Jack Frost Nipping Toes in Siouxland, Clay County, SD

16 Jan
Hoar frost creates a contrast with a tree’s darker bark seen along a county road in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter time in Siouxland can be a pretty time. Freshly fallen snow, hoar frost, snow drifts, within reason, can make for some compelling images. It’s just getting over the idea of getting outside when it’s cold and taking the photographs. On a recent trip to Clay County in South Dakota near Vermillion, hoar frost covered trees and roadsides. a virtual winter wonderland.

Hoar frost decorates a field seen in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Hoar frost seen along a snow covered county road in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

What makes for a pretty scene may not always make for the best of driving conditions. And one always hope that other drivers share the same concerns and are not in such a hurry that a side trip through a ditch is part of the travel route. Especially when fog is also part of nature’s plan that visibility is limited. But it does make for a pretty site and instead of thoughts of sugar plums dancing in my head, it’s just another hot cup of coffee, and maybe a sweet roll to savor after a stint outdoors on a cold day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Hoar frost decorates a field seen in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Hoar frost seen along a snow covered county road in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Hoar frost covers trees along a county road in Clay County outside of Vermillion, SD Friday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

9 Responses to “Jack Frost Nipping Toes in Siouxland, Clay County, SD”

  1. Randy Schoener January 16, 2023 at 10:01 am #

    Like the picture of the county road outside Vermillion

    • jerrymennenga January 16, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

      Randy, Thank you. I wished I could have gotten some more definition and contrast in and around that area, but it just wasn’t happening.

  2. Becky J January 16, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    Your photos today are just magnificent, Jerry. Despite the cold, dreariness and possible driving dangers, you’ve portrayed and captured one of those winter days that can fill our minds with longed for beauty during the darker days of that season.

    • jerrymennenga January 16, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

      Becky, Thank you for the kind words. Driving wasn’t too bad and other folk were cautious as well while driving, which was a nice thing. Snow has been scarce this year as it rains more than snows, then freezes, so it was refreshing to find the frost. Have a nice week.

  3. thegenxtravels January 18, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

    Nice pictures, Jerry! Looks like you are going to get some more snow! We started getting the white stuff fast and furious a few hours ago but not expecting as much as you all. It sure is pretty though!!

    • jerrymennenga January 18, 2023 at 10:51 pm #

      Lori, Hey. Yes, a few inches according to the weather prognosticators. Can’t see the street and except for knowing where the sidewalk is, differentiate it from the yard.
      But it is pretty. Curious about bird photos trying to get to the feeders tomorrow morning. Brt you two wish you were walking a beach in Greece about now. Take care.

      • thegenxtravels January 18, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

        Definitely wishing we were on a beach in Greece or anywhere! The snowblower gave out earlier so hoping we don’t get a back breaker amount of shoveling! I guess I could call it my workout for the day! Will watch for birds photos from you!

  4. doerfpub January 23, 2023 at 12:01 am #

    Those are some gorgeous pictures. Definitely worth the temporarily discomfort of getting your nose nipped.

    • jerrymennenga January 23, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      Thank you. I worked over the weekend and slept in a bit today, only to wake up and find hoar frost again and this time a bright blue sky. GRRRRRRRR!

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