Windmills have been around for centuries performing many different functions. The early ones that you and I remember seeing on our grandparents’ farms and ranches were used to pump water for livestock and human consumption as well as maybe turning a grist mill to grind grain.
The modern day windmills are referred to as wind turbines. Hundreds of these turbines, known as wind farms, now dot the American landscape and are used to generate electricity. Unlike the early windmills, the wind turbines provide a monetary income for the landowners. In addition to generating electricity, wind turbines have also generated controversies. One such controversy is the deadly effect they have on birds and the bat population. It is thought that many bat fatalities at wind farm facilities are due to the bats colliding with the huge blades of the wind turbines. The blade tips can reach speeds of 132 to 182 mph. Another reason for bat fatalities is due to barotrauma, which is an injury due to suddenly altered air pressure caused by the fast moving blades of the turbines. Bat often fly into the disturbed air space causing barotraumas.
There is one common ingredient needed by windmills and wind turbines to full fill their functions. WIND!
Do you remember when you were just a youngster and were taken on a night time hunt to try and catch the ever elusive Snipe? You were taught the secret call, such as, Whoop! Whoop! or maybe how to bang two rocks or sticks together in a certain way before being taken out in to the woods to sit alone very quietly holding a burlap bag or pillow case open in hopes of catching a Snipe. I didn’t catch one either.
I did, however, catch this one on camera recently in a birding center in Port Aransas, Texas.
The Snipe lurks in marshes, damp fields, muddy edges of creeks, solitary and often unseen.
Sedona, AZ is noted for its mesmerizing beauty, tranquility/enlightenment, and centers of energy called vortexes. The locals refer to the energy centers as vortexes rather than vortices. Sedona has long been referred to as a spiritual power center due to the energy that emanates from the four vortexes in the area. Sedona thrives as a center of the New Age movement. People come from around the world to experience these swirling centers of energy that are believed to be conducive to spiritual healing, meditation and self-exploration. Many New Age participants refer to Sedona as a spiritual Disneyland. I recall in 1967 the singing group Fifth Dimension, in recognition of the New Age movement, recorded the hits Up, Up, and Away and The Age of Aquarius two years later.
Just in case you are wondering what a vortex is, it is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid, or by the motion of spiraling energy, i.e. whirlwinds, tornadoes and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as water, wind, or electricity. The Sedona vortexes are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The four main energy vortexes around Sedona are the Airport, Red Rock/ Cathedral, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. If you visit Sedona, decide for yourself.
The photographs in this blog are of the Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock vortexes taken while visiting Sedona.