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September 2019



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Doors Within Doors

fenchurche in photo_scavenger


I've been trying to figure out which photo to use for this one for a bit now (although thankfully it hasn't been as big a hangup for me as Insect was) and I found a few that would work, but none of them were what I really wanted... then it occurred to me that I should think outside the box a bit on the topic and bingo! I found a photo I took in 2011 that finally seemed right!

This won't make a lot of sense to anyone who has never read the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny and, really, for people not familiar with Geocaching. For the first one, well, it's almost too complicated to explain... in the Amber books, there are really only two real worlds: Amber and The Courts of Chaos. In between them are the shadows, including our Earth. Royals from Amber can walk the Pattern to travel freely through the shadows. Which is probably enough to explain the photo... but the books are classics and if you haven't read them, I recommend giving them a try.

As for Geocoins, they're large coins that have individual tracking numbers on them and are designed to move from Geocache to Geocache and be tracked along the way. My husband loves designing them and for his very first coin, he did one called "All Roads" (as in "All roads lead to Amber"), with the Pattern on one side and a very Amber-like design on the other. Here's a photo of the Pattern side of the coin, held by my husband to give it some scale.

And for those who might be curious, here's a photo of the obverse:


I read the books a million (well, nearly) years ago and really ought to reread them someday. The coin is really cool. Did he handmake it?
Oh my, wonderful. And now I'm quite curious about those books.
Gosh, it's been years since I read those books (college shouldn't be THAT long ago!)...

That's totally cool. :)
Nice twist on the prompt!

I keep hearing about these books from various sources. What's the first book to start with?
Terrific! A great choice for the prompt, and what a cool Geocoin.
Ooh, neat!

(I'm just coming to the tail-end of a binge re-read of all of Zelazny - it's too tempting to just start with Amber again *g*)