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Exploring Summer in Siouxland, Lakeside Lab in Milford

11 Aug

Clouds dot the sky on a perfect summer’s day at the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

One of the stone hut labs built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s at the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always enjoy stopping by the Lakeside Lab near Milford up by the lakes when I get the chance. Every season of course brings a different look to the place. Summer has its own bit of color, although in places one has to look closely.

Except for those extremely hot and humid days, hanging out near the water is a delight. As is exploring the area looking for various subjects and just seeing what is there.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Boats sit stacked and waiting for use at the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A variety of plants decorate the grounds of the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Flowering plants that maybe part of the study mission dot the area at the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Flowering plants follow the sun at the Iowa Lakeside Lab off of Millers Bay at Lake West Okoboji near Milford, Iowa Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Enjoying Fall’s Light in Siouxland, Gull Point State Park

6 Dec

I love the play of light when I am out photographing in Siouxland and elsewhere. I don’t always capture what I see, but it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the effects of light and shadow play or the interaction of color say between water and foliage. And then I try to amuse myself taking a self-portrait via a reflection and getting results that might be questionable but still fun nonetheless.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Woodlands near Gull Point State Park in Milford, Iowa Wednesday Oct.11, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A short pier at Gull Point State Park in Milford, Iowa Wednesday Oct.11, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Self-portrait at Gull Point State Park in Milford, Iowa Wednesday Oct.11, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying Spring Weather in Siouxland, Milford

22 Apr

A week or so ago when the sun was shining and the sky was blue in Siouxland, I went to the Iowa Lakes region. I stopped at a trail head in Milford. I didn’t bring my bike this time but instead walked a ways along the trail. It was just a nice spring day. And others had to agree as I met a variety of people either walking themselves or riding their bikes.  The sun felt fine, temperature in the 60’s. A nice day to enjoy spring and what it brings.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Flyover Country, Milford

5 May

It’s probably true for many people that Siouxland and the area it encompasses is thought of as flyover country by “those” people who don’t think much of, or don’t think of, the rest of the U.S. except for the area “they” are from. Generally people from the East and West coasts believe that those people living in-between the two areas are from another planet, although I would guess those folk don’t give the ones between much thought. And it might be the same for people living in “larger” communities in Iowa to think of those living in small communities, like Milford, Iowa, even though it has a population of 2,954 and is ranked as the 118th city by size in the state out of 1,007 cities. So for those “other” people from larger or large cities in the state, Milford and similar communities are probably thought as drive through places. Somewhere in the way of another destination where a driver has to slow down to pass through if one has to use state highways rather than an interstate when driving.

But small communities are interesting and fun places to visit. The charm of the small town is still there, alive and well, thank you, and letting the rush of the “greater world” go by, instead, enjoying the simpler pleasures more than the constant getting to the next destination or finishing the next project done. Even though the same is true of those living in smaller communities. But it also true that these small mostly unsung communities number in the thousands and were proponents of growth in the 20th Century and helped create this nation. And though the trend is for people to migrate tho larger cities, these small communities still thrive.

I passed through Milford on the way to the Iowa Lakes Region a few weeks ago. Found a very nice coffee shop on the main thorough fare and stopped to get directions and a refill on my caffeine intake. I didn’t take the time to explore the community thoroughly that day, but did wander about a bit and saw the bustle of a small town going about its business yet still savoring what makes it a community worth living in.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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