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Enjoying a Lingering Siouxland Christmas, Sioux City

17 Feb

While out for a walk recently during a snow fall I saw a neighbor still had some Christmas lights up. People in Siouxland like their holidays. Many decorate their homes around a holiday theme with some already putting up red stringed lights for Valentines Day. But I was glad to see these Christmas lights as I neared home. Reminding me of the season and the phrase of “leaving a light on in the window” so as to guide a traveler to a destination. And to add a little light to a somewhat dreary day.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Even though it’s after Christmas, some neighbors have left a few outdoor lights up and it adds a nice ambience while walking around the neighborhood in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Contrasting Seasons in Siouxland, Morningside College

7 Feb

A number of Siouxland colleges have outdoor performing areas that are utilized in more accommodating months of the year, basically when it is warmer. Morningside College is no exception and hosts free performances over the summer. And so I find it interesting to contrast the recent snow storm and a couple of performances that occurred last summer. Time and place, it always seems to matter.

And it makes looking forward to those warmer months a cheerful thought as the temperatures dip again to below freezing and me reaching for another cup of coffee.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

An outdoor performing arts theatre looks very different during a blizzard on the campus of Morningside College which resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A nice crowd turned out for the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band concert for the 4th of July celebration at Morningside College’ s Buhler Outdoor Performance Center in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, July 04, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Benches at an outdoor performing arts theatre on the campus of Morningside College look different without patrons attending a show during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Attendees of the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band keep the late afternoon sun off with a “patriotic” umbrellas at a 4th of July celebration concert at Morningside College’ s Buhler Outdoor Performance Center in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday, July 04, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A shortened performance of the popular Cats production over the weekend at Morningside College at the Betty Ling Tsang fine art series in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Winter’s Magic and Art in Siouxland, Sioux City

5 Feb

During the last snow storm Sioux City and the Siouxland region had I was fascinated with some of the scenes I saw just blocks from my house. Prior to the snow there had been freezing rain and together the two created a sort of “live” pencil art exhibition turning the campus of Morningside College into a living exhibit. Except for a few other braves souls I was one of a few to witness this and enjoyed the scenes as I walked about seeing nature creating its own art under less than pleasant “human” condition.s

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Snow encrusted trees look like pencil drawings on the campus of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Snow encrusted branches of a tree on the campus of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Snow encrusted trees on the campus of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A snow encrusted pavilion on the campus of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Winter Designs in Siouxland, Sioux City

31 Jan

Even though winter time in Siouxland can be a little daunting with below freezing temperatures and wind chill dropping temperatures even below zero, nature can surprise one with its basic yet somehow natural design with a winter storm.

A snow covered window screen from blowing snow during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Snow decorates a stone wall from a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

The snow against objects can add texture and contrast creating a piece of art in its own right and giving the eye momentary beauty, which lasts as long as the temps and sunshine don’t disrupt what was created. But eventually after the beauty of the scene is appreciated and maybe photographed, the work begins in the removal of this nature’s reminder of a cold and blustery season so that life can return to “normal”.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Snow decorates a garage door from a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Wet snow clings to a fence during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

A car navigates around a snow “wind row” created by a city snow plow for easier traffic flow after a blizzard in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

White Christmas in Siouxland, better late than never, Sioux City

25 Jan

Recently the Siouxland area received it’s White Christmas a little late, with up to 12 inches in some area and more in others, as a blizzard passed through shutting Sioux City and other Siouxland communities down for a brief time. But it is nice to have a fresh snow to do a little snowshoeing to check out the neighborhood.

Taking a walk around the neighborhood of Morningside College during a blizzard was easier using snowshoes during which the resulting storm dropped 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Residents were digging out their vehicles in the neighborhood of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

A dedicated athlete from the college runs around the neighborhood of Morningside College during a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

A city snowplow makes its way along Morningside Ave. during a walk around the neighborhood of Morningside College in a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

I like snow, especially when the temperature remains in the high 20’s and 30’s. It makes for a more pleasant experience spending time outdoors without feeling like your face is going to crack with below freezing windchill and cold toes. Even local college students enjoyed a respite from school as most local district and area colleges closed for the storm as did a number of businesses.

Morningside College art student takes a break from figure drawing and catches some fresh air during a walk around the neighborhood of Morningside College in a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Morningside College students attempts at “snowboarding” a downhill street resulted in some tumbles during a walk around the neighborhood of Morningside College in a blizzard that resulted in 11 plus inches of snow in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

But that doesn’t mean I want spring to come later rather than sooner. But some years that also includes late winter storms that occasionally occur in April.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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