We live in all we seek. The hidden shows up in too-plain sight. It lives captive on the face of the obvious — the people, events, and things of the day — to which we as sophisticated children have long since become oblivious. What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff like color.
~ Annie Dillard, For the Time Being
I hopped on my bicycle and rode down to the Point today. It was a lovely day, perfect for a bike ride.
As I rode to the Point, I tried to imagine what it would look like with 600 ft. tall wind turbines scattered across the landscape. I’ve seen them off in the distance on mountaintops, and I thought they were beautiful. They might be beautiful here, too. I don’t know. It’s hard to picture it.
Then I rolled by one of the big houses, and remembered that there would be no turbines out that way. That’s where some of the money and the good views are around here, but it is also considered one of the Chesapeake Bay critical areas.
M and I watched the documentary film “Windfall” recently (thanks, ChrisB, for mentioning it). The film has an obvious bias, but what struck me the most was just how similar the situation is here to the situation in the documentary. If you want a good look at what communities go through when Big Wind Energy tries to move in, I highly recommend this film. (Netflix has it on DVD. Not sure if they have it streaming or not.)
Our Planning & Zoning Commission met again last night. I could be wrong, but I suspect some of them are going through the motions. There are some who have a conflict of interest, but that’s not unusual for this type of thing. As depicted in “Windfall,” in rural and agricultural areas like this, it’s usually the big landowners who are willing to take on the thankless job of being on commissions such as this.
My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that the County Commissioners will probably go along with the wind farm developers. When greed and money are involved, things usually swing that way, especially in politics.
I am troubled by many things when it comes to this issue, including the opposition to the turbines. They seem to have some money behind them, too. I wonder where it’s coming from, and will ask the next time I get the opportunity.
I am troubled by how much is hidden, whether it be money or the confidentiality agreements that the leaseholders have likely signed. It seems to me that if federal and state tax dollars are subsidizing the wind farm, then everything should be open and disclosed to the taxpayers.
I suspect that without those subsidies, the project would die a quick death. We’re talking big business here, not people who are overly concerned with climate change. (The Christian Science Monitor, August 24, 2014, states: “Although the industry is booming right now, helped along by a wind-production tax credit between 2008 and 2012, the expiration of that credit means that there’s little business in the pipeline beyond next year. Already, US turbine manufacturers are turning to overseas markets to replace anticipated lost business domestically.”)
I didn’t spend the entire ride thinking about wind turbines. In fact, the thoughts about wind energy were fleeting, like the wind itself today.
I walked around on the beach at the Point, enjoying the view and the beautiful day. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there at a time other than sunset.
How fortunate I am to be within bike riding distance of this pretty place on earth.
I took Lulu, my point and shoot camera, with me on this trip. I went out for the exercise as well as the views, and didn’t want to spend a lot of time stopping to take pictures. I can do that another time.
That’s about it from me for today. Thank you for stopping by, and cycling around the neighborhood with me. Do you have any plans for the weekend? I’m not sure yet what we’ll be doing. Probably getting ready for next week. We have friends coming to visit, something I’m really looking forward to, and we need to get the house in order. We’ve been spending a good deal of time on outdoor work, ignoring a lot of the indoor work.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. And have a great weekend! 🙂
Today’s joys: A lovely bike ride; watching a box turtle cross the road near the Point; the strength and health to exercise; time at the Point, all to myself; the way the sand on our driveway has finally packed down enough that I can ride along it, and don’t have to walk my bike out to the street (or back to the house).
19 thoughts on “Things of the day”
Lovely bike ride…big changes if the turbines arrive. I’ve seen them in Canada and out in California and even in northern Michigan. I think they are beautiful from afar too but I wonder if I’d want them in “my” backyard. Would take some thought that’s for sure.
Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 That’s where I’m at right now — in the midst of lots of thought and research.
Such beauty that you share, can’t wait to see for myself, next Thursday!
Can’t wait to see YOU, Chris. 🙂
What a pretty place to live. Hard to decide about the wind turbines. I’m headed out for a trip to Hells Canyon, so you may not hear from me for awhile…. no internet up there in the mountains.
Yes, it is a difficult decision, Gunta, although it’s not my decision to make so I may end up just having to live with them. No internet is a good thing. Enjoy. 🙂
Such a lovely, peaceful area you have there!
It is, Shirley. Hopefully it won’t be spoiled with industrial wind turbines. 🙂
You truly do live in a beautiful part of the world.
I do, Colline, and try not to take it for granted. 🙂
Thanks for the jaunt…..time well spent. 🙂 Lovely shots as per usual.
Glad you enjoyed the ride, Norm. 🙂
I will have to put “Windfall” on my Netflix queue. Thanks for the suggestion.
I know it’s mainly about how corporate greed influences decisions about war, but when you mention being troubled by how much is hidden, the Jackson Browne song, “Lives in the Balance,” came to mind. The lines, “I want to know who the men in the shadows are. I want to hear somebody asking them why…” It’s so sad that we have to question the motives of corporations…
You do live in a very pretty place, Robin, and these pictures are lovely and serene. Thanks for taking us along on this wonderful bike ride with Lulu!
You’re welcome, Barbara, and thank you for your thoughts. “Windfall” presented an interesting view of the community, and the way the big energy corporations are playing people off against each other.
I do not know too much about the wind turbines and should probably watch the movie, too. When visiting the Thumb of Michigan recently saw hundreds of them. They are beautiful glinting in the sun, but… One thing we heard is that bats and birds fly into them and are very challenged by them. It seems like every “solution” brings other problems, doesn’t it?
So true, Kathy, about the solutions bringing other problems. I’m just beginning to learn about wind turbines, and I’m surprised at some of the things I’ve found out because I always thought they would be a good way to produce clean energy. There are problems with birds and bats being killed by them. The farmers who are willing to lease their land might not have considered the cost of killing bats which are one of the best pesticides the farmers have going for them. The can eat up to 500 insects in one hour. That’s pretty impressive. 🙂
We are getting our real bike fixed up so I can go bike riding this fall … hope I remember how and that the knees will cooperate! Jane
Can you see the sand witch flying on her broom in your pilings picture? 🙂
Got side tracked by the sand witch…. I think wind turbines are quite beautiful, but then, I like electricity pylons too.
Wouldn’t it be fun to paint the upright posts green, the centre yellow, and add a few more white petals to make a giant daisy. 😀