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JONAL ENTRY 1239 | JULY 7 2012

After a Fourth of July family barbecue and potato shoot near Alexandria, Huntingdom County, Jim Toth enlisted his friend Mark Ball from Cresson to navigate our second quest to get up close and personal with one of the electric-power-generating windmills above and east of Lilly. A few miles after the paved road ended, we finally spotted an access lane that took us all the way to the base of one of the smaller windmills, seen in this photo.

There was more daylight left when we got to our destination than on our earlier chase of the wind on Blue Knob the week before.

It was hard to believe Jim's assessment that this is one of the smallest of three sizes the windmills come in, as it looked huge to me (though this is not apparent in the photo or in the video until Jim and Mark get close to the base of it).

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As we drove back up the dirt road, we encountered a deer grazing on leaves at the edge of the road. I think it was the longest and closest look I've ever had of a deer in the wild. Though the following is no competition for the nature channel, I hope that if you have a better one you'll share it with us.

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Two short clips shot on my digital Kodak are followed by five stills taken on Jim's Fugifilm camera with a much more powerful zoom. These are followed by an additional still Jim took of a line of windmills on a distant ridge after we got back on a state highway.

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