Any Way the Wind Blows

I’m very lucky. There are a lot of intersections in my neighbourhood where you can switch from one trail to another. I do this on a regular base so I can go from one beautiful spot to another. I love to walk in areas where there are rivers, canals, lakes…

 A few days ago I followed a trail on the Albert Canal. It passes an industrial area with big petrochemical plants. On the left side of the photograph you can see the new bridge. I wrote a post about it some time ago. Thank goodness you can also find a lot of windmills. But I switched very quickly to another trail and got back in the nature.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

54 responses

  1. Love seeing the use of windmills. Though there are lots in the U.S., so many fight this form of energy. We believe in alternative forms, with 48 solar panels on our roof. Nice that you can enjoy so many different areas for a walking adventure. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, my friend. There is also a lot of protest against placing windmills in this part of the world. I don’t understand why someone can be against any form of alternative forms of energy…
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  2. Modern windmills seem quite appropriate for your area. People don’t like the size of the windmills out here. I’ve been told by engineers who work for the utility, that unless you have a decent prevailing wind, the windmills spike the grid from gusts of wind. The windmills are also accused of killing birds. I’ve never seen those giant windmills turning very fast (maybe they really get going), but I would think birds could easily avoid them.

    • Hi Tim. Windmills are very popular all over Europe and in our country. They are placed in industrial or sparsely populated areas. I read some reports on the effect on (killing) birds but it seems most birds seems to avoid the windmills.
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday, my friend!

      • We have a lot of windmills out along the Columbia Gorge and eastern Oregon and Washington. It must be larger birds of migrating flocks getting tangled up.

        I am glad you found a more natural trail to hike on. Those green spaces, even in winter, are important.

        • Sorry, I missed this comment… You are so right, we all need to have green spaces to find some peace of mind.

          Hope you’re having a great Sunday, Lavinia. We have to stay inside due to heavy rain fall (constantly)… Don’t like walking in the rain!

    • Hahaha… klopt! Enkele minuten later passeerde ik voorbij de BP’s!
      Had daar eigenlijk toch ook een foto moeten van nemen en op de blog zetten… 😉

    • Glad you liked the photographs! I also love the sound of the moving water. It relaxes me much…
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  3. You are very fortunate, Herman, to have these walking paths and I love that even with industry in sight, you get to walk along the water. Every community should be able afford these opportunities to its citizens. I hope your weather is cooperating and not being too cold to enjoy.

    • Hi Mary. I love to walk close to the water like rivers and lakes. I also love the sound of moving water. It helps me to relax…
      We’re having some cold but sunny days, just perfect to go for a walk…
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday, my friend!

  4. I’m so glad the weather cooperates for your adventures. Thanks for showing us the places you go roaming to. You’re right about being near water; I think we are naturally drawn to it. Keep having good adventures!

    • My pleasure! Glad you liked the post! We’re having cold but sunny days, great weather to go out for a walk… As long the snow stays away I’m a very happy person… 😉
      I would love to have a beach house, or a house near a river. The sound of water helps me to relax. I also love the sound of rain at night. It helps me to fall asleep…
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday, my friend!

  5. “Thank goodness you can also find a lot of windmills. But I switched very quickly to another trail and got back in the nature” – this is how lot’s of people think. I’m living in the middle of “lots of windmills” and I can’t just move in the nature. And they are planning to build more…

    • I fully understand you. I can see the windmills looking outside from my living room. But they are far away and I’m not troubled by them. But I talked to people who live very close to the windmills and they complain about the rotary movement shadows of the blades when they are sitting outside in their gardens.

  6. On a industrial walk. Imagine yourself pushing a cat stroller on the path. 🙂

    I don’t mind the windmills much, but I do mind utilities putting them everywhere … and that most of the time, they stand idle. One of the utility companies dropped a couple hundred windmills in NE Colorado, most of them on Pawnee National Grasslands, which is one of the small pieces of pristine prairie left on the Great Plains. I would prefer seeing a couple thousand of American Bison there instead.

    • Hahaha… guess Jimi would have a great time…!!

      I’m not against windmills, however, a lot of people protest against it. But like you said, they should be placed in the right isolated areas. They shouldn’t drop them in such beautiful parts of the nature.

  7. I wonder what the stats are regarding how many birds are killed by windmills/turbines vs how many are killed by autos. When I lived in Costa Rica, ceiling fans (in open-air areas at night) whacked lots of bats, but most survived.
    The title to your post made me think of a song you might now know – same title by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, vocals by Noah Hunt:

    May you have many more beautiful outings like the one you’ve shared with us!

    • It seems like most birds are avoiding the windmills. I do believe much more animals die in the traffic, unfortunately.

      Glad you liked this post, my friend! Wishing you a wonderful ending of the year!

  8. Any way the wind blows, doesn’t really matter to me…..Freddy sang it best! It’s nice to see your community diversifying and planting the seed of the future. I live in oil country of Canada. I can’t even talk to many people about how urgent the climate crisis is. A fish out of water, that’s what I am. xK

    • The oil country of Canada?!? No Christmas tree for you this year, Kelly. I’m going to send you (via a sailboat) a big plastic windmill instead… 😉
      Wishing you a wonderful ending of the year, my dear friend!

      • A windmill will be wonderful and please, a new provincial government too, LOL. The current Alberta government, the Conservatives, live in the past. Their leader is loud, obnoxious and pushie. I think I should climb aboard that sailboat for the return trip 😀 Ahoy there Belgium, adios oil country!! Nice to dream about anyways! New Year wishes sent your way with virtual hugs all around xK

        • Thank you so much, Kelly! There are so many fools and idiots running countries all over the globe. It seems the world is turning mad… Cats should rule the world!
          Happy Holidays, my dear friend!

  9. I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and very interesting blog. I’ll come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon

    • Hi Angelilie, welcome on HoB! Sorry I missed your comment, it was placed in the spam folder by WP.
      Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad you like the blog!

      Wishing you a wonderful ending of the year! Happy Holidays!

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