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Festival of Trees in Siouxland, Cherokee

2 Dec

Sometimes revisiting places in Siouxland leads one to pleasant little surprises. One such visit to Cherokee recently I dropped by the Sanford Museum and Planetarium and came upon its Festival of Trees.

A house from across the street is reflected in the windows of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Small Christmas trees decorated by a variety of groups from the area each giving their own tree a special spin and unique look.

Each of the Festival of Trees entries have unique aspects about them during the exhibit at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Sometimes those decorating exercise their sense of humor as well.

Playing on words for one Festival of Trees entry at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

So it’s fun to visit different communities this time of year to see what is going on, even though the theme of Christmas is the same. Pleasant surprises await the person willing to make the time to visit.

The museum and planetarium provides the community and surrounding area residents a place when there are art shows and history programs. A small display with the history and information about the museums’s benefactor plus a room with some items from a founding community family gives visitors a little background. Just another reason to do a bit of local travel to explore areas in Siouxland.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A decorated tree in the “Sanford” room at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

History about the Sanford family at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium in Cherokee, Iowa Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Seeing Shapes and Patterns in Siouxland, Cherokee

25 Oct

When teaching one of my photography classes at the local community college through the Lifelong Learning program I always bring up compositional techniques and how these can be instrumental in helping photographers better inform a viewer of what a photograph is about and direct that viewer’s eye as he/she looks at the photo. And I also tell them there is no right or wrong technique or vision. If not everyone likes an image, even their family, they will eventually get over it.

But a larger point I try to make is to get people to “see” It’s so easy to drive by a familiar place day after day after week after month, etc., and not really see it. While driving around Cherokee in 2015 I made a few exposures. I had looked at the images then but never got around to processing them. I looked at the again recently and saw something I liked with a few of them and those were the shapes and patterns created by objects I saw. I know I saw them at the time or I would not have take the photographs. But this time around as I did an edit the shapes and patterns gelled in my mind a bit more.

Shapes in Cherokee, Iowa, Monday, August 24, 2015.

Shapes in Cherokee, Iowa, Monday, August 24, 2015.

Repetitions and patterns and shapes exist everywhere. And it just takes time for a person to stop and see and share those images with others in hopes they will see something different that is also familiar.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Standing Sentry in Siouxland, Rural Cherokee County

17 Feb

On a drive recently to Cherokee, Iowa I passed a field that contained a grain bin, a tractor and a hay rake. It struck as another winter storm system moves into the area that seeing these staples of a farm operation made me think they are standing sentry, waiting for temperature to climb, the sunshine warming the dirt in the fields as farmers to prepare another season of planting and harvesting. Ever cyclical anyone who lives in the Midwest knows that when farmers get closer to planting their fields that winter is over and spring is here.

But that won’t happen until after Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction has come and gone.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A tractor, hay rake and a grain bin stand as silent sentries until the next planting season in rural Cherokee County, Iowa Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A tractor, hay rake and a grain bin stand as silent sentries until the next planting season in rural Cherokee County, Iowa Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Halloween Approaches in Siouxland, Cherokee

27 Oct

Halloween is almost here and children will be out trick and treating with their parents as the eyes loom large at the candy they accumulate and the other “spooky creatures” they see doing the same. On a recent visit to Cherokee, Iowa I saw some decorations in the downtown area as local businesses decorate street corners and store fronts with fall and Halloween decor. Some attempts were made with what seemed more enthusiasm than others. But the attempt was made to decorate the downtown area of this community which is more than can be said for other communities. It was fun to walk and see what was there and to enjoy a ommunity’s celebration of a holiday.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Small communities in Siouxland, Cherokee

18 Sep

I like driving to the small communities in Siouxland. Each has its own charm and it;s nice to just hang out there, walking about and getting a chance to learn more about it. When I visited Cherokee, Iowa, a few months back to attend its annual rodeo, I also took some time to walk around its downtown and to explore it a bit more. And I found it a nice visit. Like all small towns in Iowa, its downtown is filled with early constructed buildings that is an anchor and lends charm to the community. But like a lot of small towns, it too struggles to keep itself vibrant and growing. The slower pace of life and possibly fewer offerings are not liked by all, but unless one wants to live in a megalopolis, smaller communities can offer their own way of life that many find attractive.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Iowa Western Border Agents

5 Jun

At the Cherokee rodeo parade last week, the Iowa Western Border Agents always participate. Prior to the parade, the members stage a train depot robbery which is entertaining and yet shows dress and hardware of the late period Western era, when most men wore sidearms. They also stage a shoot out during the parade.

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A Siouxland Rodeo Parade, Cherokee

1 Jun

So this weekend in Siouxland was filled with a lot of “horsing” around, pun intended, in Cherokee, Iowa, as it held its 49th annual Cherokee PRCA rodeo and rodeo parade. The rodeo was held three nights, Thursday – Saturday, but the parade was Saturday afternoon. And like most parades, there were floats, candy throwing for children of all ages and some other interested parties (read politicians) who also participated. It too is nice and features a number of horses and horse groups since it all comes back to the rodeo.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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