Wind power has played an important role in shaping the Broads for centuries with historic windmills and drainage pumps still common features of the landscape. These days wind turbines are becoming part of the skyline in parts of the Broads as we continue to make use of this energy source.
Wind and Drainage Mill in the Norfolk Broads.
Some windmills were used for grinding corn, but most are wind-powered drainage mills needed to pump water off the marshes into the rivers and dykes. During the 1800s the Broads had around 240 drainage mills. More than 70 remain, and although many are now derelict many others have been restored.
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emka (75107) 2014-05-19 23:19
Hello Iain, I like windmills, they are so romantic. This one in wood looks similar to windmills in Ppoland. Nice composition with the grasses.
Warm regards Malgo
siudzi (32829) 2014-05-19 23:29
What a wonderful winter capture this! Your low POV created a superb scene full of charm and feeling of a movement and dynamism. Great idea as well as your perfect execution. Like it!
Have a nice day!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-19 23:56
very pretty subject and full of charm. The POV which lets us see the windmill through the dry reeds has been chosen very smartly. I like the way you captured wind moving the reeds which adds some dynamism to the composition. Very good framing and lovely warm colors.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day
tyro (19288) 2014-05-20 1:34
Isn't it interesting that so many of these structures which we call "windmills" were not actually windmills at all but wind powered pumps? I've seen similar ones in Scotland where wind driven pumps were used to lift sea water from the sea into coalfired vats in saltworks.
Anyway, this is a delightful shot with the windmill or windpump perfectly placed in the frame and with a beautiful golden foreground of grasses blowing in the wind - very appropriate in a photograph of a windmill.
Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
saxo042 (37058) 2014-05-20 3:52
The windmill is well positioned here against the clear blue sky and the reed as the only foreground. An uncomplicated composition but still very effective.
cornejo (29349) 2014-05-20 4:03
Hi Lain, very good picture of this beautiful composition with nice mill and the tips of the golden reeds in the foreground to add depth, beautifully captured in this interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. Very nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
snunney (80689) 2014-05-20 4:27
I like windmills as well, they always make for attractive images where full restored or in partial ruin. This one looks splendid framed by the golden corn. Ideally exposed with superb colours and sharpness.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms expected here on or off throughout today and into next week.
trevormoffiet (2860) 2014-05-20 5:16
A simple, effective, well-structured composition. Very pleasing to the eye.
photographer_sg (3417) 2014-05-20 5:33
Excellent composition with so few elements! The angle at which you have captured the windmill adds very good dynamism to the image and it stands out against the clear blue sky along with the brown grass.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
Have a nice day.
ikeharel (54195) 2014-05-20 7:13
Golden barley (wheat maybe?) gave a beautiful Fg to the windmill in sight, Iain, it looks as emerging from the field's.
Windmill for me is an evidence of ancient wisdom of people, they knew how to produce energy before the era of fossil-oil discovery. Superbly chosen POV, nice applied.
Noel_Byrne (22112) 2014-05-20 11:11
A lovely old looking structure, although the sails look quite new. Certainly more appealing to my eye than the modern wind farms anyway! There is a wonderful sense of charm to this building, and I like how it seems to have turned to face into the sun. Love the low angle you shot from making the golden corn a very important part of your shot.
Thanks as always
lousat (73973) 2014-05-20 12:10
Hi Iain,very original choice of point of view to create this natural frame with the dry grass,the wind effect is very beautiful there,obviously this is the perfect place to builth windmills..ehehe..very well done with the best choice of the moment too with these warm and bright lights,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (13953) 2014-05-21 15:42
Good note about windmills, good to know there are some working
Like rural scenes like this one, well framed with the dried herbs or grasses or straws at the front
Exelent captura, regards and tfs