Friday, October 16, 2009

Cloudmaker

Do you ever wonder where clouds come from?

They are manufactured right here in Byron, Illinois.
Today only one of the cloudmakers is online so look for partly cloudy skies.





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32 comments:

sweet bay said...

A rather intimidating sight...

I love your new header photo. What kind of grapes are those?

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi SweetBay, those are just the wild grapes that grow over everything here;)
Marnie

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

It is what is under the clouds that always has bothered me. I suppose this steam is coming from nuclear fuel?

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Abe, yes the steam is from the nuclear reactors. Since the plant is a fact of life here, I try not to worry about it overmuch.
Marnie

Dawn said...

I thought that's what that was. When I was growing up there was a reactor not to far from my town, they closed it in the late 80's early 90's but it employed ALOT of people and brought much need revnue. They seem pretty safe altho chernoble (sp) still is a distaster.
I love the new photo also.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I agree, this is an intimidating sight. It is too bad we need so much electricity. Happy SWF on Wed.

Racquel said...

That is alot of smoke coming out of the online cloudmaker.

Balisha said...

I wrote this a while back.

While Joe was taking his little grandson, David, for a drive, David was about 5 ...they went by the plant. He heard little David in the backseat..."So that's where the clouds some from." I thought it was such a cute story.
Balisha

Kathleen said...

Now I know where they're coming from! Wow, those smoke stacks really do generate some "puffs" don't they? I like your new header too ~ it's perfect for fall.

BeadedTail said...

Ah, didn't know that's where clouds came from! :D We don't have any of those cloud makers here so ours are imported from somewhere across the Pacific Ocean!

marmee said...

lol!

Rose said...

I completely missed this post, Marnie! Sorry! Very clever, but seriously, I would be a little worried about what is in those clouds.

I forgot to mention last time how much I love your new header.

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shot...really quite an intimidating sight!

Rosey Pollen said...

That is not a comforting sight. I watched too many Xfiles lately.
But it is a good photo.:)
Rosey

Sylvia K said...

Terrific if intimidating shot!!! Hmmmm and I always wondered!! And, no, it isn't a comforting sight!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Carol said...

Marnie that is a scary photo to me but glad to see it and hope I can say... we should all be demanding green energy and not subsidizing these dangerous plants. It is not what is in the clouds that scare me ... but what is in the plant and leakage out into the waterways... The photo is fabulous... very powerful.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

We have one of THOSE nearby, too.

Cameron

Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

I love the sky watch link. So cool to see the skies around the world. We are in Oklahoma now with flat land and always wonderful views of the sky. Western Washington has hills, trees and clouds, so we don't get the beautiful skies except in summer.

Gail said...

Yikes! When ever we drive past towers, they always make me want to race past them very fast! Hope your weekend was good? gail

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shot !! Nice post !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

troutbirder said...

Whatever is in there, it doesn't look to good to me

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

We have our own cloudmakers in Monroe, MI! Love your new main photo; very fall-ish feeling.

TC said...

Nuclear reactor smokestacks are a rather unpleasant site; I need to get over my dislike of them.

(I'm sorry you're havin trouble posting on my site. What seems to be happening?)

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Very, very funny the way you wrote this. Interesting too. We don't have nuclear energy here, but we do have hydro-electric dams and coal fired plants.~~Dee

Diane said...

I grew up in Rockford and spent many weekends at my Grandma's in Stillman Valley... those cooling towers are familiar sights! We always called them cloud factories. In the summer, both are making clouds (all those air conditioners!), but normally it's just one. When you grow up around these things, they seem pretty benign, but driving past those yellow sirens at the on the surrounding roads is ominous.

Nan and =^..^= said...

I love clouds but those I would rather not be under!

joey said...

Yikes, Marnie ... I hate that visable 'Fermi' nuclear plant, 25 miles NE of Toledo, greets our MI guests crossing the border :( BTY ~ I love your header, much more 'visitor friendly' :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Cloudmaker, huh????? Not sure I'd call them that!!!! ha

Love your Autumn flowers. We haven't had a freeze YET---so our Roses, Impatiens, Vinca and other things are still blooming.

Hugs,
Betsy--who is THRILLED to be home 'finally'

walk2write said...

I know these things are scary, but I'm not so sure that subsidizing windmills is so great either. Seems the darn things are slicing up birds, bats, butterflies...Some days I feel like we'd all be better off living in caves, foraging through the woods, and cooking supper over a campfire. Who would pay for those windmills, though?

The Tile Lady said...

Cute Skywatch! :-)

Zach said...

Hi Zach, nice to see you again. I go overboard when it comes to leaves. I pick them up along the curbs as well as mowing and composting my own. Hard to believe so many people rake and bag them up neatly for me;) Besides compost, the make excellent mulch in summer.
Marnie

Kerri said...

Funny girl :)