A Door in a Wall: Neither Here Nor There

A garden at Aberdour Castle, Scotland

This month, I’m being a bit random, but I think that will be okay because I will use pretty pictures to support my randomosity.  Today’s blog is about the neither-here-nor-there kind of magic.  Luckily for us, it’s a kind of magic that we can all access.

It’s a truth generally acknowledged that every wardrobe could lead to Narnia; every locked gate might one day – mysteriously – be unlocked; every dark forest path holds some fantastic secret just out of sight.

A sunset in Edinburgh

You might also get that feeling that certain times of day are more special.  Photographers do a lot of their best work at sunrise or sunset.  Dawn and twilight produce the best light, a light that makes everything look more wonderful.  That’s a kind of magic, too.  It’s a time-between-times, neither day nor night.

A lost door in the Scottish Highlands

Doors, too, are an in-between.  They are places between places, neither inside nor outside – the connection between the two.  I think that’s why a “door to another world” makes so much sense.  We know the door is meant to take us somewhere.  We know, somehow, that a door is not quite anywhere (unless you count “in the wall” which is just as mysterious and non-place-y as “not quite anywhere”, in my opinion) and so it could lead just about anywhere.

A bendy gate in Prague

And, most importantly, we know that we have to make the choice to open that door, step through, and see what happens.  If you accept the possibility that the door might take you somewhere you didn’t expect to go, that choice is a thrilling one.

Lost in the streets of Edinburgh

I suppose I could get all metaphorical and literary and say that a book is a type of door, and a magical one, at that.  You open it and it takes you somewhere outside of your place and time, all the while acting as a connection between you and both worlds.  But never mind that.  I’m more interested in actual doors.  Because those, to me, are an oft overlooked bit of magic.


The question, I suppose, is what sort of place do you think each of these doors would lead to?  Each one has a personality, so what kind of world ought to be waiting on the other side?

In St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

A bright door in Dublin

An ivy-grown gate near Dunfermline Abbey

Digory stands outside his wardrobe in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ready to try one more time…


About Melissa

generally in love with things Celtic, mythological, fantastic, sharp and pointy, cute and fuzzy, intellectual, snarky, cheerful, or some combination thereof. Such things as sarcastic bunnies wielding claymores might come to mind...

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Art, Faerie, Fantasy, Inspiration, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Melissa Rogers, Narnia, Photography, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. really enjoyed your doors – both real and symbolic

  2. really nice post. As an architecture student doors and door ways fascinate me. I think they definitely have the power to bring about really magical changes in mindset. The expectation of a threshold is very evocative I think I could possible travel the world just looking at doors and archways. 🙂

  3. The road goes ever on an on,
    Down from the door where it began . . .

  4. This is reminding me of the book Secret Garden! Really nice pictures!

    • Thanks! I found a few secret gardens in my travels and always loved that feeling of being in some special, magical place (even if it wasn’t at all a secret to the locals!).

  5. Never can resist peeking through open doorways. Really enjoyed this post!

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