Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: A Highwire Act

We went to the marsh hoping to photograph something wild, natural, and beautiful. This is what we saw.





Yikes! And it it was windy out there as well. What a job. The helicopter was flying the mile between these two transmission towers. Quite a sight.


23 comments:

  1. I've seen them working on towers like that here in the UK only they did not use a copter, they climbed the tower

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  2. Wow. I'm not usually afraid of heights, but that would probably throw me over the edge. ~ Sharon

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  3. Bill-- Actually they did climb a ladder to get there. The helicopter was delivering things they needed for the job. If you click on the photos, you can see the ladder. I can't imagine working at such a height!

    Sharon-- I feel the same way!

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  4. Wow! I enlarged the pictures and I see what a courageous and brave workers they are!

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  5. Robin, send the photos to the guys. They would love them.

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  6. sonia-- I'm so glad you enlarged the photos. They were really doing a tough job in a very high place.

    Steve-- What a GREAT idea. Thank you for that.

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  7. wow. never in a million years could I. what a sight to see, and i'm glad you captured it.

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  8. Tara-- Seriously, it is such a crazy height. I was glad to be there with the camera!

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  9. Hoooo-eee! It's so cool that you were able to catch the action.
    That's doubly dangerous work: The height and the high voltage lines. Wind always adds to the excitement. Plus the skill of the person flying the helicopter is a critical part of that job, particularly near high tension lines.
    Our chief engineer has sent along videos of people climbing broadcast towers. It's terrifying just watching the videos! I'm going to forward this to him.

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  10. CCorax-- I hope your chief engineer likes these photos. I've been trying to find a way to send these on to PG&E here, but haven't found a way yet. You really do get how crazy this job was. And I didn't even think about how steady that helicopter pilot was. Truly a sight.

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    Looking at those photographs makes me a bit dizzy. Cannot imagine being up there.

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  12. The wind at that height would be scary!!

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  13. NCmountainwoman-- When we were at the marsh, I could easily see the helicopter. When Roger looked through th binoculars he said, "There are people up there on the tower!!!" I couldn't believe. It made me dizzy just thinking about it.

    kenju-- I can't imagine being at that height with the kind of wind we get here. Definitely scary.

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  14. This gave me the heebie-jeebies! A job I could never do, that is for sure! I feel myself "falling" when I look down from a very high place, like the balcony railing around a corridor in a hotel which looks down into the inner lobby or on the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Love the idea of your sending these to the guys so they can show off their jobs to family and friends!

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  15. That's cool! I bet they get paid well. I also bet they had quite the view from up there.

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  16. Good idea of Steve Barbous!! :)

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  17. Sky-- I could never do a job like this either. I can hardly climb a ladder to get on to the roof of our house. Too scary. I'm trying to find where to send these pics. It's such a great idea.

    Dave-- I didn't even think of the view they must have from up there. The ocean stretches forever!

    sonia-- I think so too!

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  18. Maybe send to a local newspaper? Sometimes papers will publish human interest photos that readers submit.

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  19. CCorax-- Great idea! I may try that. I sent a link to the PG&E facebook page, but haven't heard anything from them.

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  20. I agree with everyone else -- I could never do a job like that. I think my fear of heights is eminently rational. It would hurt like the dickens to fall from there.

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  21. Mark-- I do think there is an inherent and rational fear of heights. Only a handful of fearless people can do stuff like this. I'm definitely not one of them.

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  22. Wow, that looks dangerous. I would take photos of that also. I could not do it but I bet the view was amazing.

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  23. Nora-- It was quite a sight. I would love to see the view from up there, but I know it will NEVER happen.

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