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Monday, October 6, 2014

a drive to Maine, part 2




Wind turbines on Mars Hill, Maine.

When we went for our drive last Sunday, Sept. 28, we drove over to Houlton, Maine and then north almost along the border with New Brunswick, Canada.  We were never more than a mile or two from 'home'.  

As I said in my previous post about our drive we were given directions to get up close to these wind turbines.  We followed some roads until we came to a gated road that led up the hill.  There we parked and got out to have a look and listen and to take pictures.  Other cars stopped as well.   It was kind of neat to be this close to these towers.  They are HUGE!  And they do make a sound....a whooshing with each rotation.  

A close up of the motor and blades of one.  It would be interesting to see how they are maintained.  does someone shimmy up or use a 200 foot ladder or hang from a helicopter?  Hmmm....anyone know?

Across the road was this pretty view.

That might be Canada going up the hill on the other side of this hollow.  We didn't want to find out....illegally....so we turned around.  :-)  It might be one of those old border crossings that closed due to security after 9/11. 

The countryside was so beautiful that day.  We had drizzle and wind yesterday and rain since so I expect a lot of these leaves are gone now, a colourful carpet on the ground.

There were beautiful vistas all the way along.  We drove up as far as Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield then crossed back into Canada at Perth-Andover.

The sun was getting lower in the sky as we drove back down the Trans Canada Highway in NB.  You can see the silvery St. John River here as it twists in and out of the view.

Although the sun was setting behind us as we travelled east, we got some glimpses of it as the road twisted and turned and I had my camera ready.  I like this photo of the 'moose' fencing, which is along most of our main highways to supposedly keep the moose off the roadway, and the sun setting behind swirling clouds.  It was going to be a gorgeous sunset.

Another photo op in a clearcut.  Oh how I wish we were going the other direction so I could get better pictures of this gorgeous sky.  Or to be where it was shining on the water.  I kept looking back and in the rear mirror but hubby kept on truckin' as he was tired.

Here is the sunset in my side mirror.  It was a beauty.  A lot of friends posted photos of it on Facebook that evening.  You'll just have to take my word for it.

Well this weekend was a washout with all the drizzle and rain but at least it was quite warm at 18C.  The leaves flew off some trees and left them bare and many very skimpy looking.  We woke up to 4C, almost freezing, and sunshine this Monday morning.  I'm off to town for physiotherapy on my knee and groceries and a turkey for Thanksgiving weekend coming up.  If we didn't have to eat we'd all be so rich wouldn't we?

Thanks for your visits and comments.  I hope you have a great day.

Blessings.
Pam




33 comments:

  1. What lovely early autumn scenes. I really love the wide-open spaces when you can really see everything spread out before you like a wonderful table setting! It is difficult to find places like that around where I am here in NC...too many tall, tall trees overtaking the sky. And what a gorgeous sunset! I love the photo taken in your side mirror...very differtent perspective!

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  2. Gorgeous photos, Pamela. Love the colour of the leaves and the sunset.

    Wind turbines here have doors at the bottom that repairmen go through and then climb stairs to the top, which means they must have strong legs!

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  3. What a beautiful drive and a wonderful sunset!! I hope that it doesn't get too cold too soon and that you have a great thanksgiving regardless of the weather. It is a lot cooler here today, about half what it was just last week! xx

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  4. Beautiful pics and yes, those wind turbines are huge, up close!

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  5. love the fall colors and the grasses. and the fence photo with the sky behind!

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  6. You certainly enjoyed your lovely drive. It's so beautiful. I love the photo of the country road lined with autumn colour. And the grasses against the sky. Those wind turbines are really big, aren't they?
    I hope your physio goes well today.

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  7. Oh no, if we'd been in Maine a bit later last month, perhaps we could have headed further north and met up with you!!
    The pics are beautiful, well wind turbines aren't exactly picturesque, but in the other direction away from them the countryside definitely looks autumnal. Moose fencing - interesting. They can cause havoc on the highways - we were on the lookout when there in Maine, noticed warning signs along the roadsides.

    Yes, you are already chilly up in NB - I slept with window open last night again and it was 40F this morning, our coldest so far. Now beautiful out and, like you dear, off to physio later! I'm not improving yet, how about you?

    Hugs - Mary

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  8. I love that part of the world and you illustrated it very well. The sunset is gorgeous!

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  9. Great! I had a lovely post comment and just hit the right combination of key strokes to make it disappear.
    Life is challenging these days, lol. I'd want to think a person had to hang from a helicopter

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  10. Perhaps the third time around will be the charm. What I have been trying to say is, you made a lovely post and I so much liked traveling around NB again with you. It is lovely country side and the Fall days have allowed us to take some amazing pictures, yours are keepers.

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  11. Gorgeous scenery and awesome sunset photos!

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  12. Gorgeous scenery on your drive. The sun is out now after a rainy weekend and a drippy wet morning.

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  13. Your roadtrip images are fabulous Pam. I so enjoy seeing everyone's fall images.

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  14. Wonderful tour. I see someone has already answered the question about getting up the wind turbines. I hope those borders between Canada and the US are properly guarded: they're a troublesome lot (whoever they are)!

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  15. Fantastic photos! Autumn really is a pretty season ! We have a lot of the wind turbines here to they are huge Papa knows and deals with the companies that make and put these huge turbines up we have seen them being transported piece by piece on huge over sized loads traveling by truck and watched them with cranes as they put them together and up amazing ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  16. They have stairs in the base of them like a Light house and the maintenance people use them to get up to the top for the inside and a crane to look after the outside !

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  17. What a cool sunset shot you took there Pamela. Can't wait for those fall colors here. Carol

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  18. Beautiful landscapes! I really like the wind turbines. Great subjects!

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  19. i love the road shots - looking for miles away. that is amazing!! love the windmills - they are monsters. so huge. what a gorgeous trip. ( :

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  20. Overly landscape photos Pam....
    The windmills have stairs...or an elevator....says my boyfriend!
    He climbs into grain elevators often...and they usually have elevators!
    Love the mirror shot....very smart!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  21. What a fabulous journey. Your photos tell the tale! Looks like you have had a colorful fall. Colors are still in the formation stage here. Oh, and about wind turbine maintenance... They use platform hoists to do the needed routine and special maintenance. Here's some information - http://www.windpowerengineering.com/maintenance/safety/wind-turbine-maintenance-safety-at-height/ They are cool to look at, that's for sure!

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  22. Your photos of the glorious fall colors are spectacular, Pamela! I have to say, I find those wind turbines kind of eerie...not sure why.
    Mary Alice

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  23. I love every one of these beautiuf shots ...so colorful..we don't have color changes here in West Texas to speak of.
    Wanted to tell you regarding the concert..my youngest grandgirl is 12...I am 76....we BOTH are totally and forever in love with Sir Paul McCartney.......gotta love it. :)

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  24. Oh what beautiful photos. What beautiful county vistas. Did you know that the blades for those windmills are manufactured not far from where I live? They are shipped by train and semi across the country. They are nearly a block long. Stunning photos of fall and I am so glad that you shared them.

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  25. Your photos are so beautiful, Pamela. Love the scenery with the fall colors and the sunset is just gorgeous! The windmills are huge! I'm not a big fan of them after hearing that so many of our bald eagles are killed by them.
    Have a nice week!

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  26. Wow. So very beautiful! I'm so glad you took us along on your meandering drive. Our leaves are finally beginning to show a touch of colour...but will having a hard time matching yours!

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  27. Pamela, it's so amazing to see that the colours in that glorious sunset echo those that beautifully dot the Maine vistas! We also have wind turbines on the mountain peaks, and they are visible from my home. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous images of your drive across the border!

    Happy Tuesday!

    Poppy

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  28. Beautiful pictures, Pamela. Makes me want to take a trip across the border. :) Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. What gorgeous vistas! And the wind turbines are so interesting. We've driven past "groupings" of them here and there but never gotten really close to realize how huge they are.

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  30. Hi Pam. Beautiful sunsets and the country is gorgeous. Just the kind of trip I love to take. We have those turbines in our area, outside of Sacramento and down into Southern California. They always fascinate but I don't know how they are kept up. I have some pictures of them to but were not able to get as close as you did..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  31. Lovely... Hoping to go there tomorrow...xo

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