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Summer’s Passing Time in Siouxland, Okoboji

31 Aug

With September fast approaching and some local schools already back in session, I know I won’t get the chance to revisit the Iowa Lakes Region any time soon. But am hopeful maybe this fall I can when the leaves begin to turn. But seeing blue water on a warm day and boaters enjoying their time out is one thing that will have to wait until next summer.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A group of people head out on East Lake for a day of water, sun and relaxation on East Lake in Okoboji, Iowa Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The Fish are a Jumpin’ in Siouxland, Okoboji

24 Jul

Young anglers try their luck fishing near the dock in East Lake in Okoboji, Iowa Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Whenever I visit the lakes region in Siouxland and walk along the “beach” areas around Arnolds Park and Okoboji I always find people trying their luck fishing. One particular day while visiting four young lads were having fairly good luck in catching blue gills near a dock area.

Young boys hoping for a bite while fishing in East Lake from a dock in Okoboji, Iowa Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Toss the hook and bait into the water and soon one of them was reeling in a hungry and now sorrowful fish. Although one of the four enjoyed casting enough and playing the fish and reeling it in, but  could not bring himself to touch one. So he would let it dangle on the line out of the water until one of his friends took pity on the poor fish back into the water. I couldn’t make up my mind who might be more stressed, the fish which couldn’t breathe, the young man who couldn’t bring himself to touch it or his friends who seemed to be tiring of the repeated scenario. Summertime fun, or a variation thereof, casts its own fascination over those who pursue their interests.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Enjoying the Play of Light in Siouxland, Okoboji

5 Mar

I must be stuck in a spting-fever mode after the recent warm up that occurred in Siouxland. Seeing sunshine just makes a person happy I think, or maybe it’s just me. On a trip up to the lakes region and stopping to watch some ice fishermen/women trying their hand, as well as shadows created on the ice covered lake area it was just nice to be out and about enjoying what is come to come.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Enjoying a Day of Sunshine in Siouxland, Okoboji

27 Feb

During a brief “warm up” that in Siouxland that saw temps reach 70 degrees in February, a few people were out and about enjoying it, even though snow still covered the ground in places. In Okoboji this particular day I chatted with a gentleman who was fishing off a walkway bridge on one of the area lakes. He told me a whopper of a fish story that made me smile, although I do believe him. But he wasn’t mad, just enjoying the nice day.

The gentleman said he had caught a 19′ walleye or pike or some other type of fish whose name I don’t recall in West Okoboji Lake just minutes before I spoke with him. He said he has had pretty good luck fishing in the region and got lucky another day. But as he was reeling the fish up to where he was standing on the walkway, a muskrat comes scurrying over the ice on the lake and stole his fish. He said he watched the critter scurry again across the lake carrying his fish and hook. He sounded sad he had lost the hook. The gentleman though didn’t have ill will toward the little guy since all creatures have to eat, and this particular day the muskrat didn’t get unduly wet getting his lunch. And minutes before I was photographing an otter who came out to explore the sunshine along with the humans getting teased by mother nature that spring is on the way, but not quite yet, as later the following week 10-12 inches of snow blanketed much of Siouxland.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

Shooting with a “toy camera” in Siouxland, Okobokji

27 Sep

On an outing in the Okoboji and Iowa Lakes region recently, I tried out the “toy camera” setting on my Fuji mirrorless camera. I previously have used a Holga toy camera shooting film and loved the effect although the end result was never predictable. The toy camera effect gives a nice feel to some photos, taking whatever focal length lens one is using and enlongating it and foreshortening the perspective all at the same time. I like the effect, but know what should be a little judicious in using it. Still it forces the viewer of your photographs to see what you want them to see. And it is nice for a change of pace to experiment a bit.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The summer is easy and a day off in Siouxland, Okoboji

23 Jul

The other day was a pretty typical summer, those I remember as a kid growing up on a farm in Illinois. There was a nearby river that I could fish in, and a barnyard and fields to run around in, though not much after the crops began growing. But the other day I decided to take the day off and drove into northern Siouxland to the Iowa lakes region around Okoboji, Iowa.

I walked around the area bordering the lake after a 2.5 hour bike ride along the Dickinson County Bike Trail. But it was such a nice day. Warm temperatures, but not yet that stifling humidity and heat, with a breeze and the “smell” of summer in the air. It was nice to sit and watch and not be in a hurry. The scenes of the lake are just plain nice. And when I saw the boy fishing and his friend join him, I thought there is nothing more summerish than this, idling away a day, hoping for a bite, but not worried if there isn’t one. Because it’s summer, and there is always tomorrow to try again. There should be more days like this.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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