Freaky Windfarms

I have a completely unnatural fear of windmills.   Not the cute little dutch-style wooden ones that people put in their garden but the huge wind turbines that all of those tree-hugger types tout will save the planet with their renewable energy greatness.

They are very creepy to me.

Now, first things first, I love the concept of green energy and I’m all about saving some planet Earth.   This post is not about that kind of stuff.    This post is about being completely freaked out by a stupid wind farm.   There are a ton (actual measurement: shit ton) of wind farms and the like in California.   Every time we go somewhere, I am confronted with a hillside or valley of these darn things.   And, to make it worse, there is a colossal behemoth wind turbine thing in Fairfield, California, near the Anheuser-Busch Factory.   Can’t go anywhere without going past that.   Ugh.

This gallery of photos is the Spring Valley Wind Farm just outside of Ely, Nevada.    Logistically, it is probably a great place to catch the wind necessary to generate lots of power.  And, there are very few human residents that will complain about how much landscape these big propellers take.   However, it totally peeves me to see some pristine desert get hogged up for a wind farm to power all of our electronic doodads.   It’s kind of ridiculous really.

There are 75 wind turbines in this project and it was built in 2012.   The last time I drove through here was 2005.   I guess that’s progress but I liked it better without them.   I did pretty much drive right up to them to take a picture and I’ll call that a win for conquering my weird phobia.   But, I still don’t like them.

Anywhooo … I’m working on getting over my weird freak out over these things.   It’s not totally a fear.   I just can’t stop staring at them and they totally give me the oogies.

What are you afraid of?

12 thoughts on “Freaky Windfarms

  1. I’m ok with windfarms. I actually find them beautiful, in the way that I find Victorian viaducts marching across a wild landscape beautiful. Better than a nuclear alternative anyway!

  2. Funnily enough, I like the wind turbines and I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s because they showed up on the prairie at about the same time I did…so I feel somewhat connected with them! We’re both newcomers and we need to learn to fit in…

  3. I love ’em…………unless they are going down the highway, one blade at a time, on the longest semi trucks ever.
    What I don’t like? Nuclear energy power plants, damming all the rivers for water turbine power plants, coal powered steam power plants.
    My advice to you (and who in the hell am I to be giving advice?) is to pack a picnic lunch, invite someone you trust to the max, and go have a picnic as near as you can get to one of wind generators. Something about the gentile swish noise they make and the lazy circling of the blades can be kind of soothing.,……..if you let it. Good luck.

    • We drove almost right up to them. And, I am getting better about being freaked out by them. I think I may have gone from fear to fascination at this point. This particular wind farm is in such a beautiful area … it’s hard to stay mad at them for too long.

  4. You’re the only other person I know who finds them to be creepy! I can’t bear to be close to them and they give me chills when I see them in the distance. I feel a lot better knowing I’m not the only one.

    • You are not alone.

      I am getting a little better about it but I totally get the oogies when I see them in the distance … or, I know that we will be driving near them. ICK

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