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Boy on Stilts Early Morning New York City

Stilts are documented from  the 6th century BC in Greece.   Who knew?

 I’ve never walked on stilts, have you?

 I’ve seen them in a gym class somewhere along with a pogo stick or two.  And a clown in a circus when I was small.  

There were a bunch of people on stilts in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1979) in Savannah, Georgia as we just watched the stilts walkers in a Super 8 home movie (now on a DVD)  Wonder who sews those tall tall pants to cover those wooden poles.  

Watching the home movie, reminded me of this  stilts walker in NYC. Last Friday morning.

This was shot in the early morning on the way to the parking garage to pick up the car and drive out to Ohio.

Looked like he was walking on rooftops to me.

I had to look twice. Of course, it’s an ad on a building.    Not sure what they are selling. 

Canon 50mm 1.2 lens L series set at  ISO 100  f/5 125 

Boy on Stilts NYC

16 responses

  1. It’s a great illusion. Good catch.

    June 28, 2013 at 12:09 am

  2. A great ad when it makes you look twice. Lovely shot Ruth! :D

    June 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

  3. That’s really amazing. What a great photo, Ruth. I did try stilts once, but only the shorter ones. I wasn’t a natural. :D

    June 28, 2013 at 2:23 am

  4. You almost had me, till I noticed he was in black and white…LOL!

    June 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

  5. Ruthanne Bauerle

    Great picture! I actually was very good and fast on stilts as a child : )

    June 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

    • Amy pics of you on stilts? ThAnks for your comment on the blog today

      June 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

  6. Vincie

    Very cool photo. It does a great job of capturing the optical illusion.

    June 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

  7. Sue Reinfeld

    Cool picture – if I walked on stilts I’d fall flat on my face.

    June 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

  8. Cj

    okay fooled me…. had to look three or four times. Glad you are having fun.

    June 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  9. There was aphase for stilts when I was a child. My father made sets for both my sister and me.

    June 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    • Thanks. Do you have a pic? So cool that your father made them!

      June 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

  10. At first glance, I wondered why you cropped the bottom portion of the stilts. Nice shot, Ruth, and this is about as close to walking on stilts that I’ll ever get.

    June 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    • The rooftops cropped it for me, John. Thanks for always making time to leave nice comments.

      June 29, 2013 at 1:46 am

      • Where is this located Ruth? Great Pic, BTW

        July 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

      • New York City in the west village. Can ask my sister for specific address if needed

        July 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

      • That’s OK Ruth. Thanks for responding.

        July 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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