Travel Theme: Environment

nature 2 - wind farm wales
A wind farm in Wales

Compared to the environmental impact of traditional energy sources, the environmental impact of wind power is relatively minor. Wind power consumes no fuel, and emits no air pollution, unlike fossil fuel power sources. The energy consumed to manufacture and transport the materials used to build a wind power plant is equal to the new energy produced by the plant within a few months. While a wind farm may cover a large area of land, many land uses such as agriculture are compatible, with only small areas of turbine foundations and infrastructure made unavailable for use. Wikipedia

What are your thoughts about wind turbines? Do you think they spoil the environment?

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Heyjude

I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

65 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Environment”

  1. Beautiful photo, Jude. 🙂 I’m always tempted to pull over and take a shot of some of our wind turbines but now I’ll be more prepared for the inevitable discussion. 😉

  2. It makes sense, particularly in the large empty expanses here. I’ve only seen them from afar and they look interesting. However, I wonder if they are noisy, particularly for locals in the country areas who aren’t used to noise pollution in their areas.

    1. Well from the responses I have had it appears they are not that effective anyway, which I had heard, but as I keep saying I am not an expert on the pros and cons of wind turbines. From a photographer’s POV I rather like them.

  3. I’ve always loved wind farms and wind turbines. Himself hates them and thinks they are a blot on the landscape. I loved to drive into Palm Springs and see the 3200 wind turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass. Do you know it? https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=palm+springs+wind+turbines&rlz=1C1FLDB_enUS510US587&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=SXX1VMvBDorgapn2gbgJ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1
    Sorry for that mess, Jude. I don’t know how to put a hyperlink on a comment.

  4. Well this has stirred up a debate Jude. I rather like the whooshing sound they make, rather hypnotic, but if I lived with in hearing distance of them I may change my mind as that sound 24/7 would drive me crazy. As for looks, when they are way off in the distance, as in your photo, they are an interesting part of the composition. But if they were planted too near houses, farms or villages I don’t think they would be appreciated so I think what I am saying is I like the thought and sight of them, but only if the position is well away from civilisation.

    1. I don’t think they plant them close to housing, but I can’t say that for sure. Here they tend to be in the countryside, on top of hills, which is what people object to as they ‘spoil’ the landscape. They are obviously very divisive objects 🙂
      and from what I have learned on here, not very efficient.

      1. There are quite a lot around Australia, but not as many as I thought we would see considering how windy it gets and how much space we have out here.

  5. Interesting debate indeed Jude! I’m in the *for* cheering section. I’ve seen several wind farms and they are so impressive. I love the majestic look and I find the gentle swooshing of the blades mesmerizing.
    Given a choice, I would much rather have a wind farm in my backyard than any other kind of power generator … Like say coal or nuclear 🙂

    1. Thanks Jo 🙂
      I shall have to try and investigate the noise of them the next time I head down to Cornwall as there are quite a lot down there. They have never bothered me either in looks.

  6. A very nice picture, I don’t think the wind turbines spoil the scenery at all. After all, it is a small price to pay for a cleaner energy source. I think in general most people don’t mind the wind turbines, as long as you don’t get them in your own back yard:) One of the existing developments ongoing in offshore wind farms. They are not in anyones backyard, and they typically have higher efficiency.

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