The Wind Turbines of Calhan, CO – Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
How many times have you heard that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Or how many times have you been asked, “Is the glass is half empty or half full? It is all a matter of perspective, or so I tell myself, when it comes to the wind turbines in Calhan.
The wind turbines in Calhan are not going away, so I can choose to view them positively or negatively. So….this year I decided that I am going to do my best to find the beauty in the wind turbines in Calhan.
My goal this year is to take a picture every day that will highlight the beauty of the wind turbines. In doing so, I hope to convince myself that they are beautiful. I'm so committed to this project that I've even created a wordpress blog 2016WindTurbines.com for the pictures. I'll also be sharing some of the pictures here on Active Rain.
As a disclaimer, I must state:
- I do not have any wind turbines on my property.
- I do not want any wind turbines on my property.
- No, I’m not jealous because I’m not receiving any lease payments. (Frankly, it ticks me off whenever someone that likes the turbines accuses me of not liking the wind turbines because I’m not getting paid for having them on my property. So…don’t go there.)
- I’m happy for the people that are receiving lease payments. They are probably making more money off the turbines each year than if they were just running cattle on the property.
- I purchased my property in Calhan after the wind turbines were up and running. I fell in love with Calhan before I knew about the wind turbines. I was incredibly disappointed when I found out about them. I opted to wait until they were operational before I made the decision to purchase in the area.
- Yes – the wind turbines make noise. However, the noise it is not as disruptive as the sounds of sirens and other traffic noise that I was accustomed to hearing when I lived downtown. I suppose that I would describe the noise as a dull hum.
- In high winds, the wind turbines shut off, so I’ve never seen them spin extremely fast.
- Yes – people are concerned about the effect of the wind turbines on property values in the area. I also strongly suspect that I’m not the only one that secretly hopes that they will hurt land values in the near future so we can buy more land in the area more cheaply. After all, if we buy land in the area, we are taking a risk about how the property values will be affected by the turbines. (Expect to see many market reports for Calhan in the near future.)
p.s. The photographs in this blog are iphone snapshots.
Sondra Meyer, CPA
Horse Property Specialist
Star View Real Estate