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Wind farms capture the eye out on the Oklahoma prairie

Cathleen Rychner / Red Dirt Report
One can find the spinning wind turbines dotted across the countryside west of Oklahoma City.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the latest photo essay and commentary from Red Dirt Report photojournalist Cathleen Rychner. 

MUSTANG, Okla. – In the countryside northwest of Oklahoma City, travelers are likely to notice the clusters of wind turbines standing like sentinels along the horizon, helping to provide natural energy to Oklahomans.

Wanting to photograph these spinning energy producers, I went out on an extremely windy day and watched them, surprised by how slowly the wind turbines moved. They looked modern and out-of-place in the pastures, especially next to cows, oil rigs and even a cemetery.

The areas I traveled were between Calumet and Okarche, North Courtney Road, the Canadian Valley Cemetery, north of Calumet, and the areas around northwest Oklahoma County, eastern Canadian County and far southern Kingfisher County.

Out there, buildings and trees were sparse and the fields went on for miles and miles. The turbines definitely stand out in their surroundings. Listening to them as the blades rotated, I noticed that they sounded like planes flying by, one after another. The sound was constant but not loud. It could even be heard in the cemetery.

And as night fell, the wind turbines would still spin, except now red, synchronized lights flashed from them. 

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Cathleen Rychner

Cathleen Rychner is an Oklahoma native currently working at OU. She also has a passion for...

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