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Winter Hangs on in Siouxland at Bacon Creek Park, Sioux City

14 Apr

Talking with friends and acquaintances everyone is agreed that winter is overstaying its welcome a bit too much. Another storm push with maybe 3-8 inches depending on where one lives could show up. On a walk at Bacon Creek Park recently I experimented a bit with a Holga plastic lens again. Personally, I am getting tired of the colors white and brown. But what can one say, just a day at a time.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Winter clings to the area around Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A local resident takes a walk as snow stills covers the ground at Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Geese an over extended visit by winter at Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Spring in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

7 Jul

No matter what time of year, I always like stopping by the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Walking through the homestead area this last time I visited I saw some new signage both for directions and for information giving some historical perspective about the family that lived there and preserved this area for its fellow residents of Siouxland. Plus with year round residents it now has (four-legged critters), it is fun to see them and the joy they bring to visitors.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring postponed in Siouxland, Sioux City

5 Apr

It seems like winter has gone on forever this year. I am even beginning to wonder if spring in Siouxland has been postponed until next year. Thursday evening and early Friday saw heavy wet snow fall after a short rain, then sleet events. The snow is still covering the ground this morning, Saturday, with temperatures predicted for the 50’s. And this week weather prognosticators are forecasting temperatures hitting the 70’s, summertime weather. I would like to photograph some green grass and budding trees, but that may not happen until May. And even then, it’s been known that a late winter snow storm has occurred even then.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring teasing Siouxland, Adams Homestead

20 Mar

Today in the Siouxland area it was another spring-like day, with the temperature reaching near 60 degrees fahrenheit. But in a couple of days, the temperatures will plunge stopping somewhere in the 30’s with the possibility of more snow. A couple of weeks ago Mother Nature teased Siouxland with warm temperatures and I took advantage of that day to go for a walk in the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve just across the state line in North Sioux City, South Dakota. The ground was still frozen then with just melted snow forming large puddles. The homestead area of the preserve is a fun place to walk around and to imagine what life must have been like then, in the late 1800’s when the family that owned the land first moved to the area. I really like photographing the red barn and trying to capture different images of it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland’s spring thaw, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

10 Mar

Sunday was a really nice day. A record high temperature of 72 degrees was set for March 9. According to area meteorologists this temp set a new record high for the Siouxland area. I took a walk at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, South Dakota. It’s a nice place to take a walk anytime, except when the wind is blowing fiercely and the temperature is under 10 degrees. I don’t believe there is anytime under those conditions that is a good time for a walk outside. Everyone in the region is hoping this is Spring’s welcoming call. Although tomorrow temperatures are supposed to be in the 30’s with rain and freezing rain. Everyone is hoping for just rain.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux CIty, Iowa

Spring blooms in Siouxland, Sioux City

11 May

It seems I have tried to get bulb plants to bloom in the spring time for many years without success. This past fall I planted a lot of bulbs. Replanted them again after the squirrels decided it wasn’t their stash I had “disturbed”.  And this spring I am successful. So I photographed a number of these blooms. I am not really sure what the various flowering plants are, nor I guess do I really care, it’s just nice to see them  embracing the change of the seasons. I recently completed teaching some basic adult photography courses at the local community college, sharing ideas with those students how to make better photographs and how to use an external speedlite to photograph subjects. Some of the blooms were photographed using an external speedlite off camera. Enjoy, and let’s hope that summer does not come too quickly this year.

 

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Spring still eludes Siouxland, Sioux City

4 May

It seems the spring season is still eluding the Siouxland area. Last week there were a couple days Sioux City and the surrounding areas hit the 80’s. It’s like we’re zipping past spring and right into summer. A little warm for my taste this early, but the sun felt nice and my plants enjoyed a burst of growth. Then the cold weather comes back, rain, sleet, some snow flakes and it makes one wonder will spring arrive or bypass Siouxland this year.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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