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Lambrigg Wind Farm, seen from Uldale Head, Howgill Fells, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Cumbria, UK

In use since September 2000, Lambrigg's five turbines, each 43 m tall, are collectively rated at generating 6.5 MW, enough for ~4,000 homes.


[Not sure about this crop; the band of mist makes the foreground look like a separate image, dividing the focus of attention.]


Better On Black?


[Some may be visiting from a Guardian article; thanks for the link, Martin Wainwright!


I definitely agree with the main topic of the article, that the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks should extend their boundaries to properly encompass the Howgills, but this image hopefully illustrates why I disagree with a secondary point.


Far from considering wind turbines to be, by definition, a threat to the countryside (the intended point of Martin's link) I don't think that wind turbines are automatically an eyesore: I like Lambrigg wind farm – it's prettier than the adjacent, preexisting Roan Edge Quarry or that anomalous rectangle of conifers, anyway – and in this instance I don't mourn the loss of a notional 'pristine' landscape. Would I have even bothered to take this photo if there hadn't been a point of focus?


There are certainly places where wind farms would be wildly inappropriate, such as the core of the Howgills, but there are also peripheral areas where they're perfectly valid, such as Lambrigg Fell. I have limited patience with an absolutist 'windfarms: bad' attitude.]

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Taken on January 28, 2012