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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Windmill Farms


After our side trip to Joshua Tree National Park, we had to return to Ontario as the sun was setting. I do love traveling to California- it's just so scenic almost every where in the state.


One thing that really caught my eye was the GINORMOUS windmill farm outside of Palm Springs.

We drove through miles and miles of green energy as far as the eye could see and too numerous to count.

The engineer in me was fascinated by their design and placement and positioning.

There would be rows of windmills. A few would be whirling away, and a few would be stationary.


For a while, it looked like they were covering every available square foot of space to capture all the wind through this particular valley.

I suddenly had all these windmill questions: how much energy do they capture? are they noisy? how expensive are they to build? who decided to put them right here? what are the negative effects?



Again, totally mesmerized by the patterns and repetition of thousands of them carefully arranged.

Next time I will plan better, and we will have time to go on an official Windmill Farm Tour.

And I'll leave you with a beautiful, but quite blinding at the time, sunset in California.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Tomorrow is Friday- it's been one of those weeks.

3 comments:

Dennis the Vizsla said...

We've driven that route a number of times. It gets unbelievably windy in that valley -- sometimes I have to go to the chiropractor after driving it because my back hurts from fighting the wind through the desert!

Amanda said...

I had seen these before but my husband hadn't. I loved seeing his reaction looking at them all. It was insanely windy when we were driving though and our car was really being blown around.

Christy said...

Ah, home. I love these windmills!