The Door is a Jar

Dedicated to seeing the lighter and slightly skewed side of life


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How the #?$! do I use this thing?

Hey friends.  As I mentioned in my last post, I got a new rig for my camera.  In theory, this rig will allow me to mount my camera with the lens facing straight down so that I can take overhead still life shots.  But I gotta say, this thing looks kind of intimidating.  I mean, the more I look, it appears more like some type of “information gathering” device they might use at Gitmo.  Not that I have any first hand knowledge about that!  But seriously? Look at it!

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Where is Sir Laurence Olivier when you need him?  Is it safe?  I.  Don’t.  Know.

But as I think I have said in earlier posts, we don’t learn anything by not trying.  Time to leave the “safe” zone.

Turns out this thing is fairly easy to use, once you know which knob does what.  And really, doesn’t that answer most of life’s burning questions?  Knowing which knob does what?  But I digress…

I was having a bit o’ trouble coming up with subject material.  When in doubt…hit the art supplies cabinet!  I found a box of colored pencils.  And they were mostly sharpened and everything!  I guess I haven’t used them lately…or at all.  I took a few pics.  They look a bit blurry to me, but you will get the idea.

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From the art supplies cabinet, I moved to the next logical location, the kitchen!

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I don’t know if I can taste the freshness…but I can definitely sense the sugar coma.  Speaking of that, today we received a treat from our friend.  I don’t know if means anything that she gave us each one for free, but I think the name says it all.

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To all my friends that are parents, a word of caution.  If the Easter Bunny leaves one of these in your kid’s Easter Basket…Be afraid.  Be very afraid. 🙂


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I’m Back!!!!!!

Hello Friends!  I know it has been far too long since my last blog post.  I went away on vacation, took a bunch of really fun pictures, and proceeded to never blog again.  Well, I am not one for New Years Resolutions. However, I am one for changing up the routine every now and then!  And granted, this is sort of going back to my old routine…but it’s still a change from the current, right?  So we will call that a win.  At least for today.

I have also fallen out of the practice of going on my weekly outings…mostly because this winter has been rather cold, gray, uninspiring…did I mention cold?  Fear not!  I have received a new toy that I plan to use on a weekly basis to help keep those creative juices flowing, even on days when it feels that my blood has stopped.  Say hello to my little friend!

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Have you forgotten already that I speak in movie quotes?  Not to worry.  You’ll be reminded repeatedly.  My new toy is an apparatus I can mount my camera to and take still life pictures.  It was a “gift” from my parents.  They are in the process of cleaning house and asked if I wanted this.  I said “Abso-freakin-lutely!  I need more stuff!”  Well, no I don’t, but I definitely needed this!  Also, the peeps from the TV show “Hoarders” have not approached me…yet.  So I figure I have some time to play with this thang.  Now that I have the stand at my home, I just need to decide on a subject. Hmmmmmm.  Suggestions, anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?


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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.