Wind farms: beautiful, or blots on the landscape?
As I drove past southwest Ontario's Comber Wind Farm for the second time in two days, I realized two things: One, it's no longer surprising to see these turbines dot the landscape; and two, they really are quite beautiful.
The Ontario-centric road trips I've taken over the past few months -- to Sauble Beach, Kingston, Ottawa and Detroit, where I just watched the NFL's Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys in one of the most exciting finishes I've seen in pro football -- have led me past hundreds of the spinning turbines. The same goes for recent international forays through upstate New York, Costa Rica (pictured below), France, Ireland and England.
Never has a wind farm struck me as ugly, or detracted from the natural beauty of its location. Quite the opposite: They usually serve as eye-catching landmarks, especially since their locations are usually flat and fairly featureless.