I Want To Paint My Door…

I’m back. Just had a really good break cruising to The Canaries, Madeira, Portugal and Spain. Oh! And an unexpected stop at Brest in France. More on that later.

Whilst I was away I shot 1793 photographs, a mixture of architecture, flora and fauna, landscapes, people and anything else that caught my eye. C’mon I’m was in tourist mode and over two weeks that’s not too bad a total. Of course being in tourist modes means that you get a lot of tourists in your photographs so I’ll probably reject a good two-thirds of them. I never get rid of them though, you never know when they might come in handy for some weird WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Right then, some photographs. Wandering around the old town in Madeira I found a whole street where every door was painted with some beautiful artwork, some sort of so-so and some downright weird stuff. I can’t show you them all but here’s a selection.

I’ll let the photographs do the talking from this point……there’s not much I can really say about them that can’t be seen in the photographs.

Bird of Paradise


Lady and Dog

Musical Instruments


I don’t think many tourists would find these. You have to go off the beaten track to even end up in the street. I sort of found it by accident but I’m glad I did.

Well that’s it. It’s good to be back, but this short trip has kindled my yearning for far away places again, so I might just have to take another trip later in the year.

As usual here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Photography- The Evanescent Beauty of Winter’s Touch – Sumyanna Writes
Evanescent – Jodie Pages Vivid with colour
The Land Slide Photography The Free Throw
Mr H
A Certain Slant of Light Photography Fly Fly
Evanescent – Thoughts of SheryL
Beyond the Brush Photography The Shopper
Books, Music, Photography, & Movies Wordless Wednesday
Simply Photos Shrouded in Mist
Madame Zenista That blue above and flowers below…


24 thoughts on “I Want To Paint My Door…

    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2017 / 16:05

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, always appreciated. I had so many doors i photographed, this was just a small selection

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  1. Jude May 29, 2017 / 16:25

    Great doors Mike! The people living behind them must have a great sense of fun 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2017 / 19:03

      I really liked them a and for me it was a great find, away from the normal touristy type of photographs

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  2. KG May 29, 2017 / 16:40

    Very interesting doors! 🙂

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  3. Rupali May 29, 2017 / 17:36

    Lovely collection Mike but what I had to smile when I read “you never know when they might come in handy for some weird WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.” It’s a fact right 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 29, 2017 / 19:06

      There have been some weird challenges over the years. But to be honest I have plenty of disk space on my backup drives so I never get rid of any photographs, even if they pretty crap

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    • Wind Kisses June 8, 2017 / 03:01

      Funny how that is always in the back of our mind. Guess that what makes it fun.

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  4. Lynne Ayers May 29, 2017 / 20:08

    What a treasure chest of doors, Mike. And on my recent two week jaunt in Eastern Europe I took 1600 shots 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 30, 2017 / 15:33

      It’s amazing how quickly they mount up, Lynne. Not my usual style of photograph, though.


      • Lynne Ayers May 30, 2017 / 16:05

        They DO mount up. I go into a church and come out with another 50 shots 🙂


  5. Alison and Don May 30, 2017 / 02:50

    What a great find! It’s the kind of thing Don and I go looking for, or at least hope to stumble upon in our explorations. I especially love the first one.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 30, 2017 / 15:34

      That’s me, I like to explore…. get away from the tourist trail. Not always easy, though you’re on limited time.

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  6. Su Leslie May 30, 2017 / 05:28

    Love the doors. I’m just imagining what my neighbours would think if I tried something like that on my front door.

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      • Su Leslie May 30, 2017 / 22:09

        🙂 Mine needs a repaint anyway ….


  7. theabstractlives June 6, 2017 / 18:41

    Sometimes when you’re roaming around in an unknown city or any other unfamiliar place and you see such doors, no nameplate and nothing… Makes you wonder. What might be behind them? Something normal? Something not so normal? It’s amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Mike Hardisty June 8, 2017 / 08:18

      When I saw the first door I thought how unusual it was. Then as I walked properly onto the little narrow street i could see that every door was painted. Took me ages to get from one end to the other

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  8. Wind Kisses June 8, 2017 / 03:06

    Ahhh, took me right back to home away from home. Cant say I have ever been on this street, but I do love the way the Portuguese and Spanish take time to simply take the time. The photos are beautiful and would be great notes cards. Live the gentleman above, you created a curiosity. Did you meet any locals? Thanks for this.

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    • Mike Hardisty June 8, 2017 / 08:22

      Yes. I’m a firm believer in if you’re going to visit somewhere, talk to people. They know the best places to go, where to get off the beaten track…sometimes there is a language barrier, but more often than not I can get by.

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      • Wind Kisses June 8, 2017 / 13:05

        Yes…charades works very well on those days, doesn’t it. Look forward to following more of your adventures.


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