W is for Windmills by girlie

W is for Windmills

A-Z Home Challenge.
Australia is the driest continent on earth and many of our cattle stations are in the driest parts of the land. Some of these stations are huge, around 24,000 square kms (over 9,000 sq miles), so the old windmills shown on the left are the only way of bringing water to the cattle and are iconic. I took these photos close to my home, where we don't have such water problems; but windmills are still plentiful here and are the best and cheapest way of providing water for stock. The rusty old, creaking windmills on the left are slowly being replaced by the modern ones on the right. A bit sad, really, which is why I've given the old one such prominence.
Only three more to go in this challenge. Can't think what to do for Z though, so I may never finish!
I await Z with baited breath. This picture brings back many memories, I love the windmills you find in the outback.
May 2nd, 2011  
I love the old windmills! I love the composition of both pics, but especially the old one. The cows and old building make it so beautiful! X would be harder for me. We have flowers called zinnias. Do you have a zoo close by? Surely Skippy has a brother named Zippy! :0)
May 2nd, 2011  
@cjwhite Thanks Carolyn! I have X, fortunately, but zinnias are not a native flower here and I'm trying to stick to native Australian stuff for this challenge. No zoos, I'm afraid. May have to fall back on your suggestion of Zippy!!
May 2nd, 2011  
beautiful sights of the W...great shots
May 2nd, 2011  
The new ones are very sleek and streamlined, but the old ones certainly have the character. Wonderful shots of both. You've done an excellent job with your alphabet challenge. Z sounds like it might be a toughie...I like Carolyn's suggestion of a 'roo named Zippy. Or maybe some zinc oxide based sunscreen...that's an Aussie thing. As you can see, I'm not that creative. :) I'm certain you'll come up with a winner.
May 2nd, 2011  
great shot, I like them both. I guess I never realized that so much of the area is so dry.
May 2nd, 2011  
I love the character of the old windmills (beautiful country scene in that back). A really nice comparison collage.
May 2nd, 2011  
I love the old windmills they take us back to a slower pace of life, although the farmers probably prefer the modern vehicles and machinery
May 3rd, 2011  
I love windmills. There is something so rustically charming about them.
May 3rd, 2011  
well done robin. don't see many around here...
May 3rd, 2011  
Lovely windmills, the older one certainly has character!
May 3rd, 2011  
Love that old windmill with the cows next to it! It's much more picturesque than the modern ones.
May 3rd, 2011  
fantastic and interesting (as always)!
May 3rd, 2011  
I too like the windmill on the left.. it reminds me of old movies I watched as a wee sprout with granddad... great side by side and informative to boot!!!
May 3rd, 2011  
Great windmills! Love photos of them!
May 3rd, 2011  
Uh oh, you caught up with me. I love nostalgic old and streamlined new windmills. They make the new ones right down the road from us, it is fun to see blades and bases going down the road, on very long trucks.
May 3rd, 2011  
Nice W capture!!
May 3rd, 2011  
Did you take note of the theme for this week nature up close, right down your alley!
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May 3rd, 2011  
It's rare to see a windmill anymore & thanks for sharing your picturesque photo of the old & new.
May 3rd, 2011  
very poetic!
May 3rd, 2011  
Very lovely windmills.
May 3rd, 2011  
Very nice. I also love those cows. there must be a z in the insect world there!
May 3rd, 2011  
The fish Jordan caught were large mouth bass a fresh water species in the states. Do you have them in Australia?
May 3rd, 2011  
I really like the way you put these together -- very nice, Robin.
May 3rd, 2011  
I agree, the newbies just aren't aesthetically pleasing. very nice collage!
May 3rd, 2011  
Nice shots Robin ,we have lots around here , and they are an iconic Australian sight .
May 3rd, 2011  
I love the windmill on the right, such a fun one! and the one on the left is so typical, great find! I can't wait what you come up with for the zzzz. Maybe a zign? ;-)
May 3rd, 2011  
lovely collage Robin! what about 'zack' , in that"he hasn't got a zack" - aussie slang? or zebra finch?
May 3rd, 2011  
Love the 2 windmills but the older one is my favorite - nice presentation Robin
May 3rd, 2011  
@jenrobcarr Thanks for the suggestions, Jennifer. 'Zack' is a thought; would have to find an old sixpence and I might have one somewhere. No zebra finches in our area, unfortunately. Someone (Di Feeney) suggested I do Zealous 365er!
May 3rd, 2011  
I don't know how you got all the way to W without me realizing you were doing the alphabet! LOL! Love the windmills.
May 3rd, 2011  
Lovely collage Robin! I love the old windmills that have been standing for decades but many of the ones around here are in a complete state of disrepair and sadlly, they'll most likely be torn down or replaced rather than repaired.
May 3rd, 2011  
What a brilliant "W" shot! Love the old windmills...they dot our countryside too :-)
May 3rd, 2011  
Excellent collage. Windmills are just beautiful.
May 3rd, 2011  
Fantastic collage..
May 3rd, 2011  
thats a beauty shot colage the old and the modern
May 3rd, 2011  
I love windmills. There's a beauty near us. Will capture it soon. Lovely shot
May 3rd, 2011  
Very nice old/new perspective. Is wind energy used to generate electricity?
May 3rd, 2011  
@ldpaul Thanks Linda. We do have some wind farms but not as many as there should be given the huge areas of space there are in this country.
May 3rd, 2011  
Lovely shot we dont have many of those around here.
Yip i go in on monday to get the evil kidney out so im beginning to get a little nervous,Thanks for the kind wishes xXx
May 4th, 2011  
I am sure you will come up with a Z. Great windmill photo - so Aus!
May 4th, 2011  
you know how much I love windmills,,so much character! Love everything about the pic on the left!
May 5th, 2011  
I love that old one, it has such charactor, though I'm sure the new ones are more efficient. Got any zip-lines in your area?
May 6th, 2011  
@shantwin Thanks Shannon. By zip lines, are you referring to flying foxes? If so, no we don't.
May 6th, 2011  
No, the lines that you ride down mountains on. Steel cable strung through the trees; people get harnessed in and down you go. They keep popping up all over the world for tourists. http://ziplinephotos.com/ these look a little more back yard, but you can get an idea.
May 6th, 2011  
@shantwin Yes, we call them 'flying foxes' which is an Australian name for a type of bat. They are here and there around the Australia in suitable places but none around here. Some people use them on their own properties for getting across swollen creeks, as well.
May 6th, 2011  
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