230 kV

Yesterday during lunch, I stopped at the BPA Keeler Substation to take some pictures of the transmission line tower on its front lawn. I used my cell phone’s camera because that’s all I had with me. Surprise — Transmission towers are huge! I couldn’t get enough of the tower in view.

I returned today with my Canon S100 point and shoot with its 24mm (equivalent) lens. Much better! :-)

When the sky is cloudless, I’ll try this again.

Tension

No, it’s not Haystack Rock, or trees, or a sunrise.

It’s a power pole.

And I like it.1As I was driving with Ashley, I looked through the sunroof and said I wanted to come back and take a picture of this pole, though I’d need to stand in the middle of the street to get the perspective I wanted. Ashley reached up and opened the sunroof. Ah! Problem solved. Grabbing my camera, I took a couple of quick shots while we waited for a green light.

Like a Bird on a Wire

Thanks to Rob for e-mailing the link to this video. It brings back memories of energy conversion lab, working with high voltages keeping one hand in my pocket. Though those voltages were nothing like the voltages in this video.

By the way, have you ever pondered YouTube’s business model? Certainly, storing and streaming video can’t be cheap. Yet they provide the service for free. They make their money on ads, you say? I wonder. The ad I saw when watching this video was for YouTube itself. And the only ads you’re going to see associated with this video are those on blogan, not YouTube. The question remains: why does YouTube provide the ability to embed videos on others’ web pages?