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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©)

Moonrise in Siouxland, Plymouth County

27 Oct

As I have gotten older I don’t always get up before the sun or even see it set during certain portions of the year. And that doesn’t both me in the least. But sometimes when out I enjoy varying what I photograph and occasionally I do see a moonrise. No longer working for daily newspapers my schedule is more flexible and less demanding and I can enjoy the evening at home or out photographing.

I generally don’t carry a tripod and make do trying to photograph the scene as best as I can. And while not always a stellar image compared to other nature and landscape photographers I am aware of, it personally is satisfying. And it makes me ask myself why I don’t do more photographs of this nature as I head home anticipating my cup of coffee waiting for me.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Moon over the countryside near Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

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