Future Seeds for Planting in Siouxland, Lakeside Laboratory, Milford

21 Nov

A couple of acorns sit on a deck railing at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, Iowa Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes while out and about in Siouxland I come upon a scene where I just want to stay put a while and enjoy, and maybe ponder what if. A recent revisiting of the Lakeside Laboratory in Milford near West Okoboji was such a moment. A deck that sits behind the research area’s housing complex was empty, with most summer participants having left to return to their lives at school or elsewhere. I saw a couple of acorns someone had placed on the deck’s railing. Wondering what mighty trees might grow from two such seeds or if they would get a chance to grow at all. The serene scene of the lake appeared from the deck, and the rollicking, fun loving boaters and summer folk who could fill the air with raucous summer fun were long gone. The silence was nice. Making it somewhat more poignant in taking a few minutes to sit, ponder, wonder and look. One such never knows what may appear in life or when, and sometimes a chance to sit quietly and think should be an opportunity not overlooked.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

West Lake Okoboji seen from a deck at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, Iowa Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A stone structure used in research at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, Iowa Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “Future Seeds for Planting in Siouxland, Lakeside Laboratory, Milford”

  1. Priti November 22, 2022 at 9:14 am #

    Beautiful photos especially the lake! Well shared thanks .👏

    • jerrymennenga November 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm #

      Priti, Thank you. It’s a lovely place.

      • Priti November 22, 2022 at 9:12 pm #

        Yes absolutely 😊 please do visit my blog 😃

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