When I was visiting my brother in Iowa last month, I told him that I needed to find a door or a few doors to photograph. He understood. Of course, I think that he may have felt that that requirement had been met after we had breakfast in Colo at Niland’s Café. I did feature those doors, but I was still looking for an interesting door.
A few days later, as we were heading back to his house, after picking up my mom at her apartment, I spied the door(s) I wanted to feature. I think my mother might have
thought further confirmed her belief knowledge that I am a nut case, when I asked my brother to pull into the parking lot next to the horse barn at Iowa State University (ISU). For those that don’t know, my brother lives in Ames, Iowa, the home of Iowa State.
I would have imagined that ISU would have lots of photo-worthy doors, most universities do, but I wouldn’t have thought that they would have had a rather remarkable horse barn. Iowa, as far as I knew, is all about corn, soy beans and pigs.
I didn’t have my camera with me when I noticed the horse barn, but I had my phone. We talked about the possibility of coming back later, but I was only there for a few days and I decided that the adage: “the best camera is the one you have” needed to be in full force on this door-shoot.
Apparently, ISU has been serious about horses for a long time. The two long barns on the sides were built in 1923. In 1926, they added the section that bridges the two sides and forms a large U-shaped barn. The program has a lot of horses and each year they add more (horses have baby horses). This is actually a pretty cool part of their program. Junior and senior horse majors (I don’t think that’s the actual name) get to take care of an expectant mom horse and her baby. Check this out to see one of the newborns – soooo cute.
I don’t have pictures of the Equine Center, but that is where they hold horse shows and exhibitions. You can read more about that in the ISU Equine News.
I also want to point out one set of doors. A few weeks ago, Norm, the founder of the feast here at Thursday Doors, featured what he dubbed a trifecta. Of course, I took that as a challenge. In addition to doors, I needed to find a doorfecta. It’s in the gallery. Three levels, three doors.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s fun Thursday Doors series. You can follow the doors on his page each week. You can add your own door too, and you don’t have to add it on Thursday. Norm will let you slide one in as late as Saturday morning. You can see all of this week’s doors here, but make sure you stop at Norm’s.