Thursday Doors, 2/18/2021: Moving On from Fez in Morocco to Erfoud

We left the city of Fez after spending a day on tour there, but the doors I posted from that city, if you followed my blogs, made it seem like we spent several days there. The travel to Erfoud took us a full day in the tour bus as we traveled through the Atlas Mountains through the Ziz Valley to the Sahara Desert area.

Wikipedia defines Erfoud as an oasis town in the Sahara Desert, in the Drâa-Tafilalet region in eastern Morocco. It is divided into several districts: Hay Salam, Hay Jdid, Hay Ziz, Hay el Bathaa, Hay Annahda, and Hay el Hamri. I’m not sure if we visited all of those districts but we visited a few places before heading out to the Sahara Desert for a sunset camel ride in the sand dunes.

We arrived at the Hotel Erfoud in the evening with a welcoming committee waiting for us with open doors.

They told us that after checking in we could go to the rooftops to see and photograph the sunset and then have dinner and prepare for the next day’s adventure.

There were no doors worth photographing on the rooftops so I just took shots of the sunset over the desert like this image.

The next day, we headed for a mosque called the Mosquée moulay Ali Chrif in Rissani. This is where my Thursday Doors will feature a couple of doors.

The entry into the mosque had a beautiful wooden wall with a cutout for the doors. Our tour members give you a scale of how large the wall was.

The next photo is of the same door but a little closer to show the details.

Inside the mosque you encounter many arches, sorry no doors.

I did find a beautiful ornate entry door to photograph but I don’t recall what was on the other side of it.

These are the doors that I processed for this tour day in Morocco (which was about a year ago). Thank you for visiting. If I find other door photos from this location I’ll post them in another Thursday Doors blog but if you’re craving for more door photos, please visit Dan Antion’s website for all of the Thursday Doors that he posts and manages for other door bloggers.

Thursday Doors 2/4/2021: Exit Doors to Fez

I’ve spent a lot of time posting doors from the Fez Medina and I’ve reached the end of that visit to that city but there are other doors in other cities we visited in Morocco so look for those doors in future posts.

The exit doors to our Fez visit happen to be the exterior of the Royal Palace to King Mohammed VI of Morocco. I’m posting two photos at slightly different angles but you can see how huge these doors are by the scale of the guards and our tour members in front of the palace.

In my comments to Dan on last week’s Thursday Doors, there were many shots that I photographed using street photography techniques; basically, having your camera setup to shoot quickly and being ready to compose and shoot at split second. The shot below is one of those street shooting shots and here is the backstory on it. As our local guide led us through the crowded alleyways or walkways through the Medina we had to try to walk single file to let the people pass on the other side. I was near the front of our line, maybe a couple of our tour members in front of me behind our guide and I caught a glimpse of an image ahead but behind our guide so I quickly stepped to the right and got a shot, maybe it was a couple of shots before I dropped back into line. As I previewed what I shot I was elated at getting something that might turn into a good composition. It was almost a month later after returning home and doing some post processing that I discovered what I really shot. At first, I thought this might be my signature shot from this trip and after reviewing the final edits of this image but then it became something deeper. The image can be called Pauper or Sinister and I’ll explain more after you see the image.

Is the face hidden? Yes, on close examination the hood over this beggar’s head hides his face but I discovered otherwise. Can you see another face or even more faces on the wall. The sinister face I mentioned is on the wall. Hold the photo away from you and look again. There is a face on the wall; the right eye of the face appears just over the left shoulder of the pauper, the crack in the plaster exposing the concrete to the left of the pauper’s shoulder can be the bridge of the nose and to the left of that is the left eye; the eyes look towards the left front. Sometimes the camera captures more than what we thought we saw and while this could be considered a coincidence it certainly was more that what I saw in that split second to capture this shot.

To Tegan, maybe this is an image to find its way into one of your mystical stories. I’ll end this post here as I’m already late in posting this Thursday Doors blog and if anyone wishes to see more door images, please visit Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors blogs.

Thursday Doors 1/28/2021: All About Big

Our Door Meister, Dan Antion, has left the door open for late arrivals so I’m posting my doors for last Thursday Doors. I’m still working on doors that I encountered in Fez, Morocco and hopefully you’re not getting tired of them.

The first three photos are of the same door but from different perspectives. After passing through the Tannery area we doubled back (not sure if that is true because the alleyways look similar and head off in all directions) and stopped at what looked like a mosque. There was a huge door at the opening and there were several archways in the room leading to a courtyard with a fountain.

Here is a big door. You’re looking at the side of the door but you can see that it is very tall.

The next image is the same door but from a different perspective; the people in font of the door is from our tour group.

The next photo is looking through that door opening to the courtyard outside where people are walking in the water overflowing from the fountain or filling their cups with the water.

The next image is a very ornate door opening but you can see the door on the left side; another big door.

And to end this post, a big door and entry into one of the Fez museums; it’s either the music museum or woodworking museum. There were a lot of sleepy cats hanging around this museum and maybe Dan’s friend, Teagan, might be interested in this one since she has an affinity for cats.

If you haven’t already visited Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors blog you might want to do so to see his great door posts and other door bloggers that he hosts.

Thursday Doors: Heavy Metal?

Still posting door images from Morocco, Fez to be more precise.

I found this door in the Medina and it sure looks well secured. With the metal studs it looks like a heavy metal door.

However, upon closer inspection it’s an all wooden door (closeup cross section).

Thanks for visiting; be sure to look for Thursday Doors hosted by Dan Antion to see his amazing images and stories and other door contributors.

Getting Back to Doors

This is a very short post as time is running out and I wanted to get the Thursday Door repetitive posting muscles back in action. The way I see it, if you start posting doors again it might get easier to continue doing so.

I checked my photo archives that I am still post processing from a trip to Morocco in February and March 2020, wow it seems like it was so long ago! Life in pandemic does funny things to your concept of time.

Here’s an ordinary door that I walked past in the Fez medina.


That’s it for this week; door posting muscles feeling stronger already ;-D Also, be sure to check Dan Antion’s No Facilities Thursday Doors posts for other door bloggers’ posts at https://nofacilities.com/category/thursday-doors/

A New Beginning

Thursday Doors is under new management by one of the original participant bloggers when it debuted under the founder, Norm Frampton, our Canadian friend. Dan Antion, Norm’s made in America counterpart, will continue the legacy of Thursday Doors but don’t be surprised if you see some train related doors once in awhile. I swear, Dan is like a walking encyclopedia telling us about interesting historical facts that gives his door photos life and don’t blink because he throws some real funny stuff into his blogs.

So this is my Thursday Doors photo for Dan Antion’s inaugural Thursday Doors in his No Facilities website. Be sure to check out posts by other door aficionados at: https://nofacilities.com/2020/12/03/welcome-to-thursday-doorsas-always/

This was taken from Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho. The one door that I found is in the yellow painted image of some kind of animal with sloth-like claws in a cage.

Bon Voyage, Norm

It has been a long while that I have posted a Thursday Doors blog and my lame excuse was that I took a photo trip for a month in September and October, 2020.  We traveled to Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Nevada while passing through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Moab in Utah and other small towns in between our major itinerary.  We tried to take a break from the pandemic thinking those states north and east of us were safer but when we returned home we discovered the COVID-19 infection rates spiked in those states; we made it back safely utilizing masks and social distancing practices everywhere we visited!  The break in posting can, and does contribute to laziness and lack of motivation to continue posting so I’ll have to get motivated again to start posting doors.

Last week, I learned that Norm Frampton, the discoverer, originator and creator of Thursday Doors is stepping away from running and maintaining this world-wide blog.  It sent shock ways through my brain and made me realize that I couldn’t let this last post for Norm slip away.  So I’m posting a couple of door photos that I took on this last trip for our Thursday Doors mentor, Norm Frampton, Door Master Emeritus.

As Norm mentioned, he is not disappearing but taking a break from running the Thursday Doors blog and Dan Antion has taken on that responsibility.  Dan is one the creative and funny door bloggers as well as posting other blogs so I’m looking forward to joining his new Door Blogs.

I found this appropriate door photo in Freak Alley in Boise, Idaho that encapsulates what Norm is doing.

The next photo is to remind Norm that if he doesn’t return to post a door blog in the future we’ll send out the wolves to find him. It was also taken in Freak Alley.

So Norm, this is bon voyage, not good bye! Good luck on your break and I hope to see your door posts on Dan’s TD site in the future. It was truly nice to know you even if it was a virtual relationship and maybe some day I’ll run into you in person. Take care and stay safe.

Where Else But Back to Fes

Continuing the journey through Morocco and picking up where we left off (hoping that Norm had a nice vacation break during the interim).

Looks like someone is welcoming us in (just thought of the fairytale, Little Red Ridding Hood when the wolf invited Red Ridding Hood in and to come closer) but I just shot the photo and ran to catch up with our tour.

A nice door with a padlock!

And the final door for this post, the best for the last.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.