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Monochrome Madness 2-2

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Have you ever heard of the Altamont Pass Wind Farm?  We went for a drive the other day and I took a few pictures of it.  The road we were on called Patterson Pass was SO BUSY!  It was just before commute time and those who live in the Bay Area know how bad the commute is around there.  There were very few places to stop especially at that time, so I’d like to go back on a weekend at sunset to see if it’s less busy.

Altamont Pass Brief Description:

It is located in the Altamont Pass of the Diablo Range in Central California, and it’s one of the earliest wind farms in the United States.  The first wind turbines were placed on the Altamont by Fayette Manufacturing Corporation on land owned by cattle rancher Joe Jess.  The wind farm is composed of 4930 relatively small wind turbines of various types, making it at one time the largest farm in the world in terms of capacity.  Altamont Pass is still the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world, with a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), producing about 125 MW on average and 1.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) yearly.  They were installed after the 1970’s energy crisis in response to favorable tax policies for investors.

You can find out more about the Altamont Pass Wind Farm by clicking on the hyperlink.

Altamont Wind Farm

Altamont Wind Farm



Please check Leanne Cole’s blog out later today for the entire gallery.

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Journey of a Body on this Earth

73 thoughts on “Monochrome Madness 2-2

  1. No, I’ve never heard of it. But now I know. Very interesting report and amazing pic!!
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  2. Wow Laura .. What a great shot! Clever you 🙂

  3. The photo looks almost un real… and that means it’s brilliant…

  4. Really effective Laura and so interesting, nice capture 🙂

  5. Have never seen this perspective. Great shot Laura!

  6. Its breath-taking! beautiful article.
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  7. It’s crazy that people don’t want these in the countryside becuase they’re apparently ruining the beauty of the countryside, but really I think they’re just a different kind of pretty!

  8. A lot of good knowledge… Didnt realize there were so many…

  9. So effective in Monochrome Laura 🙂 They are so huge, such a presence when you are up close to them. There is a strength to their structure and hope to what they are producing (and how) that I just really admire these wind farms. Great capture.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful observations Carrie. They really do have a presence about them. I think travelers often stop but they’re on the main road which isn’t quite as impactful as this smaller road on the backside. I’m going to go for a sunset shot next time!

      • I have walked directly under them on the Pacific Crest Trail outside of Palm Springs, they make a chest humming whir. At sunset will be brilliant!

        • Oh cool Carrie. I remember I went inside one of these windmills once because of my job back in the day and they are quite high tech. I remember the feeling what you describe too.

  10. Very nice photograph. I have seen big wind mills driving outside of Chicago. Have not been able to photograph since they are along the highway.

    • Thanks so much. I wasn’t on the freeway but people are always stopping on the freeway to take pictures of them too but the vantage point there isn’t as good as it is on this smaller road behind the hills. I need to go at sunset next time and not at commute hour. The back road is nuts! There is also a huge wind farm near Palm Springs.

  11. Beautiful wind farm via your lens, Laura! Thank you for sharing the info.

  12. El superbo! Or, in native Greek – BetaDelta ThetaGammaZeta!

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  14. This is fantastic, excellent photo!

  15. I love this in B&W- totally made for this treatment.

  16. love what you have done here!!

  17. That’s not a farm….it’s a forest

  18. Great photo… God, these things terrify me… I believe, one day, they may uproot themselves and start marching 🙂

  19. Wow! Fabulous shot! I know that there is varied opinions about these wind turbines (all over the world). When I see then – usually in a mountainous region on Italy (especially) they really are amazing to see and do not harm natures landscape (in my opinion). Beautiful!

  20. Great picture, I love the way you have captured the essence of wind in the image.
    And by the way “…Pass Wind Farm” doesn’t anyone else find that funny?! 😉

  21. whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh…

  22. With that many, the ground is going to fly away. 🙂

  23. I really like wind farms 🙂 Something very peaceful about them! Great image Laura, so many layers and levels!

  24. Great photo.
    I wish there were many more wind farms around the world!

  25. Very cool shot. It has a ghostly feel to it.

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