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Chasing Windmills

NOTE: These images were posted as a course exercise using Flickr. These aren’t great samples of my ability to take photographs.

As the lyric from the Toad the Wet Sprocket song goes: “I spend too much time chasing windmills…” On the way home from Thanksgiving festivities, we decided to take Route 30 — a more scenic journey than our normal route. Last year, we unexpectedly encountered some windmills climbing above the tree line. I was fascinated. Here was a cluster of giants rearing before us. The blades were hardly moving. I was taken by their size and the unxpectedness. All I had was my iPhone (not the best camera) to document the sighting.

As we drove home this year, we purposely chose Route 30. We had a small camera with us this time and thought we’d try to snap a few shots. We were amazed again. The windmills had multiplied. And, this time, their blades were turning in enormous graceful arcs. I probably should have attempted to capture some video, but forgot. The day was overcast and cold and the landscape blanketed in snow. The contrast of the white spires wasn’t as sharp as last year when we had blue skies and plenty of sunshine. At some point, I’d like to travel Route 30 in the spring to have a better shot at capturing them against a blue sky and green fields.

You can see a few more photos on my Flickr page.

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