Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My World changes

I may have posted a version of this photo back when I took it about a year and a half ago. We had been camping at Maryhill State Park, down on the Columbia River south of Goldendale, Washington. The bare hills, an occasional cow and a power line. But what is that headed up the road? Whatever it is, it's really really long. Check out the size of it in relation to the pilot car just behind it.

The hills are no longer quite so bare. (This view is from the highway a couple of miles above the park, looking south instead of north.) It catches a few of the wind machines that now power up up there in the winds.
Local opposition to new wind farms in some areas is strong. You can see that it definitely does change the landscape. I can see the point--NIMBY--but I can see the beauty in the lines of these huge constructions as well, and the sheer immensity of them is impressive.
Powerful silhouettes.
Queued up straight...

I found this Washington state blogger who had a great informative post about the wind machines the other day. He mentions the experimental wind machines in the hills near this area some years ago. Those machines have long been dismantled, but the experiment must have been viewed to be successful--witness the area today. Have a look at his blog and post here.

10 comments:

Paulie said...

Very interesting post. . . I am happy to see more windmills. They are good for the environment too.

PS Glad you finally see "my" tortoise. . . Ü

Day Dreamer said...

Dear lord! They're huge.

Martha Z said...

Balance. I wouldn't want to see them everywhere, I wouldn't like to see solar farms painting every inch of the desert. The energy they produce is needed and the windmills I find beautiful in there own way. Society needs to decide where to group these things and what places to leave in a natural state.

Sylvia K said...

Great post and photos! And those are so great for the environment. There seem to be more and more of them all the time! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Powell River Books said...

When I lived in California I sometimes drove out to Palm Springs. Along the way there were lots of wind turbines. I had to be careful not to stare at them. They were quite mesmerizing. - Margy

SandyCarlson said...

Those turbines are so out of this world unusual! What a landscape, though.

Barb said...

I love the sculptural aspect of them. When you come upon a wind farm suddenly, it gives you a start - looks so other-wordly. There are a group coming into Spanish Fork, UT - you come off the pass, around a bend, and they're in your face!

Quilly said...

How funny! I just drove by there today. I almost stopped to take photographs, but I had been a week away from home and was hoping to make it back for the afternoon ferry. Unfortunately, I missed it (the ferry) by about 20 minutes.

Raphnexx said...

wow amazing pictures.....

Mary said...

It certainly looks like a good place to stick windmills! I'm glad to see them trying to harness some nature energy.