R. is an Alternative Energy Engineer. right now he is working in solar but really, it all interests him. he's like a little boy looking at that stuff.
so, that means that when we are lucky enough to borrow his mom's car to drive back to the city (instead of the train), we end up here:
the very flat region between Orléans and Paris is dotted with these enormous wind turbines.
i love when they are all on at once; their rotation is not super fast and they are so graceful. and, as this was my first time under one, i got to hear what it sounds like. i have to say, it wasn't at all loud and it was actually a very soothing sound - almost like really regular little gusts of wind. i wanted to make a video but the camera battery didn't have enough juice.
BIG. that linear shadow going so far over the fields? the wind turbine. and we can't even see the shadow of the blades it's so far away.
as you can see, the blades make a diameter of about 295 feet. (so i just did a quick google search and figure that the blades are roughly 24 stories tall. oh dear lord.) the entire thing reaches 410 feet in the air (approx. 34 stories) and can produce 2,300kW.
so that's what we were standing under sunday night on our way back home.
but you better bet he checked out every corner of the place before we left.