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Monochrome Madness 2-2

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.



Monochrome Madness Year 2 Begins!

I can’t believe it’s already the second year of MMC! Amazing.   For this year, Leanne is going to be taking the helm solo and steering us into more wonderful monochrome fun.  I’ll still be here posting as usual so have no fear!

This image was taken on Mt. Diablo in December.  I had to dig into my archives to find an unprocessed photo.  Hopefully I’ll be out soon taking more pictures!

Fog Peek

Fog Peek

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


Coneflower Convert – Monochrome Madness

Photo manipulation is so handy for me in two ways.

Number One, I can create art through photoshop.  Hurray!   For centuries people have been painting and drawing and now that the digital age is upon us and photoshop (or some variation of editing software) is on most people’s computers, we can now let our imagination fly with pixels!

Number Two, when I haven’t been out to take a picture for this challenge, I dig through my previous shots to see what I can convert to monochrome lol.

For the entire gallery, please check Leanne Cole’s blog later today.

Monochrome Coneflower

Monochrome Coneflower