My Favourite Doors from 2020

Dan at No Facilities blog is hosting the Thursday Doors photography challenge. The challenge is open to everyone to participate in. Since December is a month of holidays, I’m sharing my favourite doors from 2020 with red, green, gold and a few more bright colours. Here’s my entry this week.

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse built in 1808.
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse built in 1808.

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse was built in 1808 to protect ships coming into Toronto harbour from washing ashore during storms. It’s the oldest landmark in Toronto, the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes, and the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Canada.

It is said that the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is haunted. Its first lighthouse keeper J.P. Radan Muller, was murdered by two soldiers from Fort York. The ghost of of J.P. Radan Muller returns every summer, and on hot summer nights, his howls can be heard from one end of the island to the other.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, I had a wonderful summer paddling around the Toronto islands where the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is located. The red door accentuates the quintessential beauty of the lighthouse.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Art Gallery of Ontario entrance.
Art Gallery of Ontario entrance.

The bold red AGO sign and a modern set of doors welcome people to the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest art museums in North America. Enter the AGO to see, experience, and understand the world in new ways.

Union Station in Toronto

Christmas tree outside Union Station entrance.
Christmas tree outside Union Station entrance.

Union Station is Canada’s busiest passenger transportation hub and a designated national historic site. In December, a Christmas tree is brightly lit at the station entrance with snowflake-designed banners in the background. The tall columns are some of the 22 limestone columns, each column weighs 75 tons and is 40 feet high.

I’d love to hear your comments.

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47 thoughts on “My Favourite Doors from 2020

  1. Jill Weatherholt December 17, 2020 / 5:41 am

    What a gorgeous lighthouse. I love the red door! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Natalie.

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 9:02 am

      Jill, The Gibraltar Point lighthouse holds fond memories of many summers on Toronto Islands for me. Considering that it was built in 1808, it’s been well kept and looks gorgeous.

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  2. Joanne December 17, 2020 / 5:55 am

    That red door on the lighthouse really stands out! So pretty.

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 9:03 am

      Joanne, Yes, that red door makes quite a statement. I’m glad you like it, too.

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  3. Dan Antion December 17, 2020 / 9:47 am

    I absolutely love the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse! If I ever get back to Toronto, that is clearly on my list of places to visit. A lighthouse, a train station and an art gallery – you couldn’t pick a more interesting group for me.

    Thanks for joining us for the challenge. I hope you enjoy the holidays and I’m looking forward to more doors in 2021.

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 10:52 am

      Dan, I highly recommend a visit to the Gibraltar Point lighthouse. Thank you for hosting the challenge. Happy holidays to you and I look forward to participating in 2021.

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  4. Teagan Riordain Geneviene December 17, 2020 / 10:07 am

    Hi Natalie. I’m visiting via Dan’s blog. Thank you for these upbeat feeling doors. I particularly love that lighthouse — and it has a splendid red door too!
    Hugs on the wing!

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 10:54 am

      Thank you, Teagan, for your visit and comment. I’m glad you like my upbeat feeling doors. Happy holidays to you!

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  5. Patricia Furstenberg December 17, 2020 / 11:43 am

    I enjoyed your Christmassy criteria for choosing your doors today, Natalie πŸ™‚
    I see the lighthouse was a big favorite. It is mine too πŸ™‚

    A very Merry Holiday Season to you and yours, Natalie πŸ™‚
    Pat

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you, Pat, for your warm wishes. I’m glad you like the lighthouse. Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!

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  6. slfinnell December 17, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    I just might have to put visiting union stations from select cities on my to do list (post pandemic). Love the lighthouse too!

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment. That’s a great idea to visit Union Stations from selected cities when it’s safe to travel again.

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  7. ljcillustration December 17, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    Love the lighthouse, nice stone and shape as well as the lovely red door.

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 3:53 pm

      Lin, I’m glad you love this lighthouse and its red door. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  8. Book Club Mom December 17, 2020 / 3:32 pm

    Hi Natalie! I love lighthouses and have three replicas on display at our house. They’re all the New Jersey lighthouses, the state where I grew up in the U.S. Thanks for sharing this picture and your door pictures!

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 4:01 pm

      Hi Barbara, How wonderful that you have three lighthouse replicas to remind you of NJ. Lighthouses usually have many stories. Wishing you an enjoyable holiday season!

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      • Book Club Mom December 17, 2020 / 8:20 pm

        They do – did you ever read The Light Between Oceans? It’s about a lighthouse keeper -I loved the movie too!

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        • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 8:29 pm

          I haven’t read that book or seen the movie. I add the book to my to-read list. Thanks for mentioning it, Barbara.

          I found “The Lighthouse” movie starring Robert Pattison and Willem Dafoe hard to watch.

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  9. sustainabilitea December 17, 2020 / 4:36 pm

    Lighthouse and red door. Clear winner, Natalie. πŸ™‚

    janet

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    • Natalie December 17, 2020 / 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Janet. It’s my favourite for 2020 πŸ™‚

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    • Natalie December 18, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Glad you like my photos, Patrick. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Liesbet @ Roaming About December 18, 2020 / 10:39 pm

    Great selection of doors, Natalie, fit for the season. The lighthouse is my favorite. When we visited Bisbee, Arizona, this last week, I took photos of some cool doors as well in anticipation of joining this Thursday Doors challenge one of these months. πŸ™‚ Happy holidays!

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    • Natalie December 19, 2020 / 8:59 am

      Liesbet, Traveling would give a lot of photo opportunities. I look forward to seeing your door photos. I have many from my travels but since I just joined Thursday Doors on Dec 3, I decided to stick with a holiday theme. Happy holidays to you, too!

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  11. Jean Reinhardt December 19, 2020 / 3:38 am

    That lighthouse is a bit scary but it has a beautiful red door. All the best to you and yours for 2021.

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    • Natalie December 19, 2020 / 9:02 am

      Jean, The lighthouse is not scary at all IRL. I’m glad you like its red door. Thank you for your warm wishes. Wishing you a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year 2021.

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  12. Erica/Erika December 19, 2020 / 9:45 pm

    Your photos are amazing Natalie. I often think of you when I take photos with my phone. I enjoy all of your photos. I especially like the lighthouse.πŸ™‚

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    • Natalie December 20, 2020 / 9:20 am

      Erica/ Erika, I’m glad you like my photos. Coming from an older phone model, they’re pretty good. I reduce the image size before posting the images on my blog. I don’t do any touch-up. I think parts of Toronto are photogenic, like the lighthouse, and that helps πŸ™‚

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      • Erica/Erika December 21, 2020 / 10:35 am

        Reducing image size? I will think about this and what it means for posting and room.

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        • Natalie December 21, 2020 / 2:20 pm

          Reducing image size is easy to do. Some key benefits include faster loading of your blog post with photos and the images take up less storage space.

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          • Erica/Erika December 21, 2020 / 9:52 pm

            I know you are a busy lady, Natalie with many interests and activities. I appreciate you getting back to me. Have you found my posts take a longer time to load on your screen? I should make a point of reducing image size. It likely won’t make a difference on how the photos look on my site.

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            • Natalie December 22, 2020 / 10:05 am

              No worries, Erica/ Erika. Your latest post didn’t take a longer time to load on my screen. When I resize my images, it doesn’t affect how they look on my blog. I always do Preview before posting. WordPress works in the background to make the images adapt to any screen (e.g. computer, tablet, phone).

              The difference in file size between the original image and the resized/ compressed image is huge. Over time this difference adds up to a lot of storage space especially when I take a lot of photos. Also it takes longer to do a back up when the media library size is big.

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    • Natalie December 21, 2020 / 9:54 am

      Thank you, Donna. I’m glad you like my photos. It’s December so I choose festive colours to spread the joy of holidays.

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  13. Dr Sock December 21, 2020 / 2:55 pm

    A beautiful lighthouse, and well preserved. Which one is the oldest in Canada?

    Jude

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    • Natalie December 21, 2020 / 3:48 pm

      Jude, The oldest existing lighthouse in Canada, built in 1758, is on Sambro Island at the mouth of Halifax harbour. On the Pacific coast, near Victoria, Fisgard lighthouse, built in 1860, is the oldest.

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  14. Laurie December 22, 2020 / 4:20 pm

    I didn’t know Dan is now hosting Thursday doors. I have a bunch of door photos from when we were in Spain last year. I should put them together and make a post out of them.

    Thanks for sharing your holiday doors with us, Natalie! They are all beautiful, but I think I like the lighthouse’s bright red door best. It looks so cheery!

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    • Natalie December 22, 2020 / 5:13 pm

      Laurie, I’m glad you like the lighthouse red door. Dan started hosting Thursday Doors in December. Happy holidays to you and your family! See you on the blog in 2021.

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  15. Veronica Lee December 22, 2020 / 9:20 pm

    Love the lighthouse especially the pretty red door.

    I am with you – I found β€œThe Lighthouse” movie (Robert Pattison and Willem Dafoe) hard to watch too !

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    • Natalie December 22, 2020 / 9:31 pm

      Veronica, I’m glad you like the lighthouse and its red door. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  16. betty - NZ December 23, 2020 / 3:02 am

    Some great doors! I have to say the lighthouse gets my vote πŸ™‚

    So glad you joined us at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Merry Christmas!

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    • Natalie December 23, 2020 / 8:42 am

      Thank you, Betty, for hosting. I’m glad you like the lighthouse red door. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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