On a blustery hill, not far from a little country township in Far North Queensland, there are wind turbines that dominate the skyline.
One of twenty wind turbines on the aptly named Windy Hill.
While the trees on this hill are bent sideways at the urging of the strong winds that blow here, these towering turbines stand tall and straight and white in a landscape deep green and dotted with cows. Their huge blades rotate with a distinctive "whispering whoosh" as they harness the power of the wind.
A man-made feature in a rural landscape.
Straight and tall.
A distant view of the wind turbines.
The power of that wind is an alternate source of energy to that generated by the burning of fossil fuels, like coal. While I don't know the costs of building a wind farm like this one or how much energy is generated by all twenty of these turbines or how many homes that powers, I do know that wind energy, like solar, can be harnessed. And I feel, in a world grappling with the issues of global warming and climate change, that cleaner, alternative sources of energy are an important part of the future.