Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 17

Well, I thought I would close things out with a big finale, so I’m offering you four pictures this week.  The first three are the ‘Chicago Windows Trilogy.’ They are some shots my sister took (from her hotel window) while in Chicago this past year. I believe these enormous skyscrapers with their thousands of windows say something significant about our culture: Windows are no longer just an opening in the wall through which we can see out or see in. They have become a major and an influential part of our architecture, and as such, have a great deal to say about our society — for now and for the future when people look back on the kinds of buildings we created in which to live and work.

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This last little window is one that I’m sharing because I began this challenge with a small personal window that had a flower box sitting on its ledge. I thought it was appropriate to share another of those charming windows with you in closing.  They really are one of my favorite kinds of windows in the whole world.

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This challenge has been so much fun for me. I never dreamed, when I whimsically posted that first picture that so many of you out there would also enjoy taking and sharing pictures of windows. You have been great, and I’ve enjoyed all of your photos very, very much. I’m also grateful to have had this opportunity to meet so many of you through this venture, and I will most definitely still visit your blogs and stay in communication. I’m not leaving the blogging community. I just need to step out of this challenge because I can’t be sure right now that I will be able to post something on a strict schedule, and I don’t want the rest of you having to wait on me to post your pictures.

But one of our participants has asked to take over the challenge and keep it going from her site. Her blog is called “The Day After — Musings of a Wannabe Photographer.”  Here’s the link to her site:

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/

So if you are still enjoying this challenge, just hop over there and follow her blog so that you will see the notification of next week’s challenge from there. I’ll join in as often as I can. The Lord bless you all.  Keep having fun.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 16

I’m late with “Thursday’s Windows” again this week — due to the fact that I was sick this past week and had my work schedule flopped around, so that I was a little out of sync. Since I’m evidently having a problem keeping up with the program, I think it’s probably time to bring this particular photo challenge to a close. So next week, beginning Thursday, January 10, will be the final “Thursday’s Windows” photo challenge.  Please post this week, and then look for one of your favorites to post next week to close out the fun. And it has been GREAT FUN!  Thank you all for taking part.

My photo this week is one more Christmas window.  Since my family and I celebrate Christmas until Epiphany, which is January 6, that let’s me share Christmas windows one more time. This window is the top half of my dad’s front door.

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Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 15

Ministerial duties on behalf of a grieving family came ahead of my blog work this week, so I am late posting the ‘Thursday’s Windows’ article, but here it is. The first photo is of the front window at the City Hall Building in a neighboring town — part of their Christmas celebration.

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Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 14

TWO CHRISTMAS WINDOWS FROM MY HOMETOWN THIS WEEK:

This first set is both sides of the headquarters of the Brewster Philanthropic Foundation. Each year they light their second-story windows like this especially for Christmas.

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This next picture is one of the same buildings I featured in a day-time picture a few weeks ago. I really like these windows, and I especially thought the lighted effect was so pretty.

Exif JPEGHope everyone out there is having a wonderful time of celebration this Christmas season. Be sure to leave the links to your pictures in the comment section below.

And, no, they do not have to be Christmas windows.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 13

A local shop window decorated for Christmas. This picture didn’t come out quite as clear as I had hoped, but I was fascinated by all the work that had to go into creating this fantasy scene, and I wanted to share it.

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Please be sure and leave the link to your own windows pictures.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 12

Okay, you all know how much I love Christmas, so, naturally, I have to bring the celebration to my windows.  This is three views of the window of my front door and the Christmas wreath which pretty much covers it. So, yeah, really it’s pictures of my Christmas wreath, but I figure there’s enough window showing to make it legal for the challenge.

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Please be sure to leave the links to your windows in the Comments section below.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 11

A little different view on this week’s window:   A few months ago, I did an experiment, which included trying to take a picture of the moon through my living room window.  I knew it would probably not take very well, but I did not realize just what kind of product I would end up with.

 In this photo, you can see through my window, with a fairly good view of the two house right across the street, the trees, and the moon.  But you also see the clear reflection of two of my living room walls, the picture hanging on one of them,  the doorway into my kitchen, a row of books on the top of a bookcase on the left side of that doorway, a box sitting on a shelf on the opposite side of that same doorway, part of my ceiling, and the pull knob of my ceiling fan.  

I could not believe how clearly all of those things — which are spread across two opposite sides of my living room — as well as on the ceiling — could show up in the same picture — particularly since I was focusing away from all of them. I thought you might find it interesting too. There’s just no end to what one can see through a window, is there? 

Don’t forget to leave the links to your windows pictures.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows – Week 10

Posting a day early because of the holiday.

I have borrowed a window again this week, mainly because it is one of my favorite window pictures, and it seem so very appropriate for this Thanksgiving week. I’m truly enjoying all of your pictures. Isn’t it amazing how something  so “ordinary” can suddenly become a thing of delight and even inspiration when we focus on it differently?  My mother taught me that. She was a poet, and almost every poem she wrote focused on the “specialness” that she saw in the “ordinary” people and things in her life. I will always appreciate that gift from her.

Be sure to leave the link to your pictures. And for those of you who live in the U. S., I wish you a warm, wonderful, delightful Thanksgiving!

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 9

I live in a small city that is a little over 100 years old, and I’m glad that several of the business owners have gone to the trouble and expense of refurbishing and restoring so many of our buildings.  I love to look down this street on a quiet day and see the windows in the upper level of these buildings.

The picture of the single building with the “Annex” sign was a very busy and popular movie theater in the late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  It has been re-claimed and turned into a coffee shop with a 1940’s movie theme decor inside.

The second picture shows the other end of that block of buildings, also with restored structures and windows.

Be sure and leave a link to your windows pictures.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows – Week 8

Below is my offering for this week.  It is a photo my sister took on her trip to France last year.  She loves Monet’s work and has always wanted to visit his home.  When she did so, she got some great pictures.

What fascinates me about the home is that it has SO MANY windows. You don’t see many one-family homes with rows and rows of windows like these, and I think they are what give the home a special, beautiful charm.

Be sure to post your comments and your links below.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 7

One of my favorite windows in the world: My front door.  In the U. S. it’s quite common to have two doors at the entrances: One a normal wooden door and the other a storm/screen door, which usually consists of glass windows which can be converted to screens for warm weather. Some are plain and some are embellished with designs made from different materials — often wrought iron — like mine. When the sun rises every morning, this is the beautiful scene I encounter, and I love the way the storm door windows allow both sun and shadow to paint a picture on my wooden door.

Be sure to leave a comment and link to your own windows.  Thanks to all of you for joining in and opening so many windows into your world for us to share.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 6

Madonna and Child window above the main entrance to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, Illinois, U. S. A.  The inscription is from the Gospel of Matthew: “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Well, here we are in our 6th week of “Thusday’s Windows.” I’m having fun. Hope you are too.  Remember to leave a link to your window photos in the comments section below.

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 5

This week, I’m sharing two photos because I couldn’t make a decision. Both of these are “borrowed” with permission.  I love these charming windows with the flower pots sitting outside them.  I wish I had a window at my house where I could do this. 

The second window serves as background for this laden table.  The whole picture reminds me so very much of my mom’s and grandmother’s tables on baking days — especially around the holidays. Every time I look at this picture, I am transported to some of the happiest memories of my childhood and adolescence. 

One other thing that ties these two pics together is the curtains at the windows.  Did you notice that they are of exactly the same material and with very similar patters embroidered into them?  I love them.

Be sure to leave a link to your windows in the comment section.  I am really enjoying seeing all of your interesting takes on this theme. Hope you’re enjoying it as much.

IF YOU’RE NEW TO THIS CHALLENGE — Here’s the link to the original post that started it all:  https://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/new-photo-challenge-thursdays-windows/

Photo Challenge: Thursday’s Windows — Week 4

This is my favorite church window in my home town.

I’m really enjoying all of these great posts.  They sort if “open a window” into the lives of the people with whom we share this little section of cyberspace.

Your posts do not have to be of “church” windows.  Any window that appeals to you is great. And please feel free to post after Thursday if necessary.  Be sure to leave the link to yours in the comment section.

Photo Challenge: ‘Thursday’s Windows’ – 3rd Week

Well, that time has rolled around again, and I am posting a photo from my old high school days.  The picture shows several of my classmates in study hall, but what catches my attention is that whole wall of windows at the back of the room.  They are the epitome of “School Windows” from about 4 or 5 decades ago.  (Yes, I’m really that old, but don’t tell anyone.)

There’s just something so special about them to me.  They were the same throughout the school — and throughout many U. S. schools during those years. (In fact, I can’t look at windows like that without thinking “School.”)

The top windows of each set of three opened out, and the bottom windows opened in.  You twisted the little handle on each window to open it, and of course, there were no screens.  But during the first and last month of our school year, the weather was so warm (or hot) that we had to have those windows open.  And because of the way they opened in two directions, they did offer a pretty good breeze. Virtually all of our classrooms had them across the whole length of the outside walls, and it made things quite pleasant to have that much natural light and to be able to see the rest of the world outside while slaving away at the books.

Just looking at them brings back so many wonderful memories of those school days. I bet a lot of you out there remember them as well — but you don’t have to admit your age if you don’t want to.

And don’t feel that you need to post windows pertaining to schools this week.  The challenge is still the same and will remain so until we get tired of it.  It’s just “Thursday’s Windows” — any kind, any size, any where. I’m really enjoying all your entries.  Isn’t it amazing what a variety there is of something so seemingly “ordinary”?

Remember to post the link to YOUR picture in the comment section below.

P. S.  I have to be away from my computer for a few days this weekend, so if I don’t respond to your picture right away, don’t think I’m not interested.  I will be looking forward to seeing all of them when I can get back to the Internet.