Looking down at the sky….
Yesterday I presented an odd picture of a stairway with a question about visual clues to determine if one was looking up or looking down the stairway.
Rather than including a link to the other post and making you open a new window, I’ll simply repeat the picture here:
In looking at the picture to determine if you’re down looking up, or up looking down, there are some visual clues. I agree with everyone who said that we were at the top looking down. Most people cited the moss, which normally would grow on the top of individual steps, not the side.
However, what if I gave you the original uncropped picture:
Look at the sky at the end of the stairway. Still convinced that we are looking down? I’ll save you some anguish: Yes, we are looking down even though we usually look up to see the sky.
For this picture I am at a house at the coast, at the top of some 300-foot sandstone bluffs. I’m high enough to look down, but that height also means that I’m high enough to see sky instead of ocean when I look down.
The stairs are no longer used yet not closed off or protected from someone — a child, for example — falling down them and to death 300-feet below. The bottom 90% of the stairs, which were wooden, were washed away by a storm a couple of decades ago and not replaced because the city wouldn’t permit their replacement.
Most home inspectors won’t note things like this since they are not part of the “home.” I, however, do. I don’t want to wake up some morning and read about a client, or a client’s child, falling down these stairs, requiring me to visit either the hospital or the funeral home.
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Posted on July 12, 2012, in Manmade, Mother & Father Nature, Photos, Picture of the Moment and tagged coastal cliffs, coastal stairway, home inspectors in San Diego, san diego home inspectors. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.