Battling the heat

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.”
– Job 39: 24-25

An array of iron rods thrust forth like trumpets from an army in an ancient Biblical war.

A construction worker marches forth in a dust-splattered helmet. A bright, banana-yellow bandana protects his face from the sun’s wrath.

The historic heat wave of 2011 lingers on like a conflict in southeast Asia or the Middle East. But a pride seizes over the animal in man and his ability to work and thrive in any condition.

It’s that drive that transformed the earth from a microbial stew to the botanical and animal wonders we see around us. The same drive led man out of the jungles and savannas of Africa to populate every continent and climate on the planet.

The drive has led to countless cases of ingenuity. And it’s that drive, a continuous conflict with ourselves and our environment, that pushes us to succeed despite deadly conditions continuously concocted in the natural milieu.

Our roaming photographer found a feast of photographic opportunities on a recent trip to a construction project on U.S. 380 near Big Sandy Creek. The lines present and the human element was too much for him to pass up.

The incessant efforts of the workers to complete their project on time despite the 108 degree high temperatures every day demonstrated the deeper drive found in all walks of life.

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