Wanderings & observations – urban & rural.

WINDOWS

Windows frame views beyond my reach…

and sometimes obscure my view…

They reflect my surroundings…

even while they offer glimpses of what is inside…

They reflect me…

and sometimes, they seem to get inside my head!

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge involves photos of windows…many more ideas and images can be found here.

The header photo was taken through windows inside Seattle’s Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas.  The mountain in the first photo is Mt. Rainier; the skyscraper with clouds is in Manhattan. The Japanese building is in Bellevue, WA and the building with arched windows is on Staten Island in New York City.

These photos were taken between 2009 and 2014, with a compact digital camera (Panasonic Lumix), a camera phone (Samsung Galaxy), a DSLR (Canon Rebel), and a Sony Nex. There are lots of choices these days – many “windows” through which to compose your photographs.

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35 responses

  1. Something very zen about several of these. Lovely choices.

    January 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    • Funny you should say that – I spent quite a few years in a zen monastery – but that’s another story! Good to hear from you – stay dry if you can!

      January 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

      • That sounds fascinating. I’ve been tempted, but no follow through…. ;)

        January 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  2. Wonderfully creative response to this challenge. Beautiful images too!

    January 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  3. I enjoyed your narrative along with the lovely window shots. It all seemed magical somehow.

    January 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    • Good! I like a little magic in the mix.

      January 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

  4. Great shots! The bottom one is particularly fascinating. Well done.

    January 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    • That was on one of those rainy Seattle days…I was gazing around, looking for interesting things to shoot, glanced down and there was my reflection in a rain puddle – a few steps in the right direction and the window reflection was on my shadow in the puddle. Rain has its uses, as I know you are aware! :-)

      January 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

  5. Magnificent!

    January 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

  6. All are very nice but I prefer the second, that photo has a special charm… ;)

    January 12, 2014 at 12:44 am

    • It’s from a farming valley near where I live – a tiny box of a shelter was constructed on a side road, I think for kids waiting for the bus. Thank you!

      January 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

  7. I love looking through the weathered frame to beyond .. a loose gathering of wild flowers through a window … and the soft nibbled edged heart amongst the rain tears …
    Lovely series BB .

    January 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

    • It IS a heart on my windshield, isn’t it? That was just the other day, on the way home from work, in traffic, looking west as a patch of sky over Puget Sound cleared.Thank you for your lovely words, Poppy!

      January 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

  8. A very good collection of photos!

    January 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

  9. Great collection!

    January 12, 2014 at 8:56 am

  10. A beautifully composed post Lyn, so many thoughtful views and reflections.

    January 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

  11. I agree with Patti, especially your three portraits at the bottom which suggest a triptych of metaphors.

    January 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

    • Nice idea…I guess you’re right…no straightforward self portrait for me – always a bit obscure!

      January 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

  12. Great creative response to this challenge, love the variety of images and ideas in this gallery!

    January 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

  13. Love that last shot – really clever!

    January 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks Tina, I’m always scratching my head…

      January 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

  14. beautiful windows…

    January 13, 2014 at 2:24 am

  15. I like the farm window and peeling wood frames, the best- that’s a neat shot. Seeing through to the other side reminds me of when you use mirrors together to get a “looking into infinity” sort of reflection. Not sure if I’m describing that in a way that makes sense, doesn’t even make sense to myself!

    January 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  16. It’s hard to pick a favourite, you show us so many wonderful windows with different stories. A truly great presentation!
    Greetings from Norfolk,
    Dina

    January 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

  17. Hello! What a great selection. My favourite is the first image of Mnt Rainer – I just want to get out there and take a walk through that forest. Supremely uplifting.

    January 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

  18. A very nice reflection on windows and the role they play in our lives!

    January 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

  19. love the second for its rustic charm and the third one , which seems Japanese? beautiful study!!

    January 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you – you’re right, it’s a Japanese pavilion at a Botanical Garden near Seattle. It’s made from cedar and it not only look beautiful – it smells fantastic!

      January 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

  20. I’m a sucker for window photos..these are all fantastic!!

    January 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  21. Wow! That’s a great collection of photographs together with lovely comments!

    January 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

  22. Beautiful colors. I have really been enjoying your blog :D

    February 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

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