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Seasonal Change and a Rainy Day in Siouxland, Sioux Center

22 Oct

This past week the Siouxland area got a much needed rain. It was only 1.5 inches, but much needed nevertheless. The area is still drought stricken, and many people I talk with throughout my day is opening for a wet winter, whether through rain or snow so the area can gain some moisture back to where it should be for area farming and in general. The moisture is needed to sustain the agricultural industry in the western part of Iowa and in the Midwest in general. But I took a drive to visit a former colleague now working for a smaller publication last week and stopped by a private Christian college, Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa, and photographed students dealing with a change in weather. Not only was it raining, but the wind gusts were later reported to be between 30 mph to 50 mph which made it sometimes difficult just navigating across campus, but students didn’t dawdle between classes though. The wet weather has also put a damper (pun intended) on the Fall foliage and the season’s colors are now carpeting the ground with bright colors for a couple of days. Reprints for those interested.

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxand Fall Highlights, Rural Woodbury County

18 Oct

I was able to get to look for some more Fall color this past week before some forecasted rain hits western Iowa, Siouxland. It’s been so dry this year that any rain is welcomed, but will certainly change the look of the landscape. While driving around, there are times when I am shooting in the country that local farmers, or farmers’ wives will come out and ask what the heck am I doing. And generally the discussion leads to a nice visit. How the fall crops did this year, poorly in most places, whether there will be any moisture this winter, like snow. Personally, since I like to snow shoe, I hope it snows a bunch, but also hope the temperature stays in the 20’s and 30’s so the snow also melts and snows again. Rather than dropping into the 5 degrees and minus degrees, in which case all snow stays until summer when it can finally melt. So this is another look at Fall in Siouxland, and hoping it lasts a bit longer. More Fall photos and a place for reprints if the urge dictates.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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