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WPC – WEEK 385 – SILENCE

I need to start today off by wishing Jim a happy birthday!


Nora

Happy birthday Jim! I hope it is filled with all the joy that you desire!

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It is the last Monday of the month, so it is a good time revisit the THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE FAQ:

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!

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

Yes. That limit is 3. If you send me more than 3, I will post the first 3 that you send.

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 to me. However, I would urge you to not try to fit your favorite subject into the theme. 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.

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 largest point, but don’t ban smaller pictures at this point.

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.

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

Suggestions are closed for next year’s list. It will be a minute before they open up for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

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It is time to break the SILENCE on whether or not SILENCE was a popular theme. For you to find out, you only have to keep scrolling.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 23, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Suzie Brannen – 1 week (2)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 1 week
3-Sabas Hernandez – 1 week
4-Jesse Howard – 1 week
5-Becky Parmelee – 1 week
6-Nathanial Brown – 2 weeks (3)
7-Mary Green – 2 weeks (2)
8-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks
9-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks
10-Mike Vest – 3 weeks
11-Tamara Peterson – 12 weeks
12-Brandon Kahler – 23 weeks
13-Linda Bennett – 26 weeks (2)
14-Sarah Toot – 27 weeks
15-Angie DeWaard – 31 weeks
16-Dawn Krause – 35 weeks (3)
17-Kim Barker – 41 weeks
18-Joe Duff – 42 weeks
19-Logan Kahler – 44 weeks (3)
20-Teresa Kahler – 53 weeks (3)
21-Carla Stensland – 53 weeks (2)
22-Micky Augustin – 55 weeks
23-Andy Sharp – 56 weeks
24-Bill Wentworth – 57 weeks
25-Cathie Morton – 61 weeks (2)
26-Elizabeth Nordeen – 62 weeks
27-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 64 weeks
28-Kio Dettman – 66 weeks

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


WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 57 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 42 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 32 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 63 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 67 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 27 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 45 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 28 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Georgia) – 65 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 13 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 58 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 62 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 36 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 43 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 24 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MOINCA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 4 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 2 weeks

WEEK 385 - SILENCE - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Iowa) – 3 weeks

26 participants. Not a particularly popular theme. But not bad. SILENCE only silenced creative juices of a few people.

This week we had submissions taken in:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Georgia is a new addition to the map. Making this year’s list:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Georgia
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

That is 10 states. 20% of the map. And I haven’t even contributed to the growth of the map at all!

This week I took my pictures about 2 miles from my front door. But Shannon added Georgia to the map!

It wasn’t all good news though. 3 streaks bit the dust today. Jen couldn’t extender her streak to 2. Mary’s streak is no more at 2. As is Sara’s streak.

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 386 - BOOKS
BOOKS

BOOKS! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a BOOKS image? Simply put, it is any image where the subject or a major compositional element is a BOOK or BOOKS.

While thinking about possible subjects for your BOOKS image, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will come up with a great image:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
-Jane Austen

I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 BOOKS in this place that likes to pretend to be book smart next Monday.

Washington County Aux. – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of auxiliary images from my road trip to Washington County to harvest their town signs. A few of these are still in Riverside. Which I consider to be a must visit for anybody that likes Star Trek.


Washington County - Riverside
Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Riverside

Washington County - Ainsworth
Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Ainsworth

Washington County - Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Washington County - Crawfordsville

Henry County - Olds
Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Olds

Henry County - Wayland
Wayland

Washington County - Coppock
Coppock

Washington County - Coppock

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

WPC – WEEK 384 – RED

RED. A great color. I don’t know a person who doesn’t look great in cardinal. However, was RED a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, January 9, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

1-Nathanial Brown – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (2)
3-Monica Jennings – 1 week
4-Sara Lockner – 1 week
5-Willy McAlpine – 1 week
6-Mike Vest – 2 weeks
7-Tamara Peterson – 11 weeks
8-Brandon Kahler – 22 weeks
9-Linda Bennett – 25 weeks (2)
10-Sarah Toot – 26 weeks (4)
11-Angie DeWaard – 30 weeks
12-Dawn Krause – 34 weeks
13-Kim Barker – 40 weeks
14-Joe Duff – 41 weeks
15-Logan Kahler – 43 weeks (3)
16-Teresa Kahler – 52 weeks (2)
17-Carla Stensland – 52 weeks
18-Micky Augustin – 54 weeks
19-Andy Sharp – 55 weeks
20-Bill Wentworth – 56 weeks
21-Cathie Morton – 60 weeks
22-Elizabeth Nordeen – 61 weeks
23-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 63 weeks
24-Kio Dettman – 64 weeks

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


WEEK 384 - RED - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 31 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 55 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Iowa) – 56 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Nebraska) – 57 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 42 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 26 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 64 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 27 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 12 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Missouri)

WEEK 384 - RED
Christopher D. Bennett (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa) – 53 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida) – 61 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Florida)

WEEK 384 - RED - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 23 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Arkansas) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 35 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa)

WEEK 384 - RED - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Iowa) – 41 weeks

WEEK 384 - RED - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Iowa) – 1 week

WEEK 384 - RED - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 3 weeks


29 participants! That is an awesome week! The best so far this year!

We had submissions taken in:
+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

Florida and Missouri are new additions to the map, Making this year’s list:

+ Arkansas
+ Florida
+ Iowa
+ Kansas
+ Nebraska
+ Nevada
+ Missouri
+ Pennsylvania
+ Texas

That is 9 states. We’ve covered almost 20% of the states!

Once again, I did not help. I took my picture in my living room. But Nathanial and Cathie filled in a couple more states for us!

It wasn’t all good news though. Willy’s couldn’t extend his streak to 2 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 385 - SILENCE
SILENCE

SILENCE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is a SILENCE image? I mean you can make the case that all pictures are in SILENCE, but for this theme I urge you to really search out a place of SILENCE and capture your image there, while not breaking the SILENCE.

While considering a place of SILENCE for you to photograph, meditate on the following quote and I have no doubt you will capture a great SILENCE image:

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
-Mother Teresa

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge. There is a limit of 3 submissions per participant. To be considered the photographer, you have to be the one that takes the picture. Don’t be stealing the work of other artists. You can submit pictures for other photographers that took pictures with your camera or phone, but give credit where credit is due.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is it. Thems the rules!

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 SILENCE in this place that’s anything but next Monday.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 4

I need to start today by wishing my sister Teresa’s best friend and also a good friend of all of our family, Sheri a happy birthday! Happy birthday Sheri!


Slice of Life Volume 28

That is a picture of Sheri graduating high school taken by my Dad.

I hope your birthday is/was as awesome as you wanted it to be!

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Time to share the last collection of images I took while on a road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Fayette County -
Lansing

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Fayette County -

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry
Harper’s Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Harper's Ferry

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest
Yellow River State Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Yellow River Forest

Allamakee County - Waterville
Waterville

The iconic Lansing Mississippi River Bridge can be seen in the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. It is the bridge Alvin Straight crosses to get to Wisconsin to visit his brother.

The next county of auxiliary images we will visit is Washington County.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 3

Time for the third collection of auxiliary images I took on my road trip with Teresa to harvest the town signs of Allamakee County.


Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - Lansing

Allamakee County - New Albin
New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

Allamakee County - New Albin

I reckon that the bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River is one of the most photographed bridges in Iowa. At least for its fairly remote location. Something I learned on this trip is that there are surprisingly few bridge that cross the Mississippi River in Iowa.

I’ve seen that bridge in Lansing photographed several times. It is an iconic bridge in a beautiful setting. However, on this trip a Lansing local informed us that it was going to be replaced in the next couple of years. If you want to see it, don’t dawdle.

There is one more collection of images from this trip left to share.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 2

Time to share the second collection of images from my road trip to Allamakee County (and Clayton County) to harvest their town signs with Teresa. The first couple pictures are in Clayton County. The rest are in Allamakee County.


Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Hardin
Hardin – Ghost Town

Allamakee County - Waukon
Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Waukon

Allamakee County - Lycurgus
Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lycurgus

Allamakee County - Lansing
Lansing

There is still many more images from this road trip left to share. On the next collection I will talk about the bridge in the last picture that crosses the Mississippi River from Iowa to Wisconsin in Lansing. Enjoy it now, cause it won’t be around for much longer.

Allamakee County Aux – Vol. 1

Back in June I cruised around both Clayton and Allamakee County harvesting their town signs with Teresa. It is truly the most beautiful part of Iowa and there isn’t a close second. But the Loess Hills are second.

All of these pictures were taken in Clayton County:


Clayton County - Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Strawberry Point

Clayton County - Volga
Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Volga

Clayton County - Elkader
Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Elkader

Clayton County - Saint Olaf
St. Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Saint Olaf

Clayton County - Monona
Monona

Clayton County - Monona

Clayton County - Monona

The St. Olaf Tavern finished in the Top 5 in last year’s Best Tenderloin Contest ran by the Iowa Pork Producers Associator.

There are plenty more pictures from this trip still to come.

Fayette & Winneshiek County Aux – Vol. 4

Time to share the final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Fayette and Winneshiek Counties. Included in this collection are pictures taken at Montauk. Montauk is the mansion and home Iowa’s 12th Governor William Larrabee. I don’t know anything about William Larrabee, but I’m guessing his entire platform wasn’t to destroy rural schools to line the pocketbooks of the out-of-state interests that funded his campaign.

Here is the final collection of images:


Allamakee County - Postville
Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Allamakee County - Postville

Fayette County - Montauk
Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Montauk

Fayette County - Clermont
Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Clermont

Fayette County - Elgin
Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County - Elgin

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

Fayette County

If you don’t know what The Straight Story is, here it is from the Wiki:

In June 1994, Straight’s 80-year-old brother Henry Straight (Palisade, January 4, 1914 – Iowa, June 15, 1998) had suffered a stroke. At the age of 73 and in poor health from diabetes, emphysema and other ailments, Straight could not see well enough for a driver’s license, so he decided his only option was to travel on his 1966 John Deere riding lawn mower.

Setting off in early July 1994, Straight drove the mower along highway shoulders, towing a trailer loaded with gasoline, camping gear, clothes, and food from his home in Laurens, Iowa to his brother in Blue River, Wisconsin.

About four days and 21 miles into the trip, the lawn mower broke down in West Bend, Iowa. Straight spent $250 on replacement parts, including a condenser, plugs, a generator, and a starter.

After traveling another 90 miles, Straight ran out of money while in Charles City, Iowa. He camped there for a few days until his next Social Security checks arrived in August. He was interviewed by local newspapers. On August 15, Straight’s lawn mower broke down again when he was two miles from his brother’s house near Blue River. A farmer stopped and helped him push it the rest of the way. At a top speed of 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h), the trip took six weeks in all. After the visit, his nephew, Dayne Straight, drove him back to Iowa in his pickup truck.

Henry Straight recovered from his stroke and moved back to Iowa to be closer to Alvin Straight and the rest of his family.

Paul Condit, president and general manager of Texas Equipment Company, Inc., in Seminole, Texas, heard about the trip and gave Straight a 17-horsepower John Deere replacement riding mower worth $5,000. Straight disliked the media attention from the lawn mower trip. He turned down offers to appear on various TV talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.

David Lynch (of all filmmakers) turned the story into the movie THE STRAIGHT STORY. Richard Farnsworth played Alvin Straight and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The film was shot in chronological order along the original route that Alvin Straight took. Richard Farnsworth was suffering from terminal cancer during production and the paralysis of his legs shown in the film was real. He took his own life they year after the shooting of the film.

The movie currently streams on Disney+.

The next county we will visit for auxiliary images will be a little bit different. It will mostly involve a camping trip I made with Carla and Jason, but I consider them to be auxiliary images because I did take one town sign picture on the trip.

Tried So Hard to Be Everything that You Liked

Today seems like a good day to share the rest of the pictures that I considered for the 2023 Photography 139 Calendar, but did not use.


2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

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2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

Last Penny - 2022

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject

2023 Photography 139 Calendar Reject


Just because I rejected these images this year, doesn’t mean that one of them couldn’t show up in a future calendar.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES:


WEEK  382 - TRAINS, PLANES, & AUTOMOBILES
PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES

But what is a TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOBOMILES picture? Simply put it is a picture that involves a TRAIN or a PLANE or an AUTOMOBILE. All 3 don’t have to be in the picture. One will suffice. The picture can also be of anything that is tangential to TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMBILES. Roads, bridges, train tracks, terminals, stations, are all fair game.

I made this a theme this year because it will be one of the categories in this years Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. If you submit a photo for this theme, you have a picture you can enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Happy photo harvesting!