It’s cold. Brrrrrrrr!!! It’s been COLD for a few weeks now. “Polar Vortex” they call it. Bitter cold weather and snow sweeping in from the polar regions, or something like that. (Yes, I know what it is, but I’m keeping it light. Work with me here.)
This blog post could just as easily have been titled “Missy’s Favorite”, as she gets so excited over these wind turbines. Especially when she sees the blades being moved from the factory to location via trucks on the freeways. Yeah, methinks she’ll like this post.
She and I had gone to Des Moines for the weekend, her for a Toastmaster event, and we decided to take Wesley and make a weekend out of it. Thoughts were to make another trip to Perry for the Sinclair gas station that we visited last summer. I have been wanting to visit in the morning so I could get some better shots without unnecessary shadow, and this seemed like a good opportunity.
Unfortunately, the weather thwarted us. It snowed just enough to make the roads questionable, and I really didn’t want to get home at 7pm, or later, so we decided to forego photography and just head home. And before we even got out of Des Moines we were almost run off the road by a truck that almost missed their exit and decided to dart across all the lanes at once… keep in mind the freeway was snowy and slushy which just compounded the fun… then after lunch we hit a deep patch and almost ran off the road by ourselves. I was able to recover and we did fine, albeit slow, the rest of the way home.
I was pretty much resigned to a photo-less weekend, when we drove through a wind turbine field, and the starkness caught my eye. I thought that might make a good photo, especially with exposed corn rows in the foreground. So we got off the freeway, found a nearby rural road, and here we were. I decided to take these handheld, which I normally don’t do. The result, I think, came out pretty well. It shows a certain loneliness that the winter provides. You can feel that there’s really not much of anything going on. Except for wayward photographers, I mean.