The sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in North Dakota bought two wind turbines to use in their self-supporting community as well as to do something good for the environment. Learning about their spirituality, ethics, and how they are stewards of the land was a welcome break from the scientific aspects of the article.
I wanted to photograph the world's largest wind turbine blade, which has a wonderful shape when rotated on its side. But coordinating schedules to get the Danish manufacturer to shut down and let 62 employees line up next to the blade was an incredible hassle. When the company finally finished the blade, it was lying flat. So I couldn't get the shot I wanted, and I had to shoot down from a crane. A two-month logistical nightmare resulted in only about 45 minutes to position the blade, line everyone up, and shoot the picture. (This photo is a double-gatefold on p. 13-16 in the August issue.)
In an attempt to illustrate green transportation, I bought 30 square feet (10 square meters) of sod from a local gardening store to cover my Jeep. Here I was slicing sod with a paper cutter while trying to figure out how to attach it to the car. In the meantime the sod died and looked like hideous brown fur. Luckily I found Jacques Chiron with his Astro turf-covered Volkswagen to photograph for the article instead. (See p. 24-25 in the August issue.)