Driving into the future

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    First, I want to say thank you to all of my Flickr friends and wish you a most excellent Friday. I reached 10,000 visits yesterday, in just over 3 months of becoming involved. I do Web 2.0 for my business (e.g. Wonkosphere.com), and Flickr is my social network community of choice.

    When we drive between Phoenix and LA on Interstate 10 it's always fun to go by the wind farms in San Gorgonio, California (near Palm Springs, east of Los Angeles). They dominate the landscape for about 5 minutes, and it's kind of other worldly.

    I teach Technology Management, and so many of my students have done technology analysis projects concerning wind power. One of the oft-cited drawbacks is that people think they're ugly. Do you agree?

    Are modern wind mills ugly?

    If so, what could be done to make them more attractive to people?

    All of us need to pitch in when it comes to energy, most so those of us in the U.S. We drive into the future together.

    INACTIVE ACCOUNT OF KAI LIVINGSTON, and 81 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. frisamusic 78 months ago | reply

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    4. LindsayWilliamRoss 76 months ago | reply

      Hi! We used your photo today on LAist:
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      thanks!

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    6. kstoon 72 months ago | reply

      we have a rather large wind farm east of the BN area in illinois. it goes on and on for many miles along route 9. i think they are kinda cool looking, just wish i could walk up to them and see them up close. (if a security person sees you, they chase you off.) my only concern with these is as they age, will they be kept up. and if they are no longer useful at some point in time, what will happen to them.

    7. seaotter22 70 months ago | reply

      They're not ugly they're a symbol for our future. I think of cleanliness, air, and open space when I see them. They are needed.

    8. KCET DOT ORG 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SoCal Connected Flickr Pool, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. Seroujo 61 months ago | reply

      I think if the wind turbines weren't so crowded up together and more spread across the landscape more, it would be more pleasing to the eye...

    10. Canuck Infantry Badger 53 months ago | reply

      OOOO another north (american) sucking out resoursces dry shot....
      Can wait to see our lakes sucked dry.

    11. digitalquirk 52 months ago | reply

      The wind turbines are beautiful; it's the cars that are ugly.

    12. vooooodooo 51 months ago | reply

      Where have all you people been. I build them all over the USA and some of those there. I was there a couple of days ago and maybe i will take a photo facing back towards I-10 from the top of one of those GE turbines. I think you are heading towards LA and that is where the wash is. Cool shot and great topic

    13. sixty8panther 51 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Star, universal symbol, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Click-Clack-Clock 48 months ago | reply

      How can these generators be efficient, if they need so many? Still, I suppose they generate money for the firms that make them?

      A nice photograph, and a chance well-taken, but to me those things are and always will be, an eyesore. Anywhere.

      Regards
      CCC

    15. annmareem 46 months ago | reply

      Nice photo. So nice in fact that I would like to use it in a campaign (amongst other pics) for a client here in Sydney Australia. Could you let me know if it is possible for me to use and how you would need me to attribute you on print? Or please let me know what your fee would be for the use of this great image at a nice high resolution. I have added you as a contact if you could let me know asap that would be fantastic!! Thanks for your photographs! Ann-maree

    16. Clawdeeaah 46 months ago | reply

      Near my place, Love it.

    17. themoonmachine 45 months ago | reply

      Hi,

      Just wanted to let you know your photo was used in a travel update on Matador Network. You can check it out here:
      matadortrips.com/matador...

      Thanks for sharing this under Creative Commons.

      Sarah

    18. arimoore 38 months ago | reply

      I think windmills are beautiful! Love the photo.

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