A prairie windmill silhouettes a landscape as the sun sets and a gentle breeze ripples the water on a lake. There are three forms of natural energy resources in this scenic setting: sun, water and wind.
An idle windmill on a windless day is still a beautiful sight. The smock windmill has four giant sails, a wallflower wheel and great spur wheel that all move with the motion of the wind to turn millstones and grind grain into flour. It’s a shame wind turbine farms aren’t as scenic as the romantic wooden windmill in the distance. The tall metal turbines can’t match the old-fashioned charm of a windmill; and can sometimes interfere and injury migratory birds.
Wouldn’t it be a sight and photographer’s delight if more windmills were put back into service?