Thursday, October 31, 2013

It takes balls to do this!

These are favorite photos from last winter  when I still lived in the Jerusalem Hills, the Hills of Judea. 
You will want to click a few times and enlarge them--you won't believe what you see!

The helicopter was hovering right next to the high tension wire high above the road in Soreq Valley!

And what's more--a man was sitting on a platform under the helicopter!

Can you see his legs dangling?
I watched the team work for hours, for several days in December and January.
I was amazed, impressed, scared, and always thinking "Glad I am not that man's mother."

Here you can see the man and the big orange balls that he was about to attach to the miles of  live high tension wires.

Today's City Daily Photo Theme Day is about heights,  so today is a fitting day to pay tribute to these brave men in the sky.

An Australian government website says that

Queensland-based Aeropower, which uses helicopters to provide airborne
electrical services to power companies, provides the Israel Electric Corporation with a range
of services including support for cable stringing (pulling out draw wires from structure to
structure), airborne line  maintenance services and live-line insulator washing on their overhead power lines.

Watch a video of these guys in action, if you have the guts.


Spiderdama said...

I smile of you "glad you are not the mother"
I am sure they have safety in first place. Great and perfect work!:-)
Also great pictures!

VP said...

They are really brave or completely crazy. Maybe a healthy mix of the two...

Jim said...

Great theme day post.

William Kendall said...

Good choice for the theme, Dina!

These shots appeal tremendously to me... maybe because it's the sort of landscape I wouldn't expect in Israel.

Pietro Brosio said...

Dizzy! Interesting images!

crystal said...

A person must need nerves of steel to do that job!

Happy halloween, Dina :)

Jerez Sherry said...

Omg Dina, that's scary! what a catch you got there!

RedPat said...

I could never do that! Great post for the day.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Interesting contribution to the theme day. Have a good weekend!

LOLfromPasa said...

An amazing story with excellent photos. Thanks for sharing!

Adullamite said...

Indeed a common occurrence world wide these days.
Some climb of the platform onto the wires and back again when job done. Rather them than me!

Kay said...

Oh yikes!!!! I'm glad I'm not his mother either. It's hard enough being Jon's mother.