Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

F Challenge: Fire

Some careless campers started a fire on Angel Island a few years ago and I took this photo from a rooftop.

Fire on Angel Island, 2008

Fire on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay
Photo © 2008, Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Inside the SFFD Ladder Shop

…San Francisco has many high-voltage overhead wires. Wooden ladders are preferred because they don’t conduct electricity. Crafted from aged ash, Douglas fir and hickory woods, these ladders are sturdier and last longer. The largest ladder made by the artisans is 50 feet, weighs 350 pounds and takes six firefighters to lift. Raising of the 50ft.…

Fun Is Where You Find it

This is Part 2 of a series, Signs. It started innocently enough one cold Summer’s day in San Francisco when the Fabulous Mizz N (FMN) and I went out to explore the sights and sounds of Bagdad-by-the Bay. A short ride on the Golden Gate Ferry took us to the Embarcadero waterfront where we made…

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