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Just Enjoying a Day in Siouxland, Rural Monona County

15 Jun

Sometimes I can drive miles and not see anything that catches my eye or interest. And I try to stay observant while listening to some jazz cd’s traversing some back roads in Siouxland. When driving the gravel roads I am not in a hurry. Dust is flying and I generally keep my windows open, so going fast just creates more dust in the car.

But it’s the slow driving that allowed me to see something in the distance. And while I was not fast enough, I was able to catch a late morning deer having breakfast, or maybe brunch, in a field. Until he spotted me and decided it was time to leave.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A lone deer runs through a newly planted field beginning to grow in the Loess Hills region of rural Monona County in northwest Iowa, Monday June 4, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Visiting Siouxland’s “gated” communities, rural Monona County

9 Jun

During a drive in the southern portion of Siouxland recently I was enjoying the greening of the countryside, both the grazing pastures as well as the newly planted agricultural fields. With a long cold wet spring, it looked like area farmers finally are seeing results of getting crops into their fields.

A newly planted field begins to grow in the Loess Hills region of rural Monona County in northwest Iowa, Monday June 4, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As I was looking at some grazing pastures it dawned on me about city gated communities and rural ones. I have done some reportage on such communities when I lived in the southern California area for a newspaper there. The places were generally always exclusive wanting to keep nefarious types out of the area. But normally in the rural areas, the gates are meant to keep livestock in as well as keeping nefarious types out too. Maybe the two are not so far apart at that.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A gated field in rural Monona County, Iowa, Monday June 4, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A windy day in rural Monona County, Iowa, Monday June 4, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Fall Light and Using it in Siouxland, Rural Monona County

19 Oct

Fall is my favorite season of the year, like many others, and I will mention this over and over. One of the reasons I enjoy it so much besides the obvious (fall colors, cooler days), is the light. Light is what creates the photographs we as photographers take. And I like the quality of fall light. Direct, yet not as harsh as summer as the sun moves to a different angle with the earth ( I think). Nothing more needs to be said. Although, just because there is nice light doesn’t always mean our photographs are successful, but it sure is nice trying.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Some color appears in a corn field as fall comes slowly to rural Monona County, Iowa, part of the Sioux City Diocese, Sunday Oct.15, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Wild grasses glimmer in the afternoon sunlight as fall comes slowly to rural Monona County, Iowa, part of the Sioux City Diocese, Sunday Oct.15, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Enjoying Siouxland’s fleeting end of summer days, Monona County

22 Sep

Fall is about here and while driving about Siouxland I look forward to the fall season because of the light, direct, yet softer than summer’s light and one doesn’t have to get up so early to capture a sunrise. But with summer passing I feel a little winsome, especially with what comes after fall. But for the here and now, I am enjoying it and wait to see what fall brings.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Wildflowers in rural Monona County, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2016.       (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Wildflowers in rural Monona County, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Grazing sheep in rural Monona County, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2016.       (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Grazing sheep in rural Monona County, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Spring Thunderstorms in Siouxland, Rural Monona County

26 Apr

This past weekend I was out shooting photos with a friend who wanted to check out some water near Onawa, Iowa, and we took a circuitous route down to the Lewis and Clark State Park. It was a nice day, until it wasn’t. Having picked up a sandwich for a late lunch we headed over to lake at the park to sit and each and do a little more exploring. All the while the sky was growing darker. My friend didn’t mind that, and as the light got darker and the wind picked up a bit the sky became more dramatic. We were shooting photos from a viewing loft near the park’s visitor center when my friend decided that maybe we should consider packing it in as it began raining harder. We walked rapidly to her car and made it just in time as the hail started. It was an intense 10-15 minutes but luckily her car didn’t receive any dents, although parking under trees help a bit.

When out shooting, one should always be conscious of what is going on around you especially during a severe thunderstorm watch. That afternoon will generate a few good stories, but I don’t want to repeat the episode any time soon.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Siouxland’s summer begins, Rural Monona County

12 Jun

The past week or so in Siouxland temperatures have begun surging into the 80’s and the rain continues. The rain is nice and lawns and area fields have started greening up, with corn crops and soybeans pushing through where farmers have planted them. Instead of a landscape of brown and dirt fields, the green landscape of farm country comes into view.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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