While walking around Cincinnati this afternoon, Todd and I happened upon an unusual scene. Off in the distance, up high, were two men, perched on the edge of bravery and stupidity. At first, I thought they might be guardian angels. After seeing them a bit closer through my zoom lens, I realized that guardian angels usually don’t wear sweatpants and slippers. And of course, they did not have wings. Then I thought they might be shape shifters, one minute man, the other a bird. But after thinking about their attire again, I realized they were not shape shifters either.
Regardless of the reason these two fearless or crazy (take your pick) men were up on that roof, it was an interesting sight to see. I guess to some extent, we are all dancing that line of brave or stupid and fearless or crazy. To think about it further, we are all on the proverbial edge. We sit atop our roofs, feeling as though we can conquer the world, not realizing that one bad move and our lives are off the roof.
Great shots–The Sopranos in Ohio?!
Yes Stephen. 🙂
This has to be my favorite set of photos. Of course, that is subject to change frequently. 🙂
Fun set of photos! What luck to be in the right spot at the right moment… and, heck, it’s even two cute men too, so all in all, a good photo op! 🙂
Very true. Thanks John. 🙂
Oh my vertigo ! Good shots …
Love these photos. And I think they’re brave. Only I don’t think they are. I have a feeling they’re not worried about their situation at all.
They don’t seem concerned that’s for sure.
Wow! Everything is so white!!
Yeah, I took out all color but the red. 🙂
Both terrifying and strangely calming. And I love the shape of that house.
Me too!!! 🙂
Wow – I’m struck by the nonchalance these guys exude, not to mention the fact that they seem warm on what looks like a chilly day. Perhaps they really are “sweating it”. Nice work!
Perhaps. It was indeed chilly.
Too much green beer!
Yes, it’s the blasted Irish! 😉
Wow cool pics!!!
Doesn’t that roof look a little icy too? Goodness. Well, you have immortalised their bravery/stupidity. Hope they see this (and the comments) one day. Loved the pics. Something to think about.
It wasn’t icy. It was probably 45F. But it is a metal roof.
Hilarious – wish I knew why they were there 🙂
I can guess. They are doing a lot of renovation in that area and I imagine it has something to do with that. We can’t tell (and I forgot to look) if the roof flatten outs on the other side. I’m thinking it does and they might be planning a roof room.
A roof three stories up, isn’t too bad. But below, completely different story…
wow… makes me nervous just watching him.
The Finns are great do-it-yourself types, and that includes roofing. Personally, I am very uncomfortable with heights (unless I’m surrounded by a good solid brick wall) and seeing people perched even on a flat roof makes my legs turn to jelly. The guys in your pictures simply have no imagination!
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Ha. 🙂 Thanks.
A real “kick in the gut” shot. Nobody can just be indifferant!
I was on a flat roof once during the “saison des cerises”. Intrepid, I was not, for sure!
Might be? Covert operatives? Thinking the house was bugged, lets talk about the mission on the roof…safe & secure, just don’t slip!!!
Good idea. 🙂
Very curious. What were they discussing?
Good question. 🙂 Who knows?
Great shot, but dangerous to be on top of the roof.
I agree. Thanks Tienny.
You are welcome, Seth. 🙂
oh thats very dangerous there..Get down bro..Nice shot btw..=)
Thank you John.
Not for me…but in some northern Scandinavian Countries they have roof men who are just employed to be on high roofs to clear the snow and ice for ‘Safety’ reasons. As I said….not for me and I used to love Rock Climbing and then with age came common sense.
Wow, sounds scary. 🙂
Presumably, they’d just spent a night on the tiles…
Ha. True Mike. Thanks.
Far braver than I could ever be. I don’t like being up on a ladder so I can’t even begin to imagine just hanging out on the roof. Great shots.
Yes, standing up there on the roof with slippers. 🙂
Even crazier! =)
oh.. wow… lol
Yes, indeed. 🙂
they could totally be guardian angels. the point is to BLEND IN, isn’t it? 😛
True but I don’t think they were doing a good job of blending in. 😉
newly arrived. bound to be a bit confused.
Ha yes true Janna.
Wow that’s craziness!!! I bet the one guy on the right is saying, “Look ma, noooo hands!”
Lisa, probably. 😉
Crazy people make the world interesting!
Yes very true. 🙂
Actually climbing up trees or on rooves can be a great way to get a different perspective on life. Great shots 🙂
Yes, I suppose it can. 🙂
You don’t realize how high they are until the last image….this must be the conversation spot…..I’d like to know how they get up there. Fun post and your statement at the end is so true! Enjoy the day! Robyn
Thanks Robyn. Todd and I have been trying to figure how they got up there for a few hours now. 🙂
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I love Seth’s photographs of Cincinnati. I love the colors of this city.
Thanks for the comment and the reblog.
haha. Those dude. I go for they’re crazy, cause i have a fear of heights. Lol. Great shots!
I don’t have a fear of heights and I still am nervous for them. 🙂 Thanks Tasha.
I really look forward to your post’s! Terrific.
Great photo opportunity. I would have thought that perhaps they were ‘high’ on something other than the roof, but the footwear indicates that they were sensible enough to ensure they would not to slip on the tiles!
I don’t know. It looks like one of them has house slippers on.
Nice one! They are just standing up there a having a conversation…so weird!
Agreed. Thanks!! 🙂
Sometimes you have go there to get the view…
This is true. 🙂
A conversation with a different perspective? 🙂
Yes! That’s it.
One of my favorite photos of yours. Wonder what the heck they were doing up there? Aren’t they cold??? And, they’re really cute. Just sayin’! Thought I’d point out the obvious.
Ha. 🙂 Cute, yes. Smart, questionable. Interesting, absolutely.
Well, cute and smart don’t always align themselves . . .
Yes you are very true! 🙂
HOPE they didn’t fall off!
I don’t think they did.
They were just looking for a quiet place to talk … 🙂
Well they found it. 🙂
Very nice shots…
I’m not sure I would call it stupid, but I definitely wouldn’t call it brave. I think maybe reckless would fit.
They could be roofers, discussing what to do with the top of the building… but a white shirt on a cold day?
Yes true. 🙂
That looks extremely dangerous! Great shots 🙂
So surreal! Regarding the photo entitled “Brave or Stupid?”, I’d have to respond “neither”, as they don’t even appear to be even remotely aware that they are in an extremely safety-compromised situation. (Just look at how slippery and steep that roof is, 3+ stories above the ground!) Thanks for noticing this bizarre moment and capturing it to share with us. Wow!
Thanks! 🙂 Perhaps they are neither… and they lived so I guess in in the end it didn’t matter right? 😉
As you said, they must be some maintenance staff in an odd angle!
🙂 Hope so Justine.
That would be quite something to see. I hope it was a roofing contractor giving the owner a bid! Although certainly a weird place to be doing it!
Yes very much so! 🙂
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its really cute
Yikes. Not getting me up there. Great shot.
Dare I even ask how they got there to begin with? Great shots though!
I know right? We were trying to figure that out as well.