Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Each year in October, I go out in search of graveyards in the area. This year, I have been investing a deal of energy into the wind turbine project. A couple of years ago, I did a compilation of the changing styles of headstones in this area, all shot in the beautiful New England fall colors. It will show you how the headstones have changed from the 1600s up to the early 20th century. I hope you take a few moments to enjoy this production.
To see the my historical headstone images, chick on the graveyard shift link. You will see headstones from Salem, Boston, Essex and Ipswich, Massachusetts. Also from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Guilford, Vermont.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Alas, this is my favorite dragonfly spot. I had hoped to capture some Autumn Meadowhawks on the foliage this year but we have had a lot of rain in September and October. Only recently has it been nice out. These picture were taken on Saturday before the storm came in.
As in the beginning of the season, I can usually find some dragons on the ballast on the railroad tracks that run through the Great Swamp in Dogtown. Sure enough, that’s the only place I could find some dragons sunning on the stones.
As a treat for you, I have created a short video made from clips of some of the dragons of the 2012 season. Enjoy!
Monday, October 29, 2012
On Friday, we were expecting that another section would be raised and Saturday the last section with the nacelle would follow. However there was a problem with a sensor on the crane, so the boom had to be laid down again and adjustments had to be made.
When I arrived at the job site on Saturday, the linemen were pulling the power lines.
The riggers were taking care of the 5 ton block and tackle.
The boom brought erect again.
It’s hard to fathom but they are making a adjustment on this million pound crane with a half-inch box wrench.
Many measurements were made to make sure everything is right and the crane became certified for the job. We were talking with one of the riggers, the crane will be running at 94% capacity! Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle, this lattice boom crawler crane has a 500 ton capacity!
The team made the decision to not make a lift on Saturday. Here’s the deal. We have hurricane Sandy coming up the coast. We expect to get tropical storm winds. The tower will be fine at three sections.
So on Saturday, preparations were being made to the tower to keep progress moving. Here one of the construction workers takes a load up to the tower site.
The trailers holding the blades down were anchored with concrete blocks. Rather be safe than sorry! What’s with the blue tarp? I’ll tell you later.
That’s were I left it on Saturday. We expect the crew to be back to work today. Not much will be happening on the outside. They will be tensioning hardware in the tower.
Finally, we have been happy to have a lot of folks stopping by to check out the site. It is really a big deal in town. Friday we hosted a school group. Here on Saturday are a couple of folks getting some daddy-daughter time.
For those new to Shooting My Universe, you can view all of the Applied Materials wind turbine at by clicking the wind turbine label below this post. This is the second largest wind turbine in North America and at 2.5Mwatts, it is the largest on the east coast (so they tell me!).
Sunday, October 28, 2012
This is the where I spent my formative years. We took a drive through to see how the colors were doing. These are images from the Little Lake in Wells, Vermont. It is still a beautiful place.
Things have changed. Many of the fields on some of the hillsides have all grown up with trees 8 to 10 inches in diameter. The bails that were once rectangular and stackable are now round. How do you going to stack these in a hay loft?
Saturday, October 27, 2012
What a busy week we have had at the job site. Friday was bright an sunny, we’ve been blessed with great weather. A group of school kids stop by to see the wind turbine yesterday.
Looks like a good time was had by all.
Work continued on the nacelle. Here the Kenersys engineer is setting up some instrumentation.
The lattice boom crawler crane has been rigged and is getting ready to pull up.
Preparing the 5 ton pulley block.
There is always time to talk about the striper that got away.
The boom raised.
Friday, October 26, 2012
I want to fill in all the new visitors about a SMU tradition. It’s Forgotten Photo Friday when I dig deep into the archives to find some photos lost and nearly forgotten. Tonight, I have two Black Phoebe photos from California.
With the third tower section in place, it is time to lay down the boom and add some extensions.
The assembly has been taking place on Wednesday and Thursday.
This is the final length of the lattice boom crawler crane.
On Thursday, the riggers began stringing the cable.
Other preparations were taking place. Up at the tower some work is being done inside.
And work is being done inside the nacelle.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
There is nothing like a low hanging sun in the late afternoon. It can make for some awesome lighting. First up is a Herring Gull with Town Hall in the background.
The cod weathervane on the Trinity Congregational Church takes on a great glow as the sun goes down.