Sorry - this is the last of this beasty. I posted it because it is a little different and maybe the state of things to come. The cross arm is 40 metres across. This shows one half, with one turbine. The swirling water is the tidal flow past the column. The arm has been raised above the water for some initial work prior to commisioning. Just beyond the column is Angus Rock Lighthouse.
I was so caught up looking at the blade I almost forgot that I also wanted to say the white sailboat against the blue backdrop is very pretty. I hope you got more shots of that. It looks like the perfect light and calm water for a nice atmospheric type shot with the lighthouse in the background. My Gallery
Beautifully framed Viv....The DOF is great too and I was checking up to see what aperture you used....surprize....What happened to the big 40D?? We're off to see the Lizard~~the wonderful (sic) Lizard of Oz~~
Thanks all. John these are Gil's shots - he would not dream of using my 'orrible 40D . Alan there will be no markers - it will be raised only rarely and when it is down the column itself is marked by two black balls in the day and lights at night. Don't think they have thought out what happens if the arm is lifted at night or in fog (a common occurance here) . Viv
Awesome - but wait! The UK and NI will be ringed by wind-turbines soon, as we head towards 10% of our power from renewable enery. The Severn Estuary development will perhaps be the biggest/most powerful. If we can achieve this figure and not kill thousands of rare birds as the blades scythe throught the sky, I am all for it. Wind-farms in Aragon, northern Spain, made me think of Don Quixote... jOhN
Lol Daenna - you have hit it in one. The tide in this shot is only a neap tide - at spring tide the flow is greater - and yachts and small power craft are not fully under control - there is potential to hit this thing! Viv