Posts Tagged ‘Wind’

I was recently in North Dakota visiting my father-in-law who lives in Minot. The major winter chill has hit there just as hard as it has hit most of the rest of the country although the area has avoided much of the heavy snow. The cold (temperatures often in the low single digits) has been only part of the story in the area. The wind has persistently been over 25 miles per hour with gusts between 30-50 miles per hour. The resulting wind chill has often resulted in temperatures in the teens and twenties below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

My first photo is of a horse as it tries to get some food from a frozen field. It isn’t snowing heavily, but the snow is blowing around causing near white out conditions.

Along County Hwy 3 (Snow Day) - November 17, 2014 - 158-2

In this photo, the wind has died down for a bit. I simply liked the composition.

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After the harvest (in what appeared to be a relatively rare corn field), the cattle go through the field to eat what they can find.  Again, there was not much snow, but it was bitterly cold with the wind chill.

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Finally, some rays of hope — the forecast indicates warmer weather within the next week.

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Wind and Ornamental Grass - September 24, 2010

Beyond the whimsical representation of things mechanical to show wind, its effects are a commonplace — the rustle of leaves, the waves on a lakes, the blowing hair of a child playing on the shore. Of course wind can be more brutal, tornadoes and hurricanes can hit areas fairly small to immensely large with hammer force blows that are at essence the simple movement of air or the debris that is its consequence. My second photo submission for the Word a Week Photo Challenge – Wind is thankfully not so dramatic – just wind blowing grass – but I hope you will enjoy it.

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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Let There Be Light - December 01, 2013

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is Let There Be Light! The challenge is to have a photo that shows a light source. In considering this challenge is what is a light source. I thought about Ben’s Hanoi lamp shop photo with its spectacular splashes of color. Beautiful. I looked at the photos of others with beautiful sunsets or brightly lit structures. Many so wonderful. However a great deal of the light that we see our world is reflected light and that is the source I focus on here. Reflected light is what you might call it a 2nd generation source. Here the sun shines on the grasses. Many of its colors are absorbed but green and yellow and a bit of other colors in the sunlight are at least partially reflected. If no light was reflected, there would be an absence of color – an impenetrable blackness.

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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.

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

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More Snow - Oh No!

Okay. We are really sick of snow here in Madison. I decided to bottle a storm, but couldn’t find one that worked so I had to use a snow globe. I placed a recent storm in the snow globe in the hope of dissuading future storms, apparently without success since we may get a foot of snow in the next 24 hours.

Wind Turbine in North Dakota