Portal fantasy

A bright blue door leans against a building.

You’ve prob­a­bly read a por­tal fan­ta­sy. It’s just a sto­ry where the char­ac­ters are trans­port­ed from our world to some oth­er world, usu­al­ly by mag­i­cal means, often through a door of some kind. L. Frank Baum’sThe Wiz­ard of Oz is a por­tal fan­ta­sy; so are Lewis Car­rol­l’s Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I’m cur­rent­ly read­ing The Star­less Sea by Erin Mor­gen­stern, which is a lit­er­al por­tal fan­ta­sy: trav­el to the sec­ondary world is through actu­al doors, most­ly paint­ed by a char­ac­ter named Mirabel.

For well over 20 years I read Stephen King’s Dark Tow­er saga, which is a por­tal fan­ta­sy, with char­ac­ters mov­ing between Key­stone Earth (ie, our world) and Mid-World via doors that stand on beach­es, in forests, in dark­ened base­ments and haunt­ed houses.

So when I saw the blue door lean­ing against a Bell MTS build­ing, I had to stop and take a pho­to. If it was­n’t behind chain­link fence, I might just have tried turn­ing the door­knob, in case there was a world behind it.

You nev­er know.

Series: Bike Ride Photos

The entire series: Down by the riv­er; Bike ride birds; The ex-gar­den and the weir; Snap­shots of a ride; Across Town; Black­bird; North Hill cam­pus; Lilacs and coun­try roads; A pop of colour; Back lane flow­ers; More Breniz­ers; The riv­er is high; A bird and a reflec­tion; Rideau Park; Writ­ing Retreat 2020, Day 7; Writ­ing Retreat 2020: The Num­bers; Storm dam­age, sun­flow­ers; Eleanor Kidd gar­dens; Scenes from today’s ride; All right, autumn can be pret­ty; Bike ride, April 10, 2021; Bike ride wildlife; Bike ride, May 16, 2021; Some flow­ers for you; Lilacs; Under the bridge; A fence, a tree, and the sky; Tur­tle Cross­ing; Ceme­tery crit­ters; On Reflec­tion; Week­end rides; Upon Reflec­tion; Deer and paparazzi; Sep­tem­ber Bike Ride; Corn & Sun­set; On Reflec­tion: Oct. 1st; Autumn Trees; A bit of graf­fi­ti; Novem­ber bike ride; Geese; Day 30; Quack quack; Skin­ny deer; Mon­day bike ride; Sat­ur­day snaps; Deer + Flow­ers; Bike Ride — July 17, 2022; The mead­ow; It seems to be autumn; Por­tal fan­ta­sy; Sla­va Ukrai­ni; Writ­ing Retreat 2023: Thurs­day bike ride.

Inter­est­ed in prints of my pho­tos? Let me know, and we can work some­thing out.