The fastest ambulance? A motorcycle

“As a young EMT on a Jerusalem ambulance, Eli Beer realized that, stuck in brutal urban traffic, they often arrived too late to help. So he organized a group of volunteer EMTs — many on foot — ready to drop everything and dash to save lives in their neighborhood. Today, United Hatzlah uses a smartphone…

Fingerprints Part 9 — Life’s a Beach

This is the ninth part of a series. Click here to catch up on previous entries. Yes, Sagittarius, this is a good moment to abandon old beliefs and moral values. Your view of life has changed and, above all, you’re more aware of how your outdated, preconceived ideas sometimes poison your life. The past no longer concerns…

Phoneography Monday: The Travel Lesson


“5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).” —Phoneography Monday Challenge

I have chosen the Travel topic this week to illustrate a valuable lesson I learned from a Babe-in-the-woods (a cute, 20-something babe) as The Lioness and I were enjoying a stroll in Muir Woods.

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

“Rats,” I said.

“What’s the matter?” The Lioness (TL) asked.

“I forgot to bring my Olloclip.”

“Your what?”

“The lens attachment for my iPhone camera. The one that I use for wide-angle photos and closeups. The Olloclip…” I said.

“You will get by just fine without it.”

“I don’t know. We might have to come back and do this all over again.”

“Gee, what a shame,” TL said.

The Scottish Play

“Blood will have blood” “We Players remounts our epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point (first produced in 2008). Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches…

Fingerprints Part 8 — A New Life

This is the eighth part of a series. Click here to catch up on previous entries. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy. I’ve Got Love In My Tummy. Some people come in and out of our lives through the years guiding us and some people enter once and leave a lasting impression.” —Anon A few days after the scaffolding incident…

DDD Challenge

Frizz’s A-Z Challenge this week is the letter D and I thought that this photo would fit in.

D-D-Dahlia Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, Camera+ app, edited in Pixlr-o-matic and Snapseed.


Do You Want a Pickle or a Motorsickle?

Time to work out your own funny bone! This week, write about whatever topic you’d like, but go for laughs…Write about a comedy of errors—a time when things kept going very, hilariously, wrong. (Go fictional if you’d like!). —Weekly Writing Challenge: The Best Medicine I don’t want a pickle. I just wanna ride my motorsickle… —Arlo…

Phoneography Monday: Challenger’s Choice

It is the 4th Monday of the month and over at Sally’s site it is the challenger’s turn to pick a topic from the following choices:

  1. Abstraction
  2. Architecture
  3. Food Photography
  4. Night Photography
  5. Portraiture
  6. Still Life
  7. Street Photography
  8. Travel

In keeping with my “I’ve gotta be me” character flaw I submit the following abstract, architectural, still life, night photo portrait (whew, that’s 5 out of 8 in one photo) of structural steel beams in a support tower of the Southern Approach of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (add travel and it is now 6 out of 8 topics in one photo). Enjoy.

Structural steel beams

Photo © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Photo Notes: iPhone 5 camera, Camera Boost app, edited in Snapseed.

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