Thursday Doors: 5/6/2021 Reopening Doors

Wow, my last post was on the 3/18/2021 Thursday Doors and I’ve been out of touch for awhile. I’m sorry for the inactivity as I took a road trip to Washington State for almost a month. We had a great time renting a house in a small city called Anacortes and used that as home base for a few weeks before moving on to other locations.

The original plans for this trip was to visit the farms that displayed their daffodil and tulip blooms for the spring but it turned out to be much more than I anticipated. The spring time weather up north was cool, very much like the cool weather in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we kept our social distancing protocols because my wife wasn’t able to get her COVID vaccination before we left for this trip.

The house we rented included bird and squirrel feeders in the yard and daily deer visitors because the owner made it a daily routine to put out feed for the deer; every morning we woke up to see the hummingbirds feeding near the dinning room window and the packs of deer looking for their food and domesticated rabbits that were left to roam the yards on their own. And then, there were the bald eagles that we were lucky to see all over the neighborhoods or rural areas that we visited.

For this Thursday Doors post, I am showing an old barn we found in the nearby town of La Conner. Old barns dotted the landscape but many were on private properties so we couldn’t get close enough to get those photos. This one was abandoned beside the roadside and we had some good cloud formations on that day. The old barn doors were a great find!

Old Abandoned Barn in La Conner, WA

I’m still working on photos from this trip and when I get some door photos processed I’ll feature them in future Thursday Door posts. If you’re looking for world class photos of doors posted by world class door aficionados, please visit Dan Antion’s No Facilities website where he manages the Thursday Doors blogs and posts some of the best features about doors and their history.

The surprise part of my road trip was it also turned out to be one of the best birding adventures I have experienced. I shot photos of the owl below and went back to that location several times and saw it hunting and at times with two other owls. There were also bald eagles and harrier hawks there and on the last visit I also saw a weasel running across the road in my rearview mirror but I didn’t get that shot. I shot a photo of the owl below and not knowing the species I contacted our resident birding expert and Thursday Door blogger, Deborah, to learn what kind of owl it was. Her quick research suggested that it was a Short Ear Owl and I later learned it was a cousin of the Hawaiian Owl called a Pueo.

I’m going to end this post here and I hope to post more door photos from this trip along with some other photos of interest.

11 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: 5/6/2021 Reopening Doors

  1. Wowza! That sounds like an amazing trip, Gordon! I love the old weathered barn and the rusty mechanism that the doors slide on.

    The birding sounds awesome, and that Owl is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see more of your images from this trip and read more about your experience there.

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  2. What a great trip, Gordon. I lived in Washington for three years, and my wife and I did a two-week tour of the state on our honeymoon. Later, I took our daughter out there for a similar tour. I alway enjoy seeing photos from in and around the state. I love that barn! I’m glad you had a good trip, and I love seeing the bird pictures. I am looking forward to seeing more photos in the future – it’s good to see you again.

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    1. Thank you Dan! When the pandemic settles down for more travel you should plan to visit WA again; Anacortes was very nice but they have attracted a lot of So CA residents that sold their homes and moved there so housing and its cost have exploded but it has a great small town, some rural or near rural towns and farms. The wildlife and farms make me want to visit again.

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