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January 30, 2011

01.27.11 Pipes

I am totally fascinated with the power of wind.  I have wondered what goes into the building of windmill.
While riding up in the snow covered high country this weekend I came across a sight that I just couldn't understand.  PIPE!  VERY LARGE PIPE.
Come to understand that these pipe are what hold the windmills in place.
These pipe are crazy big.  I could stack about 10 of me, one on top of the other before I reached the top of these bad boys.
So why don't we ever see these pipes around windmill?  It's because they are sunk  in the ground, that must be some massive whole.  The are the support base for those tall fixtures.  They have to put at least a 1/3 of the height of the windmill in the ground for anchorage so that the windmills don't blow over with the straight of the wind.  CRAZY.

10 comments:

Jacki said...

They certainly make a fascinating image taken on this angle - love the repetitive patterns in this image - great pick.

Steven said...

I too am fascinate by windspinners. But at 300 feet from the ground I understand their need for support. Lots of support, so hence the pipes! Great image to represent was is needed to support these beasts.

Gisele said...

Wow! I don't think I've ever seen pipes so large. I like the patterns of this shot.

BobbieCoughlin said...

That would work for Repeating Patterns or for Three...We've seen many wind farms on our annual camping trips out west, but it was only when we saw huge trucks passing us with the vanes that we realized just how huge they are. We have wondered how they're built and what hold them on their relatively slender poles. Thank you for adding to our understanding of them.

Ashley Sisk said...

What an incredible shot - I really like that.

Patty Ann said...

Love it when I get to visit and learn something new. Thanks for sharing. I love looking at those enormous windmills myself.

klsbear said...

This is such a fun photo that just makes your eyes bounce around and around. I've been catching up on my blog visits and I really enjoyed journeying back to see what you've posted in January.

Lois said...

This makes an interesting photo. I like your perspective.

Crystelle said...

I like it!

gerberbaby1 said...

Great repeated shapes and patterns..Awesome!