Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunset in Windmill Country

On clear summer nights this is what you see as the sun goes down in Huron County. A wind turbine, standing tall, silhouetted against the evening skies, punctuates the landscape.

Turbines have very vertical lines in a horizontal world. Maybe that's what causes people to wonder if turbines belong in a rural area. We are so used to running our vision across the landscape that when our eyes "bump" into the turning vertical structure, we are slightly stunned by the picture.

Still, their very height is majestic. Here, in machine form, this device draws power from the wind, power that went unharnessed and unused ten years ago. They really are quite something.

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