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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©)

Seeing Spring in Siouxland, Sioux City

18 May

There are days when I put on a lot of miles looking for images and just exploring Siouxland in general. Always wanting to see what is over the next hill and dale. But sometimes seeing just requires that. And pleasant surprises can even be found in one’s backyard, even one only takes the time to stop and smell the “tulips”, or in this case tulip.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Enjoying a backyard tulip in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday May 15, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Enjoying a backyard tulip in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday May 15, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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

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