Tag Archives: Yankton SD

Seeing “spots” in Siouxland, Ice Flows, Yankton, SD

13 Mar

Friends of mine told me that they had seen some spectacular ice flows in the Missiour River along the banks in Sioux City. I never made it out there, but did take a peek while in Yankton, SD during an outing on a sunny, but very cold day in Siouxland.

Bits of ice flow along the bank of the Missouri River in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

While not as spectacular as friends had mentioned, it still wows me that the water is that cold during the winter to form ice flows along the river banks. And all the more reason why this person is waiting for spring to bring a respite and temps that are in the 40’s at least on a more consistent basis. This look at the river is a lot different than during the summer during a festival along the banks. I can feel the sweat slowly trickle down my back right now and be glad for it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tucked in among the trees along the Missiouri River, the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

 

Visiting a “love” site in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

9 Mar

When I visit the small community of Yankton, SD, I always take a little time to walk the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Missouri River, although I don’t always walk across it. This particular day while it was bright and sunny, it was still cold and cold. But I do look to see if the “love” padlocks have increased or not, parroting that French city, Paris.

Like the custom in the French city of Paris, visitors to the now pedestrian bridge in Yankton, SD leave mementos of their affection, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It didn’t look like the number of padlocks had really increased, but I again, didn’t spend the time counting them. However I did note that one intrepid lover scaled new heights to commemorate his or her affection. Although I’m sure locals would not recommend this feat.

Leaving a “love lock” took new heights on the walk bridge in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Taking a walk up the converted bridge on a “warm” day in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It would take some climbing to reach that area and then some dexterity to loop the chain and padlock it. One slip and it could be an icy, cold swim in thee Missouri or a hard landing onto the walking path.

But what can one say, when love overwhelms one in the moment, such thoughts are probably a distant thought, if at all. And their love as others will endure until it’s been removed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Like the custom in the French city of Paris, visitors to the now pedestrian bridge in Yankton, SD leave mementos of their affection, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Like the custom in the French city of Paris, visitors to the now pedestrian bridge in Yankton, SD leave mementos of their affection, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Like the custom in the French city of Paris, visitors to the now pedestrian bridge in Yankton, SD leave mementos of their affection, some a little different than others, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Absent Sunlight in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

19 Feb

This particular Siouxland winter season seems to have brought a lot of cloudy or overcast, snowy days. The clouds are a bonus in that they help retain whatever heat is available, and this winter that seems to be in short supply with many days in the teens, single digits and a couple week stretch of below zero temperatures. Even colder when the windchill is factored in.

Shadows help create angles and lines in downtownYankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

So it was nice to see some sunshine reappear and I took the opportunity to visit Yankton, SD and eat at a favorite restaurant. I was missing photographing lights and shadows. Not all images work equally well but are fun to explore and nice to walk about enjoying warmer temps knowing that spring is approaching, not maybe not fast enough for some of us.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A shadow of a tree creates patterns on a church in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Shadows help create patterns in a neighborhood in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Peeking at History in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

28 Jun

I hit a few notable haunts when I visited Yankton, SD in Siouxland a few weeks ago. A favorite is the Dakota Territorial Museum. It’s representational of early life in and around Yankton and gives me a chance to learn more about the place. And challenges me to try and see familiar places in a different way. Plus, there are a couple of good restaurants in the area that are always worth visiting.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Nature in Siouxland and the Enviroment, Yankton, SD

20 Jun

Again on a visit to Yankton, SD in Siouxland, I walked about taking in a nice day and searching for visuals that I didn’t previously see and actually recognized. This time it struck me that many communities, larger ones as opposed to smaller ones, really try to infuse the culture of both an urban landscape and nature. The two are actually competing entities it seems to me. And many studies I am sure have delved into the co-existence of them so that the heat given off by all of the cement parking lots and other structures do not detract from living in a town.

I saw the two co-existing together as well as they could while on my walk in Yankton and tried to isolate them with just the two forms competing within my visuals frame. Good, bad or indifferent, man does what he deems necessary. I just hope nature continues to ride along.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Returning to Solitude in Siouxland, Yankton

6 Jun

On many of my visits to the city of Yankton, SD in Siouxland, I like to stop by the Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel that is overseen by the Yankton Benedictine monastery. A beautiful small church that serves the community and specifically Mount Marty College. I take the time to just sit and listen. It’s generally quiet that I hear. And that is what I am looking for, time away from the outside white noise that one finds in everyday life. I always look for different images as well, trying to see something new with each visit. This time, with the lights off, I saw light coming into the ante room to the chapel and reflected on a display case that holds items from the former Bishop for whom the chapel is named. It was a nice image, not adequately captured, but sometimes the feeling and the immediacy also influences the images we take and enjoy, before re-entering the world outside.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Reflecting on Good Weather in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

1 Feb

Before the first of the New Year on a trip to Yankton, SD, I was happy it was a warmer day than normal. It was nice to get out and see some country and visit another place. The wind along the Missouri River was fairly calm so it made it a nice day to be walking and for some nice images. I haven’t seen a reflection yet that doesn’t captivate me even when I can’t get a perfect shot. And if you don’t photograph what you see, you may never see that particular scene again.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Reflection of a lookout along the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection of a lookout along the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection in the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Reflection in the Missiouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sun setting along the Missouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sun setting along the Missouri River near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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