Trip sends columnist tilting at windmills

Lynn Moncus

You have noticed through the years that this country person is just a little slow in accepting the many changes in our way of life. Well, last Sunday, Aggie and I returned to the Ima area in order to confuse me more than ever. I realized I was standing in the past, present, and future as if in some kind of time warp.
I decided to investigate the wind farm in order to see what was happening on the edge of the llano. I could see it as we neared Freeman corner and headed south to take some pictures and to marvel at the sight. Two of the very tall posts had the blades on them and looked rather eerie as we approached. Because I don’t know wind farm language, I’ll just have to use the language of the country in order to try to explain what we saw.
In the early days, some people on the plains had wind chargers that generated electricity to batteries. Those storage batteries then provided electricity for the home. Usually, the homes had a bare light bulb in each room, and I was much impressed because those bulbs were brighter than were our coal oil lamps.
They often flickered, but so did those lamps if they were running out of fuel or if a draft blew through. I thought those wind chargers were tall, but they were midgets when compared to the giants being planted on the plains.
When we stopped at the first one, I had to lean on the car for a minute in order to be able to look up at the towering object. As the blades began to turn gently, I leaned a little more in order to try to understand what I was seeing. The blades look like giant airplane propellers. The towers on which they stand are gigantic.
As I stared at those monsters, I recalled reading that they will be providing electricity for some 90,000 homes and was more astounded than ever. Obviously, I need to do a lot of research in order to gain some idea as to what I saw and how those dudes work.
As I looked at others in various stages of construction, I could get a better idea of just how very large those propellers are and how big the various sections of the towers are. While looking at them and into the valley below, I knew the location would be good because the wind really cuts up along the edge and should generate a lot of electricity once it is harnessed.
Although those blades won’t turn nearly as fast as did the small ones on the wind chargers, they will move at a fairly steady rate during a real wind storm. Actually, were they to move as fast as those of old, they’d take to the air and land in another country!
In order to try to digest some of what I had seen, I drove back to the canyons to walk along the bluffs for a little while and to relax into the past in order to be able to cope with the present and future. We were in an area fairly close to Grandmother’s house so I could get a good view of the kitchen and think of quieter times.
I could see the spring and orchard and recalled the wonderful times we had as we looked at the beautiful water lilies, drank the cool water, and watched the fruit ripen.
Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined seeing what I had just viewed on the plains. Such mind-boggling experiences are hard on this woman from Ima.