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Searching for threshold


This weeks WordPress photo challenge is ‘threshold.’  That’s an intriguing idea.  I checked the definition and found:

“A strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.”


“The magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested.”

Huh.  How exciting can a strip of wood, metal or stone at the bottom of a doorway be?  And how do you photograph intensity exceeded?

I also found:

“Any place or point of entering or beginning”

This seemed more workable.  Sunday morning I headed down to Ann Arbor because I remembered a plaque on the steps of the Student Union commemorating the spot that John F Kennedy stood when he announced the beginning of the Peace Corp.  I thought that it would be a fitting interpretation of the beginning of something significant.

As I drove past the main university campus I noted that the roads ahead, in front of the union, were closed.  So I found a parking spot and walked the few blocks.  I soon found why the roads were blocked as there was a road race going on, right past the Student Union!

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Once I was able to get across the road I eagerly climbed the steps and searched.  The plaque was gone!  It has been there for years and years and years and I thought I must just be missing it…but after a through search I had to admit it was gone.  And so was my idea to represent the concept.

So I wandered back across the street and through the law library with it’s Gothic doors…

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and courtyard…

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…and towers.

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It’s beautiful, but really…not thresholds.  This is the best I could find, down two levels in the basement of the law library building.

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Not very interesting. But the prettiest threshold I could find.  So I gave up and drove cross country on pretty back roads to my favorite park where I enjoyed sunshine, lots of birds, blue water and a good book.

But that’s another blog.

Will I have anything at all for this week’s photo challenge?

I don’t know.  There’s one shot I’m thinking about, but it would be a stretch.  I’ll decide later in the week.  Maybe I’ll keep looking, but I don’t have much spare time this week, and I have no inspiration.

Stay tuned.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Searching for threshold

  1. Geez…now it’s going to bother me all day~where’s the plaque and why would they take it down?

    What a beautiful campus!


  2. I visited the campus in Ann Arbor many, many years ago. It looks as beautiful as I remember. I think you covered a couple of the meanings of threshold in this post. Maybe all of them, with the race. 🙂


  3. It does seem odd it would just disappear – maybe they are cleaning it or something.


  4. Too bad you couldn’t find somebody official to ask what happened to that plaque! “Threshold” is a hard concept to depict — you’ve given us some good options, though, and I know you’ll choose just the right one.


  5. Threshold is such a strong word. The pictures are all good examples. What about the human or canine approach to the word—Katie just before she pounces, a toddler holding on to a table and taking those first few steps. A pregnant women in her 9th month. . .On the threshold of coming or going—hugging at the airport. A plane coming in for a landing. I don’t know but I like your challenge. :-D.


  6. Perhaps not what you were seeking, but lovely nonetheless.

    Sent from my iPad



  7. Now that’s a beautiful threshold
    Lily & Edward


  8. Love the new crane photo!


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  10. Just thought of another ‘threshold’ definition used all the time in fearful dog training land…..dogs being ‘over threshold’ means the “point where a stimulus is at a strong enough intensity to cause a reaction”….so maybe Katie barking at a squirrel (or garbage bag) could count 🙂


  11. Good ideas you guys!


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  13. The mystery troubles me, too: why would the plaque be removed? But I love, love, love your banner with the sandhill crane! Heard a pair over our farmhouse late yesterday afternoon, after looking in vain for a pair I’d hoped would have returned by now to south Lake Leelanau. Nothing like them!


  14. How about a graduation picture ?


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