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.

World Series Sunset

Game 1 of the World Series was played in San Francisco last night (Go Giants!). During my break at work I went down under the bridge to take a quick photo of the crushed beam exhibit and instead I found a spectacular sunset in progress.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Manipulation

This week’s challenge was inspired by, “…a recent photo challenge and a series of articles and discussions circulating about the validity of iphone photos as “real” art.” I will demonstrate how I manipulated a photograph into a featured image for a recent post.

I started with a photo from my iPhone

failed beam

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Smart Failure

“We spend our time responding rationally to a world which we understand and recognize, but which no longer exists.” —Eddie Obeng How do we keep up with a world that is changing faster than we can learn about it?

The 30 Day Challenge

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?” —Matt Cutts I will be participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge this year. You can follow my…

Sunday Post: City

Jake’s challenge this week is City and I started thinking about the various cities that I have lived in and what they are like today; which got me thinking about what they would be like in the future; which got me thinking about the past and the remains of ancient cities that I have seen in the Great Southwest.

The Pueblo people settled here in New Mexico’s sheltered Frijoles Canyon near a year-round supply of water and made homes in the Tuff (compacted volcanic ash). They eventually constructed rock shelters and set up a trade network reaching as far as Mexico.

I like the message on the sign at the trailhead, “…These places are not abandoned, just no longer lived in. The spirits of the Pueblo ancestors still live here…” This simple message gives me comfort about the future of our cities.

Sunday Post: City

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