Windmills Of Your Mind... by RodS ()
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Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending nor beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind
We saw what must have been hundreds of these turbines during our trip. There is something strangely fascinating and hypnotic about watching these gigantic blades turning slowly in the wind. There were places where these stretched as far as the eye could see.
Most people don't realize just how massive these structures are. We passed a couple 'oversize load' convoys transporting the huge blades, and they are humongous! At least a hundred feet long, and each structure has three of them. Amazing.
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In some parts of the world those things could easily replace all of the other means of generating electricity. They aren't right for every place and battery storage is a hidden expense that comes with them, but they do make a lot of electricity for their upkeep cost. They come in a lot of different sizes, from those meant to supply a single household up to the wind farm sizes in this great photo. The big ones are truly amazing to see.
I am fascinated by them also and take pictures sometimes. the largest US windmill farm was in California, but it is in Texas now.around Lubbock thye stretch as far as one can see. they are misleading about where they are compared to the roads. around Mojave, CA they are beautiful lining the mountains. the largest in the world is offshore from India
I've been to Palm Springs twice (I love the Joshua tree NP and the Palm Springs warbird museum) and when you drive from there to the Joshua tree NP then you cross a huge field full of them (it was crazy to look at) hundred an thousands of them. Where I live, you maybe see a field with about 10 or 20 of them or so, but not much more…
I know a lot of people don't like these turbines messing up the scenery (RE: wscottart's comment above), but here's the thing: We have basically 4 methods of generating the electricity which powers all our modern conveniences and toys we love so much.
- Generating plants that use fossil fuels and pollute our environment.
- Hydro-electric plants using the power of water backed up by massive dams.
- Nuclear powered plants that no one wants nearby - despite the fact it's the safest and cleanest way we currently have to generate electric power.
- Wind and/or solar collectors, which only work when there's wind / sunlight, and take up lots of land space and as some folks feel, muck up the scenery.
So... Until we figure out how to power our world with Magick, this is what we have to work with. Which would you rather have nearby - a coal-fired power plant, a nuclear fusion power plant, or a field of turbines?
End of lecture.. 😉
I'm with you on your "lecture" (on methods of generating electricity): No solutions are perfect, but we need to develop ones that are both very productive and also safe/environ-friendly. I've never lived near these huge turbines, but your capture is like huge abstract birds. And when spaced out against a crystal blue sky, they're really stunning. You captured the lonely quality of these gigantic beasts, and their clean white look and simplicity. And the contrast of them with that low dry desert-y ground. It's quite a contrast. I think this is a beautiful shot---desolate and beautiful. And I didn't realize how huge these were: Thanks for the explanation. They're like humongous futuristic mosquitoes...Love how the light makes some surfaces bright white, and others deep gray. Beautiful shot.
The benefits far outweigh the drawbacks when it comes to wind energy. With new research and better understanding of migratory habits of animals and birds, certain drawbacks are being addressed. As for their look, no their not pretty, but I'd rather see a few hundred of these along the NJ Turnpike than see refineries and chemical plants. I'm pretty sure they don't smell either.