I’m afraid of heights. Even climbing a flight of stairs makes me dizzy. Every time I’m on an elevator, I visualize how high it is and wonder, “What if this thing malfunctions?” Once when we stayed at a beachside hotel, our suite was on the 21st floor! I didn’t know it until we checked in. The ocean and surrounding scenery were spectacular from way up there, but looking down from the balcony literally made me sick!
I guess that’s why when I heard a loud buzzing noise this morning and looked out to see where it was coming from, I was immediately unnerved by what I saw.
It was a young man high in a tree – very high! Studying his position: between two spindly looking branches with a lot of bare trunk below him before he would reach the next sturdy fork to stand in, I couldn’t imagine him coming down from that tree alive, although Mr. H. assured me he would. “He knows what he’s doing, he said. Just watch.”
So I grabbed my camera to record what I saw. I’m no photographer, but can manage to get a reasonable reproduction if I’m determined enough. At least, trying to focus on getting pictures kept me from watching his every action and therefore, relieved my fears a little.
As you can see in the above picture, he has cut one of the branches and is all set to cut the other one. This is where it gets “hairy!” Maybe not for him, but it's making me extremely nervous!
Although he looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he? But he still has to cut the other limb and get down to the fork – looks like a long step to me!
The other branch is gone. Here comes that long step...
Well, I’ll be darned! He did it! Right on down that trunk he goes just like a monkey! Mr. H. was right. He knew what he was doing after all and there was no need for me to worry.
It was all in a day’s work for him! With the limbs that towered high into the sky taken care of, he and his helpers finished the job in no time.
And somebody has been blessed with a big pile of firewood!
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