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“Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.” Jean Houston

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... brightly lit windows on a Frank Gehry designed building, NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... nighttime window glimpses from Eglise saint Etienne Le Veiux, France

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... In Caen Cathedral in France

Like the eyes, windows give us an opening through which we can see or retreat from the world. Everywhere we look, there are windows staring back at us; some intricate, some inviting, and others utilitarian. No matter how we choose to define the windows we see, in simple or spiritual terms, what is important is the fact that they bring light to a space, they add character to a structure, and they give us a way to look at others and at the world… For this challenge, I had to pair down on my selections because I love taking pictures of buildings and had tons to choose from… I hope you like my final choices.

“The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... looking out from a window at Storm King, NY

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... looking out from a library window into other windows, Massachusetts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... looking out at the snow and another home

I love looking at buildings; especially architecturally beautiful buildings. Whenever I travel, I always find time to walk around the city or town I’m visiting to enjoy the local architecture, take pictures, and imagine the lives of the inhabitants in the homes I walk by… If you pay attention, the design, layout of homes vary from country to country and I love when I come across an old home that is representative of some aspect of the history of an area. The size and shape of the windows also tell a story. Are they large, open and welcoming? Are they small, intricate, draped with heavy curtains? What does that say about how people view privacy in their town/city/village?

“Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... Hallway windows inviting us in Cambridge, UK

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... Bay windows in residence on the westside of NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... looking out Pike Place Mkt shop... in Seattle, WA

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... interesting windows & architectural design... UK

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... interesting architectural design... downtown, NYC

Another thing about windows is that it soon becomes pretty apparent that newer, modern buildings have full length, floor to ceiling reflective glass windows, like the Frank Gehry building above, and that older buildings have windows that are smaller, with moldings and intricate designs; each more magnificent than the last, as if the artisans were competing to see who could be more flashy or even gaudier than Antoni Gaudi – one of my favorite architects of all times. By the way, I love bay windows… a lot of brownstone buildings in NYC have them and I love the idea of sitting by one and looking outside.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... overpass NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... at Cambridge, UK

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... at Tapisserie de Bayeux, France

The quote above by Elisabeth K-R is one of my favorites because it touches on a powerful aspect of the human spirit and character. Like beautiful bright windows, we shine and shimmer in the sun but who we truly are comes through when the sun sets and moonlight or dark night sets in. What are our windows like? How often do we polish the windows of our hearts? More below… 😉

“Friends are like windows through which you see out into the world and back into yourself… If you don’t have friends you see much less than you otherwise might.” Merle Shain

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... lots of windows on a city block of apartments, NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... a wall of windows in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... 3 types of windows galore, NYC

Buildings with lots of windows always fascinate me. I try to imagine how much effort went into the design and how they heat the space in the winter. Whenever I walk around Manhattan, I marvel at the many tall buildings with endless, small windows; often representing high priced space with somewhat small square footage. People love the city and are willing to pay for it. You just learn to maximize your space till you earn more and upgrade…

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... interesting architectural design...NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... interesting architectural design...BMW headquarters, Munich, Germany

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows... interesting architectural design... Westminster Abbey windows, London, UK

NYC has, like many other cosmopolitan cities in other parts of the world, beautiful architecture. Some of the buildings in the city are so gorgeous that one stops to admire them for a while. I’m always curious about buildings with something unique as they offer us food for thought…  What about you? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your example of Windows? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Did you enjoy selecting your photos for this prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows…

Positive Motivation Tip: Pay attention to the windows you open and the ones you close; they both add meaning to your journey.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/11/2011 9:01 pm

    You always have the best photo’s and posts. Windows remind me of the many ways God gives us blessings in order to help others. He opens the doors and windows of opportunity it is a matter of us finding it and taking action! Great post. ~~Jackie

  2. 09/11/2011 9:33 pm

    You got me there at the end, Elizabeth! The photos are just wonderful, and I, too, love the EKR quote. But your Positive Motivation Tip is so appropriate for where I am tonight, I feel grateful. Wonderful post. It lightens the load. Debra

  3. 09/11/2011 9:43 pm

    Awesome photos and a beautiful message

  4. 09/11/2011 10:02 pm

    That was an amazing array of windows! Lovely post.


  5. 09/11/2011 11:15 pm

    I love your fantastic selection of buildings with such interesting and beautiful windows Elizabeth! Brilliant!

  6. 10/11/2011 1:19 am

    Beautiful pictures. I especially liked the French Cathedral, the bay windows of NYC and the overpass of NYC. I love architectural details. Thanks for letting me view buildings from different places and thanks for the ping back.

  7. 10/11/2011 2:21 am

    I also saw the BMW headquarters in Munich – looking down from the Olympiaturm / TV-tower with restaurant …

  8. 10/11/2011 3:32 am

    I know Frank Gehry well because I was a studen of architecture. However, I have never visited his architecture.
    NY sounds interesting place. I should go to the city.

  9. 10/11/2011 3:52 am

    I, too, love Frank Gehry’s architecture–just read a blog a few days ago where a blogger photographed one of his more contemporary-looking buildings. Your collection shows how well-traveled you are.

  10. 10/11/2011 3:58 am

    thanks a lot for sharing this awesome post! picturesque pictures indeed! More power! 🙂

  11. Bree permalink
    10/11/2011 6:46 am

    What an impressive array of buildings and windows everywhere. Your love for architecture shows through.
    I love that first one; the gehry, and the bmw building is amazing. Did you take it from the place Frizztext mentioned above?
    The bay windows are fascinating and that Storm King one is perfection.
    All great photos. 🙂

  12. 10/11/2011 7:34 am

    Loved these photos. They where stunning

  13. 10/11/2011 8:28 am

    As always, you have a beautiful collection of photos to go with the theme of the week. I also love the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross quote about people being like stained glass windows. Lovely! 🙂

  14. 10/11/2011 8:53 am

    Great photos as always. Thanks for the photos and inspirations.

  15. 10/11/2011 11:25 am

    What Barbara said! I love the English buildings, but the BMW HQ is really intriguing!

    I’m looking at the roses today, not dreaming of future blooming. 🙂

    • 10/11/2011 11:26 am

      I LOVE, not live, the English buildings – not enough coffee yet this morning

  16. 10/11/2011 11:25 am

    What an amazing gallery of world windows! I keep scrolling back up to look at the NYC overpass photo. NYC must have an abundance of interesting architecture. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos.

  17. 10/11/2011 11:33 am

    “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

    Love this quote. The summary at the end is perfect, for it is when we are faced with the greatest challenges that you must find the light in your heart that will allow you not to be enveloped in the darkness. Thank you for sharing, I just may have to use this quote in one of my posts one day with credit to both you and Elizabeth! Hope today is ‘yournewfavoriteday:)’

  18. 10/11/2011 2:54 pm

    Wonderful collection of shots . . . illuminated with your words.

  19. 10/11/2011 3:09 pm

    Great photos, Eliz. Your post made me remember Julie Andrews line from The Sound of Music, “The Good Mother says whenever God closes a door, he opens a window somewhere.”

  20. 11/11/2011 5:00 pm

    Whether taking pictures of doors or windows, you are the best.

  21. 12/11/2011 2:17 am

    Your photos are really great, love the post

  22. 14/11/2011 6:54 am

    Beautiful!! You must be on Instagram, yes? I will look for you there. If not, you should definitely consider it! Your photos are such fun. 🙂

    (Love the Elisabeth KR quote too!)

  23. 27/11/2011 8:27 pm

    I love the diversity of your photos – as diverse as people…

  24. 27/09/2017 5:43 pm

    I didn’t count them, but your windows add up to an impressive number! Wow.


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