Looking for the Green in Siouxland, Rural Iowa

3 Apr

As the temperatures in the Siouxland region continue to rise, albeit slowly, I look forward to once again getting into my vehicle and driving about. Seeking whatever is over the next rise or pausing to enjoy the scene just outside my windshield.

Rural Plymouth County, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Blue skies will return and the grass and surrounding countryside will begin to green up, leaving behind that barren winter look.

Near Smithland, Iowa rural Woodbury County Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Having grown up in the country, I enjoy tooling down a country road, be it gravel or black top. Not driving especially fast so that I can enjoy what I see and the quiet one generally finds in the country. Stop and listen, and you might hear birds, the wind, crickets, if it’s nearer dusk or evening and what some might call the sound of silence. Well, maybe to a city dweller.

Rural Plymouth County, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The view can be expansive, even in the Midwest like in Siouxland, or a closer view of a country scene. While the photos themselves can’t relate all of the experience like freshly mowed alfalfa in a field, a nearby stockyard or the damp smell created by newly plowed earth or after a fresh rain, they can set up the experience to which a viewer if they so desire, then makes an effort to experience the same themselves.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Rural Plymouth County, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

5 Responses to “Looking for the Green in Siouxland, Rural Iowa”

  1. washekoda April 3, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    I had my ‘long johns’ hanging on the cloths line a month ago here in N.E. Tennessee. While living in central Minn yrs ago we knew it was spring seeing that at the Norwegian farms 😉 I missed your shots of Siouxland while in between web domains.

    • jerrymennenga April 4, 2019 at 8:11 am #


      Hello. Hope all is well. Thanks for the compliment. It’s finally get warm enough to venture out for longer periods of time. There are plentynof past posts and musings if younso desire.

      Have a good week.


      • washekoda April 4, 2019 at 8:28 am #

        I am doing peachy. Finally got my .blog website squared away. I get to your archives when I can. 65 now & still only 24hrs in a day, like Grandpa used to say ‘time sure flies when your having fun’

      • jerrymennenga April 5, 2019 at 2:46 pm #


        Glad to hear you are doing well and having fun. Enjoy and have a great spring and summer.


      • washekoda April 5, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

        Thank-you Jerry 🙂

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