Monday, May 16, 2011

Wind Power

I took a drive to Yakima, Washington the other day. The scenery has changed quite a bit in the last few years.

It used to be simple rolling green farm land, pastures, wheat fields and dry dessert.



The landscape now has an alien, other-worldly, futuristic-movie kind of feel.



But these wind turbines are also strangely...mesmerizing and peaceful. They are slowly, silently, constantly turning, turning, turning...


For miles and miles these towering structures line the horizons, dot the pastures and interrupt the landscapes with their unnatural yet garden-like stature.




The boys and I recently read about the colonial wind powered mills that were built by the dutch in New York (New Amsterdam) in the seventeenth century. The modern wind mills are nothing like their ancestors.



These are sleek and minimalist. Alien.




But in a strange way....
...beautiful too.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my! I am speechless at your last comment. I have never and would never call a windmill farm beautiful. These sleek monsters ruin the countryside and are a total waste of taxpayers money. (subsidized power) Give them some time and they will start breaking down. We saw them all over western Alberta in the foothills of the Canadian Cascades. They didn't bother to replace the broken down mills, just let them lie there rusting in the elements.

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  2. That will be terrible for sure. I don't disagree with you at all about the political aspects. I was trying to point out how dramatically they change the landscape. I think they have a weird beauty to them now and I just found myself staring at them when we drove through. And I didn't bother to address the countless millions of dollars those things represent but don't think I'm ignorant about it.

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