Back in Hays, KS with my parents over Labor Day, we took a road trip inside a road trip, heading to central Kansas on Saturday. It was reminiscent of trips when I was young, taking pictures of abandoned farmsteads and interesting buildings as inspiration for drawings and paintings I was doing then.
The first stop was the Smoky Hills Wind Farm along I-70 around Lincoln, KS. It’s a great example of functionality (power generation) tied to natural resources (there’s lots of wind in Kansas) and the surroundings. Although the wind turbines can appear stark and modern, their interplay with the rolling hills of central Kansas is fascinating and natural.
There are other instances where the juxtaposition of the turbines and an old conventional windmill sets up an intriguing contrast. And even with the current level of completion, the wind farm’s visual impact is quite striking. I can’t wait until it’s fully operational.