Thursday, March 1, 2012

Electricity

Even though we take it for granted that the lights will go on when we flick a switch, everything about generating, transmitting and distributing electricity safely and reliably is remarkably difficult and complex.  This is part of a major substation.  It is admittedly not very pretty.  I wanted to emphasize the complexity.

On the first day of each month, CDP bloggers post photographs on a theme.  The theme for March is "electricity."  Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

36 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Mission accomplished Jack. Whenever I see such a complex arrangement as this, it makes me wonder if just ONE of those many. many wires snapped, would the whole thing come to a grinding halt!!

Mo said...

No doubt about that being electricity

Steffe said...

Complex it is. Not very fun when the lights are out in the middle of winter that's for sure.

joo said...

Looks very serious!Nice photo for a day theme:)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Yes, and I do know the location of the nearest one. When we have major power outages during a hurricane, you want to know all about the power grids.

bises,
Genie

Honest Abe said...

Power outages now shut the lights off and everything else in our house. Thank goodness it doesn't happen that often.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

You definitely succeeded - very complex indeed.

VP said...

I can imagine the buzzing noise!

Bruce Clark said...

Its amazing how much goes into getting the power to turn on your lights at home.

Birdman said...

Where do I plug this in?

Leif Hagen said...

You theme day photo resembles mine and mine resembles yours!
Cheers, Jack!

Halcyon said...

Don't say it's not pretty! I find a certain beauty in substations. There are lots of geometric lines and there is so much power there. You have to respect it. :)

PS: I've also got something up along the same lines today.

Sharon said...

We were thinking alike today, Jack!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture for the March theme! The whole idea of electricity and the complicated, difficult process to generate and transmit it blows my mind anyway! Enjoy your day, Jack, hope you have a great one!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

Yes, we do take electricity for granted... until there's a power outage! This shot looks suitably complicated. :)

Luis Gomez said...

Great shot Jack!

Kate said...

Complex, not especially attractive but so necessary for our way of life. What would we do without them?

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

If it is too complex. Electricity is fundamental in modern life. What would our existence if permanently disappear?, all would be chaos.

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Jilly said...

Goodness yes, it is complicated but all those horizontals and verticals make it really interesting for a photographer.

RedPat said...

I like the orderliness of it all! Good one.

David Thomas said...

I read somewhere that Edison pushed hard for a direct current vs alternating current for society in general, even though it's more dangerous. My family tree would be missing a few branches if he succeeded.

Karl said...

Complex and impressive, Jack.

cieldequimper said...

I always find these very, very scary!

Regina K said...

Perfect for today! I couldn't think of where to find one of these in KC.

Virginia said...

Warning: Do Not look at this blog while in the bathtub.
V

jennyfreckles said...

Good image - we don't record enough of the ordinary bits of life and this is VITAL to life as I know it! I hate it when there's a powercut for even a few minutes.

Dawn said...

A crazy network of power....which I too often take for granted!

Lowell said...

I hope you girded yourself before you shot the grid! Lots of power here. I don't understand it but I'm glad there are people who do.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Very nice shot to illustrate the complexity of electricity! I like it!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Tash said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Looks pretty to me.
I like the angle you took the shot on this one.

imajoebob said...

"We take it for granted?" Jack, you were here on Halloween, weren't you?

Randy said...

I would not want to be around there during a storm.

SRQ said...

Definitely complex looking. And, yet a crew or two will know what to look for and how to repair it, should something fail.

Cezar and Léia said...

Huge stuffs there!Great capture!
Léia

JM said...

Great... but am I the only one who find these things scary? :-)

Buck said...

That is a great angle. And personally, I love the way these look. I like civilisation!