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Flying Escort in Siouxland, rural Thurston County, Nebraska

19 Nov
Two Canada geese get an escort from a bevy of Red Wing blackbirds as they fly along the Missouri River on an early Nebraska morning near Winnebago, NE Sunday Oct. 17, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

In the last year I have spent more time visiting nature places in Siouxland with a concerted effort to hopefully photograph birds and other animals than in previous years. Shooting wildlife is not as easy as it seems. The critters are quite fast, but because of the pandemic I spent a good portion of my time traipsing through various nature preserves in the area, near and far. And enjoyed it. Shutting out so much “white noise” that has occurred because of people’s views on staying healthy, or not.

While walking a trail near the Missouri River not far from Winnebago, NE I saw some geese fly overhead with apparently an escort by some a flock of red-wing blackbirds. It made me think of those WWII war movies where B-51 bombers flew to Europe escorted by fighter plans to run interference during their mission. While I don’t believe the smaller birds were escorting the larger birds, it did give me pause, and a chance to marvel at nature and possible quirks I never noticed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Sunrise in Siouxland, Sioux City

17 Apr

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

Some days it’s just nice to pour that first cup of coffee, take a step outside and enjoy the quiet of a coming day. No matter the vantage point, while watching a newly created canvas unfold. The day may be better or worse than the one before, the sunrise is always fresh, always new and a beginning.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Greeting the New Year in Siouxland, Sioux City

2 Jan

Sunrise on New Year’s Day in Sioux City, Iowa Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Like most people living in the Siouxland area and across the world, all greeted a new year and decade. I was awake “early” to catch a sunrise, although the sunrise these days happens closer to 7 a.m. which makes it a little easier to catch. And for the start of a new year, seeing color in the sky and no grey clouds, it was a pleasant way to begin with hope it portends a better year for all.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Morning is rising in Siouxland, Sioux City

11 Jan

With the rollback of daylight saving’s in Siouxland the sunrise is a lot nicer to see happening around 7:30 rather than 5 or 5:30 a.m. Although I am generally awake or getting there anyway, I should have taken advantage of the recent warmer winter days to get out and photograph sunrises. But alas, I did not. That second cup of coffee has a strong pull and so I sat in my backyard and watched morning take shape. Rich hues as the sun began to rise above a horizon line I could not see and the sky turning crimson for the start of a new day. I guess I could make a New Year’s resolution and make the effort next year to get out earlier. And maybe I will, after that second cup of coffee.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Morning sunrise Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Siouxland’s Early Sunrise, Sioux City

15 May

To me there is nothing quite like the peace and quiet and beauty of an early morning sunrise in Siouxland as the sun lights up the sky and colors the clouds that are there. Once past the inertia of actually getting up and throwing some clothes on and making some coffee, to witness the start of the day is breathtaking. But the early morning colors are so fleeting, I almost feel sad sometimes that I am not quick enough or have a plan ahead of time of where to be to photograph something in the foreground of early morning light. This weekend will be the celebration of Morningside Days, the 61st version actually. And later this month will be Memorial Day celebrations here in Siouxland and across the nation remembering those who serve and those who sacrificed.

Have a nice morning.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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