Godot is Waiting for Spring in Siouxland, rural Monona County

29 Feb

Clouds pass through the area in the Loess Hills area off of the Loess Hills Scenic Byway in Monona County, Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Spring is slowly wending its way into Siouxland. Temperatures fluctuate between cold in the 20’s and 30’s and warmer, high 40’s and into the 50’s. Talking with friends it’s the latter 50’s we are all currently interested in. While driving some country roads recently I had to be careful as normally sound roads were a muddy glaze that would navigate well in a pickup truck, but not so much with other vehicles.

Clouds pass overhead near a weathered building in the Loess Hills area off of the Loess Hills Scenic Byway in Monona County, Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Clouds pass through the area in the Loess Hills area off of the Loess Hills Scenic Byway in Monona County, Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The rural landscape is still pretty dull. Browns, shades of brown populate the hills and dales of the Loess Hills region in Siouxland. No early peeking green shoots could be seen by a passing motorist. But hopefully soon. And a chance to wander again on a bright spring day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

in the Loess Hills area off of the Loess Hills Scenic Byway in Monona County, Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

5 Responses to “Godot is Waiting for Spring in Siouxland, rural Monona County”

  1. Washe Koda February 29, 2020 at 8:29 am #

    Do you use sand bags or bricks in the truck bed for traction on slick roads❓

    • jerrymennenga February 29, 2020 at 8:41 am #

      Washe,

      When I had a pickup, sandbags. I drive a little SUV these days that have what I call “pretty” wheels, not as substantial as previous Nissan Frontier I previously drove. But even then, there are some roads in Iowa I avoid after rains (third tier roads which often are only dirt) with ruts as it would be easy to set down a vehicle in the muck. It will still be a couple months before county road crews get out and “repair” these county gravel roads with road graders, but generally they are fine to drive after 3-5 days have passed after a rain fall. Dry enough to get through without problems. Growing up in the country I still remember a few things.

      jerry

      • Washe Koda February 29, 2020 at 9:34 am #

        Yrs ago in Minn I kept a snow mobile in my GMC for traction year round 😉

  2. Jim Lee February 29, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    The B&W looks great. I may have to try shooting with the square format sometime.

  3. indyal March 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

    Love the title! 😁

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