Saturday, January 11, 2014

Door and Time (This week's Photo Hunt entry)


Upon reading Sandi's and Gattina's choices of Photo Hunt themes for this week, I immediately knew what would make ideal subjects for them.  Unfortunately, all my photos of Zanzibar doors were taken at a time when I was still using a film camera and I've yet to convert any of those photos to digital format!

Funnily, the closest thing to a beautifully carved and ornamented Zanzibar door that I could find in my digital photo archive is one at the China House cafe, restaraunt and art gallery located in my home state of Penang!  Housed in an old heritage building in George Town, Penang's UNESCO world heritage-listed capital city, it's actually a fairly new commercial establishment but already pretty well known and popular among locals and visitors alike.

As for the other way plainer doors pictured above: the reddish one is from a side shrine at Kamakura's Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine complex. The historic Japanese city's main Shinto shrine, it was founded in 1063 and moved to its present site in 1180. Put another way: it's been in existence for a long time!  

In contrast, I sincerely doubt that the weathered pair of doors -- or is it more of a gate?  In any case, what caught my attention was the quote inscribed on it that "When God closes one door, He opens another"! -- that I saw while hiking on Cheung Chau one afternoon have been standing there for a long time... and also reckon that they weren't going to be there for much longer after I took the photo! ;b


Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, the detail on the doors in your first photo is beautiful. Thanks for the link to the information about Zanzibar doors. It was really interesting. And what a great find in your last photo. I love that quote.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Susan Demeter said...

I like that saying... its a good one :) Great pics for both themes :)

magiceye said...

Beautiful takes!!

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

Have to say that Zanzibar was the only place where I would fixate on doors... Don't know about you but I found more photos of gates and doorways than doors per se in my photo archive! ;b

Hi Sue --

That saying is very similar to one in "The Sound of Music" by the way... ;)

Hi magiceye --


Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful collection of door shots.

Have a super weekend.

Photo Cache said...

The green door is especially ornate, I'm so attracted to doors and windows as photo subjects so I was excited to see what other player show today.

Happy New Year.

MaR said...

Wonderful collection of doors. I have boxes of old pictures waiting to be scanned... a job for a rainy afternoon. Happy weekend!

Gattina said...

The doors are beautiful ! they are timeless !

eastcoastlife said...

I love the first door! Too pretty and it is my favourite colour.

Will you be going back to Penang during CNY?

YTSL said...

Hi JDeQ --

I'm glad you like them, and hope you have a good weekend too. :)

Hi PhotoCache --

Weird but true: I think I have more pictures of windows than doors -- and definitely have more pictures of gates!

Hi Gattina --

Glad you like all of them! :)

Hi EastCoastLife --

Am staying in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year -- it's an expensive time of the year to travel!

Anne said...

That green door is gorgeous!! Thanks for the info about Zanzibar, it sounds intriguing!

Carver said...

I love the shots of these beautiful doors and as always an interesting post.

Aiyah Nonya said...

Love the carved doors. Great pictures.
Come by mine. :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

that certainly is a beautiful door in your first image.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love the thought that when one door closes another opens... We just need to keep our eyes open for the other door!

YTSL said...

Hi Anne --

Thanks for visiting, looking *and* reading! :)

Hi Carver --

I'm not sure I'd call the third door beautiful but I do find it interesting. ;)

Hi Aiyah Nonya --

Am guessing you loved the Zanzibar and Penang doors best then... ;)

Hi aspiritofsimplicity --

It was one that I definitely found photo worthy! :)

Hi Sandi --

Exactly. Hope springs eternal and all that! :b

Annie said...

Great photos, all of them, and I really love the textures in the green door. Happy weekend!

YTSL said...

Hi Annie --

Thanks for liking all three of the photos, and hope you have/had a good weekend too. :)