Last Dandelion Standing in Siouxland, Ida Grove

2 Nov
A dandelion makes a valiant last stand as snow predictions will cover it and the lawn at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove, Iowa Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Weather people predict anywhere from 2-7 inches depending on location. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

While on an outing in Siouxland for a photography class I teach at the local community college, I was surprised to find a lone dandelion still standing, ready to spread its seed to propagate itself for yet another year. A recent snowfall that depended on location brought anywhere from 2-7 inches to the western Iowa area. I am certain this park looks much different now than it did a few days ago.

In a way I was sad to see the lone plant by itself, its seeds undisturbed, as though waiting. And for certain, Godot I did not see.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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