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Siouxland Snowfall, Stone State Park

19 Mar

I went for a hike recently in Siouxland’s Stone State Park in Sioux City. There was fresh snow from a recent and hopefully last snow storm of the season. Although there are times when a blizzard hits the area in April. I walked down a roadway leading to a couple trails and a small pond. No person had yet walked the roadway, and only one person had been on the trail that I could see. The only other sign of life were deer tracks, and some bunny tracks. It was quiet. It was fresh and it was just very nice. And maybe I thought that since, again, I am hoping it’s the last snow shower. As I get older, I enjoy the type or precipitation that I don’t have to shovel.

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

 

Standing Sentry in Siouxland, Rural Cherokee County

17 Feb

On a drive recently to Cherokee, Iowa I passed a field that contained a grain bin, a tractor and a hay rake. It struck as another winter storm system moves into the area that seeing these staples of a farm operation made me think they are standing sentry, waiting for temperature to climb, the sunshine warming the dirt in the fields as farmers to prepare another season of planting and harvesting. Ever cyclical anyone who lives in the Midwest knows that when farmers get closer to planting their fields that winter is over and spring is here.

But that won’t happen until after Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction has come and gone.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A tractor, hay rake and a grain bin stand as silent sentries until the next planting season in rural Cherokee County, Iowa Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A tractor, hay rake and a grain bin stand as silent sentries until the next planting season in rural Cherokee County, Iowa Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Some Days are just black and white days in Siouxland, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

9 Feb

Winter is a season that has its cloudy grey days as well as the sunshine days. In the winter the clouds usually help keep the temps a little higher than a clear blue sky day or evening sky. Shooting during overcast days during the winter season with brown tones and grey tones is not always that appealing, and so that might be a time to shoot in B&W. The Fuji cameras I am currently using allow the option. Previously when shooting Canon I could shoot in a monochrome setting or convert my images once in Photoshop. But Fuji, ever the purveyor of film emulsions and now simulations, allows one to shoot in B&W, make some adjustments and use a “red” filter, “green” filter or a “yellow” filter. Having cut my teeth on B&W and experimented with the 25 red and 15 yellow filters, I was game. There are times even in other seasons when B&W can be appropriate.

A visit to the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in Siouxland in January was an overcast day, with a fairly decent temperature for walking about and seeing what was there. And it never hurts to either try something different, or experiment a little if its been a while. It’s just nice to be outside and enjoying nature.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Siouxland Neighbors say enjoy Winter, Sioux City

7 Feb

My nearest neighbors where I live can be heard chattering away most days. Industrious souls these as they go about their business. On a snowy day as the temps were falling with the latest passing storm, I wistfully looked out my window thinking of spring and longing to be in my car driving around Siouxland looking for images. Then I noticed my neighbors and saw they had paused in their labor to enjoy a snow day, and remind sometimes you just got to enjoy the here. Tomorrow will come of its own accord.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A squirrel sits to decide what to do in freshly fallingsnow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017.   (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A squirrel sits to decide what to do in freshly fallingsnow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Squirrels play in freshly falling snow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017.   (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Squirrels play in freshly falling snow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Squirrels play in freshly falling snow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017.   (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Squirrels play in freshly falling snow Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Shorts Hikes in Siouxland, Stone State Park

25 Jan

I like getting out in the winter time to enjoy the outdoors. Some days the wind though increases that chill factor and makes even a well-intentioned hike or walk a non-starter or an abbreviated attempt. I took to the trails of Stone State Park recently and lasted about 30 minutes before the wind and cold forced me to make a retreat.

I like hiking in the winter months because the surrounding areas are open and easier to see more of and explore if one desires. But on cold days, even that look of sunshine can’t hide the fact that its cold.

Snow and the normal winter chill is fine by me, but when the temps dip into single digits and the wind brings it down even further to zero or possibly that minus range, then thoughts of coffee and a comfy chair and book begin to take shape.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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