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Moonlight Express in Siouxland, Rural Iowa

31 Aug
A recent full moon rises over a hill top in rural Plymouth County near Le Mars, Iowa Satuday, Aug. 21 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes while driving about Siouxland, one gets lucky and sees an image right before one’s eyes and you do the best to take advantage of it. While returning from a photo shoot earlier in the evening, which was held indoors, I didn’t realize there was a full moon that evening. And my surprise as I was driving home to see this huge, round ball above the distant landscape. I needed to get home to begin processing and doing post production on the work I had already photographed, but then realized stopping to photograph this scene wouldn’t significantly add more time.

A recent full moon rises over a hill top in rural Plymouth County near Le Mars, Iowa Satuday, Aug. 21 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Many photographers plan their ventures out for certain events like a full moon. Deciding ahead of time where they should be to also incorporate some sort of foreground into the image for perspective and interest. Me, I do whatever I can to make an image interesting, most times coming upon something like a full moon by happenstance, not really planning ahead or even realizing that there is lunar activity in play. After seeing the moonrise and then thinking about stopping, the next thing that happens is a song that always pops into my head for me to hum as I contemplate the moon. Or maybe, for a certain generation, thinking about Ralph Kramden’s comment to his wife, Alice, when he feels displeasure about something, but ultimately knows she is right. And lastly, I tried a little experimentation with white balance adjustments, but ultimately went with what I started as it looked most real and natural. And just glad I didn’t hear the CCR song playing and the rest of my trip home was uneventful.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A recent full moon rises over a hill top in rural Plymouth County near Le Mars, Iowa Satuday, Aug. 21 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Flying to the Moon in Siouxland, Hitchock Nature Center and Sioux City

6 Mar
Moon rise in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I’ve never been one who has studied astronomy or other aspects of planetary science. I just enjoy looking skyward in Siouxland and seeing the moon or other planets that I can identify with the naked eye. Being a little older it always reminds me of “Ralph Cramden” of the show “The Honeymooners” and his favorite reframe when taxed by his always sweet wife. Or of the Board Chairman singing about an adventure of love.

Moon rise in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It’s an object in the sky sits out of reach to most mortals and allows one’s imagination to roam inspiring folk like Jules Verne and others to pen journeys to far away destinations. Journeys in men’s and women’s minds that still exists today with a renewed interest for whatever reason to travel, while many of us just gaze skyward and enjoy a view of an earthly companion.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The moon and a jet trail appear during a cool January day at the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, Iowa Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Pottawattamie County. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Night Hike in Siouxland, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

7 Mar

 

Recently I attended a night hike to view a full moon in Siouxland, the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City. It was a clear night, and even warmish, although with a recent warming trend, climbing up the hill to a viewing point, even with steps was dicey. I slipped a couple times, and you are doing this in the dark.

Hikers head up a trail to Kestrel Point during a night hike to watch a full moon rising at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Helped along by those individuals who had planned ahead and brought flashlights with them. (Note to self, next time.) It was an nice short hike and because of the weather a number of people turned out to participate.

Hikers wait to head out for a night hike to watch a full moon rising at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The center’s resource naturalist, Tyler Flammang, did a wonderful job of explaining how he determined this would be an optimal night for viewing, minus the trail conditions and injected a little humor into the “adventure” to make it more fun.

Resource Naturalist Tyler Flammang, right, talks about the phases of the moon for leading a group on a night hike prior to a full moon rising at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I think people were pleasantly surprised at the result and with more programs planned and better weather with spring coming, more people will get out of doors and enjoy some fun in their own backyard.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The skyline of North Sioux City, SD can be seen from Kestrel Point during a night hike to watch a full moon rising at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The full moon becomes visible over the horizon during a night hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Hikers gathered to watch a full moon rising at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City, Iowa Friday March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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