Defunct Cooling Towers, Passing Storm, Rain

Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant, Herald, CA

I figured if I was going to get absolutely rained upon in order to take this photograph, I might as well post it.  This was another instance of me trying to find a turnout on the side of a two-lane county road while hoping I either don’t get stuck or somehow drive into a deep drainage ditch.

The problem with photographing these cooling towers is trying to find a vantage point to isolate the towers.  While the nuclear facility has been decommissioned since 1989, a gas-fired power plant is in operation to the left and behind the towers.  So while my first thought was to drive to the rear of the facility, which is about a 5-6 miles out-of-the-way drive from the front, the power plant and solar arrays were clearly cluttering the composition.  From most areas on the road, power line parallel the roadway and are clearing visible.  Two other options were to hike into the vineyard on private property or pay the $7 entrance fee into the recreation area adjacent.  Neither sounded appealing with the rain and lateness of the day.

So here we are with this photograph.  Interesting in that you can see the bands of rain coming through and I am always partial to beautiful colors in the sky (even the muted tones here), but otherwise an average shot from me, at best.

I had previously taken another photograph of the vineyards in Rancho Seco under similar stormy conditions:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f/8

Defunct Cooling Towers, Passing Storm, Rain.  Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant, Herald, California. March 30, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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