Bravery or madness?

by Helen Hooker February. 17, 2011 4524 views

When I emerged from school at lunchtime today I looked upwards to admire the Cathedral in the warm afternoon sunshine. As I did so I was astonished to see three men climbing up the spire ?? not something you see every day. One of them was a long way up and the chap behind him was carrying a ladder, presumably to attach to the spire to allow them access to the very top. By the time I got my camera out the third man had disappeared from view. I can only assume they were doing some work on the spire??s lightning rod which runs just behind the ladders they??d lashed to the building. It made me wonder as to the sanity of people who do jobs like these. It was a lovely sunny day today but I??m sure there must be days when they have to carry out such tasks in rain and wind which must be absolutely terrifying. One thing??s for sure ?? you wouldn??t find me volunteering to do that job!!

Incidentally, I have been up as far as the base of the spire of Chichester Cathedral (where the crenellations are in this photo) and the view was magnificent but it only involved negotiating spiral staircases ?? no ladders required!

Click to enlarge if you wish to see the full madness of these folk!

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 7 months ago

Every time I look at your pictures I see these men fall ... brrrr

Your image is, like always, very good!!!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 7 months ago

Eeek...not for me, but made for a fabulous post

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Pedro Pinho 6 years, 7 months ago

Amazing!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
David Swatton 6 years, 7 months ago

This makes me feel quesy just looking at it!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 7 months ago

Actually, it's not as hair-raising as you'd think. I believe the men were tired of naff reception and went up there with a satellite dish.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 6 years, 7 months ago

incredible!! bravery or madness, it is demanded by the job which sustains them!! let us wish them a safe work!! btw, lovely shot

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 7 months ago

Great capture! It's astonishing how some people can do these things..but someone has to! Beautiful architecture.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Felecia 6 years, 7 months ago

It's an incredible photo Helen but I vote for complete insanity. It would take a whole lot of guns pointed at me to get me up there.

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 7 months ago

Dangerous work on their part....great capture on your part!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paul 6 years, 7 months ago

Great shot.....I`m with you.....no head for heights!!!

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Anna 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe a little bit of both! A great picture anyhow. :-)

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Snowpie 6 years, 7 months ago

Totally MAD!!!! when not enlarged you don't realy notice them... :)

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 7 months ago

I say Madness haha

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 7 months ago

Makes me dizzy :)

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Riyaz 6 years, 7 months ago

Great shot and a bit of both, I would say! Love the texture and great composition! Standard lens?

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 6 years, 7 months ago

looks like they are left from the times when the church was build

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 7 months ago

It's a magnificent photo and I look at these men with a mixture of amiration and of big faintness! We may say to themselves that it is their job, I remain stunned in front of this mixture of courage and tamed unconsciousness !

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