!

Day  4 - New Orleans
The convention center food court. More on this in a later post on my New Orleans food adventures.

Day  4 - New Orleans
Gina and I went down and had these made for Lowell and Leah.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I’m sure they get a ton of wear out of them.


On to Day 5. A sticker I enjoyed.


I took hardly any pictures on Day 5 that weren’t related to food I ate.


The statue in Lafayette Square is not of Lafayette. It is Henry Clay.


No lies detected.


Chicken & Daquiris. Pralines. Warm Boobies. That is Bourbon Street.


Day 6 – I also took hardly any pictures. And you are, like really pretty.


A Computer Mine competitor for people that don’t own adult computers.


They stole a few of our good chairs in Chicago.


The Big Meeting is over.


Now we wait for our crates.


Another Computer Mine competitor. Known for not wantING to give up their customer’s data.


Back at the hotel. This sign that explains what a fire alarm sounds like makes my head hurt.


Kim really wanted this picture taken.

Day 7. My final day in New Orleans. Tony and I had a 10:20 AM flight. We were going to be back in the Cyclone State by 4 PM. Sounds like an easy day.

More on that next Tuesday.

More Clay County Fair 2023

The Clay County Fair was the last town festival, farmer’s market, or fair I attended in 2023. Our Fridays are going to get a little change-up in the future. Probably more travel photography. Maybe I can finally start in on the Memphis pictures? Who knows what will happen, but it will be excited to see!

Here are the rest of the pictures from my trip to the Clay County Fair with Carla:


Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023
Pickle Pizza?

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

Clay County Fair - 2023

It was definitely a good trip. I hope that Carla and I get to go again this year!

The Big Easy – Day 2 & 3 Phone Pictures

Today is my mother-in-law Colleen’s birthday, so I need to wish her a happy birthday.


Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I hope your birthday is magical!

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I didn’t take many phone pictures on Day 2 and Day 3 in New Orleans, so I’m combining them into one post. Day 2 is when the work begins on setting up for The Big Meeting. Day 3 involves a “training” session and then finishing off setup. But I had sometime to explore on those days.

Here are the pictures:


Day 2 - New Orleans
I started Day 2 with a leftover beignet from Cafe Du Monde.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I took a walk up to Jackson Square to see if it was open. It wasn’t.

Day 2 - New Orleans
But got a nice view of the Saint Louis Cathedral.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I walked down the river walk and found this cool collection of love locks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
I would love to know this story.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Preach.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Tony and I got to the Convention Center while they were still putting the booth together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is by far and I mean by FAR the fastest internet we’ve ever had in a booth.

Day 2 - New Orleans
These snacks were delicious!

Day 2 - New Orleans
The booth put together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Back at the hotel. I’m kind of a connoisseur of southern mayonnaise. This one has ALL the yolks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
One of my goals was to ride the trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
They stopped the trolley so this girl could take a graduation photo with it.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Inside trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Pralines!

Day 2 - New Orleans
That night I had supper with Kim, Michelle, Diane and Gina. Afterwards I ended back up at Jackson Square.

Day 2 - New Orleans

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Final picture I took before going back to the hotel.


Day 3 starts with a 4 hour training session that feels like 8 hours.


Back to the Convention Center.


Got done early enough that I could see the inside of the Saint Louis Cathedral.


They took credit cards.


It is pretty in there.


The altar.


I didn’t take a horse and carriage ride. But I wish I had.


Best name for a restaurant. Ever!


The Rolling Stones played the Jazz Festival the night before.


Taking the trolley to the Garden District.


This guy openly boozed on the trolley. Was super friendly.


Nood Fountain in Audubon Park.


Back on Canal Street. Maybe my favorite graffiti ever.


Last cell phone picture of Day 3.

Still 4 more days of cell phone pictures left to share.

WPC – WEEK 454 – NOT YOUR HOMETOWN

Today is a very important day! Today is Jason’s birthday, so I have to wish him a happy birthday.


June 14
Happy birthday Jason!

I hope you birthday is amazing!

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Today is also Memorial Day. The day we honor and mourn U.S. miliary personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Monroe County - Albia

It isn’t the kind of holiday where you say “Happy (insert holiday name)!” But I hope you have a good Memorial Day filled with time spent with friends and/or family.

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It is the last Monday of the month and on the last Monday of the month I like to revisit our Frequently Asked Questions. Who asks these questions? I mostly ask them of myself. But that isn’t a Frequently Asked Question. These are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

What skill level photographer can participate?

THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is open to photographers of all skill levels. From award winning photographers to professionals to the highly ranked amateurs to those that are just beginning to those who don’t even know how to focus a camera. All skill levels are encouraged and welcome. You can’t be too bad and you can’t be too good! Everyone has room to learn and be challenged!

Award winning photographers? Really?

Yes. I can think of at least 10 photographers that participate regularly that have won a photography award of some kind.

Is this a competition?
NO. It is a challenge. There are no winners and losers. Well the people that don’t participate are losers.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions I can have each week?

Yes. That limit is 2. If you send me more than 2, I will post the first 2 that you send. I’m not trying to harsh your photography buzz, but any more than that starts to overwhelm the other submissions and it takes me about 5 minutes to take a picture from my inbox to code it on the website. So I have to manage my workload.

If you are going to submit more than one picture, I strongly urge you to choose completely different subjects for each submission. If you are submitting multiple pictures of the same subject, make sure that each picture is saying something unique.

If I start to average like 45 participants a week, I will lower the limit to 1.

Can I send you several pictures and have you pick the best one?

No! No! NO! If those words come out of your mouth or your keyboard, I consider that to be a non-submission.

Do you ever question whether somebody’s submission fits the theme?

Meh. Only if I think somebody is clearly confusing this week’s theme with last week or next week’s theme. Otherwise, if the submission makes sense in your head, that is good enough for me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme every week. This isn’t a challenge to share a picture every week of your kid or your business or your pet. It is a challenge to take pictures of different things every week. Which isn’t to say subjects can’t be repeated, but you shouldn’t become reliant on the same ones.

Why can’t I submit after 11 AM on Mondays if the post doesn’t publish until 12:01 PM?

I go to lunch at 11 AM. I leave my office. I’m not near a computer. At 11 AM I hit “Schedule” and then I go throw food down my throat. 167 hours is more than enough time to send a submission. Okay, 166 hours and 59 minutes. You got me.

Do I have to wait until Monday morning to submit?

Absolutely not! In fact (AND CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH) I appreciate the submissions that make it to me by Sunday evening. Makes the job of putting this together on Monday morning much easier!

Are there resolution requirements for submissions?

I won’t turn down submissions that are too small. I will probably ask you for a picture of greater resolution if it is really small. The typical 4 x 6 image posted to my website has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 853 pixels. While a 400 x 300 image might look okay on your phone, it looks like trash on a computer monitor. I prefer images that are at least 1000 pixels at their widest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point. But don’t tempt me!

What format should my submission be?

.JPG but .PNG also works.

If I write a description of my image will you include that in your post?

No. Photography is art that should stand on its own. Only exception is the SLICE OF LIFE theme. But if you let me know where the picture was taken, I will include that. In fact, I appreciate you letting me know where a picture was taken. If you don’t let me know, I will assume the picture was taken in the state you live in.

When will you start accepting suggestions for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE themes?

I will take suggestions only and ONLY in the comments sections of the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE posts the last week of October and the 1st week of November.

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NOT YOUR HOMETOWN! A great theme, but did enough people escape the confines of their HOMETOWN to go someplace that wasn’t their hometown and take a picture to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 20, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Mary Green – 1 week (MI, IA, IN, IL) <2>
2-Sara Lockner – 1 week (IA, MN, BHS)
3-Johnathan Stensland – 1 week (IA)
4-Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks (IA, MD)
5-Mike Vest – 2 weeks (IA, MO)
6-Alexis Stensland – 4 weeks (IA) <2>
7-Monica Jennings – 5 weeks (IA)
8-Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks (IA, OH)
9-Deanna McClain – 10 weeks (IA)
10-Adam Gordon – 12 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 13 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Lowell Davis – 20 weeks (IA) <2>
13-Michelle Haupt – 20 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 21 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 39 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN) <2>
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 49 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 49 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 51 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 51 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 63 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 66 weeks (IA) <2>
22-Linda Bennett – 95 weeks (KS)
23-Sarah Toot – 96 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 100 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
25-Dawn Krause – 104 weeks (IA) <2>
26-Kim Barker – 110 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 111 weeks (TX) <2>
28-Teresa Kahler – 122 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 122 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 126 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 125 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 126 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 129 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 131 weeks (IA, OH)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 133 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 135 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 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Ames, Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Haines Park – Altoona, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Middlebrook, Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Marshalltown, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Saint Louis, Missouri)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Polk County, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Pilot Mound/Fraser, Iowa) – 126 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Okoboji, Iowa)- 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 112 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Ankeny, Iowa) – 111 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Hamilton, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Cambridge, Iowa) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 97 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 96 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MINDI TERRELLM
Mindi Terrell (Urbandale, Iowa) – 67 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Norwalk, Iowa) – 52 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Laurel, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Jack Trice Stadium – Ames, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN -SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 40 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 22 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Wellsburg, Iowa) – 21 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas) – 14 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Rogers, Arkansas)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa) – 13 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Fairbanks/Manchester, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Ottumwa, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - WILLIAM MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Ada Haydn Park – Ames, Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - FRAN DUNCAN
Fran Duncan (Kellogg, Wisconsin) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 454 - NOT YOUR HOMETOWN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Marshalltown, Iowa)

There were 37 participants this week! Same as last week. Not bad for a holiday weekend!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (2)
+ Iowa (38)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Minnesota (2)
+ Missouri (2)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)
+ Wisconsin (1)

Thanks to Fran’s first ever submission, we added Wisconsin 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 (14.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (6)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (742)
+ Kansas (29)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (12.5)
+ Nebraska (28)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (16)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (32)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)
+ Wisconsin (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, IL) – 4
+ 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 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!

Deanna and Bill joined the list of people that have submitted from multiple states/places.

The huge milestones reached this week were Nathanial and Jesse both joining the 1 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Cathie joined the 1.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all peaches and cream. Sara couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Her streak ended before it started. Monica’s streak calls it quits after 5 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 455 - SIGN
SIGN

SIGN! 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 SIGN in this place that reads the tea leaves next Monday.