Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Power/Electricity

My place in time #56


About 15 km out of town, towards the Canunda National Park coast, is South Australia's largest, turbine wind farm. It consists of just over 120 wind turbines, dotted through the landscape for  about 25 kilometres. The Lake Bonney wind farm is currently owned by Infigen Energy, the first stage being completed in 2005 and the third stage and last 13 turbines in 2010. 

I find it so peaceful beneath one of these turbines and mesmerising to watch, they have a certain hum and whoosh. It's quite an amazing sight, and I love coming for a drive out to see them. 

There has been much controversy about the 'side effects' of living in proximity of the turbines, not that I know much about it. It has been in the local paper lately though.










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'My place in time' is a local area history photo project. You can see the original challenge at the blackcurrant photography blog.



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    1. They are huge. There is one of the blades displayed at the tourist centre park, they are about 33 metres long!

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  2. oh wow!!! They are great pictures - but also a strong message.. machinery and nature! Love them!

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  3. I LOVE the photo with the sandstone building ... just beautiful. It would look great framed on the wall. Cheers, Alison

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    1. It was a serene sight, the olden with the new.

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  4. Love you photos of the turbines, especially the one with the old house in the pic. We have turbines not far from us in two directions. They amaze the kids!

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  5. What incredible images, they seem so serene ~ #FYBF xx

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  6. Great pics. I would love to get up close with these. They are huge!

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    1. I think that's what I love about it, old country roads can take you right along side them. They are very imposing, but inviting at the same time.

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  7. I love them - in Denmark there are fields of them. It's wild! Love your pic with the stone house...

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  8. There were lots of those where I went to Uni in NZ, much controversy. I think they are kinda graceful, although I know they can get noisy! Em

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  9. I don't live too close to a wind farm, so I guess I don't really know what it would be like, but from a distance I find the turbines absolutely beautiful, majestic, graceful and peaceful to watch. They put me into a zen like state and I bow to their grace. Great photos!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    1. Thanks Leanne. They almost suck you into their mesmerising motion and size.

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  10. I agree that wind farms have a particular beauty. For me, it is not just the aesthetics of the white against green and blue, but also the symbolism of what they stand for - clean power. I guess it depends on your attitude towards clean energy as to whether you see them as a thing of beauty, or a blight on the landscape...

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    1. I love the way they blend in with the beautiful landscape. It is quite sobering to see them next to a wind swept tree or like the old building with their blades slowly turning. It's like they are sucking you into their wistful trance.

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  11. We were intrigued by the sight of wind farms on our travels around Australia in 2001. I can't even remember WHERE we saw them, though the hubster probably would. I think they're so majestic and I love that they harness the wind (free!) for power.

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  12. We were having a family discussion today on environmentally friendly forms of power... wind has always been my favourite though - ever since I learned about windmills in Holland.
    It was awesome driving through a wind farm last year with the kids. :)

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    1. It is quite interesting too, to see in this environment, to see the old windmills in farmland against the newer technology, wind turbines, which tower over them.

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  13. I've always been fascinated by wind farms. These are fabulous shots :)

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  14. I'm fascinated by them! I would love to sit under one and just hear that whir. I can just imagine how tranquil it would be.

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    1. I love the first photo, Scarwood Road, a small country track, it takes me right next to the turbines. I love the view on that track of the towers. Most of the photos are taken on that track. Thiele Road is where I took the one of the old house, some awesome views from there too.

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  15. I've heard so much about them but never seen them IRL.
    Fantastic photos.
    Dropping by from FYBF XX

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  16. SUch great shots. I can totally see why you find them so mesmerising. Beautiful landscape too xx #FYBF

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  17. Beautiful shots Alicia. I agree - their whir is amazing and calming. I love wind turbines, and actually think they're quite beautiful, despite being 'machinery'. Would also love to have a dig in that gorgeous old stone house for clues as to its past.

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  18. Beautiful photos, you had made these wind turbines look lovely in the landscape.

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  19. Great photos, and I am glad you find them pleasant to live near and unobtrusive. I have also heard mutterings about health issues, but I suspect it's more like complaints from people who think that their view is more important than clean and sustainable energy!

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