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Wind Seekers by WayneBenedet Wind Seekers by WayneBenedet
As a Province, Manitoba has been blessed with a wealth of rivers and hydro electricity. Indeed there has been a significant cost to many northern indigenous communities in the loss of land through flooding and the loss of livelihood through the disruption of the fisheries. But because of this natural resource, electricity has been abundant and inexpensive. This natural resource has allowed the province to export much of its production nationally and internationally.

It appears though that other thoughts are now being considered. While the development of wind generation in the province has so far been minimal, in the area of ST Leon, the natural winds make this kind of energy production an attractive option. To date, about 60 of these wind generators have been installed. The resulting change to the landscape has brought visitors from far and wide and hopefully, it will not cause the same magnitude of negative change as hydro generation created for our northern peoples.


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RonTheTurtleman Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
I really hope that these generators work out and aren't part of some plan by some investors to game the system to fill their pockets and stick the public and the land owners with the bill.  

Also, one thing that we need to be aware of is that the blades of these things can get a build up of ice that can break off and get flung as potentially dangerous projectiles. 
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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool looking, nice shot
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
thanks
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a wonderful idea and to have the wind generated energy not take up fields and fields with wind turbines like these would be so much better.    Wonderful photo too!
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EvilDogBum Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Things of beauty,  so long as you don't see them everyday ;)
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ov3 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the composition. Beautiful picture :)
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
thank you
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supersnappz16 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot and composure. Some people complain about these turbines but I quite like them
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I rather like how they look myself.
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Noekkvadis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very nice picture and thank you for the story too!
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
thank you
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see it again
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Mac-Wiz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016   Photographer
Great Portrait.  One of you biggest fans, I suspect.:lmao:
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
lol... I like the twist.  Yes indeed, that are a whole field of my "fans"  rofl
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seek-and-hide Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the surreal feel ... beautiful sky, somehow reminds me René Magritte. Great shot.
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Thanks Mayumi, what dod you think of the manipulation where the windmills were used?
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seek-and-hide Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know much about a wind farm, here in Brazil we have few of them...I know there are many advantages. Perhaps the greatest of these is the green energy itself. But surely windmills bring a great visual impact on the landscape, we can see that in many images around the world. I just imagine the noise ... because I live in a tall building and in strong wind days their sounds bother us ...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
they do make some noise, but it is not audible unless you are very close or right under them.  In some places i think they would indeed mar the landscape, but that does not seem to be a problem here in Canada, partly I guess because there are so many open places. I am not sure that they are son green though.  The data on this is conflicting, I suppose time will tell.  This field and another in this area does not even produce power for Canada.  The machines I understand are owned by a UDS company and all the power goes to the US.  That is not a problem for us here in Manitoba though as water power is the main source or electricity.  There is only one gas fired generator in the province and it is back up only.
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seek-and-hide Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, most of the energy produced in Brazil is hydroelectric plants. And in this case their buildings interfered in landscape, including dispossessing indigenous peoples from their lands.

Energy sources such as wind or sun are still little explored here. But I think there is great potential that could be tapped. Especially because we are in the consumption limit ... one step closer to an energy crisis.
5 seconds hug 
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Strange! I live in Romania, so far from Manitoba, and there is a view not far from me that is similar to this. Wind turbines have this curious effect - so dominant and so similar.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
There are a number of windmill fields around where I live.  Thee ones are apparently smaller, but I cannot tell the difference is size to the other site.  I have never thought of them as dominant.  Perhaps I use this word differently.
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Occasionally I drive past the wind turbines (the local name); the road goes close to them. They look immense and I feel minute near to them. When they rotate, the speed of the blade tips can exceed 100 mph. That´s why I think of them as dominant. As a comparison, I think electricity pylons have less impact, being stationary and not usually so tall. Perhaps, in time, people will see them as having their own beauty - serving the community and protecting nature from harmful energy options.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
I have stood at the bottom.  The blades hum, it is quite a humbling experience.

When the tower were being put up, I knew the dimensions of the blade.  My son and I counted the time for a revolution and he worked out the speed... it was closer to 800 mph.  (Of course he did it in his head, and as a result, the calculations were rough.  Working with pie in your head is pretty tough.  I was amazed that he even attempted it.)
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ahappierlife Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Yes - humbling. I´m staggered by the speed. That´s fast!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
well don't quote me on it, because I am not totally sure, but it was very fast.  Far faster than I imagined.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
people see this as eyesore. i see it as environment friendly way to create free power w/out disrupting the rivers & water ways w/dams. & they are kinda Cool looking! Nice shot!!!  
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
I have read some reports about how they do not impact the environment in a positive way.  I really don't understand all of the implications, but my sense is that it is in some ways a question of magnitude.  As more and more are put into the system, one section balances off another, and in time the negative impact gets washed out.  Or at least I hope so.
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
i hope so too!! i don't want to loose all the natural things due to pollution... 
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martianhalo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Saw some of these in SE Sask this summer.  Couldn't get over the size of these things.
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:iconwaynebenedet:
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
yes, they are pretty tall.  I stood at the bottom of on this last summer.  From that perspective that make you feel VERY small.
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Lora-Vysotskaya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful❤️
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
thank you
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Good shot Wayne!!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
thanks
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ancoben Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
a lot of people in this country protest about them on their doorstep, but I don't have a problem with them.  I am not sure if they object to any noise they might make.  Lovely shot
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Most of the ones out here are not close to houses.  I have gone with up to them and stood at the bottom.  There is a definite hum, and the experience is interesting
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
they certainly change the look of the land..but I think they are a healthy alternative to what we have been doing to date
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
I have read opposite reports on that David, but I have no real way of determining if they are valid.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the jury is still out
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
me too.  The world is a far more complex place than we seem to understand.  But still, I think we have to try things, if we didn't, nothing would improve.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
True enough
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prairie-flower Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot for it
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fatcatdagg Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
thank you so much more this amazing image

I used it here

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Thank you so much :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
interesting.
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inmc Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This picture has been featured in this [link] news article.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Thanks marco,

I appreciate it.
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inmc Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
my pleasure
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SpyroxCynder Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
I believe your province will encounter a large supply of cheap energy, and most likely, some new found extra wealth. Wind power is quite efficient from what I've heard and read. And I'm certain that it will cause very little negative change. The biggest arguments that have appeared when debating wether or not to switch to wind energy are:
- birds would hit the spinning blades
- some people have said they are an eyesore
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Actually most of our power is generated by hydro electric systems. Wind is new in this area, and as far as I can determine...it is all in place from a private company and exported to the US. So there is no new found wealth for this province that I can see. In addition, we were just notified that our hydro rates are going to jump 10% in the next year. My guess is that even though hydro electric is the cheapest way to make power, and our province is rich in it, world markets and the demands to the south, are going to drive up the cost at home, just as they have with fuel. Basically, what I see is that the companies can make more money exporting the resource than selling it to the local residents where it is produced and been paid for over many years. Even Alberta, which is rich is oil, sells fuel to its residents at world market prices. Perhaps the only protection we have, is that the hydro company is government controlled, though even here, the government has sucked resources out of it for their own purposes. The biggest concern I have is that the government will begin to see electricity as a way of making money for itself, and raise costs to world levels. It all seems a bit strange to me.
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