Fading Fall Colors in Siouxland, Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek

29 Nov

A hiking trail seen from a ridge at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

This particular fall season in Siouxland seemed fleeting and unfulfilled. While there were pockets of color here and there, this fall was like a poem of unrequited love. It is always so nice to see brilliant colors and many hues when fall comes around. It is one of my favorite seasons as it is others as well. But this year that love of fall was not returned by Mother Nature. Mood swings in temperature in extreme seemed to have dampened expectations and the colors. So one must then hope and wish that next year’s fall will be better and somehow like memories past of a period of cooler temps and slowly changing colors that last a bit and not washed away with wind and rain.

Fading colors seen at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Railroad tracks seen from an overlook at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

There were nice days though when the temperature seemed perfect for sweater, fleece or jacket wearing. Too cool for shorts but not cool or cold enough for a heavy jacket. The sun and its light rays caressing the path with direct yet diffused lighting. Adding another element to be cherished in photographing landscapes and such. Not the harsh, direct light of summer. And once the colors have faded, the brown landscape emerges and holds sway until spring and warmer temperatures prevail and green shoots reemerge. But now patience is key and the ability to embrace other styles of photography until winter has passed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A trail takes a hiker to an overlook at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Fading colors during a fall hike at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

4 Responses to “Fading Fall Colors in Siouxland, Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek”

  1. Washe Koda November 29, 2022 at 7:19 am #

    Jerry: Did you have to hike up a hill for those photo captures ❓ ~Will 🙂

    • jerrymennenga November 29, 2022 at 9:54 am #

      Will, There is an easy trail along a ridge line from the preserve’s nature center. However, I started on another trail and had to cross over and jp some steep inclines to get over to the ridge line. A while back I posted about meeting two people at Hitchcock and the view from that post shows the height of that hillside compared to the valley below. Jerry

  2. doerfpub November 29, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

    Or autumn colors seemed to pass fast as well – lingered longer than last year where there was essentially zero phases between green and dead. Here’s to a better next year!

    • jerrymennenga November 29, 2022 at 8:05 pm #

      There’s an ongoing drought in this area, the last 2-3 years and so if there isn’t much snowfall this year or rain next spring it could affect the area adversely and the wildlife. Hoping for better color next year, but will wait and see.

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