This photograph taken at Alta Wind Energy Center in Tehachapi, California, is one of my favorites for many reasons. First of all, I have some strange affinity for wind farms — not merely for their energy efficiency and climate friendliness. I simply love the grandeur of them. To watch those massive blades move with such grace and precision, knowing the engineering that went into it, I find awe-inspiring. To see an entire farm of these beauties performing their dance with only the music of the wind to choreograph is mesmerizing to me.
I was out for an afternoon drive when I decided to take a detour to photograph the turbine farm. There were a few fleeting clouds, an otherwise boring sky, and several overly-friendly (read: not bothered by pesky photographers) to block the roadway at strategic junctures. It was a leisurely day, after all, and my time to squander as I saw fit. Cows were welcomed.
Duly satisfied with the images on my card and still half an hour before sunset, I scouted a location in case of a surprise. I didn’t expect much, but stranger things have happened. Lo and behold, seemingly out of nowhere, a storm cloud appears with one of the most beautiful sunset color splashes I’ve seen! Patience definitely rewarded me.