In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”
Loving this week’s challenge – doors. I love taking photos of doors. They are colorful, new, old, historical, come in many shapes and sizes, always interesting. I could not choose just one so decided to separate them by state. While traveling in California I had the privilege of traveling from Carmel south to San Diego on a few occasions.
The stores in Carmel were quaint and colorful. Every door led to an interesting adventure whether it opened to a novelty store or coffee shop. In Santa Barbara, we had the pleasure of visiting the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in 2012 and 2015. Although we enjoyed seeing the creative chalk art, we also enjoyed walking around the building and photographing the buildings and doors. My daughter and I also visited the San Diego Mission in 2014. One thing that I noticed was the architectural style was very different between the two locations.
On another vacation, we traveled to Salem Massachusetts to learn the history of the Salem Witch Trials and walked around the village enjoying the sights. I loved seeing the doors on the houses and the unique variety of door knockers. Rockport is a coastal town near Salem. We walked around the little seaport town on a rainy day. I love visiting the New England coastal towns whether it rains or not.
On the way back to New York we stopped by Cambridge, MA so I could visit Harvard. The pale blue door attracted our attention. After walking around the campus we went to visit the Harvard Bookstore and some other interesting stores. The storefronts were very interesting as you can see from the photo.
I didn’t want to leave out the ‘doors’ of New York State. This year we traveled to Kingston, the first Capitol of New York State. We visited on a Sunday morning and were surprised that most of the stores and restaurants were closed. Fortunately, two of my favorite places were open – a book store and coffee shop. The historic buildings were closed in the morning but opened at 1 pm. We left before they opened so we will return at a future date.
There are so many places to see locally that one doesn’t have to travel to far. On another trip, on our way to Haines Falls we drove past a Victorian house covered in vines. It was such an eye catcher that we turned around and were back to snap a few photos. The front porch was so inviting I wanted to sit with a book and cup of tea. I didn’t, but I would have loved to spend the day there.
On the way home we traveled through Coxsackie, NY. My great-great-great relatives owned a home in Coxsackie, one of the only homes still in existence from the 1600s built by Pieter Bronck. Although I knew there was a museum, I had never known exactly where and didn’t get around to researching its whereabouts. As we drove past I noticed the sign for the Bronck Musuem so we turned around and went back to check it out. The museum was closed but we were able to walk around the property and snap a few photos. I loved the stone buildings and look forward to returning for a visit.
Another door that I had to include was from a winter snowshoeing trip at Santorini Preserve. This is another historic location, survived from the 19th century. The stone buildings are a beautiful reminder of the craftsmanship of a time past. The thick red doors were very welcoming.
Speaking of welcoming, my little rental home is always saying ‘hello, come on over and take a rest on the swing or sit on the porch.’ The back door is just as welcoming as the front with two additional swings hanging in the tree waiting for guests to sit and lay back, listen to the birds, and watch the chipmunks and squirrels chase one another.
For the last photo, I decided to add one of the outhouse door from camp. Although this is no longer in use, it remains as a reminded of the decades of camping when inside bathrooms were not part of the hunting camps in the northern Adirondacks. This is not the original. The outhouse was moved every couple of years. A new hole would be dug, the house moved, and the waste of the old hole filled in. Not the most sanitary means of covering waste but it was a different time period. A time when camps in the Adirondacks were thrown together with some old wood, a makeshift wood stove and old cots. This camp was for men. It was a place to get away to hunt in the fall and fish in the summer. When women began to visit, some luxuries were added such as an inside bathroom with shower. The cots were replaced by beds with linens. Electricity, tables, refrigerators, sink, running water and carpets were added as well. Times have changed but hunting and fishing are still a main part of the experience.
Whether traveling far or near, there are many everyday items that can be missed in the rush. Many travelers don’t take the time to slow down and notice doors, door knobs, trees, windows, vines growing on the side of homes, brightly colored houses or roofs, and the craftsmanship of a time long gone. If you would like to bring mindful living into your everyday life, remember it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. While taking a walk around your neighborhood, stop and notice the craftsmanship of the homes, building, churches, schools, businesses. There is so much to see and do within a short walk out your front door. Hope you have time to get outside this weekend and discover something new in your neighborhood.
Love and Light!