My morning photo drive a couple weeks ago took me past these wind turbines and I couldn’t resist taking their picture. These are part of the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center located in Logan County, Colorado.
The facility, operated by NextEra Energy Resources, is one of the largest wind power projects in the United States. It has 133 1.5-megawatt turbines that are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 77,000 homes.
Each turbine is 262 feet tall from the ground to the center of the hub making them rather imposing structures on the relatively flat lands of the Great Plains.
Chilly temperatures, frost and thick fog yesterday morning had activity on the plains at a standstill. Driving around, if something was more than 30 feet from my truck I wasn’t going to see it.
Wildlife as well was hampered by the conditions with raptors staying put on their perches, waiting for the weather to clear. As things finally started to break, I came across this hawk huddled up on an old, rusted out windmill. The muted colors caused by the drab conditions make this image work for me.
These structures dot the landscape on the Great Plains, many of which have fallen into disrepair over the decades. With little paint remaining on them and wood that has weathered many seasons, they are a fantastic photo subject.
This particular windmill was at the Old Town Museum in Burlington, Colorado?. This town on the Great Plains holds fast onto its agricultural-centric roots and embraces the feeling of community that rural locations are very special for having.
If you ever get a chance to stop at this museum, I would highly recommend it. It is extraordinarily well done and provides a look back into life on the plains from the 1800s through today.
The sun was setting on another day of storm chasing on the Great Plains when this scene unfolded south of Goodland, Kansas. It reminded me of my grandpa’s farm in the same state and is punctuated by the windmill and crepuscular rays emanating from the sun.
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