Thursday, June 19, 2008

Peoria Flickr Group Wind Farm Outing

There had been some recent conversation about going and visiting the wind farm North of Peoria.

For those of you that may not venture North on Rt 40, which would be understandable, there is a wind farm that begins around Tanner's Orchard and continues on almost to Bradford. This is a relatively new development. I drive that route to Sterling once in a while for work, and I recall this past Fall/Winter going up there and seeing all these new windmills that weren't there before!! I believe there are about 100 of these giant turbines churning out 1.5 Megawatts each...enough to power something along the lines of 200,000 homes, I believe.

Anyway, the plan was to meet around 7:00 for some nice warm evening light, turning into a glorious sunset, then, finally, night time shots. Well, Mother Nature had other ideas. The sun was obscured by a blanket of clouds most of the time so no warm light, and a less than spectacular sunset was what we were dealt.

Still, though, there was enough broken cloud cover where we were at to get some interesting shots. This one was while the sun was still up.

Standing Tall

Oh, and I liked how this one came out. It didn't receive much attention on flickr, but, I still like it!

Tall And Wide

Then, as time carried on, it got dark, and the clouds eased up even more where we were at, but, at the same time, a storm was moving in up to the
Northwest. When the half moon wasn't obscured by clouds, it did a nice job lighting the windmills. This is a 10 minute exposure. It's always cool to see what you come up with on long nighttime shots.

Windmill At Night 2

There are a few more from this trip on my flickr site if you are interested.

We are planning on another trip up there...this time under a full moon. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this time!! :-)


My Flock Rocks! said...

Again, your photos are breathtaking, and fabulous.

Lola Takes Pictures said...

man, i REALLY like that last picture with the stars. that is really cool. the others aren't bad either but that last one is neat.

tsheets said...

Thanks flock/lola!

Diane Vespa said...

Your photos are AMAZING!!!!

LOVE the pic of Lily.

tsheets said...

Thanks, for stopping by and the compliment Diane!