Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh, for Peace and Quiet

Sky Watch Friday

In Richland Hills, Texas, where we live, one of the water towers is less that 100 yards from our house. The good news is that we always have good water pressure in the summer, when everyone is watering the yard. One of the necessary evils is repainting it every 5-10 years. Now is the time. They are in the process of sand-blasting. Noisy and dirty. They start early and go late. It is LOUD! The wind is blowing toward us today and everything is coated with fine sand and paint dust. This photo was taken this morning.


It will look great when finished.
The blue had faded to light blue.

Photo - Martha's S51 Nikon



For other SWF posts,

see Tom's SkyWatch site here
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Troy and Martha

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68 comments:

Yen said...

Beautiful shot! Happy SWF!~ Mine is, HERE.

Bradley Myers said...

Good thing they only repaint every 5-10 years. I can see the dust flying off it in the photo.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hmmm. Not good about the noise, but hooray for the water pressure. ;-) Happy Sky Watch!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful blue and Autumn colors.

PJ said...

Aren't they using one of those collapsible shrouds? Bummer! But the water pressure angle is nice.

Colin Campbell said...

Very useful those water towers.

NovaS said...

hmmm.. that i surely a quiet and peaceful place out there. lovely clear sky... check out mine HERE

fishing guy said...

Troy & Martha: What a neat photo of the tower into the sky. It should be nice when they are done and you have your peace restored.

Rhoen said...

nice framing. beautiful colors, too!

My Skywatch entry is HERE!

Photo Cache said...

Yap, the good thing about it is the repainting is every 5-10 years. Maybe next time, the vacation can be timed when it needs a fresh coat :)

Nice shot.

ReluctantFarmChik said...

Oh - what a terrible place to be in, this one in five years!! I understand the concept of fine dust, having lived in El Paso TX for a year. And noise? Don't get me started. But at least it gave you a blog entry!!?

RuneE said...

The foreground makes the picture....

bobbie said...

Might be noisy, but it's beautiful to look at against such a blue sky, and the tree adds just hte right touch.

Leslie: said...

Lovely shot - I'm sure the benefits outweigh the disadvantage of the noise and dirt every 5 or 10 years, though.

Migs CFL fan said...

Great capture of the water tower. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Your sky is absolute blue!
Fantastic blue!

Luiz

Picturing of Life said...

Love ur blue sky

My SWF post this week : in HERE or HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

Carver said...

I love the way water towers look against the sky. I know you will be happy when the painting is done and you have a little peace and quiet.

Dewdrop said...

Great job on the capture, Martha. I have a water tower near my office. I think they have such a charm!

Ms. Hays said...

hehehe I just took a shot of the water tower here in my town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri - It DOES make for a great Sky Watch photo!
Happy Shooting!!!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Just ask them to repaint your house as well :-)
Nice photo.

Reader Wil said...

Great photo! The Dutch watertowers are all made of bricks and 10 metres high.There's one not far from where I live. I like yours very much.

Daryl said...

Stay indoors and keep the windows shut .. cant be good to breathe that stuff

:-Daryl

imac said...

What a great blue sky.

Gaelyn said...

Nice photo.
Bummer about the noise and dust. Seems like they wouldn't sandblast on a windy day. That dust can't be good for anyone to breath.

vincibene said...

Beautiful blue sky! Nice photo.

Darla said...

Beautiful Sky. That's a heck of a job!

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful shot. You are right, very peaceful.

Bz said...

Oh, I so hope you do a follow-up shot with the same angle and all when they have completed. Would be a neat compare/contrast.
Thanks for the pics.

Anne-Berit said...

Beautiful Sky Watch-photo.

Kahshe Cottager said...

You would never know how disruptive it is from your photo. It just seems a beautiful day with an incredibly blue sky!

My Sky Watch Photos are posted Here and Here

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Nice catch with the dust, looks like a beautiful morning.

BTW took your advice and started experimenting with TV and P settings, this weeks SWF is the result on TV!

babooshka said...

I love these water towers. We just don't have them in the UK and they always look alien to me, but fabulous for photography.

Kathiesbirds said...

Love the angle and the compostition with the trees cutting diagonally across the sky, their varied colors a perfect contrast to the brilliant blue sky, and there in the middle of it all, the source of life!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Interesting photo of something that you see every day. I had no idea they were painted so often. Neat!

Lovely blue skies there :)

Happy Sky Watch Friday!
~Lisa
New Mexico

Arija said...

Do be careful breathing in the paint dust. It has a lot of chemicals init and can be very toxic, not just impeding breathing, but being rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream from the lungs.

Nice undistorted, well composed picture of the quite good looking tower.

TCKK said...

Great photo. I love the beautiful blue of the sky.

Denise said...

As water towers go this is a real beauty. Great photo and hope they are fast with the paint job.

Grammy said...

Great photo's & amazing colors. We have red in sky here tonight.

Donna said...

These are Wonderful! My Wordpress site threw your comment into Spam and I Just now found it...Sorry!! Happy Texas night!

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

Wonderful capture! The blue is just so blue!;-)

alicesg said...

Very beautiful photo for SWF. Have a nice weekend.

Rambling Woods said...

We had one in the village we lived in and it wasn't that far from our house...I remember the summer they painted it ....

Mary said...

Sounds unpleasant to deal with, but the photo is lovely!

Genie said...

In this day and age I can't believe they haven't come up with a self-painting steel or a better/safer/cleaner way to paint such a huge structure.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

I do love water towers! sand balsting ... not so much :)
Happy SKy watch!

A Blog In The Rough said...

beautiful sky. it's a good thing they repaint your towers, ours look rusty and yucky.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an interesting shot against a vibrant blue sky!

Knitting Mania said...

Your header is just gorgeous....nice SWF!

pts said...

good shot!

Mo said...

The plus is now you will have a peaceful 5 years or so before the painting happens again.

Steve Buser said...

I used to live right beside one of these and never felt that safe.

gwendolen said...

Very nice photo. You must repost when it's been painted again. :-)

Rambling Round said...

Some of our water towers in this area were repainted recently. Sure makes a difference. Nice skywatch.

Lill said...

Hi.
Thank you so much for the comment on my blog:)) Yes I will kep my thumbs up for my daughter and the hole team - The Mustangs - from SMU, Dallas:) Have a nice weekend.
Cheers Lill in Norway

AphotoAday said...

The things a guy has to put up with...

Donna said...

Hahahahaaa...Thanks for adding me!! You Guys are SO great! I'm adding you as well!! Happy day Guys!hughugs
Donna

storyteller said...

What a marvelous BLUE sky behind the water tower near your home. I’ve shared at Sacred Ruminations this week.
Hugs and blessings,

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy and Martha, thanks for your encouragment. Come back and see what I "caught" today!

Wren said...

I can imagine that's pretty annoying noise! Good thing it's only every 5-10 years.

nina said...

A very blue blue.

Mckay K said...

Love those blue skies, thin clouds and great angle on the shot of the water tower.

indicaspecies said...

Great shot, with that beautiful blue sky. My post has less of sky and more of what is in the foreground here:
http://indicainq8.wordpress.com

Cheers,
- celine

Vic said...

nice shot! love the blue sky! :)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Even a mundane object such as a water tower is lovely to look at when photographed this way. Nice Sky Watch, Martha.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Sheesh... that would be slightly annoying! I've never seen a water tower in these parts before...
hopefully they are just about finished with that chore!
Have a good Sunday!

Gretchen said...

Great shot. :)

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