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Solar Farm

Posted by Bill Brown (California, United States) on 25 May 2011 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

About two weeks ago I posted an image captured last year of a field of poppies and lupine ( This solar farm now occupies that space.

Canon EOS 5D 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 320 16 mm

solar | panel | intel | folsom | ca

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Florence from Paris, France

It really delivers something weird, I mean unusual and original. Eyecatching indeed and your sky is exquisite.

25 May 2011 8:21am

@Florence: Thank you Florence!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I guess the sad loss of poppy pleasure is someone's solar gain although I imagine the poppies will make a comeback. Seeing this and thinking of wind farms and all the rest of the eyesores, I cannot help but believe there has to be a 'better way'.

25 May 2011 9:03am

@Ronnie 2¢: Wind farms! Oh yes, we have plenty of those as well. I agree Ronnie, the poppies will eventually make a comeback. So far we have had a cooler than normal Spring and I haven't yet seen a lot of poppies in this area.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wow ! a great and interesting shot Bill. Bravo !

25 May 2011 11:22am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh my gosh! I remember you said that Intel owns the property....the power will probably go to the assembly of the hard drives we use in our computers.....what a dramatic scene especially when you know what was there before....I used to work with an old fashioned engineer who refused to work with or on computers...any of his drawings and sketches that could not be scanned (by someone else) weresimply left in hard copy. He said that his view was that the downfall of modern civilization began with the introduction of what he termed "digital thought".....I think of that attitude often at times like this...and I wonder if his comment did not have some truth to it....

25 May 2011 11:41am

@Denny Jump Photo: I appreciate your comments Denny. Yes, the solar farm is owned by Intel. In fact, when I was shooting the solar panels I ventured onto the property and was chased off by their security. They said I could take pictures but had to do it from the street. By the way, Intel is located on a heavily traveled street and there is an eight foot fence surrounding the solar farm. "Digital thought"... that's a very appropriate term to describe the work situation today. When the computers go down most productivity grinds to a halt.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A poor replacement for the poppies Bill! The price of progress I would suppose! ;-)

25 May 2011 12:17pm

@Eric Cousineau: Yes, the price of progress! Most of the solar farm I've seen, except for this one, are at least off the beaten path, so to speak.

LB Vision from France

j'adore ! 5***** ! peace !

25 May 2011 1:49pm

@LB Vision: Merci !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A dramatic change from a year ago. The sky is still beautiful but not a flower in sight. A very fine shot, Bill.

25 May 2011 3:10pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks for your comments Steve!

ripple from United Kingdom

very interesting textures : )

25 May 2011 3:59pm

@ripple: Thank you!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Boring subject, but you still manage to approach it well and produce a strong composition.

25 May 2011 4:08pm

@Curly: Thank you Curly!

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Un punto de vista fantástico,me gusta como te ha quedado el cielo.Saludos.

25 May 2011 7:58pm

@Manuel Hompanera: Gracias Manuel.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

If you follow the panels, it reminds me of a road with rolling hills. The sky is amazing! Nice composition!

26 May 2011 12:27am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Most excellent share with link to the past. I love the comments, too. Denny's "Digital Thought" brings much to mind.

26 May 2011 2:15am

@LauraS: Thanks Laura! I can always count on Denny for some insightful comments.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful composition with leading lines and long sky! Love the look!!!!

26 May 2011 2:57am

@Wild Mustang Photography: Thank you Pam!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It looks like you achieved that suggested "eye-catching perspective" I made mention of on your May 12th post. The panels really provide great depth and the clouds take on an almost 3D effect.

26 May 2011 4:29am

@Steven: Thank you Steven! On this day I noticed that there were some nice clouds in the area so I grabbed the camera went out. It's less than 10 minutes from my house.

Twojays from Emigrant, United States

Hi Bill, I am a Calif native and enjoy your images --I miss the west coast --and this above picture is excellent framing, capture of contrasts, and so arresting, a prize winner I think, so are the comments. (This photo blogging experience is rich with many levels of input.)

28 May 2011 1:24pm

@Twojays: Thanks for your comments! One really nice thing about California is there are so many wonderful places for photography.