Friday, August 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday

We had a near tragedy this past week when the platform two window washers were working on gave way on the 37th floor. Luckily they were rescued by the Boston Fire Dept. This window washer is only on the third floor; he told me he has never gone higher than the 24th floor. The only way I would get that high in a building is in an elevator.

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29 comments:

Snapshutter said...

Never higher than the 24th? What's the difference between the 4th and 24th? A few seconds. But I think the outcome of a fall is the same.

Glad the window washers were safe. Takes a lot guts for that job, IMO. BTW, great skywatch photo.

J Bar said...

I'm not fond of heights so this looks scary.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

DAG said...

I was in Post office square a few hours after that incident. The window that the Boston Fire Department knocked out to rescue them were still missing. And of course the news crews were still there.

Glad that nobody was hurt and once again the BFD saved the day.

Regina said...

Fantastic. Great shot.

Linda Reeder said...

Great sky shot - sky, reflection of sky, and worker in the sky!

Linnea W said...

Looks like he's inching his way up that building. I agree...I'll stick to the elevator!

Malyss said...

Glad nobody was hurt.I'll choose the lift, too.
but your picture is so impressive, with that angle, that flying away perspective, and all the clouds reflections..Great shot!

Dan said...

Glad they were both ok.. The shot is cool though, great reflections and sky:-)

Enjoy the weekend:-)

John said...

No-way Jose, I get dreadful vertigo although I spent years flying in the RAF. Can't stand being near an open 'edge'. Like the strong shapes, the sky reflection and the red on the guy.

joo said...

It's a great photo! Well I have no problems with vertigo, so it doesn't look scary for me.
What's the difference between 24th and 25th floor by the way?
Have a good day:)

brattcat said...

This is a really wonderful photograph, rich with symbolism. You invite the viewer in to interpret it so eloquently.

Mirela said...

Wonderful photo!

Marie said...

Fantastic shot. These people are incredible. So brave.

Rambling Round said...

You've taken Skywatch to new heights! (:

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Wow! Isn't it exciting to end up being a roving reporter/journalist while out taking photo for blogs. So glad that this incident turned out the way it did. And, my, what an amazing picture you've got. It deserves to win a prize somewhere!

B SQUARED said...

I've seen some modern buildings that utilize mechanical washing systems. I'm surprised more buildings don't use them.

Lois said...

That is a great shot! You wouldn't catch me doing that even on the 2nd floor. I like the reflections.

amatamari© said...

The photography is truly spectacular.

texasnascarcowgirl said...

oh I love this shot!! wonderful!

Steffe said...

Fantastic perspective!

cieldequimper said...

Thankfully there is more than one lift in this kind of building. Good thing those guys got rescued, it must have been a scary day for them. The photo is striking.

Cezar and Léia said...

The spider guy!
;) Adorable shot!
Léia

Babooshka said...

Very scary. Rather him than me, but it does make a great photo.

Hilda said...

Eek. I'm glad that it didn't turn into a real tragedy. Scary job.

Fantastic photo though! Love the angle, the reflections, the wonderful sky and the bright spot of red.

Jilly said...

My goodness, what a story. I'm so glad the outcome was a good one. And a very nice shot too.

Vogon Poet said...

I agree with you. Excellent shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is a job I do not envy...even though I'm sure the window washer's view is usually amazing.

b.c. said...

nice shot, great story too

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos on your blog space, really enjoyed reading through all the blog posts. Lived in Boston for many years and have many fond memories of the area. Thanks for sharing with us all and adding to the party of Sky Watch Friday.