Filoli Gardens Doors

On a whim last week, I took a drive to Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California to see their early spring blooms and practice taking landscape photos. I was also hoping to find a few interesting doors, as it’s been a while since I’ve participated in Norm Frampton’s weekly feature, Thursday Doors. The day was overcast, a good thing when taking photos in the middle of the day.

Alas, the blooms were scarce but for a few tulip gardens, my exposures and focus were off, and there were many visitors making it difficult to get people-free pictures. Whine, whine, whine. LOL. But, I did get a few door photos that I took creative liberty with in enhancing the less-than-wonderful original exposures. For better or worse, here a few of Filoli’s lovely doors.

Filoli Door 7 L2


Filoli Door 6 L


Filoli Door 4 L2


Filoli Door 5 L2


About Filoli:

Hidden in the foothills of Woodside, California, Filoli Gardens was created as a grand country estate for the wealthy Bourn family in the early 1900s. The name “Filoli” comes from the first two letters of “FIght- LOve-LIve.” Bourn’s credo was “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life.” These are worthy words to live by.

The estate features a 20th-century Georgian mansion, 16 acres of remarkable formal gardens, a Café and Gift Shop, and docent-led hikes through the estate’s nature preserve. Filoli is a not-for-profit organization that is open to the public thanks to approximately 1,200 volunteers and financial support obtained through fundraising, grants, and donations.

Filoli website:


33 thoughts on “Filoli Gardens Doors

  1. These are just beautiful. I don’t know if it’s in the way you chose to post-process them but they all have a European old-world feel to them. Nicely done 🙂

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. How unusual that I’d never heard of this place before and there are two posts featuring it this week. Maybe that’s a sign that I need to try to get there. 🙂 Not exactly near Chicago, though, or near my daughter’s place in Pasadena.


    1. Amazing that a couple of us bloggers in the SF Bay Area had the same idea to visit Filoli last week. Even more amazing is that we both posted about Filoli on Thursday Doors last week. I agree that this is a sign that you need to come see this gorgeous place for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

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