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Downward doors is a yoga pose similar to downward dog, but used by photographers taking photos of doors that are below street level. This pose shouldn’t be held too long, Yogi Norm warns, lest the photographer’s friends and family move too far for the photographer to easily catch up and because there are many more doors left to photograph. You have been warned!

I took care when shooting these three doors in Luxeuil-les-bains in France. I didn’t want to strain my muscles and not be able to make it to the bakery and coffee shop! (Full disclosure: I know you’ll be relieved to know that I held each pose for just the right amount of time and was thus able to fully appreciate both shops .)

The flowers certainly add to the ambiance of this door. Not so sure about the plants on the stairs. 🙂

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I’m back from a week in Arizona of family time and looking at rental houses and areas (too early to rent yet but we need to get started), then a week of relaxation and family fun in Pasadena. I hope you enjoyed the two weeks of photos from “my” park, McDowell Forest Preserve in Naperville, Illinois. I do most of my walking in the park when I’m at home, but in Pasadena, I walked a lot back and forth between our daughter’s condo and Old Town Pasadena where I saw this power box a number of times. You get several doors for the price of one box.

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Luxeuil-les-Bains has a plethora of attractions, including les bains, the thermal baths that were enjoyed by Celts and Romans. I can show you two great bakeries, a coffee and tea shop for relaxation, a number of good restaurants (and several not so good), beautiful churches, an batch of sarcophagi, a bountiful farmers market on Saturday morning…and doors.

I’ve photographed quite a few doors over the last visits, so hopefully I’m not repeating myself (at least too much.) These three were almost next door to each other, making it easy for me.

You get some great tiles at no additional charge. Maybe we should have come back at night.

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Red doors are certainly eye-catching and these three Philadelphia beauties caught not only my eye but my phone’s camera on a visit earlier this year. I present them now for your enjoyment on this September Thursday. I do wonder how it got to be September already when I’m pretty sure only 6 or 7 months have gone by this year.

This first one has a bonus door on the side, although not red. Sort of a reddish-brown, though.

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A house that has virtually no plants or trees of any kind around it always looks sad and barren to me, something not integrated with nature in any way. In a city like Philadelphia with many row houses, there are few yards and rarely any surrounding a home. However, home or business owners still find ways to bring nature to their doors, gladdening the hearts of passers while making doors and entryways more attractive.

It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water. ~Barbara Kingsolver

Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Philadelphia has a plethora of traditional doors on lovely old row houses. But it can be rather eclectic, too, as these unusual doors show. There’s something for everyone.

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As one of America’s oldest cities, Philadelphia is a repository of doors. The problem isn’t finding attractive doors, but in walking anywhere in a decent amount of time because of all the doors there are to photograph along the way. However, these three doors aren’t the usual doors of row houses or stately buildings. These doors are strictly “now.” And they’re very power-full.

The door here is on the other side, but I thought you’d forgive me for that.

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