Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday stills: go low, looking high

The tallest things around here for hours are the wind turbines. There happens to be three on the farm and they just got them all turning.
People asked me if they make any noise. Yes they do but you can't hear it unless you are literally right underneath them and even then if you are walking on the gravel lane and your shoes are making a crunch it's hard to hear them. Some people over exaggerate and say they can hear them over five miles away. IMO these people just want something to complain about. I can't even hear them in the barnyard. The horses are not bothered by the noise but Indigo was spooked by the shadows if you happened to read my last post about my most recent tumble, which really, really hurts today because of a sunburn due to polysporin on my back cuts. Note to the future polysporin using person: do not let area with polysporin on it get exposed to the sun it will burn you to a crisp.

The tip of the blades spin some 100+ KMPH. I'll have to check just how fast I forget now.

Heres my friend Keri standing on the stairs so you can see a size comparison of human to base.

Look at my shadow and the massive shadow of the base and blades way off there. This shadow is far away because it was almost 8 pm, the sun was setting.
When Indigo got freaked out by the fast spinning shadows they were short and dark, right on the gravel lane going left to right there in the picture.

All three in a row.

Finally because what used to be the tallest thing for miles in this itty bitty farming community, one of the old silo's.

For more on turbines and to see the blades being raised check out my Turbine raising post.

For other things above your head check out Sunday stills.


Happy fathers day to all those fathers out there. A father is the only man who is not supposed to break his daughters heart.

16 comments:

Beth said...

Wow those are tall.

Thanks for the info about the turbines too. There have been a lot of controversy around here about putting up wind farms around here.

Regular Guy said...

Saw many of these wind farms driving across Nebraska and Wyoming last year. They were very quiet when we stopped to look at them. Kind of scary at first, so big in the middle of no where. Nice pictures, like that shadow shot.

Andrea Baker said...

great shot! thanks for sharing

juliette said...

Thanks for sharing this info and photos - I have always wondered about turbines when I see them in fields.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That's all very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Seeing Keri standing on the steps really shows the size of them.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm all for the turbines and have trouble understanding how some folks are so against them. Nice shots!

Sydney_bitless said...

Yeah theres a few people around here that think they are going to kill all sorts of things and they make all sorts of noise. Personally these people just ALWAYS have something to complain about.
A car kills more animals on the road in the summer. About every 50 feet theres a dead animal on the road and they make much, much more noise.

dibear said...

I always wanted to see one of those windmills up close and personal. Thanks for sharing. :)

Shirley said...

The shadow shot is just one of the blades? Those turbines are massive. Three of them may not make much noise but when there are over a hundred of them together as there are near Ft. MacLeod, Alberta you can definitely hear them. It isn't as intrusive a noise as living next to a highway though!

Sydney_bitless said...

We have a lot of them just down the road too and you can't hear them. These are likely different models. I have seen ones three times as large on the ocean in PEI and they made a little more noise.

Thats a shadow of the base and the blades way back there in the image, typo! Oops.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

They sure are tall. Cool shots.

I sure wish that quote was really true. I've had my heart broken one too many times by my own Dad. Fathers Day for me is a mix of emotions.

~Lisa

Michelle said...

Wow! These are really cool!

theegggather said...

Neat pic and thanks for the info.

lisa said...

Great shots. I loved the shadow! We are looking into getting a wind mill for the house. We have a pole right now that is going to measure the wind and when a month is over they will let us know if we have enough wind to warrent getting one.

Brenda said...

Great job. Love the first one, looking up and into the sky. They are huge!

CTG Ponies said...

I wish the quote were true too. Love the pics!

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