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Spring’s Arrival in Siouxland, Sioux City

24 Mar

Snowfall greets residents on the second day of spring, Friday, March 20, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Spring “officially” arrived in Siouxland and other parts which hopefully may give way to April showers and May flowers. But not quite yet. With everything else that is going on that doesn’t really need mentioning, sunny skies and some warmer temperatures would surely boost morale.

Snowfall greets residents on the second day of spring, Friday, March 20, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sitting outside is not yet a possibility to enjoy that fresh spring air. And while the snow and cold temps will probably not last all that long, it is almost April, though here in Siouxland and elsewhere I have lived people use the same refrain, just wait 5 minutes and the weather will change. I did though get to look out a window and see a neighbor and his son built themselves one last snowman. And I knew the postman had arrived and left as well as tracks are easy to find between houses.

Spring on day 4 in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, March 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

The mailman’s tracks on spring’s day 4 in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, March 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

So am having a little wishful thinking and waiting, and waiting, and waiting. For spring to be more than officially here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Snowfall greets residents on the second day of spring, Friday, March 20, 2020 in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Enjoying Winter in Siouxland, Sioux City

20 Feb

Recent winter weather in Siouxland has again been very cold and then gave way to snow. But at least the temperature warmed up a bit and rather than hover in the single digits or below zero, the temperature hit the 20’s. And some creatures were taking part. Young animals experiencing their first winter seem to enjoy many aspects which includes falling snow and seeing who else is around.

Enjoying some freshly falling snow a young cat watches in a backyard as other critters stir during a fresh winter’s snow in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga ©)

And with a few inches of snow, many sane creatures were huddled in their warm confines except for curious felines and a few avian friends who were looking for a meal and watching for uninvited guests at the bird feeder. This particular kitten seems to marvel at the other creatures also inhabiting his backyard, although I doubt that some would become fast friends.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A cardinal sits on a fence eyeing a bird feeder during a fresh winter’s snow in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga ©)

Revisiting favorite places in Siouxland, Stone State Park

23 Dec

There are some places I go to numerous times out of the year, like many people. Although this particular place is not a favorite restaurant or bookstore and department store. I go to a local park, Stone State Park, located in Sioux City, Iowa, many times throughout the year. Some times I schedule class outings there, but most times I go there by myself.

I like nature. I know the areas I walk and revisit, like many others who also frequent the park. And I always tell students that each time there is something different. The season, the lighting, the foliage, and how you see it. The quiet, the sounds of nature, all combine to make a new experience and an opportunity to really see something change, and to recognize that you understand that. The toughest thing to photograph is something one sees everyday. Those sights almost become backgrounds if we let them. I went there this fall, and again in early winter and photographed the same scene. First, I liked what I saw and photographed them without the thought of comparing them. But after editing the second group of photos, I remembered the first set. I used different techniques to record my vision of what I saw each time, but it gave me pause, and the chance to reflect what I saw, how I saw it, and maybe why I chose to photograph this scene the way I did.

At times when photographing, I shoot pretty straight forward, trying to capture the scene but adding my own thought of light and shade or heavy exposure, reflecting how I like to shoot. But every now and again, I like to experiment and shoot in B&W, or use a Holga lens. Trying to capture some fleeting essence that appeals to me in that particular moment while I am witnessing the scene in front of me, which I know, will be different the next time I visit the park because I will be thinking different thoughts, maybe about current events or other life factors that have passed between my visit then and past.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

All that glitters in Siouxland

16 Dec

After the first significant snowfall in Siouxland, the sun finally emerged and the snow began disappearing. Since it was a heavy clinging kind of snow, the melt formed ice on many bushes and trees like the deciduous holly bush. Which in turn created some nice visual effects as well. And so glittering in a nearby alley was a frozen entree for some enterprising bird, and a nice visual treat for those checking out the after snowfall landscape.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

After a recent snow shower, sunshine is melting remaining snow encasing berries in ice on a holly bush, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Sioux City, Iowa.  (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

After a recent snow shower, sunshine is melting remaining snow encasing berries in ice on a holly bush, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Sioux City, Iowa. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Siouxland’s Winter Wonderland, Stone State Park

12 Dec

The beginning of December saw an overly heavy snowfall covering most of Siouxland. The farther north one went the more snow. Sioux City received a little over 6 inches. Communities north and east received up to 12 inches. I paid a visit to a local state park, Stone State Park. I try to get there a few times during the year. It is always changing with the seasons. This snowfall made it a bit magical. Not even many critters were venturing about. I am hoping for a few more snowfalls like this this winter, to go snowshoeing. It was not terribly cold so all the more enjoyable. Besides, coffee or hot chocolate sounds very inviting afterwards.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A winter’s blast and some nice photos in Siouxland, Sioux City

7 Dec

This past week the Siouxland area got hit by a fairly decent snow storm that produced a little over 6 inches of snow. Not a lot, but record setting for this time of year for that particular date. The nice thing is that unlike last year, the temps stayed in the upper 20’s and close to the 30’s so it was a pleasure to go out for a walk and see the snow. I walked over to a private college, Morningside College, that is only a few blocks from me. I am always amazed no matter how much snow has fallen or how cold it is, not all students seem to dress for that weather. I fund it puzzling, but I grew up in the Midwest and know what cold winters are like. And living in Siouxland there is always the prairie wind to contend with that adds a few degrees.

But it was a pleasant walk. Even with the wind the and the warmer temps, the snow clung to the trees and other items for a day and it made for a beautiful trek about to just enjoy nature and the wonder of winter time.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Winter has arrived in Siouxland, Sioux City

3 Dec

There have been some recent snow storms in different parts of the U.S. Particularly hard hit were some Midwestern States. Sioux city received a little over six inches which set a new record for that date when it snowed. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to be out in it when it was snowing its hardest, but took a walk around the neighborhood later and enjoyed the change in scenery.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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