The Door is a Jar

Dedicated to seeing the lighter and slightly skewed side of life


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My Little PeeGees

Unfortunately…again…this weekend, the chore gods aligned against me and prevented my weekly photo jaunt.  Don’t you just hate those pesky chores that keep you from being able to the things you would really prefer doing?  Someday, I would like to have a staff of people to do things like the cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.  A staff to remove the weeds that are now the size of small trees, even though there has not been any significant rain.  Yeah, the day of having a staff of chore doers is certainly a long way off (and by “long way off” I mean never gonna happen).  As in the past when this has occurred, I improvise.

I had been anxiously awaiting the flowers on my PeeGee hydrangea. Why?  Because all my other flowers are gone.  The spring flowers bloomed long ago and the last of the daylilies just finished.  My garden is still a work in progress (like most things in my life) as I try to add more that will bloom at different times over the summer.  Right now, it is just a little lacking in that area (ok, a lot lacking – I admit it!).  But at long last, my PeeGees have bloomed!  Oh, happy day!

My PeeGee’s are one of my garden success stories.  I wanted to add flowering trees to my backyard to act as a screen from the neighbors.  I started researching and discovered that PeeGee’s can be trained to become trees.  I also found that if you want to buy them that way, they are expensive.   I got mine from the Arbor Day Foundation about four years ago.  I bought four for $20, or $5 bucks a tree.    I thought I was a total genius until they arrived.  It was basically a “Stick in a Bag” tree kit.  Still for $5, I figured I could be patient.

Four years later, they are not yet trees, but they really want to be.  Their branches are plenty long enough to be trees, but the trunk part is just not quite tall enough yet.  I can relate to this.  Growing up, I was always the shortest kid in the class.  It didn’t help matters that my last name (before marriage) was Short.  Seriously, could you get luckier than that?  It certainly didn’t result in clever taunts like “Do you know why your last name is Short?  Cause your short!”  No, not at all.  Actually, there are way worse last names out there.  At the risk of offending someone, I’m gonna refrain from mentioning anything obviously worse….well, maybe just one….no…not gonna do it.

Anyway, my little PeeGees have extra long branches, resulting in blooms that either touch or almost touch the ground.  It doesn’t make photographing them an easy task.  However, it did make for some interesting pictures and some interesting grass stains on my clothes as I lay on the ground trying to get a good angle.

So, until my PeeGee’s are all grown up, I’ll just have to keep the good stain-fighting laundry detergent around.  Ugh, laundry!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

Here is my submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple.  About a month ago, I found these Prairie Gayfeathers just starting to bloom at my Parent’s house when I went for a visit.  Thank goodness I had my camera!  I love the different textures of this flower as it blooms.

Thanks for looking!


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Sequel Saturday

I had so much material to work with this week, that I didn’t feel I could fit it all into one featured foto post.  The benny?  A sequel!  Who says sequels aren’t as good as the original?  Well, anyone who has seen Teen Wolf Too, I imagine.    Although Jason Bateman has really made a career for himself in the last decade.  But I digress.  Here is the best of the week, too!  Two?  Too!

A butterfly resting on a statue of a creature that would eat him/her.  Isn’t it ironic. Don’t cha think?


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Vegetables as Art? Heck, Yeah!

Oh sure, flowers and butterflies always get all the attention.  They get invited to the best parties, their phones are always blowing up, treated like P Diddy! Or Ke$ha.

What about vegetables?  Sure, they might not be as obviously pretty (even though in most cases they started as flowers), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting!  You might even say they have a sense of humor!  Ok, even I wouldn’t say that.  But come on, give ’em a chance to shine!  And on more than just the plate!

So after you have lavished all the love and attention on the flowers, don’t forget to save just a little for the beauty of those that will soon dress our dinner plate.

Wow, I better go get something to eat.


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Bugs Besides Butterflies

Butterflies sure are pur-ty.  But there are other bugs that photograph well, if you can catch them in action.  For example, bees are loads of fun.

Caterpillars are also pretty cool.  Although some might argue that they are just pre-butterfly.  Some might also argue that they are not hard to catch on film as they move rather slowly.  To those people I say, “Look, I took over 300 pictures in just two hours.  I have tons of material I would like to share, which means sometimes the lines have to be blurred a little.  So, how ’bout I write the blog post, and you just read, ok? Ok.”

“Ummmm, we’re cool right?”

But, the bug that really tops them all, the pièce de résistance, is the dragonfly.

Why is the dragonfly special?  Aside from just looking really cool, those buggers (no pun intended) are really difficult to get in focus.  I think it’s the clear wings.  I’m happy, I got one!

What can I say?  Bugs besides butteryflies…are beautiful!


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Butterflypalooza @ Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA is a fantastic place to go, not just for photography, but for families.  They really have a great program running this summer, jam-packed with awesome stuff for kids to explore, like cool tree houses, fairy forests, and (my personal favorite) a large version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

I went on Sunday and the place was loaded with families with young kids.  It was great for them, cause there was so much to do.  It was great for me, cause I didn’t have to worry about other photographers hogging the best spots.  Total win-win.  It also seemed to me, that I was either ahead or behind the group curve, so the bulk of the people were not where I was at any given moment.

Ironically, this was not my first choice for where I was gonna go this weekend.  It was not even my second.  I had put it on my list of places to try to get to this summer, but it doesn’t open until 9:00 am, well past the morning “Golden Hour”. For that reason, I had kind of put in on the back burner.  But this Sunday started out kind of cloudy, so there was no strong need to get out the door by 6:30 am.  I decided to take it easy and give this place a shot.  I was not disappointed.

Butterflies are just the most photogenic of the bugs, am I right?  Of course, when your competition are cockroaches and ants, it’s not hard to win that contest!  Unlike ants (that I can find even when I don’t want to!), butterflies can be a little tricky to locate.  Well, I can tell you, they are all hanging out at the Tyler Arboretum.  Monarchs, Skippers, and a bunch of other kinds that I can’t name, can all be found here.  Here are just a few pics.

These are not even the best one’s for the day (I’m saving those for Feature Foto Friday 🙂  Just a little something to give you an incentive to seek out butterflies.  They are totally happening right now!

Couldn’t help but wonder how many earthquakes started as a result of what I saw yesterday.  Or how Ashton Kutcher is doing.