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Enjoying a Day Out in Siouxland, Little Sioux

26 Jan
An American White pelican lands on the Little Sioux River looking for a snack, located near Little Sioux, Iowa. The Little Sioux River feeds into the Missouri River Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Some outings in Siouxland are just a nice day out with hopes of finding something of interest to photograph. Some days are bust, some days are golden, and some days are just a nice day out.

This winter the weather has been see sawing back and forth between cold and warm. During a warm outing in late December I checked out an area to see what I might find that I have driven by numerous times. I didn’t exactly find what I was looking for, but wasn’t disappointed either.

An American White pelican flies over the Little Sioux River that feeds into the Missouri River Wednesday, December 22, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A bald eagle sits in a tree along the Missouri River checking things out, after flying about earlier Wednesday, December 22, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A couple of eagles were flying about the Missouri River at the junction of it and the Little Sioux River near Little Sioux. And behind an RV park there is a boat ramp both going into the Missouri River and the Little Sioux River. I don’t have a boat, but the confluence of the two bodies of water did provide a place for wildlife including the eagles and some American White Pelicans. It’s possible during the spring migration that more these birds will be passing through as the water here was not frozen over and there were not a lot of people at the time. Of course, it’s winter, and folk, like me, maybe decided it as a day better spent indoors. Here’s to spring.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The Little Sioux River flows over some rocks creating a small rapids before emptying into the Missouri River Thursday, December 23, 2021 near Little Sioux, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying Nature in Siouxland, Fortenelle Forest, Bellevue, NE

22 Jul
An early morning mist envelopes part of the area surrounding the board walk at the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always enjoy getting out and visiting places in Siouxland, especially outdoor parks. Taking a walk in nature is always nice, even on those days when the weather isn’t fully cooperating. Visually misty days can be more interesting and different that a bright sunshine, sunlight dappled view of a forest.

Visitors make their way along the board walk at the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A woman makes her way along the board walk at the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A number of people were out enjoying the board walk at the forest which wanders about a small portion of the park for about one mile. Meandering to different parts, one even close to the Missouri River when other surprises are sometimes in store for those who happened to pick one day over another to visit.

Turkey vultures roost in a tree along the Missouri River bank at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A bald eagle replaces the turkey vultures previously sitting in a tree along the bank of the Missouri Valley at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Besides making one appreciate the beauty of nature, it always works up an appetite walking and looking for scenes to photograph. Lunch is always a nice reward after a morning out. And the chance to yet again see another bald eagle and enjoy the quiet of the forest just makes it a pleasant day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A couple enjoy a day out at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
The board walk ehich runs about a mile encompasses only a small portion of the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
A couple looks engulfed in foliage while using the board walk at the Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, NE Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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