Enter This Way

This post has been inspired by Joey at Joeyfully Stated.  You see, she did a door post today on arches and because of it, I’ve had arches on my mind.

While technically these aren’t doors, they are entrance ways and I do have a fondness for archways.

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University of Toronto

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Casa Loma (2014) Toronto

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Queen’s Park, Toronto

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Soldier’s Tower, University of Toronto

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Bruce Trail (2013) – Beaver Valley

Thursday Doors is a photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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75 Responses to Enter This Way

  1. Archways are very symbolic – your photographs of arches are incredible!

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  2. Very nice, I especially like the one on Bruce Trail.

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  3. I love all of these arches, from the grandest to the most humble Beaver Valley one. In fact, I think I like that one the most. 🙂

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  4. Ryan says:

    Everyone here seems to love arches, and I’m no exception 🙂

    I’ve always imagined archways as portals, sometimes through time, sometimes through space. It’s a silly idea, considering how I used to jump back and forth a pace or two (my feet were small then) and think I was defying the fourth dimension. But even now, when I walk through an archway, something small within me clicks, as though I’m aware of a transformation, however subtle it may be.

    Nonetheless to achieve this (nonsensical) effect, to me the roof cannot be too thick (the ideal archway in this case would be the first one). The last photo, though, is really beautiful, and like you’ve mentioned, there’s this strange fairy tale air that does complement the mystery of portals 🙂

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      As a lover of sci-fi and fantasy, I completely agree about arches as portals. I have the same sense of anticipation? / expectation? when I walk through one.

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      • Ryan says:

        Yes! I think they would be a great places to hold events relating to the changing of habits, like those to quit smoking, or even pledges to lead a better life. Imagine saying the pledge and then walking through the arch, grouping with The Changed on the other side. Considering the thought that must go through making such promises, it’s a dramatic effect well deserved.

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  5. Claire @ bletheringbylinley says:

    How stunning – there really is something special about arches. I especially love the last one, it poses all sorts of questions as to where it once led to!

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  6. Lovely series, Joanne. I’d love to see them all in person.
    janet

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  7. Hi Joanne – after reading your comment on Sue Slaght’s blog, I thought you sounded like someone worth getting to know – so took an amble over to your blog. I love your photos! I’ll be back. 🙂

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. badfish says:

    archways are good…they are doors without doors

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  9. RuthsArc says:

    Beautiful arches Joanne. Nice angle on the Casa Loma pic, it keeps confusing my eye, do I go right or left 🙂

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful collection here and there are doors in some of the shots so you’re good 😉
    Yup, Queen’s Park will warrant further exploration the next time I’m there.

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  11. reocochran says:

    I am so grateful for Joey, inspiring this fantastic collection of arches. 🙂

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  12. Very nice! Only thing missing are the Golden Arches. 🙂

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  13. Got a soft spot for arches too and you’ve collected some fabulous ones. But like most who have commented already, it’s the Bruce Trail one that wins the prize for me. I wonder why that is? Is it the natural setting? Is it the rustic nature of it? Is it that of all the arches, this one just shouts “let me lead you to an adventure”?

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      Those arches in the middle of nowhere continue to intrigue me. I had wondered whether it was just me, but it seems many others feel the same way.

      Like you said, they say to me ‘there’s adventure here’, like you’re entering a fairy tale.

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  14. treerabold says:

    Although I adore the ornate beauty of the large arches…my favorite is the crumbled arch on Bruce Trail

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  15. Fabulous arches! My favourite is the last one. I feel like there’s a story there……

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I don’t even the know the story about those arches except they are in the middle of nowhere.
      It’s the stone stairs leading up to the top that intrigues me. This arch gives me the impression of stepping into a fairy tale 🙂

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  16. I like arches too. I always wanted one. Hmmm…feeling inspired…next summer!

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  17. I love these! Especially Soldier’s Tower and the framing you did there. Excellent work!

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  18. Sue Slaght says:

    I’m with bikerchick. You really do have so much beauty in your city!

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  19. Lovely archways! I’m pretty sure Norm will let you bend the rules a bit for these.

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Wonderful photos, Joanne. This confirms that Toronto is an incredibly beautiful place.

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  21. Dan Antion says:

    These arches are stunning, Joanne. I love arched entryways and when they’re made of stone, even better. I also really enjoy finding stone arch bridges. I think I like the soldiers tower the best, maybe the bridge. It’s hard to choose today.

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  22. I love it when you bend the rules, you rebel you!

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  23. Such fabulous discoveries, they are all equally amazing.

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  24. joey says:

    Oh yes, those are lovely 🙂 Queen’s Park WOW! That building’s got it all goin on! Thanks for the pingback!

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  25. Chez Shea says:

    Me too- I love arches. These are magnificent. I particularly like the one at Bruces Trail.

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      You know those moments in time that you remember intensely for whatever reason? I call them freeze-frame moments.
      That arch on the Bruce Trail was a freeze-frame moment for me because I had a major anxiety attack at that point. I realized where we were on the trail versus where I thought we were.
      I can look at the picture now and smile but it was very stressful at the time!!

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  26. I always loved archways. What a great piece of architectural beauty they are. I like the openness.

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  27. Ruth says:

    Lovely arches Joanne! 🙂

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