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Invented by Lester Pelton in 1870 the Pelton Wheel is one of the most efficient water turbines in the world. The wheel is composed of specially-shaped buckets or “Paddles” that capture moving water (with the unique ability to utilize most of the kinetic energy of the flow) to power turbines and produce electricity. Northstar Mine, Grass Valley, California, USA.

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It’s all about capturing a moment in time. About discovering scenes that, when shared, generate interest and appeal.
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John Butler is a resident of Northern California. A builder, by trade – but spiritually, a naturalist and photographer.

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