December 2011


Wisconsin has some of the most picturesque farm and barn views that are enhansed by the winter snow.

Select this link to see panorama photos of Wisconsin farms in the winter

Wisconsin has many scenic classic farm and barn views, especially as seen during the snow-covered winter. Driving from Milwaukee to Beloit on I-43, over the rolling hills, several views were photographed as the sun was setting on a cold windy day.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin harbor lakefront on the first freezing day of December 2011

Select this link to see panorama photos of the Milwaukee Harbor skyline

Viewing the Milwaukee skyline panorama photos one can see the following sites from left to right:

South Shore Park in Bayview, WI, the Allen Bradley Tower, the Milwaukee Port, WE Energies smokestack, the Hoan Bridge, Chase Building, Faison Building, City Hall, 411 East Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee Pier Lighthouse, US Bank Building, Summer Fest grounds, University Club Tower, Art Museum, Discovery World, Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse, Lake Shore Drive Park, McKinley Marina & Park, Columbia St Mary’s Hospital, Old Water Tower, North Point, Bradford Beach, Milwaukee Water Works Linnwood Treatment Plant, and a barge leaving Milwaukee Harbor.

This is a typical Wind farm located on farm land near Paw Paw, Illinois showing turbine towers, a substation, and transmission lines with the surrounding farms.

Select this link to see panorama photos of the Mendota Hills Wind Farm  

Select this link to see video information on Mendota Hills Wind farm

Landowners and farmers are compensated by the Wind Farm developer on a constructual basis for each tower.

Select this link to see a 360 degree panorama of a Mendota Hills Wind Farm  

This is the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm as seen off I-65 Interstate in Benton County, Indiana

Select this link to see panorama photos of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm

Select this link to see information on the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Benton County, Indiana

Select this link to see information on Wind Turbine Generation

Select this link to see an article on Managing The Wind

I have become interested in the use of wind farms that are springing up for producing electrical power. The two wind farms that are shown here are representative of what is happening across the globe. At the end of 2010 the worldwide capacity of wind farms was 194 GW, or approximately 2.5% of worldwide electricity use. This is 2.5X what it was in 2007, because of the push by governments. The largest producers account for approximately 21% of electricity in Denmark, 18% Portugal, 14% the Republic of Ireland, 10% Spain, and 9% Germany. China now has the highest installed windpower capacity at 44.7 MW, next the US at 40.2 MW, and then Germany at 27.2 MW. The cost per unit of energy produced is now estimated to be about the same for coal, gas, and wind. It appears that wind farms will be a viable source for electrical power as long as it is pushed, given support, and financial incentives.