Tree Trimming the Easy Way! by barnsis

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I was all set to take some bird images this morning but then this came along and the birds left in a hurry. There is a high power electric line that is near our home here in Southeast Missouri, USA. They use this helicopter and tree trimmer to keep the trees trimmed away from the high power lines. They have permission from a neighbor to operate out of his pasture. They haul all of the parts in on a truck and put them together then the helicopter lands and they attach the trimmer to it. The pilot then takes off and engages the 10 ~ 24 inch blades on the trimmer and flies along the right of way trimming the limbs from the trees. This thing can cut a six inch limb off like it was a twig. When they land for fuel they disengage the cutters and slowly lay the whole thing on the ground while flying slowly forward and down. Very interesting to watch but the birds sure do not like it!!

Nikon D40X with Nikon 300mm VR lens on monopod and auto focus shooting RAW


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  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Cool capture!

  • Thank you.

    – barnsis

  • swaby
    swabyover 2 years ago

    How exciting, probably would have had to watch this too! Great captures!

  • Not much else to do when it is flying around, all the birds leave in a hurry.

    – barnsis

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesover 2 years ago

    Wow wondeful capture, Byron. Like i have said, right place at right time! Like how you have added three shots in to one!!

  • Thank you David, this was the best way I could think of to effective show the whole story. It is a Pacasa collage.

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Cool way to trim, I would love to see them try it here! LOL! They are forever pulling the gliders and hang gliders out of the trees, I can’t imagine a chopper getting in and out well! Interesting images!

  • I bet they could do it if the limbs are not too large. The chopper flies way above the top of the trees and drops the cutter head down on the drive shaft into them. Thank you

    – barnsis

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    NatureGreeting...over 2 years ago

    My goodness Byron!! I have never seen anything like this, ever!!!! The poor birds must think its a monster, and flee for miles!!! I bet it sure leaves a mess too!! Sure a different kind of bird than what you set out to take, Huh? LOL!!!! What a fabuluois way to illustrate your story!!!! So complete my friend….love the way you combined these for you story!! NICE WORK, Bro :)xoxo

  • Thank you, the cardinals still have not come back! Yes they do make a mess and now I have to clean up the mess in the area where I mow ☻☻

    – barnsis

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 2 years ago

    Way to cool, bet it was amazing to watch !

  • Yes if it interesting to see how the pilot maneuvers around, he is actually hanging with his head out the window.

    – barnsis

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  • That is what I said ☺☺

    – barnsis

  • miroslava
    miroslavaover 2 years ago

    never new that, how cool, great pic

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Very Cool Byron….Hope the rope does not break……

  • Thanks T, that rope is a metal drive shaft about the size of the one on your truck ☺☺

    – barnsis

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    That is one mean tool… great capture and selections of iamges Byron…

  • Yes it is, Thank you

    – barnsis

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