Doors

PLACES WITH DOORS

The word challenge is DOORS. The ocean comes to mind and the natural doors I’ve seen. What doors have you seen?

Lulworth Cove, in Dorchester County, England is a favorite spot. I took a graduate class at ISU and studied Thomas Hardy (the author, the sea captain, and the winery) for 6 weeks in Dorset. One excursion was hiking and swimming at Lulworth Cove which features Durdle Door.

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Durdle Door

The sand at Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda is like pink powdered sugar. The lava rocks are great for exploring doors and strange looking flowers.

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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
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Warm waters, rainfall, abundant sunshine make for fantastic variety of flora.

The Cyclades Islands have fantastic doors. Beside the violet water framing plastered homes built into the hills and on the shore, I am a fan of the contrasts–the white next to the multi-colored doors .

From chalk-blue to bursting-red to canary-yellow, the colors on the islands like Santorini and Mykonos are blind-blowing. I wish I could island hop for a year.

Another favorite place for colorful doors is Ireland. Maybe it’s the gray skies that instill a desire to jazz up the world with colorful doors or it’s the open doors that welcome in the chilled for a dram, but it’s why I loved hiking around the streets of Dublin just to take stock of the doors.

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Door County, a dozen light houses

Door County, Wisconsin is a great summer getaway. Approximately 75 miles long and 10 miles across, the Door Peninsula points like a thumb off the northeast coast of Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. There’s a lot to do like exploring 300 miles of shoreline, wine tasting, fine arts, and quaint village life. The county is famous for fishing, water sports, and lighthouses.

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Films about DOORS

When I say “doors” what films come to mind? Either opening or closing, doors symbolically open worlds, start points for a journey, and reveal or hide things.

What are your favorite doors?

Here’s a final thought by Helen Keller:

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”

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  1. Ooh, i love this post and your thoughts on doors of all kinds. I also like taking pictures of doors but thought your initial set of “nature’s doors” particularly enticing. I also loved Being John Malkovich, what a quirky movie that amazingly works. I just might do a post on all the door pictures I’ve been taking over the years- usually with them ajar, a sneak peek if you will into the lives of others.

  2. I’ve been to Lulworth Cove too, I agree it’s a natural beauty! I’m currently studying Hardy’s ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ so I am extremely jealous that you spent 6 weeks in Dorset studying him! How did you go about that, if you don’t mind me asking? I’d love to do something similar.

    I visited Pere Lachaise last year and saw Jim Morrison’s resting place. Such a surreal experience! Excellent blog post, btw!

    1. Hi! Far From the Madding Crowd was a better read because we were right there in Dorchester. Check out the blog I wrote recently called, “Green Gardens, Frothy Coastlines: Thomas Hardy and Pints at the Wiseman”. It’s about the time there when I was an undergrad. It was a wonderful experience for me. I was fortunate because at Illinois State U. at the time, a prof who was a Thomas Hardy Scholar sponsored trips over there during the summer. He has since retired. I have had lots of cool experiences by working through the international programs set forth by whatever school I was attending. Are you in college?
      So happy you like my blog!

  3. Ooooh, what a brilliant post. The scenery and your words accompanying them, it’s just perfect! For some reason the only door I thought of right away is the ending of Gone with the Wind w/ that famous ‘I don’t give a damn’ quote.

      1. I also remember the one in Phantom of the Opera 2004 when the Phantom locked the door of Christine’s dressing room. Oh and the mirror door towards the lair is definitely memorable too 😀

  4. A movie door I don’t want to get too close to is the one Jack Nicholson destroyed in The Shining. Incidentally, one of my father’s favorite sayings was, “As one door shuts another one closes.”

    1. Hi! I thought of putting that one in, but hoped someone would mention it. Thank you! Talk about the fracturing of sanity and the threat if he gets through all is lost….As to your quote. Ha ha. Is it Yogi Berra?

      1. It’s such a great scene (not to mention an absolute gift to parodists ever since). I remember being terrified the first time I watched it.

        As for the quote, I’m not sure where it came from. It sounds like the kind of thing Yogi Berra was famous for saying, so he might have been the ultimate source, but Dad has a pretty lively sense of humor in his own right, so he may just have come up with it himself.

  5. I love the doors people run through on spaceships when being chased by monsters. My favorite example of this is “Event Horizon, which accomplishes the terror without having to use a monster. The doors themselves, shaped and designed as mandalas, are terror enough. They remind me of that haunting line from Dante’s inferno: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”.

  6. My inner-geek couldn’t help but notice your very first photo (Durdlle Door) looks astonishingly like a Dragon lying on its stomach drinking from the waters – even the ridge on the left seems to outline the wing folding on itself.

    As for movie doors Dark City immediately shot to the forefront. If you haven’t seen it, there’s no good way to explain.

    Also – I’m with TBM being jealous of your time in Dorset. 😀

    1. Tim, I love your vision of the dragon! Appropriate. I would love to return one day. Funny how events later on take on a greater significance than when you were experiencing them in the first place. Dark City.. I will check it out!

  7. Brilliant little post Cindy. Ruth said it best, I love the way imagery and thoughtful commentary combine here, it’s really thoughtful stuff. And those doors you’ve included here, wow. How beautiful and quaint.

    I’d like to also point to a door in The Shining (seems popular), but not the one most people think of. What about those elevator doors that open so sinisterly when poor little Danny has that horrible vision of a sea of blood unleashing into the hallways? So creepy yet so effective. It would be a bit dramatic to say this scene changes the way you look at elevator doors, but it honestly has that kind of an effect.

    1. Tom, your kind words mean a lot! Thank you. Ahh, yes, everyone thinks of the bathroom door, and “Here’s Johnny” but your example of the elevator door is fantastic and absolutely creepy. Great contribution!

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