- Yeah, I know it’s more than one picture and I know … it’s a pole, but still, it’s a cool pole. :-) ↩
A quick stop at Arco in Downey. A quick shot of a power pole. And back into the traffic.
During lunch, I have been biking over to inspect the construction on Brookwood Parkway and NW Huffman Street.1 There is a new industrial park going in north of Huffman and Brookwood is being widened to include more lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Just this week, all the trees along the sides and in the median were removed.
This pole at the east end of Huffman attracted my attention. More specifically, the weights on the right side that direct the connections between the lines. I don’t think I’ve seen weights used like this before, so I will start looking for other poles using them.2
While driving last week, I noticed something strange: a row of power poles had their transmission lines suspended from large pulleys. I’d not seen that before.
The power poles are only a short detour from my typical lunchtime bike ride so I went to investigate earlier this week. One of the workers said they are stringing transmission lines to a new substation. Once the lines are in place, they’ll lift the lines from the pulleys and attach them directly to the insulators.
By today, they had started that process.
This pole1 2 presides over a busy intersection. As I stood in the field by the pole, snapping pictures of the pole’s ID plate and then up at its hardware, I wondered what the people sitting in their cars were thinking. How long before I have to explain to a police officer that I think power poles are beautiful?
An avian aria on a tightwire.
My lunch ride today was along the Rock Creek Trail underneath some impressive power lines. Out came my camera.
Power poles have incredible variety. Every pole solves a different problem of topography, relationship to adjacent poles and need for lateral bracing, wires to nearby poles and to the ground, and wireless antennas.
So many poles, so little time. :-)
Saturday evening, I went on a bike ride to end the day. On the way back, I stopped at some favorite spots to take some pictures.