An Engineering Marvel

Coming from the manufacturing world, and the quality control side, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to engineering of large objects reflecting man’s creativeness in a different direction. Some objects are fascinating in how they have changed and improved as engineer ideas have strengthened. How fascinated would the Wright brothers be today riding in a 747 airliner.

Another marvel feat in my mind is the ditch wind mill. It’s original purpose was to remove water.

“Historically, windmills in Holland served many purposes. The most important probably was pumping water out of the lowlands and back into the rivers beyond the dikes so that the land could be farmed. In the fourteenth century, hollow-post mills were used to drive scoop wheels to drain the wetlands.” Note from guidelines of Travel in Holland.

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Holland Wind Mills

Today when I think of the Holland windmills, I picture them surrounded with the lovely flowers that grow near them.

dutch windmill

I live in the midwest, and the midwest has wind farms and the wind mills here are for generating electricity.  We have all seen pictures of them but when I first came here I was shocked at the size of these things. Even more shocked at the n umber of time they would get stuck on an off ramp due to their shear size. Below is a good representation of just how large one blade of the three blade wind turbine is.

wind turbibe blade
Its hard to imagine unless you have seen one

Last weekend, my daughter and I drove down to Peoria Ill. to a Home Free Concert. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them before, I highly recommend them. But to get there we drove past one of the wind farms. Unbelievable. They look like they are right by the highway when in reality they are 1/4 to 1/2 mile away.


When coming home that night, you could seen red light for miles. It was truly amazing for a geeky person like me. Making use of God’s air flow.

As you see the amazing things man has done, remember the one who really is responsible for the amazing things man has done and let the breeze of his love that warms your heart get shared with others and remember to be kind.

Kind breeze

8 thoughts on “An Engineering Marvel

  1. You are so right about flowers and the Holland windmills

    And not quite sure of all the details but i heave heard that there have been complaints from homeowners who live near the new wind turbines –


  2. I remember as a child in grade school picking Holland to write about and the windmills fascinated me too. My daughter lives south of us and on our way to visit her, there are wind farms too. They are huge. The only thing I don’t like about them is the sad birds who fly into them :-(. Harvesting nature’s gift of wind for power does seem like a good idea to me. 🙂

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