Meet our new neighbor out here JOTOLR. Rather striking, isn't it? And speaking of striking, I am wondering what the lightning will look like when it chooses to hit this 300+ foot tower now embedded in the top of the mountain. I don't have a cell phone, but I suppose it's only fitting that having had an uncluttered, basic nature horizon for the past 30-some years, I should have to relinquish it to "necessary" technological impact. (Can't help remembering that "silent treatment" commercial we've had to endure these past few weekends watching March Madness and questioning real need here...Then again, I also recall when I was out selling Pampered Chef kitchen tools at night and --coming home being unable to contact anyone due to spotty connectivity.
Nonetheless, I mourn the loss of uncluttered sky.
Installation of this monstrosity has certainly brought the industrial complex closer. I'll admit it's been quite a feast for the eyes in one way: watching the construction workers climb to the top and working their way down, inch by inch.
But the noise-level out here has increased significantly. For the past several weeks, we've "enjoyed" the constant beeping of backing equipment, the grinding of bulldozers and the slow emerging of this iron fretwork structure. The earth has been scraped and scoured, big boulders rolled out of the way of the roadbuilders; trucks by the score have hauled limestone rock up the mountain, and two buildings now sit at the base of the tower.
I'm not sure which has made the greatest impact: the erection of the tower or the clear-cutting of the forest for miles around, that made this construction possible. In reading about "compensation" for the footprint of cell phone towers, the owner will --they say--receive something in the neighborhood of $1,000 per month. But since he doesn't live here, preferring the bright lights of the city to the one-lane road, it would seem only fair --at the very least--that those of us who do live here, should be compensated for the loss of our pristine night sky.
I guess once you get used to having red lights blinking across the road all night long (preventing air traffic from crashing into it, we hope) it could seem remotely like the lighthouses MM and I used to navigate by, when we lived aboard our sailboat. But somehow a cell phone tower lacks the ambience and goodwill of a lighthouse. It's not at all the same quality of friendliness that a lighthouse is.
But....I suppose things could be a lot worse.