Wind is like Mother Nature's spring cleaner. It blows all the cobwebs away. It creates a new energy.
When I was a child, I would love to stand in a strong wind and just feel the energy as it pushed me back. Sometimes, I would turn around and let the wind amplify my own energy. Then, I would run and run and run. Even now, when the wind blows, I feel the urge to run with the wind. However, running takes more than a stiff breeze in my sails these days.
Humans have known about wind's energy for a long time and have used it effectively on a small scale. The power generated by the wind was caught by windmills which came in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. Recently, we've developed the technology to 'farm' the wind. I remember the first wind farm I ever saw in Alberta. It was by today's standards small - only a few turbines. But I found it thrilling. I still love to see those big white towers with the arms turning high above me.
Much is made of wind's clean and renewable energy. But the wind is also a cleansing and renewing agent. The first windy day after the cold of winter, I like to have all the windows flung open to let the wind blow through the house. It picks up all that old, dry air and carries it away. Then I know that winter is truly over.
I also love whirligigs. Those often eccentric pieces of folk art that are created just to catch the wind. Our dory-man came from Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia. He's been rowing back and forth for years now - every time the wind blows - and he never stops smiling. I know exactly how he feels!
* sailboat photo taken by Andrea