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.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Pressure

This week we are taking one more closeup look at a crushed bridge beam for the Pressure Challenge. You can click here to get the story on how/why this beam was subjected to such an enormous pressure. Suffice it to say, it was only a test and valuable information was gathered.

Closeup of a crushed beam from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Pressure
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This photo was shot with my iPhone4 and edited in Snapseed.

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Pressure

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Q: What does an acorn say when it grows up?
A: Gee, I’m a tree (geometry).

This week’s photo challenge is to take a photo of the “shapes and rhythms” that make up the geometry of our world. Well, Kiddies, I work at Ground Zero for Geometry. The Golden Gate Bridge is nothing but angles, slopes, curves and triangles and since geometry was my favorite subject in school, I am in Hog Heaven every day at work.

Below is a photo that I took at night with my iPhone4 and then edited in Snapseed.

Black and white night photo of steel beams and columns.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Temptation

As a bridge electrician I had to learn to resist the temptation to step back and take a look at my work. In this photo I am standing on the Upper Chord, outside of the bridge, looking down at Ft. Point.

Looking down from bridge beam.

Bridge workers’ mantra: “Don’t step back to admire your work.”
Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Temptation

Story Challenge Letter: “R”

This week the letter “R” stands for Rust, which I encounter on a daily basis at work. The Golden Gate Bridge has been described as, “A ship in a sea of fog” and I agree with that observation.

The photo below shows a conduit on the South Tower Pier that we replaced because the coupling connecting the two pipes was rusting away.

rusted pipe

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Story Challenge Letter: “R”

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