Not far from my house is the headquarters for a towing company. Their building is kind of down in a hollow, but they need to be able to keep in radio contact with the trucks in the field, so they built this REALLY tall tower for their communication antennae. I stopped by one day a month or so ago to point my camera wa-a-a-y up and snap this picture. If you zoom in you can see the guy wires that angle off to anchors in the distance, to keep the thing upright. It is noisy with birds and brightly lit at night, presumably so low-flying planes know to keep clear.
It’s an impressive structure, and got me to thinking about communication. We see towers like this one everywhere. People like to complain about how they ruin the scenery, but that’s not what I see. I see the importance we humans place on staying connected. We want our cell coverage, our Internet feeds, our news broadcasts. Yes, sometimes we are overly invested in instant connectivity, so much that cell phone addiction is a real thing. (Here’s a more scholarly article if you’re interested.) Still, it comes from the basic human need for community. So, on the whole, I don’t mind the towers.
What do you think about the? How do you stay connected with people? And what’s your relationship with your phone?
You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter T. It might be a textbook, a turtle, or a tie fighter. Here’s how to participate.
- Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
- Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
- Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.
Olga Godim’s custom cover this week touches a favorite idea of mine: Time Travel! Check it out here.
*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!