Sunday, January 1, 2017

Windmills at dawn, Illinois


Windmills silhouetted in the sunrise, glowing off the side of Interstate 88 somewhere in the middle of Illinois. I remember fierce debates about wilderness and coastlines and natural beauty back in Massachusetts, but farm country and windmills seem quite well suited to one another. Quietly, without much notice in the national debate, wind power has been booming throughout the Midwest, and the long graceful arms of the turbine farms are taking their place with silos, grain elevators, and hundred-car freight trains as a major feature of the rural-industrial landscape.