Enjoying the Light in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, SD

5 Feb
Morning at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in North Sioux City, South Dakota. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I must admit it’s must easier getting up in Siouxland and going outdoors throughout most of the year, when it isn’t winter. Getting my personal engine turned over with a couple cups of coffee and maybe some hot oatmeal is helpful, but inertia and pleasant warmth inside the house are strong factors for being lazy.

But no matter when I go out, I am always looking at light and how it might or does interact with subjects, whether singular, minuscule or on a grand scale. Light makes the image. The more dramatic the light oft time means more impact. But a person can not always control that aspect of what might be encountered.

Early morning at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in North Sioux City, South Dakota. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Canada geese fly over treetops at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve looking for a landing spot as the sun rises behind clouds in North Sioux City, South Dakota, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But one is more guaranteed success earlier in the morning and late in the day when color gets added to the mix. During midday the sometimes harsh light can make some great black and white images can create drama that holds a viewer’s attention. And so wistfully I think about the coming spring and the possibility of getting out early again when the temperatures are above zero, and hopefully above freezing. Sometimes that north wind can stop a person in their tracks, but not for long. Frost bite is serious and pausing some days is not advised.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Early morning at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in North Sioux City, South Dakota. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A weathered fence rail at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, South Dakota, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

4 Responses to “Enjoying the Light in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, North Sioux City, SD”

  1. thegenxtravels February 5, 2022 at 9:13 am #

    So nice to see all the green!! I’m ready for spring!!!

    • jerrymennenga February 5, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

      So maybe this is selfish, but I don’t mind seeing the brown without the white along side it. Green will be a welcome change, just wondering what the weather will be like in the spring. Snow! Or lots of rain, to get the green started. It has been an unusual year so far. jerry

      • thegenxtravels February 5, 2022 at 5:23 pm #

        It has been an unusual year, not sure what to expect

  2. Angela Tague February 5, 2022 at 9:33 am #

    Beautiful! Adams is one of my favorite places to visit, whether it’s the lush green forest and meandering trails in the summertime, or the colorfully lit Christmas festival when the snow falls. Lovely place!

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