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WPC – WEEK 458 – CAMERA

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 EMPATHIZE 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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CAMERA! A great theme! But did enough people pick one up to make it a popular theme? You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, June 17, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Deanna McClain – 1 week (IA, MN)
2-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 2 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
3-Mary Green – 2 weeks (MI, IA, IN, IL, PR) <2>
4-Eliainie Hernandez – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sara Lockner – 2 weeks (IA, BHS, MN)
6-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks (IA)
7-Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks (IA)
8-Suzie Brannen – 6 weeks (IA, MD) <2>
9-Mike Vest – 6 weeks (IA, MO)
10-Alexis Stensland – 8 weeks (IA)
11-Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
12-Adam Gordon – 17 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
13-Becky Parmelee – 16 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
14-Lowell Davis – 24 weeks (IA)
15-Michelle Haupt – 24 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
19-Brandon Kahler – 25 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 43 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN, IL)
17-Sheri Fakhouri – 53 weeks (IA, NE)
18-Logan Kahler – 53 weeks (IA, MN)
19-Nathanial Brown – 55 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN, IRL, UK) <2>
20-Jesse Howard – 55 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
21-Tamara Peterson – 67 weeks (IA, MN)
22-Mindi Terrell – 70 weeks (IA) <2>
23-Linda Bennett – 99 weeks (KS) <2>
24-Sarah Toot – 100 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV, NJ) <2>
25-Angie DeWaard – 104 weeks (IA, IL)
26-Dawn Krause – 108 weeks (IA)
27-Kim Barker – 114 weeks (IA, CO, LA)
28-Joe Duff – 115 weeks (TX)
29-Teresa Kahler – 126 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
30-Carla Stensland – 126 weeks (IA, MO)
31-Micky Augustin – 128 weeks (IA, IL)
32-Andy Sharp – 129 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA) <2>
33-Bill Wentworth – 130 weeks (NE, MO)
34-Cathie Morton – 133 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
35-Elizabeth Nordeen – 135 weeks (IA, OH) <2>
36-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 137 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
37-Kio Dettman – 139 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 458 - CAMERA - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Manchester, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Madrid, Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Arnolds Park, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Arnolds Park, Iowa) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (St Matthew’s UMC – Madison, Mississippi) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 25 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Story City, Iowa) – 26 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (Iowa) – 44 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (South Ankeny, Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 54 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Jefferson, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA -JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (RPW – Ames, Iowa) – 56 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Boone, Iowa) – 68 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 71 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 100 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (Pennsylvania) – 101 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 105 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Estes Park, Colorado) – 115 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 116 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Boone, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Arnold’s Park, Iowa) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Florida) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Illinois) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Norwalk, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 136 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole Foley (Cellar Winery – Madrid, Iowa) – 138 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) 140 weeks

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 458 - CAMERA - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Boone, Iowa) – 561 weeks

34 participants this week. Not a popular week!

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Colorado (1)
+ Florida (1)
+ Illinois (1)
+ Iowa (32)
+ Kansas (1)
+ Mississippi (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (2)

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 (6)
+ Florida (9)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (8)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (902)
+ Ireland (3)
+ Kansas (35)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (8)
+ Mississippi (2.5)
+ Missouri (15.5)
+ Nebraska (32)
+ Nevada (4)
+ New Jersey (1)
+ New York (14)
+ North Ireland (1)
+ Ohio (2)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (17)
+ Puerto Rico (4)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (38)
+ 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, IL) – 8
+ 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, FL) – 3
+ 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 and Andy are now tied to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and and Scott and Nathanial are in striking distance though!

There were some big milestones this week! Brandon joined the Half Year Club! WooHoo! Linda joined the Triple Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! Andy joined the 2.5 Year Streak Club! WooHoo!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. There were quite a few streaks that bit the dust. Jen and Elainie’s streaks end at 2. Monica’s streak ends at 3. Willy’s streak ends at 4. Becky’s streak is over at 16!

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 459 - ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT! 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 ENTERAINMENT in this place that hopefully provides some next Monday.
AA

New Orleans Food Adventure – Day 1

I ate a lot of food while is New Orleans. Here is just the food I ate on Day 1 of my trip.


New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
On the flight from Des Moines to Saint Louis.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Not bad.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Water on the flight from Saint Louis to New Orleans.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Another bag of these.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Tony and I got lunch at Mambo’s.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
I got the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
It was pretty darn good and I’m not really a pasta person.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
We split an order of the Jalapeno Hush Puppies.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Also, very good.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
$38.04 with tip.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim and I ate supper at the Acme Oyster House.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim’s signature drink.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
My supper.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
It was mostly kind of fair.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Jambalaya.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Kim’s supper was much better.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
$30.37 with tip.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1
Too bad I don’t like oysters.

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

New Orleans Food Adventure - Day 1

The trip was off to a good start!

I’m Selfish, I Know, I Can’t Let You Go

Time to clear out more of the proverbial backlog. These are a collection of pictures that I took back in August of 2023 but never fit any other “An Artist’s Notebook” posts. But are good enough that I think the world should see them. Some were taken on a trip to Dickcissel with Naima. Some from the drive home from watching Logan and Nathanial compete in a competitive barbecue contest. Some from my yard. And more from Dickcissel.


Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

Moingona School

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Panther, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa

Rippey, Iowa


Panther, Iowa – Ghost Town
PANTHER


Perry, Iowa
PERRY IA
CULTURE & COMMUNITY THRIVE HERE.

Stop Sign on 17.

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Dickcissel Park

Always feels good when the backlog gets just a little bit more cleaned up.

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh, woah

Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving everything inside and out and
Love’s strange, so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on

Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh, woah

Don’t you try and pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security, ah

Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
When you walk away

Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on, call my name
Will you call my name?

I say
La, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
When you walk on by
And you call my name
When you walk on by
-Written by Keith Forsey & Steve W. Schiff
-Performed by Simple Minds

On Monday I watch the Brat Pack documentary BRATS with Teresa. I’m not going to full on endorse this documentary unless you are in a certain age group. But it did put me in the mood to watch some Brat Pack movies. ST. ELMO’S FIRE. ABOUT LAST NIGHT. For example. But I thought for this Thursday’s journal title I would use the song from what is by far AND I MEAN BY FAR, the best Brat Pack movie. THE BREAKFAST CLUB.

But Thursdays are for flowers. This flowertography session is small and you might think it is really all butterflies, but butterflies are just self-propelled flowers. Duh!

This collection was taken in my yard:


A Butterfly

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

A Butterfly

Sorrow and Gladness - 2023

I think there is only one more day of 2023 flower images left to share!

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

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

Pizza Hut Remains

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

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 - 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.

Burgertime: Adair Field Work

Here is your Bokeh Picture of the Week:


Bokeh

In this picture Bokeh is running with a tennis ball that Lola, the dog from across the street, gave her. She had a vet appointment on Friday where she got 2 shots. Only 2 more rounds of shots and she will be good for a year. She now weighs 23.9 pounds.

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A few weeks back I went on a road trip with Nader and we ended up in Adair to try the burger at the Chuckwagon in Adair. It was one of the 10 finalists for Best Burger in Iowa, but it did not win. Here are some pictures:


BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant
Nader’s Chicken Strips

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant
Great urinal.

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

BurgerTime: Chuckwagon Restaurant

The burger was a hot delicious mess! I would gladly go back there. I wouldn’t make a special trip from Boone, but if I was on I-80 between Des Moines and Omaha, I would pull over and knock down a tasty burger from there.

You can find the Chuckwagon Restaurant here:

113 5th Street
Adair, Iowa

HOURS:
Sunday Closed
Monday 7 AM–8 PM
Tuesday 7 AM–8 PM
Wednesday 7 AM–8 PM
Thursday 7 AM–8 PM
Friday 8 AM–8:30 PM
Saturday 8 AM–8:30 PM

Next Sunday’s food adventure will recount all the food I ate in New Orleans.

But…

How is my efforting to live a healthy lifestyle going?

This week my weight went down 0.0 pounds. I weight exactly the same as I did last Sunday. Definitely a week of plateauing, but also a week of not exercising much and not eating well. But it happens. I am now down 46.5 pounds since starting Noom.

So my new goal is to drop that 8.1 pounds by the 4th of July. That would be around 2 pounds a week, which seems realistic. Although. I can say for certain that after I reach my “ultimate goal weight” that goal weight will change. I’m going to guess with about another 25 pounds or so. We’ll see. I have to make that weight first.

But weight isn’t the only measure (or even the most important measure) of positive results. I’m not sure I can come up with any this week. Obviously there are. I guess I’ll just go with yardwork is definitely easier these days.

Since I started using Fitbit on February 20, 2024 (117 days) I’ve:

+ Taken 1,402,585 steps
+ Averaged 8,154 steps a day for the last 7 days
+ Walked 648.81 miles
+ Averaged walking 5.54 miles a day

That is all to report for now.

*Ultimate goal weight subject to change.