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Enjoying a Fall Day in Siouxland, Lewis and Clark State Park, Onawa

11 Nov

at the Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, Iowa Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Some days in Siouxland are so nice one just wants to savor them as long as one can. Recently a fall day had temps finally getting back into the 50’s with sunshine. The weather has been a bit funky this year and what should have been a great year for fall color found many trees getting close, but continued cold nights and rainy days seemed to stopped the color change in progress.

at the Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, Iowa Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

People were out though enjoying what they thought might be one of the truly nice days this year before the winter season begins bringing a constant chill to the air in the temperature range of the 20’s and 30’s. Indeed chilly and the cold spell helps the trees to drop their leaves before they can reach that peak of color display.

at the Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, Iowa Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But I enjoy what I can and wandered through the park savoring the sunshine, the golden boughs and hoping for maybe one more day when I didn’t have to throw on a heavy coat to go outside and brave the chill.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

at the Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, Iowa Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Fall Season in Siouxland, Rural Western Iowa

2 Oct

Like many people who are asked the question what is your favorite time of year, I too, like Fall. Although I did add some images I made earlier this year, in summer. But with those crisp mornings in Siouxland, the fresh smell in the air, sometimes wood smoke from neighbors fire places brings back memories. Or if you are driving in the country, farmers burning leaves, which is something I remember as a child growing up on a  farm in Illinois. The quality of light from the sun as well, not the harsh light of summer, but at a more oblique angle the view is softer, richer in a way, that compliments and brings out the colors of Fall with the changing color of the leaves.

It is a favorite time of year for many to take drives into the country or around town and photograph the changing colors prior to that first snow or rain that washes away the leaves, and leaves many an enthusiast saddened, and resigned, to pull out the rake and get the yard ready for winter.
Enjoy the view. I hope to add more prior to that rain or snow fall here in the Siouxland area. Reprints for those not able to get and make their own photographs are here.
Jerry Mennenga
Sioux City
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