I get quite a lot of emails from fans of the website with pictures of pylons attached, but the one that led to April's Pylon of the Month started very well:
Thank you for maintaining that wonderful publication that is Pylon of the Month.
Needless to say, I warmed to the sender immediately and the email continued:
Your blog's fame has travelled wide, as have the subjects of the blog. However the under-representation of New Zealand's pylons has not gone unnoticed, and we do have some stunning examples that service the predominantly hydro-generated supply across some spectacular landscapes. Of course, we must redress this, but I will start slowly, with the attached modern pylons, with their slender elegance and a dodecahedral cross-section. These recently replaced the old lattice style pylons to allow for the upgrade of Christchurch's western ring-road.
I'm very happy to be redressing the balance by featuring these New Zealand pylons and I have to agree that the modern pylons are rather splendid. They are on the corner of Russley and Ryan's Road if you are in Christchurch and want to pop over and see them in real life. I particularly like the combination in one picture of the old lattice pylons (in the distance) and the new pylons. Regular readers will know that the new T-pylon in the UK is on its way and as far as I'm aware the first time that both designs will be used in the same place is for the connection to Hinckley Point C. The new T-pylons are shorter and so apparently less intrusive in their visual impact on the landscape. Anyway, back to New Zealand where, according to Wikipedia, over 50% of the country's power comes from hydroelectric. For those readers keen to know more about electricity in New Zealand, there is 'Electricity in New Zealand' which according to the website 'tells the story of the electricity industry in a simple and engaging way' and having looked through it, I'd wholeheartedly agree.
That's all for this month but come back in May for more pylon action or follow @pylonofthemonth on Twitter for even more regular pylon action.