September 27

wind turbine generator

If you live in the mid-section of the United States, chance are one of these may have contributed to your electricity usage today.  This generator had just arrived at the location where it would be set on top of the stem, blades added and then wired to the system that turns wind in to electricity.

In the background, behind the foreground activity, you can see one wind turbine and the generator on the stem.  From a distance, they don’t look as huge as they are — as large or larger than the semi-truck that hauled in the unit.

These turbines are just east of the Wilton Energy Center at the newly commissioned Baldwin Energy Center.  Crews have worked two or three shifts a day to get the Baldwin Center on line.  When the large Manitowoc crane was done with this pick, it was moved down the road to the next turbine site.  The crane was as wide as the road, there was no passing, just following, much like the oiler who kept the tracks well oiled as the crane walked down the gravel to the next site.

Wind power electricity generation is becoming very popular in North Dakota.  How close are you to a wind farm in your neighborhood?

February 9

Orchids provide a break from winter

If you go looking for it, you can find warmth in North Dakota’s cold winters.  I found it at the Baldwin Greenhouse. It’s attractive in so many ways, year round, but on a cold winter day, the 70 degree greenhouse is a good place to forget about winter, and look forward to spring.

Holding the orchids

Scott and Melanie are easy-going, very hospitable people.  Scott is especially dedicated to his orchids such as these delicate ones he is holding.  They work very hard at the greenhouse and have developed a loyal following.  People from all over this region sit up and pay attention if you mention Baldwin Greenhouse.  They’ve got a great reputation.  They’ve worked for it, and they deserve it.  The care they give to fragile orchids such as these shows their talent for making things grow.