It was 3am when we hit the road for our Grand Circle of the Southwest. The plan was 10 National Parks in nine days in four states with a dog, a photographer, and a whole SUV full of gear. The temps would range from the low 20’s to a possible high in the mid-70’s. There would be rain, clouds, sunshine, mud, puddles, and a whole lot in between. We were prepared for all of it, or at least we tried to be.
Heading East out of LA one of our first stops was in the San Gorgonio Wind Farm to catch he first of many sunrises to come. Located on the Eastern slop of San Gorgonio. (Yes, the same place, where earlier this year I hiked in a freezing, sleeting, freezing rain and ice storm. There’s even photographic proof.) It’s one of three major wind farms in California as it’s one of the windiest places in Southern California. As of 2008, there were 3,218 units ranging from 80′ to 160′ tall delivering 615 MW of power. Who knew?
Anyway, we pulled off the highway and drove up into the hills to capture a few shots among these giants. We were far enough off the Interstate that there was hardly any noise besides the fairly quiet hum of the propellers. It wasn’t very windy that morning and the majority of these mammoth towers stood as silent beacons for the rising sun.
Having lived for many years in an off the grid house, I’m fascinated by alternative energy and passionate about green energy. What can I say, I’m progressive like that!
For more info on wind farms and how wind turbines work check out: