When I go for a walk I often take my camera with me so that I can share the landscape with you here. Today's photos and mosaics are from a walk I took on the 29th of February, a lovely afternoon with the first signs of Spring appearing in the hedgerows. I have shared photos from this walk before but not since the Wind Turbines appeared on the landscape. You may recall I first mentioned these and a couple of photos in my post HERE.
The Wind Turbines were put up last Autumn while we were away in Asia, so it was quite a surprise to come home and find the landscape behind Marta towards Piansano dotted with them! I feel that although they are somewhat a blot on the landscape they are a necessary one for a country that has no natural resources of its own, no oil, gas or coal in Italy. If Italy wants to generate more electricity for better or worse we are going to see more of these!
The first twenty, although they are difficult to count so not sure if that is accurate but around that number, have been erected on the hills above Marta and we are told that this is just the start, many more will appear on the hills surrounding the Lago di Bolsena in the future.
When I took these photos it was a hazy afternoon with the sun behind them so viewed through my zoom lens they tend to disappear into the landscape. They have certainly changed the view.
When I set off on my walks there is no sign of Wind Turbines at all from our house. The cows were the first photographic subjects I came across. In the photo bottom left Montefiascone can be seen in the distance.
Then around the next corner Wind Turbines.
Other views that caught my eye, Marta can be seen in the distance in the first of these mosaics.
Wild flowers starting to emerge.
Celandines and Mimosa
On the way home, Montefiascone in the distance.
Two of my local contacts have made YouTube videos of the Wind Turbines, so I have included them here for those of you that may be interested in some up close views. The second video is more recent and shows the turbines operational, quite a noise they make, as can be heard in the second part of the video. The maker of the film also states that there are expected to be around 150 eventually and that unfortunately this is a private enterprise selling energy to ENEL, the Italian electricity company. It appears then that although Wind Energy is a valuable alternative energy source, at the moment it is not of benefit to the locals.
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All the photos are my own and can be viewed in larger individual format by visiting my complete album at Flickr.com entitled Scenes From An Afternoon Walk