I love the contrast of North Dakota’s peaceful prairies, the clouds and the power of those giant wind turbines. On this day, the passing storm clouds provided a good backdrop for an impressive view of the state’s two most consumer-needed commodities, food and energy.
It was one of those picture-perfect days, perfect for taking pictures, such of this pairing of old and new. The two wind turbines, the two transmission towers and the two abandoned farm buildings. I’ll bet you can imagine your own story to go with this photo of a family that grew up on that farm and had no idea that anything more than small grains would be harvested, certainly not the wind.
When once upon a time, North Dakota’s landscape was dotted with water pumping windmills, those have been replaced with more efficient systems to bring water up from down below. In the place of those old windmills are wind farms, hundreds of wind turbines towering above the prairie.