Thursday, 12 June, 2003

Climbing the tower

This Canon PC-Cam is okay for most things, but it's terrible for distance shots.  The tower you see to the left is an old Forest Service fire watch tower that now sits in the middle of Pine Mountain Villageā€”a little strip mall development adjacent to the Pine Mountain Jamboree here in Eureka Springs.  From the top of this 100 foot tower (132 steps, by my count), you have a commanding view of the area, and even a good view of the Christ of the Ozarks statue I mentioned the other day.  I could see the statue clearly enough, but this silly camera didn't do a very good job of picking it out.  It's better than one of those throw-away vacation cameras, though.  I also tried to get some pictures through the telescope up here at the top of the tower.  Yes, you guessed it.  If you don't get the camera perfectly aligned, all you get is a picture of the telescope's insides.  In the dark.

Do you have any idea how much cell phone reception improves at the top of a 100 foot tower?