Thursday Doors – September 21, 2017

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

The Doors of Woody Point – Newfoundland

I’m baaaaack!

After a much-needed 3-week blogging break it feels good to be back for more door fun.

While away, we met up with some friends and spent some outdoorsy/hiking-type vacation time with them in Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland.

Over the next few weeks you can expect to see doors found while visiting some of the lovely remote fishing villages in this beautiful part of the world.

And if you’re interested, I’ve also been sharing some of my non-door, hiking and nature pics from Newfoundland over on my Instagram page.

But before I jump into that I do want to take a minute to thank the three guest hosts who held down the fort while I was away:

In week 1 Joey over at Joeyfully Stated, took us on a tour of her old stomping grounds in this post: On the Beaten Path

For week 2 Dan from No Facilities shared his discoveries from the Ann Street Historic District in Hartford, CT.

And for Week 3 we hopped over to beautiful Italy to check out an impressive collection of Doorfies (Door Selfies) with Manja on her blog The Mexi Movie.

My sincere thanks to all three of you!

Seriously friends, if you are not already following these three fun, funny, and talented people, please do yourself a favour and go check them out – I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.

And now to the Doors 🙂

Woody Point – Population 281, is a historic fishing village on the southern arm of Bonne Bay in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.

From the mid 19th century until a devastating fire destroyed a good portion of its homes and businesses in 1922, Woody Point was a bustling community considered the unofficial capital of Western Newfoundland.

Today aside from a smaller scale fishing industry that is gradually making a comeback, it is an idyllic spot with a growing artistic community that attracts tourists from all over the world.

For outdoor adventure enthusiasts it is the perfect home base for hikes into the world-renowned Tablelands section of the park.

It was raining off and on for most of the short time spent in this area, but overcast skies and misty conditions make for even light, and can even add drama to shots.

So if you’re careful to keep your lens dry it can be well worth taking a stroll through a village like this despite the rain.

We walked along Water St. next to the docks where the fishing boats come in.

It felt so good to slow down and unplug,

and take life at a much more relaxing pace.

Then off to check out the local church which of course was up the hill on higher ground. Its door was nice, but somehow I was hoping for better.

As a bald eagle soared over the bay keeping watch over his territory,

we went back down by the water to the lighthouse sitting on a beautiful bluff out on the edge of town.

With nice shops and restaurants, great hiking and sightseeing, and lots of natural beauty to slow down and admire, Woody Point was well worth the visit even on a rainy day. I only wish we cold have lingered there a little longer.

As always, thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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89 Responses to Thursday Doors – September 21, 2017

  1. marianallen says:

    Welcome back! You were well served by your guest hosts, but it just feels better with The Boss back in the Captain’s Chair. Gorgeous shots, despite/because of the overcast. Wonderful use of the reflections, too.

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  2. Welcome back, Norm! I thought that was you flying since you got re-energized with your vacation. Your photos are always great but there’s a little hop in your doorscursion walk this time and probably from a fresh set of eyes (I loved the lighthouse shots!). So take a break more often; your guest hosts did a marvelous job in your absence and they should have sequel spin-offs like some long-running T.V. shows.

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  3. Welcome back, Norm! I’m glad you had a relaxing vacation. Wonderful photos. Newfoundland looks like a perfect low-key place. I’m drawn to the colorful houses, vibrant red boat, and pops of red in the trim of the lighthouse. Cheerful finds for a gloomy day.
    Donna

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  4. Welcome Back!!! Wow! It looks like you took in some amazing scenery! The overcast skies sure made all the colors pop. I love all the shots, but I think my favorites are the boat and the well-worn yellow building with scaffolding. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share from your excursion. 🙂

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  5. Candy says:

    Glad you had a refrshing trip. The guest host were fantastic – but you knew they would be 😉
    I like the rainy day doors, especially how they were reflected in the wet streets. And who doesn’t love a lighthouse?!

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  6. welcome back. pretty pictures.

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  7. …Rain puddle reflections, and even light helping the colors of those buildings “POP!”, a lovely church with beautiful transom, and steeple, and that wonderful little lighthouse! I’d want to spend more time there too. It looks charming, and so quiet there.

    Welcome back! The 3 Guest Hosts were fabulous choices. They held down the fort, and entertained us very well in your absence. I’m looking forward to seeing more doors, and reading about your adventures while you were on vacation.

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  8. Nato says:

    Glad you got to take a break. It looks like a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful place to visit!One question though. Is the step into the yellow building with the green door as high as it seems?

    I will have to check out the guest hosts’ posts since I have been missing lately. But I am determined to start back. I have been collecting door pictures in travels these past several months.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Michelle.
      Yes that step into the yellow building is way too high. There must have been some stairs out front that have been removed. It really stood out because of that which is why I wanted to capture it.
      By the way I commented on your post yesterday but it doesn’t seem to have been published. I think the WP spam filter is mistaking my comments for spam again. If you go into your WP administrator, under the “comments” section, I suspect you are going to find several from me that are pending approval.

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  9. Welcome back, Norm! I love the shots and especially the colors. The rainy weather really makes them pop up!

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  10. Jennie says:

    Norm, this was such a delight. I felt like was on vacation, too. Less than 300 people sounds like a dream. Thank you so much for a terrific Thursday Doors, and welcome back.

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  11. dennyho says:

    I loved your photos this week Norm. They express a sense of calm. Lucky you, seems like a great vacay! Welcome home…

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  12. Sherry Felix says:

    Yeah! and with some gorgeous doors. Hope you feel rejuvenated and don’t need a rest form the R&R. I almost had a good door today. Soon I will.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Sherry. It’s true that I often come back from vacation in need of a rest 😀
      Hey, sometimes you just don’t know if you’ll ever be there again and you want to see and do as much as possible while there. This time though we went at a much slower pace and took the time to savor the natural beauty.

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    Anyone who’s been to Newfoundland knows that inclement weather at some point will be a given. In spite of that, I SOOOOO want to go there and I’ve drooled over each photo you’ve posted. (Sorry about that. I promise I’ll clean it up …)

    Nothing beats a small community for the ambiance needed to unplug and unwind. It’s not even a slow pace. It’s a no pace.

    I love the atmosphere of each photo, but my favourite is the yellow building with the green door and trim. I’m assuming that the no parking sign is about say, shoulder height … which means the climb into that door is significant. Maybe they drop down a ladder for visitors 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. Overall we were lucky with the weather. This was the only day where it rained pretty much the whole day. There rest of the time was in the high teens to low 20’s with a mix of sun and cloud and a few sprinkles. Ideal weather to be out walking in nature.
      The pace of life is definitely different in small communities, especially on the coast. Maybe that’s why I love it so much.
      I’m not sure what the deal was with the green door, but the drop-off is what made it stand out for me. It just kinda registers in the brain: “Hmm, something there don’t look right” 😉

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  14. tinahomeblog says:

    The pictures are amazing.

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  15. Helen Bushe says:

    Great pictures. Looks like a wonderful area for a holiday .

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  16. JT Twissel says:

    You have an artist’s eye, my friend. These could each be a painting. Can’t resist that red boat! What a thrill that must have been to find! No doors from me this week but I’ll try to do the rounds!

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  17. Welcome back! It looks like you had a wonderful time away (did you miss us?). I’ve never been to that area of the world but your photos make me want to add it to our ever-expanding list of places to visit. Great doors too! You taking pictures of doors while you are traveling makes me think of that saying “a busman’s holiday.” I’m glad to see that you were still on the job! 🙂

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  18. arv! says:

    Great pictures especially of the landscapes

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  19. jesh stg says:

    Welcome back to every day life! But even on your vacation you look for doors? You’re addicted, lol. Very cute white and red light house:)

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  20. Magnificent, Norm!! Love the yellow building with two front doors.

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  21. Well, Norm, I don’t know whether to say “Welcome back” or “Sorry to see you leave”! 🙂
    I so enjoyed following you on Instagram while you were here in Newfoundland. Lovely photos, by the way. I think I like the lighthouse shots the most!

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  22. lifelessons says:

    Stunning simplicity. I love these photos, Norm.

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  23. Glad to have you back Norm. Love the lighthouse. I can see why Irish people settled there in the past, the scenery – and rain – must have reminded them of home.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jean. I’m glad to be back. Indeed lots of Irish names and culture there and elsewhere on our east coast.
      It’s kinda sad that all those people had to leave their homeland, but North America is so much richer today because they did 🙂

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  24. Vanessa says:

    Welcome back! And thanks for bringing all these lovely Newfoundland doors with you 🙂

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  25. joey says:

    Welcome back! 🙂
    I was honored to host, it was my pleasure! 🙂
    These are magnificent, and your vacation is one I’d love to take — Nice and cool! I really love the lighthouse, but that yellow weathered with red door frame does me in. Great contrast and texture with all the gray metal and gray skies. I want to be there!

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  26. Tara says:

    Norm rocks! Love all the yellow. Canada is beautiful. Must. Get. There.

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  27. julieallyn says:

    I love this week’s doors. My favorite is the red-framed door with the big drop-off!

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  28. Oh, a wonderful, peaceful time was spent, I can see. I love the captures, the colours, the reflections in puddles, and the doors, of course, of the church too. And the shape of that lighthouse! Looking forward to more!

    You are welcome for hosting, it was fun and it brought me several new visitors and followers. Thank you, everybody! (This post didn’t create a pingback to my last week’s doorpost, though, just to let you know. It might be due to the form of the link.)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Manja. I think the best thing about the time away was unplugging from the news and world events and just being in the moment with natural beauty all around.
      Outgoing pingbacks have never worked for me. I gave up trying to contact anyone to figure out why a long time ago 😦
      The important thing is that the link does work though 😉

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      • Agreed to last. If I hover over the link, it doesn’t spell my url but rather http://wp.me/p76nO2-4JO. But if all this time you haven’t found a solution, I’m sure I can’t be of help. (I didn’t even know when I was hosting, if the blue frog is governed by your or my time. Dan and Joey had to help. :D)

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        • Norm 2.0 says:

          The link is a WP feature called “Copy Shortlink”. Services like Hootsuite and Bitly have their own versions as well. It’s designed to save space when posting where you have a limited number of characters you can use – it’s also neater than a 30-40 character URL.
          Sorry about the confusion on the time, I think it would be set to my time. I’m glad The others were able to help 🙂

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  29. It’s a charming place, Norm. That was a great catch of the eagle.
    The lighthouse with that view — gorgeous. Have a thriving Thursday!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Teagan. That eagle was a bit of a show-off – almost as if he knew I was taking his picture. He circled around for a good 10 minutes, so I got several good shots of him.

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  30. Wonderful collection of doors, Norm! I especially like the lighthouse.

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  31. I love the Bald Eagle pic! Wonderful capture. And welcome back. Also – “doorfies” – well I officially have a new word in my vocabulary (also thanks to Manja’s post as such, and the others hosting!)

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  32. Welcome back Norm! Love these photos – some that look like colourful boxes with doors. I absolutely love the lighthouse – what a little gem.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you! The lighthouse, like many of the buildings in the town, had a rather new weather-proof door. Practical in that climate I guess, but not the best for door aficionados 😉

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  33. Welcome back, Norm. I’m so happy to read that you had fun and relaxed. We all need that! I’m with Dan. I love the shot with the boat. The colors of the buildings are wonderful and the buildings themselves have a simple beauty. No doubt about the natural beauty! I’m adding this to my list of places I’d like to visit one day.

    janet

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Janet. I knew that the area was pretty but it truly floored me to see just how majestic some of it really is. I hope to go back again one day, but then I saw that about most places I visit 😀

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      • Ha, I know exactly what you mean. Since I was blessed with parents who took us all over the continental US when we were growing up, I have all those places to add to places in Europe I’ve already been and then places like New Zealand where I dream of going.

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  34. Welcome back. What an amazing way to make a return with a beautiful fishing village with doors of every size, shape, and color. It looks like a wonderful time. 🙂

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  35. Dan Antion says:

    Population 281? Wow, that’s less than 40% of my high graduating class. It’s hard to imagine living in such a place. But, maybe, for that view, I might be willing to try. I know it’s Thursday “doors” but I love the photo with the red boat.

    I’m curious about the material used to pave the road. It looks brighter and more reflective than what I’m used to seeing (I love relfections, so it’s a good thing).

    AND A LIGHTHOUSE? Oh, that’s a perfect way to return, Norm. The building is so cool looking and the upper door steals the whole show today.

    Welcome back!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. We spent a lot of our time in these small communities wondering how people make a living without any major industry. Between tourism and the fisheries, somehow they manage. We did a harbor cruise while there and the guide was telling us that the area is becoming a popular place for people to settle down in their retirement years. You know what? I get it. The place is just so pretty and peaceful.
      The asphalt looked like it maybe had a higher ratio of stone in it, but I think what you’re seeing is the reflections because everything was wet from the rain.
      The lighthouse was a bonus 😀

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I could see retiring to a place like that. I think maybe the asphalt has less wear and rubber ground into it. It seems so bright. I love the picture of the building reflected in the wet road. Lighthouses are always a bonus.

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  36. Susi Lovell says:

    One of my favourite parts of the world. Your photos really catch Woody Point beautifully. And I have to thank you for some of your posts a while back which made me curious about Le Chemin du Roy. We took off to explore that road which I’d never even heard of, even after years of living in Montréal. So many interesting places along that road – and lovely to be so close to the St Lawrence River. Thanks again.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Susi. This was our first visit to Newfoundland but hopefully not our last.
      So glad to hear my post led you to discover the Chemin du Roy.
      We are blessed to have many interesting places to discover right here in our own back yard. Yet, with the hectic modern lives we lead it’s not easy to find the time to explore them all 🙂

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  37. The grey sky is just the correct neutral shade which does not distract from the beauty of the doors. Great choice of sky 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I didn’t really “choose” the sky; I had no choice but to contend with it. As you say though, the neutral shade does direct the viewer’s eye towards the subject without other distractions 🙂

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