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“Human efforts to harness wind for energy date back to the ancient times, when he used sails to propel ships and boats. Later, wind energy served mankind by energizing his grain grinding mills and water pumps. During its transformation from these crude and heavy devices to today’s efficient and sophisticated machines, the technology went through various phases of development….The earliest documented design of wind mill dates back to 200 B.C. The Persians used wind mills from grinding grains during this period.”

Sathyajith Mathew, Wind Energy: Fundamentals, Resource Analysis and Economics

My daughter lives just off the last exit before the Altamont Pass in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We can see the soldier-like rows of churning windmills from her house.  Today is gorgeous here in the Bay Area, and my first day in three months without any responsibility in taking care of others.  So off I went to do a bit of shopping and exploring on my own.  I quite enjoyed the day to myself.  I feel a bit guilty because I’m here visiting for one day this trip and here I’ve taken off by myself.  On the other hand, I’m kind of reveling in being able to go and do what I want without having to worry about nap times and diaper changes and feeding schedules.  Not that I regret one second of the past month with the baby – but it sure is nice to have a bit of down time.  So – today’s photo brings you a bit of history with it . . .

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