Sprinkled across northern Illinois are hundreds of wind turbines, their mammoth arms slowly turning, turning, turning in the unending currents of the Great Plains.
We’re camping at Shabbona Lake State Park this weekend, and punctuating the wooded beauty of the lake among the fields of corn, I spotted these sleek white three-pronged turbines standing guard like sentries for some alien race.
These wind farms are common sights along Interstate Highway 39 south of Rockford. At the end of 2012, Illinois had 3568 megawatts wind power installed, ranking fourth among states for installed wind turbine capacity, according to Wikipedia.
Here’s a shot of downtown Shabbona, two ways.
The state park is quite pretty.
The park is known for having big fish in its lake, which is not as impressive to me as, say, a majestic waterfall, but it’s lush and leafy here today. My Adored Stepson spent his afternoon swatting flies outside (yes, I said “flies,” not “time,” but you may assume what you will). He quit when he hit 100 kills.
Here’s to wind power and personal power this weekend.
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