Tag Archives: Bacon Creek Park

Creating images in Siouxland, Sioux City

16 Jul

The other day it was a not, muggy, miserable type of midwestern summer day in July that is probably best spent indoors if possible. But this was a continuation of a few days of hot, muggy and miserable days in Iowa and I needed to get outside and breathe some fresh air even if it was a bit unbearable. I visited Bacon Creek Park and walked its three mile loop. Thankfully there was a breeze and most of the loop passes through a forested area.

Because I chose mid-day to take my walk, not a bright idea on a hot, muggy and miserable kind of midwestern summer day, the light was vary garish. And so I started looking for scenes that would best use this type of light. I tell students you can photograph any time and anywhere. It’s just a matter of being observant. That doesn’t mean mid-day photos are more successful than a nice sunset or evening shot during the golden hour, but the possibilities are still there. And if you’re taking a walk on such a day, it pretty much reflects the experience, maybe.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring in Siouxland brings new Arrivals, Bacon Creek Park

10 May

With the arrival of spring and the Siouxland landscape now becoming green and lush after this past winter’s brown tones, there are also other new arrivals. During a recent walk out at Bacon Creek Park I came across a number goose families lounging on the shore with their young brood of goslings. As I approached this gathering which was spread along the walking path, it struck me as reminiscent of a French painting by Georges-Pierre Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, only instead of people, geese.

As I slowly approached the grouping of geese slowly began to disperse, all being a little wary of the approaching person. Not wanting to disturb them more than I needed, I walked even slower, but one gallant young goose hissed very loudly and slowly began circling me as I tried to get around him and his family, not wanting to startle the little goslings, which I succeeded in not upsetting.

But it was a touching scene, more like a social event for these families of geese and nice encounter, without any biting on their part, as spring continues to unfold.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring’s Rebirth in Siouxland, Bacon Creek

6 May

It was a cold and blustery day, that even saw a few flakes of snow falling. It’s almost May and Mother Nature keeps tossing small reminders of winter at the Siouxland area. While out for a walk at Bacon Creek in Sioux City it was nice to see vibrant greens contrasting with the dark bark of trees, signaling the rebirth of spring and a new season. Some “valleys” in Bacon Creek Park look like rivers of green. Spring is here, although Mother Nature seems to be warming to the idea of that slowly.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A walking path snakes through Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Vibrant green of new growth looks like a river of green in Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa Friday, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Siouxland’s Spring, coming soon, Bacon Creek Park

11 Mar

On a recent visit to Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, the day was sunny, but chilly. Some geese were walking on water, frozen maybe, but still walking on water which was fun to see. Other geese were practicing take offs and landings. Maybe getting ready for that day when they would be returning north and getting the youngsters a little extra practice in.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Finding your way through Siouxland, Bacon Creek Fog

19 Mar

This time of year brings a continual change of weather. One day it will be sunny, blue sky, possibly windy and the next, colder temps, rain, maybe even snow, and sometimes fog. And so it was the earlier in the week that fog descended on Siouxland making it treacherous for early morning drivers getting to work, but absolutely gorgeous for those looking for a different set of images to photograph.

I opted to stay safe, and rather than driving about to find images to shoot in the fog, I went to Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa, to walk its trail. Almost like stepping back into time, a walk through a primordial space. The only chatter to hear was birds making a ruckus. And the sound carried for through the quiet woods for quite a distance. The fog seeming to amplify the sound. It was almost magical and a nice way to spend a morning.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Enjoying Winter in Siouxland, Bacon Creek Park

19 Jan

I am finding that as I get a bit older, the less I like walking around in temperatures below 10 degrees. Well actually 15 degrees. And if it’s colder and the wind is blowing making an even colder windchill temperature, it just sucks. But on the other hand, when the sun is shining, I find I can brave the cold for a short walk and sometimes head out to a nearby park, Bacon Creek Park, in Sioux City, Iowa.

So I did a couple weeks back, braved the cold, went for a short walk in a park in Siouxland, and saw some nice light and shadows with an afternoon sun. I saw others had been out before me, and I am happy for them. Maybe they stayed a little longer than I did. In winter it may look inviting with the sun shining, and it is, but one still needs to bundle up. My 30-40 minutes of exertion however gave me some nice light/shadow images and breathing in some fresh air is always good. And since February is closer now than it was, I know spring is on its way.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Christmas hints, minus the snow, Bacon Creek

23 Dec

Went for a walk in a local city park the other day which circles a small lake that is spring fed. Bacon Creek Park has a nice loop path, paved, that is a favorite of walkers, both two-legged and four-legged with their owners. A drizzly kind of day, not many people were about. And with just a couple days left before Christmas, no snow as well. But that didn’t deter some eager elf to remind local folk that Christmas is almost here. At various points along the path, one could find red bows affixed to tree branches, a wreath placed before one particular tree and a wooden snowman ornament hanging on a tree off the path and almost hidden. For me it brightened the walk and made me curious who the person or persons it is that is placing the bows and wreath. A user of the park or someone with the city’s park department. A remembrance to someone or just a little holiday cheer. Without the snow, definitely the walking was easier, but the added elements added a nice holiday lift and cheer to a rather overcast and somber day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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