A Benedictine monk looking for some peace and solitude atop a freaking wind turbine ended up being spotted by people around the world thanks to a sneaky drone.
Brother Joseph Byron, who works at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, has been taking care of the school’s wind turbine since 2006. Maintaining the 175-foot tall structure gives him the privilege of hanging out on it alone, whenever he pleases. Byron’s been known to climb to the top of the turbine so he can watch the sunset and sunbathe.
“It is not scary; it is peaceful and the views of the bay are spectacular,” Byron said to the Providence Journal. “I am not afraid of heights.”
But just two weeks ago, his peaceful resting place was disturbed by a vacationing Californian and his drone. Kevin Miller thought it’d be cool to fly his unmanned drone to the top of the turbine, unwittingly waking up the napping monk in the process.
“Once I got closer I moved the drone side to side to say hello and he motioned back to the drone. It was a cool interaction between us,” Miller said to The Mirror, who published his video that has since gone viral.
The fact that the monk was able to sleep on a turbine without being afraid of, you know, rolling off has fascinated people to no end. But, how does Brother Byron feel about all the attention?
“I am hearing from everyone on the planet,” said Bryon speaking to the Providence Journal. “It was a little annoying. It seems you cannot go anywhere to get away anymore.”
The famous monk plans to head to the top once again, but says he’ll wait for all the attention to die down first.