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Cell Phone Towers: From Eyesores to Eye Candy

Cell towers are everywhere, but some stand out like ugly sore thumbs while others manage to disappear into the landscape.

Cell Towers That Blend — and Offend

Everyone likes their cell phones, but no one likes to see the cell towers that make our mobile world possible. Here are some of the cell towers that dwell among us – some cleverly hidden, others not so much – as discovered by folks who shared their images on Flickr.

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Does It Work Best with the Palm Pre?

Can you spot the fake? No, go ahead. Take your time.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevlar/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Does This Disguise 'Sap' Your Signal Strength?

Tree disguises are incredibly popular among the cell tower set, and are usually chosen to blend in with the surrounding foliage. This is actually one of the better ones.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/miheco/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

Can You Hear Me Now?

Here's what one looks like up close. Note the exquisite attention to detail on the bark.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevcyn/ / CC BY 2.0

'Our Lady of Immaculate Reception'

Other places don't attempt to hide or camouflage their cell towers. They put them on display. This statue was identified as the Madre of Santiago (Chile), with cell phone towers attending.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aslinth/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Go All the Way

If your cell tower is going to be visible, you might as well load it up. This is also in Santiago.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theolivers/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Downtown, Where the Music's Loud

And this one's in downtown Lawrence, Kan.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blturner/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

Someone to Watch Over Them

Photographer Andrew Currie tagged this image from Buenos Aires: "The top of the Pirámide de Mayo stands guard over important telecommunications equipment…"

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewcurrie/ / CC BY 2.0

Somewhere a God Is Offended

Climb up to his head to get a better view of the cell tower.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/airstreamlife/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Practical and Patriotic, Too

In this case, Madison, Miss., hid its cell tower inside a monument.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wyldkyss / / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Cellular Water

From the practical side of the tracks, we have those who just cell-ify the tall structures they already have. Water tower setups like this one are popular.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skagitims/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Why Bother?

There is one word for this, and that word is FAIL.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocean_of_stars/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0