Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Super cranes


My morning bus was making the circle inside  Hadassah Medical Center campus when we passed two huge mobile cranes getting into position.
Needless to say, I jumped off the bus and whipped out the camera!

I stared in wonder as the crane got longer and longer, sort of like Jack and the Beanstalk.
It seemed it would reach the clouds.

Watching the operator was awesome too.
How many people need a glass ceiling for their work?

(You can enlarge all these photos with a click or two.)

Then they met!
The vertical mobile crane came near the horizontal crane that has for a long time been atop the new Davidson Tower.
(I showed you the new building in 2011 when the head engineer took us up for a hardhat tour of the new hospital.)

At least three guys were on the "bridge" and two can (barely) be seen on the horizontal part! So brave!
The crane started taking off the concrete slabs, slowly, one by one.
They were dismantling the roof crane, above my very eyes!   

About that time I came to my senses and realized I was risking my life for a blog post.
Indeed, the guard saw me from his safe indoor place and yelled at me to get the hell out of there and fast!

I have been following and documenting the construction of this tall tower since 2007.
The picture above (taken from the ancient Roman road not long ago) just may be the final  photo ever of  Sarah Davidson Tower with a crane mounted on its roof.

Hadassah is now crane-less!
Or at least until the Hadassah ladies come up with a new idea and new donations.
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)


Nadege said...

That medical center is very impressive and actually very pretty. (When I go to the Getty museum in Los Angeles, it always reminds me of being inside a european hospital).

Kathy said...

I love to see these machines at work--thanks for the great pictures. Thankfully, you came to no harm!

Marleen said...

That is a Huge crane indeed! You pictured it well, Dina.

Suzanne said...

Pretty amazing photos Dina. The perils of a photographer on the prowl. Glad you are safe too.

Stewart M said...

Thats Big!! Great picture looking up the crane.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

VP said...

You know how much I like cranes at work!

Laura said...

so far up there!!!

Steffi said...

Very beautiful and interesting photos,Dina!

HansHB said...

Nice post for the sky theme!
Lovely sky!

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots! I enjoy seeing cranes in photos.

Karen said...

Wow, they're huge! Great shots!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I always used to hate cranes, feeling they cluttered up the vistas. Seeing two as the subject of your photos makes me realize there is another way to look at these things.

Anonymous said...

Nice composition!

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Dina - Risking your life for some SkyWatch photos for us - now that's REAL dedication! How lovely the thought of being crane-less is though. There are so many hundreds of cranes around the city of Jeddah, it's not even funny... *sigh*

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So fun to watch a building progress and hard to believe those cranes don't lose their balance.

Interesting photos.

Spiderdama said...

Impressive and awsome work! Great pictures Dina:-)