Siouxland’s Ponca State Parkand approaching Winter, Ponca, NE

29 Nov

This Fall in Siouxland has been especially nice this year. A weather person with one of the local TV stations said the normal temperature for November this time of year is usually 30 degrees, and today the temp was somewhere in the 50’s. Not bad. Toward the end of summer I always get a little wistful when I start to hear that sound of the locusts, buzzing into the night, noting that soon the season will be changing and that cooler temperatures are on the way. The sound is such a simple sound, background noise really. But significant in its own way. I have heard it for years, and am glad I recorded it this year. Another passing, another season, another chance to begin again and see the world fresh with the coming blanket of white. This piece is of some scenes in Ponca State Park in Ponca, Nebraska, as the locusts serenade the viewer.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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