Yes, it’s a utility pole. But while we’re used to seeing a double (or triple or quadruple) masted pole carrying an assortment of parallel electric wires, this clearly isn’t necessary in rural, sparsely populated areas. In much of the country, population is scattered so thinly that, while the demand for electric transmission naturally remains, only a few conduits are necessary. Thus, we see a stanchion here but it only needs to elevate a few wires to residences in these far-flung locations. Judging from the picture, it would be fair to conclude that this is in an extremely rural part of the country, far removed from any major settlement.
Incidentally, though, this image is still within the city limits of
As mentioned several postings ago,
Nonetheless, if one were to project
All of the aforementioned variables augur well for
And across the street from the substation, electric wires of a greater density and sophistication slice across the pastoral horizon:
This picture demonstrates the calibration of
This time there is no substation nearby. But
These power lines therefore beg the question: how does
The leadership in
Essentially, suburbanization—or “sprawl” if you prefer the pejorative—transpires as a friend of mine put it: “Everyone wants to be the last one in the club, and to close the door behind.” Farmland preservation may be a means of preserving a community’s rural character, but local officials can also wield it as an elitist and exclusionary gesture.