The Door is a Jar

Dedicated to seeing the lighter and slightly skewed side of life


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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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.

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It’s a Summer Photo Project Extravaganza!

Hey all!  As you may know, I am a bit of a photo nut.  This spring, I finally took an introduction class to learn more about my Digital SLR camera.  It was everything I thought it could be..and a bag of chips 🙂

Now that I have successfully left the auto modes behind and am almost exclusively using aperture and shutter priority, it is important that I find as many places to take pictures as possible so that I may improve my skills.

With that in mind, and the fact that the economy stinks, I have been searching for places that are free or at least mostly free.  Here is my destination for today:

 Photo from Appleford Website

This is a photo of Appleford Estate/Parsons Banks Arboretum, located in Villanova, PA.  I found this thru a search of public gardens.  This stone farmhouse has been in existence for about 300 years.  Not too shabby eh?  On the website, under “News”, there is mention that this was the location for the film shoot of “The Philadelphia Story”.  Unfortunately for me, they were referring to a story done for Philadelphia Style magazine and not the classic movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.  I guess that kills my idea of running around the house yelling “C.K. Dexter Haven!”

 Photo from the film “The Philadelphia Story”

Since I don’t like to show up at places when they are closed, I searched the website extensively for the hours of operation.  They are at best, vague.  So, I searched other websites and found this on

“The Parsons-Banks Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary is open to the public from dusk to dawn 365 days a year”

I added the bold and underline.  Dusk to dawn?  Well, if I can’t run around yelling for Cary Grant, perhaps there is another movie star in my future?

Photo from the film “Dusk till Dawn”

Coincidence?  You be the judge!