My first thought was that hydro pole was Canadian slang for fire
hydrant or maybe a water fountain.
The lighting on those two poles does not appear to match the
surrounding lighting. Why are both poles casting NO shadows?
Everything else around seems to have very long shadows. Photo looks
more like a composite.
It's just that glancing at the photo the poles seemed to be glaringly
different, and 'jump' out while viewing, so I posted more as a
question doubting authenticity, rather than a clear statement
invalidating the photo.
Using Irfanview 4.25, in the photo that downloaded to me, the shadow
looks too narrow and 'drawn in' does not match adjacent shadows in
digital distribution - the hysteresis of colors..
The back pole's base is too abrupt in its termination at the pavement
and it appears that the angle of lighting is off by 5-10 degrees. The
reflector plate mounted on the back pole does not look 'right'
either. It's mounted too low and is too wide proportionally.
However, in support of authenticity, the markings on the pavement
around the closest pole appear to be indeed markings around a pole, or
at least some obstruction. However the pole's base to pavement
junction is extremely clean. Must be they have extremelly good
workmanship there, or...
Where do the wires for these two poles go? They do not seem to line up
with any other set of poles.
Is there another view of these two poles?
Your link is actually a slide show show various photo of the poles as well
This slide show is just as weird, maybe even weirder.
I saw another one from China where a house was atop a piece of land that
looked like a butte with straight sides because all the land around it
had been dug away around it. It was like a big dirt tower in
a quarry. Darn, I wish I had an address for the image. O_o
Thanks for the URL. Just goes to show that truth can be stranger than
Didn't see the link for any other photos. Habit from ignoring
everything presented around information on a website.
The obvious next question is Who is culpable for traffic accident
caused by obstruction?
Took awhile to see photos, but they're gone. Interesting last
"Cookshire-Eaton Mayor Noel Landry said citizens didn't complain
because they knew that the problem would be fixed sooner or later."
Definitely NOT in the USA.
For sure. Surprised that the guy who made the decision to put them
there wasnt' fired.
I saw something else that is unbelievable - back down the stree there
are poles right on the street but next to the curb - that would not be
allowed in the states.
Perhaps I was misread, but I took it that the poles were already
there; it was the road widening project that wasn't fully coordinated,
so they paved around the existing poles. That would be the fault of
the road contractor, not the power company (though they might have
delayed their part of the job). I've seen that done before, with the
poles removed and holes patched, just never after the new road portion
If they're the ones in line with the offending pole, I'm sure the plan
is to move all of them; the one in the foreground is just the most
That was my thought too.
Here in BC it is not unusual to see telephone poles in the middle of the
curb lane if the road is being widened and the power co. has not moved
the poles yet.
We had this a block away and they were like that for over a year. The
city put in the new sidewalks and put down the first layer of asphalt
and left it like that until the power co. got their new poles and lines in.
When the old poles were remove the hole was paved and a few months later
the final layer of asphalt was added.
Did you read the article? The transportation department took responsibility
while "the guy who ordered the paving to continue" said he was just
"...The regional director for the transport department admitted there was a
miscommunication with Hydro-Quebec.
"It's unacceptable," said Gilles Bourque. "As the one responsible for the
regional transport network, we should have ensured that this didn't
Gilles Therrien, owner of the company that executed the work, said he was
embarrassed about the poles, but there was nothing he could do - he was
just following orders, he said.
"Everyone knows it looks crazy," he told QMI Agency. "But the transport
department is our client. You must understand, I was somewhat uncomfortable
to criticize them."..."
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