Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Sky Watch Time! - Post 46

A few weeks ago, I wrote about having some trees cut down because they were encroaching on my neighbor's fence/yard. The largest of these trees contained a raccoon's nest (I also described my first discovery of the raccoons, here.)

My SWF photo contribution for this week was taken during the tree removal process as the chainsaw-wielding young man was about to cut down the limb holding the raccoons' nest, which can be seen as the round object at the end of the tree limb (click to enlarge), at about 10 o'clock in relation to the lift bucket. It was a scorchingly hot day with a clear blue sky and only a few contrails visible . You can see the sheen of sweat on his back. I'm mighty happy that I was just standing in the yard taking the photo.

Speaking of Sky Watch Friday, and pay a visit to the new site, here. Several hundred folks from around the globe will be posting their sky photos there, beginning at 7:30 p.m. GMT tonight , and continuing for the next 48 hours or so.









49 comments:

Teresa said...

very cool shot! i've always wondered what it would be like to get in one of those things!

T.R. said...

That's a bird's eye view!! What does a raccoon's nest look like? Where is the raccoon? Hope that guy is holding on tight.

rhymeswithplague said...

Pat, great shot! And the sky is definitely guess what: Yves Klein blue!

janet said...

hi pat, great shot you have here. must be scary for that guy to be up there.

my sunrise is up here:
http://www.janetluison.com

RuneE said...

I like that composition - especially the placement of the lift/crane

Dewdrop said...

Great capture, Pat. Love the perspective. How did the raccoons fair?

Wren said...

Makes me a bit dizzy, so you've really captured it.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

A perfect skywatch picture. It always makes me sad to see a tree being cut. We had to have one cut a few months ago.

irish daisies said...

great shot :) love to be up there too!

Ackworth Born said...

oh wow

I hope he's well-oiled with sun-blocker!

Luke Wiley said...

Too bad the trees had to be removed, nice composition!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love the composition--the strong diagonal of the crane arm against that vivid blue.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is one example of watching can be more fun than doing! LOL

LingoVise Says... said...

Cutting down trees always makes me sad... even when it's necessary.

Great capture for SWF though :) I love traveling to see all the world's skies this way!

Petunia said...

Cool shot! I could have use for this when I washing my windows:)

Petunia's SWF

imac said...

Great capture.

The Team thanks you for your post and making this venture a success.

John said...

Great capture!

Carletta said...

This was a great capture.

How about the raccoons - I know they are pesky, but I hope they survived.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great view you got there

Craver Vii said...

Yikes, what a spot they put you in. The real story folks, is that they told her they would only be able to send this one eccentric worker. He works in the buff. Yup. Naked man in a bucket with a chainsaw. There's an image that'll keep you awake at night!

I would have told them to keep Mr. Natural at home. A few well-placed shot-gun blasts would sufficiently remodel the coon's nest.

AnneKa said...

Greate Sky Watch post.
Have a nice weekend, from AnneKa in Norway

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Yes, very blue up there in the sky but hot hot hot... it's not a job I'd want to do in the summer... whew!
Great post!!
Mountain Retreat Photos
Fishing Fiesta

For The People said...

I hope you did not fall over taking that shot. It looks straight up! Have a great weekend!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Thank you.. a great picture and posting and you have really gone the extry miles for sky watch this week... thanks for all the mentions and links you have mention in you last few post. It will not be forgotton

quinttarantino said...

A unique look from up there - that's for sure!

kjpweb said...

Pretty cool! The Raccoons might not agree, though! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

George Townboy said...

Cool shot!! Love the way you framed it.

RAMOSFOREST.ENVIRONMENT said...

Beautiful shot. Good action.

CrazyCath said...

That is a very clear shot with a lot of detail! Well captured - just at the right moment.

fishing guy said...

Pat: Nice capture and that guy is in the Sky.

babooshka said...

A racoon snest is a new one on me. Really is a bird's eye view

SandyCarlson said...

That looks like quite a ride! I love your perspective.

Steven and Aisha said...

That scares me but must be fun to be up there lol! Good shot for SWF!

Tommy said...

Hello from Colorado. Nice SWF picture

Fish Whisperer said...

Very cool and a great lead in to the center with the crane

TSannie said...

Neat shot - and this is the very first raccoon's nest I've ever seen!

Great SWF, Pat!

Jeanne said...

Love your photo. What a great angle but what I also love is the story you gave to go with the photo. With scrapbooking I look at the story behind the picture two. Now I have to go read about the raccoon and make sure he's okay. Thanks for sharing and visiting me!

Hilary said...

Great shot, Pat. My heart picked up the pace a little - I don't like heights. Or it might have been the guy in the bucket..

Gary said...

Great shot - you really get a sense of the height.

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Louis la Vache said...

For some reason this photo reminds "Louis" of one of Jerry Clower's funny stories, so "Louis" thanks you for putting a smile on his face!

Sherry said...

Boy am I having trouble today with comments. They are being eaten. I think it would be fun to go up in that thing! You got 40 comments!!!! Lord, I don't get 40 visitors most days! Loved the shot Pat.

Kahshe Cottager said...

You sure got a skywatch action shot! The weather looks to be very hot and I can see why you would rather be on the ground with the camera rather in the cherry picker with a chainsaw!
Have a wonderful weekend!
My SkyWatch Here

system operator said...

Hi! Kept me wondering about the racoons. Don't have much or any experience about those, allways thought they lived on ground and rummaged garbage cans. :) Nice blog!

esnorway said...

good pic have nice weekend. Thanks for your visit on my side

Kappa no He said...

That is a fantastic blue sky. We're in the tail end of the rainy season so there is only grey as far as the eye can see.

AMDC said...

Cool! I just joined sky watch.

Gallicissa said...

I feel sorry for the poor racoons, Pat. Nice capture of a sad episode.

For The People said...

Smile! You always make me do it!

david mcmahon said...

G'day Pat,

I think a need a tour of the raccoon's nest!

I'm so glad my footnote ``carat stew'' didn't make you groan!