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Old May 7, 2006, 6:49 AM   #1
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was out this mornig and came across this was taken out of car window as was raining
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Old May 7, 2006, 9:19 AM   #2
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Beautiful shot. In the US we call those windmills.

You called this a wind pump which implies that it is used to pump water from a well. I am more inclined to think this is a wind generator for generating electricity. Usually, if a windmill is used for pumping, there is a shaft or rod that extends from the top down through the center of the tower to the pump at the bottom. The pump was the old hand operated type and the rod from the windmill above was somehow attached to the handle of the pump or to the shaft going down inside the pump.

In this case, none the pumping gear is present. Instead, there appears to be a generator housing attached to the windmill shaft which is typical of windmills used for generating electricity.

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Old May 7, 2006, 9:51 AM   #3
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hi cal



thanks for the comments, i didnt stop long enough to have a good look due to the weather , but hopefully out that way in a week or two , so see if i can get a closer look at it, i think it might be for water as on this pic looks like shaft running down the center .



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Nice shot. As Cal said don't see too many of these any more, a pity since they do save energy.

Can't detect the pump even in your second shot. maybe it's electrically driven?

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Old May 9, 2006, 12:12 AM   #5
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That first shot is awesome. I like the composition, exposure and details. The fog and empty fieldcreate a quiet, deserted atmosphere.
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