Tag Archives: Yankton SD

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©)

Optical illusions in Siouxland, Yankton, SD

17 Jan

I always like visual puns when I come across them. Some are more successful than others. During an outing to Yankton, SD, in northern Siouxland I came across the shadow of a tree that seemed “attached” to this building downtown that it was growing near.

The shadow of a tree appears to be growing on a downtown building like a vine in Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The shadow of a tree appears to be growing on a downtown building like a vine in Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

During other seasons the tree’s leaves would shade too much of the building and this illusion would not be seen as one could not “see the forest for the trees”. Later while walking down along the Missiour River which runs along Yankton, the water seemed still, and it was a quiet day without much wind. And it appeared this dock was floating, in space.

A pier floating endlessly in space near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.  (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A pier floating endlessly in space near downtown Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always tell people attending my Lifelong Learning photography classes that one never really knows what might be found while out shooting, and just being aware can sometimes turn an outing into more of a success than not. I always shoot a lot anyway when I am looking for photos, but I still like to enjoy little gems, even for myself, when I come across them.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Waiting in Siouxland for the Light, Yankton, SD

11 Jan

As I’ve gotten older I sometimes catch myself feeling a little impatient. When I previously worked for publications I would take time to wait for an image to happen in front of me. And this is one of those times when reminding myself to have patience and wait for the light, to create something special, would, should and could have been good. A recent visit to Yankton, SD I did wait for the light, but not long enough. Siouxland, while a large enough area, is not that large. And heading down south back to Sioux City I was thinking about dinner. But dinner could have waited. I saw in my rearview mirror a wonderful red, painting the early evening sky. I had left a perfect vantage point maybe 30 minutes earlier where I could have sat and waited, for Godot. But I don’t think I would have been disappointed.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The sun sets west of Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The sun sets west of Yankton, South Dakota Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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

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

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