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I am interested in patterns and repetition of forms in my photos. During a recent trip to North Dakota I ran into such patterns and repetition of form in a variety of places. Here are a few examples (natural and man made).

The oil boom in North Dakota means that there are some places where oil wells crowd each other in the zest to drain the Bakken Oil Formation of its oil as quickly as possible (which, most likely will be many years from now). Even if there is plenty of oil, it is a bit disconcerting when you see so many wells crowded together like they are in this silhouette.

Oil Wells - Bakken Formation, North Dakota, June 2014-Silhouette

Wind - October 16, 2013

The original photo for this digitally manipulated photo composition comes from a wind farm in North Dakota. North Dakota produces a significant parts of its energy from wind (despite the recent oil boom). When I got back to the computer after a day of shooting I started to think about how I could use this or one of its sister images to suggest the movement of air in a way that was unconventional (e.g., showing something beyond just the of the wind turbines blades).  The more I played with this photo in my digital darkroom, the less conventional and more whimsical the image became until I eventually created what you see above.  I call this photo”Wind” and hope you will  enjoy this as my entry in the Word a Week Photo Challenge – Wind.”

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The Word A Week Challenge – Favorite is indeed a challenge because what my favorite photo is changes from time to time. Paralyzed by indecision, I finally decided to post several of my favorites, which as you will see comprise quite an eclectic group.


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  Esther Mae - July 30, 2010 - 151On Edge 2  Flag Flies at Sunset

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – ACTION Sparkle - July 15, 2012 - 004

Butterflies - 6 - August 11, 2011-Edit

Wind_Camera_USA Minot Air Show - 839 - July 04, 2012

Trip to Sky Dancer - July 25, 2013 - 274-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit

I guess it is not too surprising that when hills poke above the plain, they catch a lot of wind. North Dakota is a major supplier of wind power-based electricity. Wind farms dot the countryside.

Trip to Sky Dancer - July 25, 2013 - 277-Edit

Today’s wind turbine is not the wind mill of the past.

Trip to Sky Dancer - July 25, 2013 - 254-Edit