Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you…Take us on a flight of fancy!” —WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

“On August 2, 1957, during a break from a meeting with the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Frank Lloyd Wright visited the future building site of the Marin County Civic Center for the first time. Marin’s new government center was to be built on a 130-acre parcel in Santa Venetia.

San Francisco Examiner reporter Francis B. O’Gara chronicled Wright’s visit to the Santa Venetia:

Mr. Wright “….ducked between the strands of one barbed wire fence and climbed over another one, jumped across several ditches and fought his way through knee-high grass and thistles. Finally he rendered his appraisal: “Splendid,” he said, “It’s as beautiful as California can have.” Two 15 year-old Santa Venetia girls, Linda Martinez and Carole Baas, asked Wright to pose for snapshots. He agreed amiably. “Are you going to knock down all these hills?” one girl inquired. “Not a single hill,” said the master architect, now beaming with enthusiasm.”
—Marin County Civic Center website

Stretching across three hills and two valleys, the Marin County Civic Center is the last project that was started before Frank Lloyd Wright’s death in 1959. I have combined three photos of the Civic Center to represent the Past, Present and Future that this magnificent structure embodies.

His dream is our reality.

Frank's Dream © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

The Wright Dream
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved


  15 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

  1. October 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Excellent! You’re good. 😉 Seems you’re doing great at blending images, and captured the dreamy feel too.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • October 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      Thanks, eLPy. It is all about learning and moving on with my photographic talents. Using photo apps instead of a darkroom is a real time-saver and allows more time for taking images.


      • October 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        I can definitely see that. San Fran has a lot to practice on for sure. I visited the Botanical Garden the time I visited years ago and it was awesome. One day I’d like to make it back and see the Parrots of Telegraph Hill. All in all I remember how much character that city has and had a good time taking pics myself. Maybe I can dig some up and share.

        I appreciate the unique perspective you offer being that you worked so closely with the bridge. Never would so many of us get so up close and personal with it were it not for you. Good motivation to keep pressing on with one’s talents…;)


      • October 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        I do what I can. Thanks for the encouragement.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. October 12, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    What a clever presentation Allan – well done!!


    • October 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Thank you, Tina. I am working at blending images into stories and this is one of my first attempts.

      Sent from my iPhone



  3. October 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    kewl Kolorz 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. October 11, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    You captured dreamy perfectly. Wonderful history as well, thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. October 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    This is a wonderful compilation! Great editing to provide that dreamy feel. What a wonderful legacy we have here.


    • October 11, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Twice a year it is the highlight of my journey to pay my Property taxes. I always take time to wander through the building and marvel at the details.


  6. October 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Allan, you did a magnificent job on this. It really touches my heart.



  7. October 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Excellent dreamy shot, love your processing!


    • October 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Thanks, Sue.The colors are a bit “punchy”, but they seem to work well.


      • October 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Certainly do!


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