Thursday Doors – 43 — Monday Window – 46

Savannah Doors, Windows, and More

Last week my Thursday Doors post was a simple photo without any descriptive text. I was in a hurry and just used a photo from my archive and went on. It didn’t take long before two blogger friends, Norm and Vicky,  inquired about the location of my fancy doors. I quickly answered that I thought the photo was taken in Savannah and that I would check and report.

This is my report and it is a combined Monday Window and Thursday Doors post. Please read on to learn more.

Checking Up – How I organize my Photos

For many years I have used Microsoft Photo Gallery to import photos from cameras to my computer. It has some very useful options. I have it set to create a folder for photos by date taken, close to the default. This gives me a folder for every day on which I have taken photos. Every so often I move these folders to my photo archive folder which has folders by year and sub-folders for each quarter. In addition Photo Gallery uses the standard tagging method for assigning descriptive tags. My tagging is not as thorough as it should be, but I often go back and add, or correct, tags to make my tag cloud more complete. [If you must know why I like Photo Gallery so much you might get an idea from this link.]

It is thus quite straight-forward to look at the tags on my photos to learn location and other details. It is also easy to look at the date taken and go to my archive and locate the folder for that day’s photos. Yep, the photo is tagged “Savannah”. Having just told you how smart I am, that should have been enough. It wasn’t for me, and I am about to show you that I am not all that smart.

The photo was taken on 26 February 2011, more than five years ago. Back to the photo archive for the date “2011-02-26”. Oh, yes, that was the “photo excursion” with my friend Tom. That day we did some early morning photos. I have 117 of them taken between 6:51 and 8:14. Then there is a group of just 9 photos taken from 10:31 to 10:52. The photo of the doors is one of these. The rest of the day, starting at 2:06 pm consists of photos from Tybee Island and Fort Pulaski.

So it seems that we took a short walk in the late morning. Here are those nine photos from the archive:

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Finding the location with Google Maps

That “fancy doors” photo is highlighted. I just could remember that short interlude, or where exactly we went. I looked at the photos in the group and noticed the inscription over the door portal in the sixth photo, the one taken at 10:36. Since that was just two minutes after the photo in question it had to be nearby. Easy! Just let Google find the place with that name and within seconds I can pinpoint the exact location!

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Bring up Google Maps, go to the search box, enter “Hodgson Hall Savannah” and presto, we get the exact address and a view of the surrounding area. Even the picture on the Google page (big red arrow) looks like my photo. All I have to do is look around the immediate area using “Street View” – we couldn’t have walked far in just two minutes – and I can locate the “fancy doors”. The two photos taken immediately prior to “Hodgson Hall” photo even show up in the search image – the yellow arrows.

I searched and searched. Street View showed some marvelous doors, windows, ironwork, architecture, trees, patterns, textures. Savannah is truly a mecca for photographers! Why did I take so few? And why, oh why, can’t I find the one taken within a minute of the ones already located??? I spend the better part of the afternoon searching, admiring, pondering. I was about to give up when I decided, maybe if I looked for the photos taken after the “Hall” photo I might get a clue.

Sure enough, I got a clue. Like a bat to the side of the head. The next photo, First in the third row above, also had an inscription, “TELFAIR HOSPITAL”, it was taken just two minutes after the “Hodgson Hall” photo. The search didn’t go as quick as the last, but after a short while I located the building. It was on the other end of Forsyth Park. I have been there many times, it is a big park. That’s half way around, about half a mile. No way could we have walked that in two minutes! ☼☼☼ The lights came on! ☼☼☼ We took the trolley sightseeing tour that morning! I was shooting from the bus! That’s why there are so few pictures!

Looking around a wider area, and along Bull Street, the normal sightseeing tour route, I soon located the rest of the locations. Here they are:

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The fancy doors photo is number 2 (blue dot). The hardest one to find was number 1. The image shows four bay windows, some neat lattice on the patio and an ironwork fence. The photo also shows a lot of tree branches and in Google Street View those trees obscure the building. I found it using Bing which had a clearer view of the building.  So here are the photo locations, and here are the photos from that memorable day. There is a bit more to this story, read on after you have looked over the pictures.

It was this visit to Savannah with my friend Tom that inspired this blog. Yes, if you go back to the earliest posts you will find other photos, taken both by me and Tom, from this trip.

Happy holidays!

 


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

 

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Thursday Doors – 42

Fancy Doors

 

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 45

Winter Window

Around here it feels like fall is over and winter has arrived. It is just temporary, of course, we will have more fall-like weather. Our trees still have half their leaves and they are now in splendid colors. But to cherish a little bit of the winter illusion, here a window reflecting the bare, cold branches of a tree and the warm glow of a light inside. Cozy! Happy holidays!

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 41

Rear Doors

My plan was impeccable, it had worked many times before. Running an errand to Atlanta requires good timing. Going in just after the lunch melee, around 2 pm, then getting the chores done and getting out before the rush hour starts around 4 pm, has been my strategy. Yesterday it didn’t work. That was also the time slot that a utility crew picked to close half the road and do their work. So what does one do when stuck in traffic? Shoot some photos out the windows, of course. For today’s Thursday Doors, here is the rear, emergency, door of a school bus. The rear hatch of the car in front of me counts as a door, doesn’t it? There is a lot of construction going on around town. It always amuses me to see how thy start a building at the top and work their way down. No doors there yet, but they will come!

 

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 44

Holiday Window

Some four years ago I presented a workshop on some of the surprisingly powerful tools in Microsoft Office Word by creating a holiday greeting card as the demonstration. The presentation used a photo of the “Tenant House” at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth, Georgia. In a “Thursday Doors” post, Four modest doors,  I already showed this charming old building. For the holiday season the park decorates the building with a holiday wreath on the door. I used a photo from November 2011 for my card, actually a modified version that came out of a cloning tool demo (see rocks under the house in the finished card? – Cloned!).

The workshop taught how to draw rectangles over the window panes in Paint, then in Word how to insert another photo of a Christmas tree. How to place the tree photo so it is underneath with the window panes made transparent. The powerful text tools in Word provided the greeting overlay. And there you have a “holiday window”, festive and friendly. Happy Holidays!

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 40

Sweet Door

Is it time yet?  The days are getting longer, the trees have turned color, surely it must be time for holiday markets and the sweet treats that come along with gift shopping.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 42

Charming Windows of 60 Buchanan Street

Norcross, Georgia has some charming old homes. One of them, 60 Buchanan Street, was the host of last Saturday’s Artisan Market by the Peach Blossom Artists. Here are some of the delightful old windows, and a look at the place with the drum circle performing.

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 39

Church Door – Norcross

Just one of the church doors from Norcross, Georgia.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 41

Light from a Window

As the days get longer and the sun lower in the sky, it is a pleasure to curl up in a warm place and ignore the cold and blustery winds outside. One of the greatest pleasures is a beam of sunlight, warm, bright, friendly. Here the window not only brings in the joyous rays, but draws a gentle picture of itself.

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 38

Two Old Doors from Athens

Athens, Georgia, that is. And even a window labeled DOORS. The building looks like it has seen better days too.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 40

Rain Glass Window

This old window from a historic building in Savannah, Georgia, made me contemplate windows and glass and their history. A bit of internet searching confirmed that windows are as old as buildings. Buildings might not be the right word for the earliest human shelters that were a bit more solid than just some some branches tied together. Leaving a hole for light to get in wasn’t much of a discovery, putting the hole on the side, so not nearly as much rain would come in, might have been.

So windows go back to before the dawn of history. Glass, on the other hand, goes back just some three thousand years. Glass used to keep out the critters and the elements on windows is only about two thousand years old. Even then it was extremely rarely used for windows in the next thousand years. Making flat and clear glass was a technique that took a long time in coming. Glass did catch on in big ways in the form of small panels, often round or diamond shaped, and combined into larger windows. Stained glass windows in public buildings, especially churches, are still magnificent examples of window art starting from about a thousand years ago.

 

Only about two hundred years ago did glass technology achieve flat glass in larger sizes. To make it smooth and even it had to be worked and polished on both sides. Clearly that added expense and cost. Leaving the glass with ripples and patterns gave us the type of glass shown in the photo here. In the last hundred years float glass, and glass manufacturing in general, advanced immensely. Nowadays we are surrounded, almost literally so, by flat, clear, and optically smooth glass in huge sizes. “Rain glass” is now a higher cost specialty product.

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 37

Some Doors from Duluth

A couple of days ago my Monday Window post took us to Duluth, Georgia, so we will go there again to look at a couple of doors around the town green and the Duluth Festival Center.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 39

Window Detail

There are big windows and small windows, magnificent windows and humble windows, and in this “Monday Window” challenge I have shown a wide variety, and my fellow photographers have presented some stunning and wonderful windows and photography.

For some time I have set aside some photos that don’t fit a particular topic or theme, many of them show details or unusual views. With this post I will start a short series of some of these. My first one has been in my archive for some three years and the intriguing feature is the pattern in the glass. Just yesterday I happen to be in Duluth, Georgia, and once again came across this window, actually a window in a door. So here is also a wider view of the source of this image.

Well there are really five windows here and two doors, maybe we will have to come back here for Thursday Doors.

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 36

Three Fall Doors

Now that Fall is officially here in the Northern hemisphere, here is a crisp black-and-white door from an old cabin and two more “fallish” looking doors. No mistaken that red door with its Fall theme – who doesn’t associate pumpkins with Fall? To be honest, the other two doors were actually photographed in Winter. It is still very green and warm around here, and the autumn colors are still a day’s journey farther North.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton. Come join in!

 


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 38

One Window?

“Monday Window” is singular. So, one window photo is appropriate and enough. Rarely do I offer just one, it seems so modest. I found this window in Savannah, but take a closer look. There is one lintel, that horizontal structure at the top, but notice that there is stucco on the center upright. Yep, we got two windows here. Stucco became a fad in Savannah, and many other places,  some century and a half ago. Even many brick and stone buildings were covered in sometimes very lively colored stucco to be fashionable. Do notice the reflections, another four windows! The building across the alley is in the sunshine and thus looks much warmer.

 

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 35

Two more Doors from Midtown Atlanta

When I saw that Norm was going to do a post this week with photos from our photo walk in Midtown Atlanta, I thought that maybe I should look back and see if I have any more from that occasion that might be interesting.  I did dig up a couple more, two doors that are also featured in Norm’s post. His are better. So, go on over to Norm’s blog to see some really good door photos from Midtown Atlanta. This is the way.


You might also like to take another look at my Midtown Atlanta Doors. There are even more links there to enjoy more of our photo walk.


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton.

 


Also see my Monday Window series

.:.

© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 37

Windows of Turner Field

Yesterday, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Atlanta said goodbye to Turner Field as the home of the Braves. Here just a few photos to remember the ballpark that brought baseball to Atlanta for two decades.

The stadium features huge and friendly windows. From high up the Atlanta downtown buildings dominate the view. The photo below shows the windows of the broadcast center.

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 34

Relaxing Doors

With the pleasant weather of autumn the time has come to sit and relax. So here a couple of doors that invite to sit a spell.


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton.


Celebrate with me!

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Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Monday Window – 36

Shuttered Windows

That title is not correct, these windows are not shuttered, you say? Ha, so we start with a quick English lesson. Yes, my friends, especially those of you who see this in translation, the English language is a many-splendored thing. There is hardly a word that has but one meaning. “Shuttered”, the adjective, has two meanings. I quote from the Collins English Dictionary:

shuttered
1. adjective – A shuttered window, room, or building has its shutters closed. …
2. adjective – A shuttered window, room, or building has shutters fitted to it. …

Just to make things difficult, “shuttered” is also the past tense of the verb “shutter”.

shutter — verb (transitive)
7. to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
8. to equip with a shutter or shutters

That last definition implies the noun “shutter”:

shutter – noun
1. a hinged doorlike cover, often louvred and usually one of a pair, for closing off a window

So there, end of lesson? Not quite. Although I chose to use the bolded meanings, these too are not quite correct. Once upon a time windows did indeed have shutters. When a storm came up it was a simple task to swing the shutters closed and latch them. The windows would then be safe from flying debris. Somehow that came into disuse. Nowadays shutters are mostly decorative items. Some still have hinges to make them look realistic but they lack the latching hardware that would secure them in inclement weather. Many indeed are hard-mounted to the side of the windows, some are not even sized to fit the windows. No protection there at all, no utility, just looks. Ah, vanity ….

 

 

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

Thursday Doors – 33

Another Visit to Norcross

Back in June we ambled through Skin Alley in Norcross (Three Doors in Skin Alley). There was a big truck blocking part of the alley, so here are a couple of “doors” without obstructions. The large work of art is new this year. Notice that there is a large double door on the left. Almost invisible is another door toward the right. The plain wall and door at number 60 is clearly ready for another art project.

Rounding out our visit to Skin Alley is a quick visit to College Street and the College Street Playhouse. More photos of this building and its windows are featured in Monday WindowMore Windows from Norcross.

 


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.

This delightful activity is conducted by Norman Frampton.


Also see my Monday Window series

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© 2016 Ludwig Keck

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