Friday, December 3, 2021

Sunday Walk

A short drive north of us is the headquarters for our community's recreation program. A playground, two baseball fields and tennis courts share space with an old live oak, pine trees and a few smaller trees.

On a Sunday afternoon it is a great place for walking with little to no traffic

An afternoon early in June 2021 was different. Something was going at the water tower next to the tennis courts. 

I stopped in the shade of a pine tree to take a look. (Navigating with my rollator is tricky if I shift my focus far above what is directly in front of me.) 

Someone was on the water tower, and white haze rose from the top. Vehicles and various trailers clustered at the base of the structure.

I fiddled with my iPhone and brought into focus a worker perched on the upper edge of the water tower. 

Yikes. Just seeing a human being in that position made me queasy. Sandblasting evidently was underway.

A few days later the tank was protected by what looked like a heavy canvas cocoon. We have not been back in that area since. I'm sure that when we do take another Sunday walk there the water tower will sport a new paint job.

Even with strict safety measures those workers involved had to be more at ease with heights than I have ever been.

An ordinary Sunday stroll turned into a wakeup call to be thankful for individuals who go to great lengths to keep our community's infrastructure in good shape,

Photos taken with my iPhone.



  1. Frightening!! You were at the right place at the right time.

  2. If that was my only choice to make a living I'd starve to death. More power to him. Someone has to do it. Nice capture.

  3. I am thankful that there are folks who can do things like that. I prefer to keep both feet on the ground.

  4. that is scary and now you must go back, i will not sleep good until I know what they did to it.. ha ha

  5. Oh yes indeed...Heights and me do not like each other. I am grateful for those who do those types of jobs.
    Glad you got out though and could enjoy the great outdoors.
    Can't wait for a follow-up photo of the water tower.

  6. I would not even want to watch them now!

  7. We have a water tower similar to yours, but very much taller, that doubles as a cell phone tower. I watched them doing repairs on it a couple of years ago, and I can't even imagine doing such scary work. Here's a link to some pictures I took if you are interested.