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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Nov 2017, 00:41
A worthy Foe for a Knight!
Louis: Heh, it will be for that knight ...
sorry, i do not catch the connection, Louis. is this related to the film? i suppose this is the remnant of a windmill. reminds me of the windmills of Mykonos.
Louis: Don Quixote is a novel by Miguel de Cervantes, in which the main character (of romantic disposition) read too many books, assumed the name Don Quixote and proceeded to revive knightly chivalry. In reality he was not in possession of all his faculties anymore and he imagined windmills to be giants attacking La Mancha where he hailed from. So he took his horse, his lance and started attacking the windmills. The Spanish windmills look a lot like the Portuguese one in my picture, hence the title.

There is an English expression: "He is fighting windmills" that indicate the person is spending energy on "attacking" imaginary situations. The song "Windmills of your mind" sung by Noel Harrison is also about a fuzzy mind.

Sorry if I explained too much.
I don't think I've ever seen a windmill like this!
Louis: Not many of them in Portugal, but this town I drove through had a number of them.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 22 Nov 2017, 05:06
Un moulin digne du personnage de Don Quichotte. Il me semble qu'il manque les voiles.
Louis: Les voiles sont seulement mis en place, lorsque le moulin à vent a à travailler. Merci, Martine.
One day I would LOVE to see a windmill like this in real life, Louis. WOW!
Louis: Just travel to Portugal and Spain, Ginnie smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:32
Well this is certainly an eye catching feature of the landscape Louis
Louis: Indeed - and I was exited when seeing these mills for real.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:41
This is quite different from the windmills I am familiar with. I think with sails it will be even more impressive as it already is.. What a great picture. Love the point of view.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. With sails they will be more impressive, I agree.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2017, 06:43
I have never seen one like this - the wings look HUGE
Louis: The building is more squat than the Dutch and English types. The huge wings are actually smaller than the other types.
Through the woodland, through the valley
Comes a horseman wild and free
Tilting at the windmills passing
Who can the brave young horseman be
He is wild but he is mellow
He is strong but he is weak
He is cruel but he is gentle
He is wise but he is meek
Reaching for his saddlebag
He takes a battered book into his hand
Standing like a prophet bold
He shouts across the ocean to the shore
Till he can shout no more
Louis: Could be that Gordon Lightfoot song
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Nov 2017, 08:28
And it’s good knight from me.
Louis: Yes, somewhere deep in space it will be bed time.
The structure and component parts are so different to the windmills we have.
Louis: Inside they work the same - more or less.
Looks like a yarn winder...
Louis: Heh, it does!
I've seen pictures of these before, I still haven't worked out quite how the wind can make the sails revolve.
Louis: The sails are spanned at an angle - then it works on the same principle as the sails of a boat. The wind is not actually blowing against them, but over them.
A nice misty shot, Louis.
Louis: It is supposed to describe the state of mind of the man from La Mancha - fuzzy.
Fascinating image, Louis...
Louis: Thank you Larry
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Nov 2017, 16:32
What a funny title and a special windmill!
Louis: Dankjewel, Philine.
A nice photo, Louis,great title.
Louis: Thank you Frank
Now I understand, Louis. The Quickshot spelling was what threw me off. I did a Google search and I was pointed to a silent era movie grin I did hear of Don Quixote but I have not read it myself.
Louis: The Quickshot spelling was just a tongue in cheek reference to our hero. With his head full of clouds, he couldn't really be an effective knight. Glad we are on the same page smile

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