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Enjoying Nature in Siouxland, Wildlife Management Area in Rural Woodbury County

6 Oct

A blooming water lily at a Woodbury County Wildlife Management area off of Hwy K-25 Wednesday, July 13, 2022 near Salix, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Some days when I head out into Siouxland I have no destination in mind, but just hope I might come across something that might make a decent image and a chance to visit an area I have not been to previously. A wildlife management area off a county road I have driven numerous times was such an unexpected opportunity. Nothing fancy, a short trail and a creek. But it was quiet, and once I arrived, critters were about just enjoying their summer’s day while mindful of a visitor, but not overly concerned.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A young Redwing Blackbird looks about perched atop a small tree at a Woodbury County Wildlife Management area near Snyder Bend Park Wednesday, July 13, 2022 south of Salix, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A turkey and its chicks wander about until seeing a visitor at a Woodbury County Wildlife Management area near Snyder Bend Park Wednesday, July 13, 2022 south of Salix, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Turkey chicks seem puzzled after their mother moved into higher weeds (at right) after seeing a visitor at a Woodbury County Wildlife Management area near Snyder Bend Park Wednesday, July 13, 2022 south of Salix, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Turkey chicks seemed puzzled after their mother moved into higher weeds (at right) after seeing a visitor at a Woodbury County Wildlife Management area near Snyder Bend Park Wednesday, July 13, 2022 south of Salix, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Summer’s Day Birding, Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, Westfield

11 Aug

Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society spend time looking for birds off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday morning, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Living in Siouxland for some is a bit of luxury in that the rural area has a number of places that “birders”, such as members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society, can get together and enjoy their common interest in finding and recording the feathered creatures that inhabit Siouxland, as well as those passing through during a migratory flight depending on the season.

And sometimes I am lucky to go along with the folk and explore a new area or revisit one I had forgotten about. Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve is a large acreage in Siouxland that contains the largest remaining prairie native to Iowa, along with a couple hundred bison that roam the preserve. The birders this day were driving the rim of the preserve and looking for whatever creatures they might find and recording their finds later on their website.

A view of the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve seen from Butcher Road Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A member of the Loess Hills Audubon Society takes a photo of scene while birding off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society spend time looking for birds off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday morning, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

For me as always, it’s more about the photography and documenting what occurs, a practice I can’t seem to shake after working for small daily newspapers and weeklies for 3 decades. I enjoy watching people enjoy their passion and taking the time to pursue it, even on what turned out to be. muggy kind of morning and more so as the day wore on. But once out and searching one can forget the discomfort of the weather in trying to find those elusive little feathered neighbors. The birders recognize the bird song, of which some I do, but not near enough, and it’s probably time for me to download one of the many bird apps to use to know what bird is singing while outdoors.

A lonely fence post seen off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

One of several bison grazing on a hilltop off at the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve seen from Butcher Rd. Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Wildflowers seen off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I can easily get sidetracked while out as I see various visuals come into view. But it’s always fun, and a little morning walk after a couple cups of coffee preps one, and of course, thinking about lunch later. I am learning through friends how a day might be planned and I must admit, the planning around fun activities and eating always sounds like a good day to me.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A view of the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve seen from Butcher Road Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society spend time looking for birds off of Butcher Rd. that abuts the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve Saturday morning, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A wooden bench allows visitors a place to sit and watch and listen at the Nature Conservancy Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve off of Butcher Rd. Saturday, July 16, 2022 near Westfield, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Celebrating a Siouxland Fourth of July, Storm Lake

8 Jul

A couple dresses in their red, white and blue balloon finest as they participate in Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

 

A mother and daughter display their patriotic style as they attend Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 parade and festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Storm Lake, Iowa is kind of an American story made for the Fourth of July. A small Siouxland town melting pot that honors its freedom and a diverse population that helps ensure it. At one time a slowly dying town, the community now contains people from at least 15, maybe 20 nationalities that make up its workforce and population.

Storm Lake, Iowa is made up of many diverse nationalities where South Bend, IN mayor and 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (not pictured) campaigns Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 Parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

 

Various nationalities make up Storm Lake, Iowa’s population and South Bend, IN mayor and 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (not pictured) campaigns during Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 Parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

So for the July 4 celebration its residents don their collective native traditional dress and parade through its streets along a lake that is its one main attraction. And the several block parade is teeming with folk there to watch, plus the candy that the kids get to take home since all floats toss candy.

The Peterson, Iowa Lion’s Club antique fire engine is decked out in U.S. flags as they participate in Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 Parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

 

The Tubador plays more favorites after the parade during Storm Lake, Iowa for July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

But after the parade finishes, the park along the lake front is alive with music and artisans and food tents, all adding to a festive environment for all to celebrate together.

People took shelter in the shade of the Living Heritage Tree Museum along the lake front during Storm Lake, Iowa July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A few art tents display wares for sale during the Storm Lake, Iowa July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Charles Bade, a former resident of Storm Lake, Iowa creates new are for the July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The Brown’s Family group played and sang favorites of the audience during the Storm Lake, Iowa July 4 festivities, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The tree filled park makes for a nice place to relax and enjoy the company of your friends, listen to the entertainment or grab a bite to eat, besides perusing items for sale. And as a small town, Storm Lake is like so many others. Thankful and happy to have one day to enjoy with community neighbors and visitors where all come together for a community celebration.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

People checked out the many food booths and artists’ tents in the Living Heritage Tree Museum area along the lake front during the Storm Lake, Iowa July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Young people hang out on the lake front during the Storm Lake, Iowa July 4 festivities, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A couple celebrates Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 parade while South Bend, IN mayor and 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (not pictured) campaigns in the parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

 

A family is dressed in home country outfits to show their heritage as they participate in Storm Lake, Iowa’s July 4 Parade, Thursday, July 4, 2019.

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