10/21/08

My World Tuesday

I am delighted to join the new exciting 'Skywatch' team project - My World Tuesday

My first offering was taken on Sunday, just outside Fort Supply in NW Okieland, famous for being the site of General George Custer's, Camp Supply. It is now also home to one of our largest wind farms in the state and it is a truly spectacular addition to our landscape.

I especially like this picture, because it brings together one of Oklahoma's oldest and largest industries - raising cattle, and it's fastest growing and newest industry - wind energy. Oklahoma currently ranks as the 8th state in the nation with the highest output and potential output for wind energy.

I live in the county right in the 'armpit' of the Oklahoma Panhandle and as you can see on the map below, we can probably expect even more wind farms in our area. When we were out there on Sunday, none of us were left in any doubt that the location was perfect! In fact I almost got blown out of the Pickup bed taking the pictures.

The cattle are totally at peace with their high tech' surroundings, you can even see the shadow cast by one of the 100ft blades crossing this female cow as she grazes. A true blend of the old and the new working in perfect harmony.

28 comments:

Lawstude said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip around your place. So very much different from my place but I do wanna share my place also to you. Great job.

chrome3d said...

Thanks for sharing your windpower-photos. I like those, as I have participated in design process of couple of windpowerfarms and I´m always interested how it works around the world.

Sherri said...

Sarah, I think wind energy is wonderful and thanks for sharing your photos and facts about it. I remember seeing these incredible windmills on a trip out West and I was truly fascinated!

dabrah said...

I think windfarms are a great idea, but I have heard they can be noisy. I wonder if this has any effect on cattle and their milk yield (that's if they're dairy animals). It's great, though, that one piece of land can support two different industries.

Mary said...

Great post, Sarah. I drove past a wind farm in my state just the other day. Makes for a really interesting view.

Louise said...

I like this. I drive through OK twice a year (On I-40 and I-44). The highlight for me are the windmills at Weatherford.

Good and informative post!

AphotoAday said...

Interesting...
Wind and solar are our future...

Winifred said...

Thanks for these photos and the info Sarah.

People complain about them but have to say it's much cleaner and safer than nuclear!

Arija said...

Nice picture and interesting story about the wind farm.

Klaus said...

Cool! Excellent images of your neck of the woods!
Cheers, Klaus

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I did A whole post on these same Wind mills earlier this month

Mar said...

Love that blue sky in the first shot. Lovely pictures from your world, looking forward to seeing more. Greetings from sunny Spain!

babooshka said...

Really got the feel for your part of the world. it different from Staffordshire.

Janet said...

Great photos, Sarah. I remember driving through the Panhandle on our way over here, and it was fearful windy, perfect for a windfarm.

Daryl said...

What a lovely OK sky .. and bravo to your community for those wind machines ..

:-Daryl

Rose said...

There is just something about the windmills--I really, really like them. Love seeing pictures of them.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Thank you for your comments and I'm pleased you all enjoyed this little tour of my world

pamokc said...

I love your photos! And if there is anything this state has in abundance, it is wind, for sure! On another note, not sure how you are handling the kiddies all day long, we had a big group of them up here today and I was ready to pull my hair out!

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Wonderful pictures and nice to see the enviro friendly wind farms. I first these huge modern windmills on the Heads of the Welsh Valleys.

Like Daryl, I love the brilliant blue of the huge skies.

leslie said...

These are great photos, Sarah. Glad to hear you like living in Oklahoma, except for those tarantulas and snakes you need to deal with at school! lol I look forward to seeing more photos of your "world" and NOT any of those little crestures.

Mary said...

I've never seen a wind farm, so this is very interesting!

D Herrod said...

I've always thought we needed to use wind power more.

pamokc said...

By the way, you shouldn't refer to it as armpit, too bad of a connotation!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Reminds me of what Tehachapi CA looked like before the wind energy industry too over.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Pam - I know, but it really looks like that on the map and some armpits can be quite nice!

indicaspecies said...

The 'My World' Meme is leading me to some lovely blogs. This is a nice introduction, and beautiful photographs.

Thank you for visiting 'my world' and leaving behind a nice comment.:)

- celine
http://indicainq8.wordpress.com

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great trip to your part of the world, i love the windpower photos with the cow.

fishing guy said...

Sarah: I love the way you weaved the old and new together. We don't see the wind power much around Ohio.