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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

Siouxland Cherokee PRCA Rodeo

31 May

This weekend Cherokee, Iowa, hosted its 49th edition of its PRCA rodeo. There was rodeo action each of three nights beginning Thursday. I attended the Saturday even which turned into an all-day affair. From Sioux City it’s about an hour and a half drive, and meandering through some backroads was a nice way to get there. The rain held off that day it unfolded with a number of events, more of them I will post later. But the rodeo is the main attraction and it was fairly action-packed with the animals racking up more wins than the cowboys much to the chagrin of the latter. Rodeo’s always present the possibility of nice images, and not all them “action’ kinds of photography. I photographed the event with a Fuji XT-1 camera and some primes and one zoom. This camera is not a camera to use for sports. But for hanging out in Cherokee most of the day it was nice to have an carry, being much lighter than my Canon gear, and still providing excellent images.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

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