Night Flight

Arlo Guthrie flew into London from over the Pole and I flew into Cleveland from Chicago. It is Challenger’s Choice over at Sally’s this week and I am choosing Night Photography

Night Flight © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Night Flight
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved



Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

“Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take
which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.”

This fan blade is part of a refrigeration unit on an old shipping container.

Still a Fan © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Still a Fan
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

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A Brave New Paradigm Shift

I have spent a lot of time in airports this past week and have been exposed to too many corporate posters and fragments of overheard business phone calls. This morning I found this video gem that perfectly sums up my experiences.

Friday Fictioneers: The Eyes Have It

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.

Photo Prompt © Adam Ickes

Photo Prompt © Adam Ickes

Genre: Narrative Fiction

Word Count: 100

The glassy black eyes in the stuffed head of the Big Horn sheep brought back my childhood memories of time spent in the waiting room of the eye doctor.

It was in the late 1950’s and Doc Mueller was living his “Papa Hemingway” fantasy. The man was excited by his yearly safaris to Africa, bagging Big Game and displaying the heads and hides in his office for all to see.

The African Elephant turned out to be his last trophy. Doc’s efforts to display the huge animal underscored his heinous act.

He swapped his Winchester for a Kodak.



I don’t know what to think about this turn of events, but apparently my Horoscope for this week came true! JixiPix has notified me that I won their photo contest last week with the entry of my new blog header which was created, in part, with one of their apps. My gift is a free download of one of their many apps.

I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me and made suggestions as I changed the header of my blog to this image:


Thank you so much,

Related link: JixiPix Photo Contest

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Relic: An object surviving from an earlier time, esp. one of historical or sentimental interest.

Sea-faring Relic © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Sea-faring Relic
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved


A Bit of History

The three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged Balclutha is docked at San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier. Launched in Scotland in 1886, the Balclutha rounded South America’s Cape Horn 17 times carrying coal, pottery, cutlery and whiskey to the growing city of San Francisco. It took a crew of 26 men to operate it’s 25 sails on a voyage that lasted 140 days.

The ship was also part of the Pacific Lumber Trade, carrying 1.5 million board feet at-a-time of timber for the Australian Mining industry for use underground. In 1901 a special act of Congress permitted the Balclutha to engage in trade between American ports, and so she began hauling canned salmon between Alaska and San Francisco. For a brief time in the 1930s, the Balclutha, renamed the Pacific Queen, appeared in various Hollywood movies—most notably in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton).

“In 1954 the San Francisco Maritime Museum purchased Pacific Queen for $25,000. Assisted by donations of cash, materials and labor from the local community, the Museum restored the vessel and returned her original name. The ship was transferred to the National Park Service in 1978, and Balclutha was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.” —NPS website

When you visit San Francisco—it’s not a matter of if—and you find yourself on Fisherman’s Wharf, it will be worth your while to go to the Hyde Street Pier and view this relic of days-gone-by.

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