Working in Tall Trees
Vimeo / Juliet Zulu
Jim Meyers is an arborist: he works with trees. He also works in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, where we have an abundance of very tall firs. These trees have a nasty habit of dropping limbs; I should know, as I have three of them (80-footers) in my back yard, and during windstorms we get windfall in the form of giant "look out below!" limbs. Every year, a team of arborists comes out and gives my trees a check-up—though I've never met Mr. Meyers.
In this short film, we see a beautiful glimpse of what it's like to work up in tall trees in the Pacific Northwest. The film is both peaceful and a little scary at times, as you see men held by tiny ropes at great heights. But the ropes hold.
If you've ever worked in a tree, or wondered what that might be like, watch this:
You can read more on the story behind this film, including some beautiful still images.