Power Lines in the Mist

Earlier in the day, before I discovered the stumps, I was working on another project. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always thought that high-voltage transmission lines look cool. I wouldn’t want new ones put through some pristine area, but the existing ones catch my eye, especially in the mountains. I had spent much of the day up at Stampede Pass, photographing them.

Stampede Pass is a power-line geek’s dream. Many different lines converge there to cross the mountains from the big dams on the Columbia River to the cities around Puget Sound. And lucky for me, the weather and lighting were interesting – lots of mist and low clouds. This is one of the last photos I took, before the mist got so thick I couldn’t see anything. The camera was aimed into the wind, which deposited a fine spray on it. I had a squeeze-bulb air blower that worked well to blow the droplets to the margins of the lens, which I would do just before tripping the shutter. Corona discharge from the lines overhead made a loud rushing sound, a bit like whitewater.

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2 responses

  1. Chris

    Nice use of mist.

    What’s with that U shaped road? It looks more like a motocross track than a maintenance road…

    September 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • It’s part of a set of switchbacks. The right-hand leg is going downhill, though that’s hard to tell from this angle.

      September 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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