A Cold January in Siouxland, rural Monona County

24 Jan

The month of January is only halfway though and winter has reminded Siouxland residents that it still has a lot to offer its residents. Cold, below freezing and zero cold. More snow. And the chance to daydream about those coming summer months with heat, humidity and warm summer nights.

Cruising in rural Monona County, Iowa Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always begin thinking about driving the backroads when winter in Siouxland gets its second wind and sends real chills down the back while one is out navigating snowy and slushy roadways and sidewalks. The days may be sunny, but at zero or below temperatures one knows winter is still here. Growing up on a farm I enjoy these days driving about the countryside and “smelling” the freshly tilled soil or crops once they have begun growing. Yes, there is definitely a particular smell emitted by the soil and plants. Much like someone city-born could identify certain aromas from a neighborhood they grew up in whether it is from a restaurant or seaside community. Childhood smells remain with us as we get older and maybe more discriminating in the aromas we want to partake in.

Planted crops on a summer’s day in rural Monona County, Iowa Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And I try to put out of mind the thought of too much humidity on a hot summer’s day. That thought will come eventually, but for now, looking out a a white landscape, it seems very enticing and comforting. It’s always nice to have something to look forward too.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Planted crops on a summer’s day in rural Monona County, Iowa Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

4 Responses to “A Cold January in Siouxland, rural Monona County”

  1. Jim Lee January 24, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    At the welcome center, I’ve had a few visitors ask me if Iowa always smells like this. The first couple of times I had no idea what they were talking about. To me it smells like fresh air. But one time I was asked that question right after a farmer fertilized a field next door. That one I could understand.

    • jerrymennenga January 24, 2020 at 11:19 pm #

      Jim,

      There is something definitive about country air during certain times of the year.farmers I knew growing up always said it was money they could smell.

      Jerry

  2. Becky January 24, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

    Hi Jerry,

    Your photos always give us something to enjoy or look forward to-despite any challenges we may be facing weather-wise at the time.

    Thanks again for your beautiful photos. It surely brightens one’s day in the dreariness of cloudy weather this winter season.

    • jerrymennenga January 24, 2020 at 11:17 pm #

      Becky,

      Thank you for the kind words. I do what I can. All winters are the same length more or less, but some seem to last a longer period of time. And it’s nice to look forward to that warm feeling of the sun when a light jacket will do.

      Jerry

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