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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Walking Back One and Two Years Ago with Our Eyes to the Skies

I am really liking this chance to look back to see how far we have come in a year! This week had been a biggie for us in the past. Our windmills seem to stir up some excitement, but as far as I know today should be a calm one for them. The rainbow was from last year; now lets hop back two years for the raising of the blades. You may find a bit of a religious connection here. I did, and it gave me chills! I am sure these guys were having a chat with God themselves as they ventured out to help with the final connections! YIKES! Dang! That is a long way up! Sorry my shot is a bit fuzzy, but I think you get the idea!

Now we are back to a year ago, and another crazy person is up in the air working, this time, in putting spacers on the power lines that transmit all our wind energy to the transfer station down the road. We just sat on the porch all morning and were highly entertained!

I think I am going to try and mow the yard today, but if I see any shadows in the sky, I will have my camera ready just in case! Have a wonderful day everyone!

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  1. I had no idea just how HUGE those were!

    I've heard they are very noisy. Is that true?

  2. Thanks again Lana for stopping by A Creative Spirit and I am a new follower of yours so I guess I need to go back a ways to learn about your windmill. AMAZING pics (I wouldn't be up that high).

  3. I'm totally enthralled by the windmills - have been for years! Great shots.

  4. Good job with the pictures How many do you have around your house? How far apart are these things?

  5. While this is not an official count, we are surrounded by windmills, so I can easily say on a clear day, you can walk around the house and count to 100 or so. We farm around ten, with a few more to come I think.

  6. We've driven past the fields of windmills in northern Iowa. Watching that kind of thing could keep me entertained for hours!! :-)

  7. Oh my goodness! I guess you never really get how big they are until someone takes a picture like this. WOW!! This is a good one!!

  8. Hi. I am a new follower from Thirsty Thursdays. Love these pictures. Have a great day...


  9. Visit from Thursday blog hop, Hope you have a great Thursday!
    I'm following your blog. would love to get visit from you.


  10. OOps! Ann I forgot to try to answer your last question. I believe the rule is 1000 feet apart. Tall Guy is my go-to person for such facts, but believe it or not he is outside working some where! Dang! Here he is! Ok, According to my resident authority: There is no set distance; they just need to be far enough apart so as not to create any turbulence for any other windmill. They must be 110% of their height away from any road, 750 ft. away from a building, and 1000 ft. away from a dwelling. I hear you; I believe they are 350 feet from bottom to top of a blade pointing straight up. Now this can all change from county to county, so be forewarned!

    Someone asked if they were noisy, and I would have to say no. Can you hear them? Yes, but you can usually hear the wind too. They just give it a pulse. Sometimes it is noisier on one side of a turbine that the other; depending on the wind and direction you are to where it is blowing from.

    I love our windmills. It WAS a growing process as they came in, and roads were a MESS, but now it's all pretty good and quiet around here, and I have a safe place for my 2 mile walk!

  11. Great pictures! Hope you're getting your apples ready for next week!

  12. Wow Lana--that's amazing. I've seen those things --but there are none around here I don't think... Who put them in? County? Federal? Are they on your land? Did they purchase the land from you to build them? Do you all benefit from them with your energy bills???? I'm sorry for all of the questions -but I don't know a thing about these windmills.

    Beautiful rainbow.

  13. Well Betsy, believe it or not BP put our turbines in. They do more than attempt to drill for oil! We have ten on our land and family ground right now, and the land is leased to BP for (I think)40 years with extended options worked in.

    We do not get any of the energy. It zips off to the East Coast. I have heard it is too expensive for us to buy???? Sometimes I would like to run a big extension cord out to one! (That's not really possible!) So we receive a yearly, or maybe it's every 6 months check for the leasing (again Tall Guy takes care of that in the Farm finances), and it varies. We are guaranteed a certain price, but if the specific turbine produces more energy than expected, we get a LITTLE bit of that added in. It won't buy us a combine, but I have named the two on the ground we own Tink and Bear, and it can help their college fund grow in the next ten-twelve years.

  14. Wow! Those things are huge! I couldn't have done their job! So scary!
    Thanks for joining in the Today a year ago (or maybe two years ago) Thursday blog hop!!


  15. Great blog! Came across your blog from one of the blog hops, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff. I am now following... feel free to follow back if you like!!!!
    All the best,


  16. Hi, Lana. I enjoyed visiting your blog. It was really cool to see the windmills. I'm going to follow as soon as I finish writing this. I'm a farm wife too! Please come visit my blog.

  17. Stopping by to say hi from 'Today a Year Ago'. Amazing photos! It looks so peaceful there. I would love to see those windmills in person.

    Lisa xoxo

  18. I'm following you back! Your photos look great!! Happy Thursday!


  19. Hi, Lana.
    Those pictures are amazing! I wouldn't want either of those jobs--the guy at the top or hanging off the helicopter!!
    Thanks for sharing, and the info. I've wondered, too, if they make any noise.
    Love the rainbow photo!

  20. Great blog! I’m following from Talkative Thursdays. I hope you’ll stop by soon!

  21. Thank you so much for linking up to Talkative Thursday!
    We loved having you visit!
    I am now a proud member of your blog.

    Lucas's Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder

  22. love the pictures.... I am stoppin by from friday follow over 40 and your newest follower, come visit me if you get a chance..

  23. Thanks for stopping by! I can't imagine being the person who has to put up the windmills... way too high for me.

  24. Holy cow, those suckers are tall. I've seen them from the road—far away, of course—and never thought about what it would take to get them up and running. Cranes! Helicopters! Installing windmills would be my husband's dream job!!

  25. Wow. Great pictures. I'm a new follower from FFF! Look forward to reading more of your blog, and hope to see you around TBM soon! :)

    Miranda - TBM

  26. We have 36 of these in our neighborhood that show up on weather radar they are so tall. 540 ft to the top I believe, and yes they are noisy. One gentleman that has one in his back yard says it sounds like a jet going over head all the time, they are running. But, the big plus is NO by-products to deal with, wind energy is by far the the cleanest source there is. So. if the next group heads towards my hill, I would say yes to one of these. Jim Iron Ridge,WI

  27. Hi Lana...thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. I am amazed by the pictures on your blog. I love how you let the pictures do the talking..I am your new and proud follower

  28. Love the pics! It is so neat to see how big they are up close.



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