For years, literally years, I’ve wondered why some wires have large balls attached. More often than not, I’ve come across balls on wires near water. Hence, I thought water had something to do with the reason for having the balls. (Perhaps, if the wire crashes to the ground, the balls keep the wire afloat and make for easier recovery?) I also thought the balls were used for planes.
I posed the question to my new friend, Leonore, when we met for breakfast. Yes, I know the question is random, but there were balls on some wires near the diner where we ate. So, I seized the moment and took a chance that Leonore had an answer for me. Although she did not have a definite answer that moment, she did follow up with me via email that night. I’ve been sleeping soundly ever since.
Oh. I’m sorry. Did you want to know why there are balls on the wire? The balls on the wires are to make the wires more visible for airplanes. Balls have to be on wires within a certain radius of an airport. This picture was taken within the required radius of the Mathis Airport in Suwanee, GA. You’re welcome.