Last week Hugh suggested we had a day out for photographing some more of New Zealand landscapes. We travelled towards the West, and visited Dawson Falls in Egmont National Park. Today the whisper was spoken in louder tones, the food packed,,fruit,milk and coffee ( necessity for any day out) and gas stove in the wagon and off to the East, to the Tararua Wind Farm. This is set on 700 hectares of sheep and beef farming land, on the southern side of the Manawatu Gorge. A metal (gravel) road leads off the main highway, winding up through farmland, bush and scrub. At the top there are wide views to either side of the ridge. These turbines, 134 in total, produce an average annual output of 620,000 megawatts of power.
We stopped for lunch at this corner, and as I looked back, I could see that some of the turbine blades had stopped, and the box at the top, the nacelle, had been turned so the blades faced the wind direction. They started again before I finished my plunger coffee!!
The blades turn with a whooshing sound, and from a distance seem to be like the arms of graceful ballerinas.
This video might need double clicking to begin. We had a great day out in the hills, not much traffic up there , some cyclists coming down a steepish part of the gravel road,, sheep and lambs in the paddocks, and turbines turning. I have a greater respect for power, when I turn on the lights, the stove, and my Laptop. Thanks to Tararua Wind Farm.
Quotation of the day, from Jimmy Dean
“ I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”
Greetings from Jean