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Designed by Time

dsc_2880I was on vacation in Victoria, BC when I took these photos. I was meandering, taking in the intriguing sites and architectural details. The window is a very old building at the harbour and obviously once opened up from an active place of commerce. It’s now more decorative than functional. Numerous buildings had beautifully detailed and crafted door handles. I thought this pair of bronze keys was particularly clever. Although the building, also located on the harbour, was likely a bank it now houses a tastefully appointed fish and seafood restaurant.

I’ll be heading back to Victoria in February so was browsing through some of these images from my previous visit. It’s interesting how my vision through the lens was so varied. Many photos are of the details, some include the people, oodles of the photos are taken of boats and the water, food and street markets abound in the photos, and I forgot how many I had taken at night. It will be the same time of year when I revisit Victoria so I wonder what I will focus on, in terms of the photos I take, for this upcoming trip. Funny how we see the same things differently at different times. Funny how time seems to have actually enhanced the beauty and details of these old building features. Funny how people took the time to create beauty in the everyday details.

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Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design? ~Paracelsus

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Sue - January 21, 2010 - 2:46 pm

“Funny how we see the same things differently at different times. Funny how time seems to have actually enhanced the beauty and details of these old building features. Funny how people took the time to create beauty in the everyday details.”

I LOVE these thoughts! I look forward to seeing more of these beautiful features through your lens…

The Garden Ms. S - January 21, 2010 - 11:23 pm

Fabulous photos of these architectural details. I think there is an incredible romance to the crafing of something as delightful as those keys. I think I would have to smile every time I opened those doors ๐Ÿ™‚

sherri - January 21, 2010 - 11:44 pm

I really like the shutters. It’s good to see the colors, but in the image I prefer the greyscale.

Frida - January 22, 2010 - 3:43 am

I actually like the colored version the best. Those shutters are beautiful.

Marcie - January 22, 2010 - 8:03 am

Such wonderful architectural details and treasures. Love the colors..but really interesting to see the difference a little good processing can make!!!

Candace - January 24, 2010 - 12:05 am

Those are really some special door handles…and not too subtle either ๐Ÿ™‚

Toni - January 25, 2010 - 12:09 am

It’s funny, but I really like the window shot in color and the doors in b&w. The door handles are very cool. They really knew how to add those special touches back in the day. Excellent work.