I Envy the Wind
I'm sure this will sound queer (shut up Morty and Jon! oh and David & David, for that matter), but I am really enthralled by wind turbines and even more so, at wind farms.
Not just for what they do, but how they look.
I saw these turbines on a recent work trip to Maryland, just last week. I came upon this sight near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. It was quite a sight to see on the winding back roads in Appalachia.
It really is a beautiful part of the country - even when you drive through places called Elk Lick. That is Elk Lick, PA and Elk Lick, MD. ....and no, it's not like Kansas City, MO and KS - they are not next to each other.
Something about them just reads as 'majestic'. It sounds over the top, but that's the word I keep to which I keep coming back. Maybe it is the way they reach into the sky or how their arms rotate with the breeze. I'm not as taken by seeing only one of them, but when they are in numbers it is different. I don't know why.
It's not just what they do for the environment, but unlike some, I find them aesthetically pleasing. Granted, from the car, or a mile away, I cannot hear the wooshing sound their propellers make and I understand that can be disconcerting for whomever has to live close to them.
But guess what? It's also not a "drill-baby-drill" situation like we now have in the Gulf of Mexico. I really do not understand how ecology groups rationalize that by putting in the wind farms that they will destroy the land. I kind of figure you have to pick your battles over what the bigger impact - or worse, damage - will be to the Earth. All environmentalists are not created equal, I guess.
There have been talks to put these turbines out in Lake Erie, which have some folks screaming. I say, "do it". It helps with energy and to be honest, I think they'd look cool as hell sticking out of the water in the middle of nowhere. Fuck - they let snow-mobiles out on the lake in winter, so do not tell me about ruining the natural resources.
My images, to me, don't convey the beauty that these guys seem to have either. Taken by the side of the road, my camera and its limited settings can only do so much to capture what I saw with my nekkid eyes. As for the top picture, you are only seeing about half of what is up on the mountains. The entire range for what seems like miles are wind turbines.
The first time I think I saw something like it was near Palm Springs, driving in from Los Angeles in 1992. There seemed to be dozens, maybe hundreds of them. Hell, now even MD and PA are ahead of Ohio on conservation.
There's really no point to this post - mostly that I liked seeing the turbines and wind farms.
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