Photographs: The Uniqueness Of Windows


Like doors, I find windows both fascinating and symbolic.

Windows have their own unique look, personality and feel. Some are square, some are arched. Some are clear, some are stained. Some are ornately dressed, while others are bare.

And it's interesting because windows are not only something we look through, but they also reflect, like mirrors.

I always look at windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids; whether they're open, closed, or halfway closed.

Today I would like to share some window photographs, most of which I captured over the past three months, but a few are from last year. I also wove quotes between some of them that I thought were inspirational and humorous.

Please enjoy some window watching...


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Happy Monday, y'all!

*Note: Some of these photo prints may be purchased at my Zazzle Store: Caught My Eye

54 comments

  1. Every one a winner, Ron. I liked that about dog art.... wow, I could have used that phrase when my dogs were alive. I agree with you that windows, like doors, are fascinating yet I never thought to take many pictures. I shall start looking more closely in future.


    I don't have so many opportunities to go out with the camera these days with having to spend most of the time taking Joe to the hospital. Maybe one day....


    Hoping your week is pain-free and effortless x

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  2. Gorgeous window photos! I'm especially a fan of windows that have a curve or unusual shape. When I replaced the windows in my house, the octagonal one is the only one I left in.


    I like when I'm out at night and pass a house with an un-curtained window. It's like getting a little glimpse into someone's life. And when I'm inside, I like all the light coming in through the windows.

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  3. Fabulous photos, Ron! We don't get to see such beauty everyday like those you posted. One thing I miss about our old house was the wall of windows in our family room. We added that room on and had them install a huge picture window with two triangular windows above. We do have some neat windows here, including a small stained glass window in the front of the house.

    I love the curved window with the shutters and the circular port hole window.

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  4. Rob LenihanApril 14, 2014

    Wow, Ron, this photos are fantastic! It's like something you'd see in a travel magazine! Most people walk by these fabulous windows every day and never appreciate their beauty.


    And I love those quotes you included with the images. I particularly like the one about the stained glass windows.The light within indeed is what matters most.


    Thanks so much for getting my Monday off to a great start, buddy! You've opened up a window to a whole new way of looking at life!


    Take care!

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  5. Love, love, love that last quote! Fabulous photos! I enjoy looking at unique ornate windows!

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  6. Oh Ron, a wonderfully diversified selection of window photographs! And I love that first quote by Robin Sharma. I also loved the quote about my dog's nose art because I have a dog and he does that! My favorite windows here are 1, 6, 9 and 12. But they're all great. Where did you take that last shot of the dome? It's so beautiful!

    You have a such a great eye for taking pictures. They always look so professional.

    Have a wonderful week Ron x

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  7. good morning, ron. i liked this so much:


    "I always look at windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids; whether they're open, closed, or halfway closed."



    beautiful set of windows. i love huge windows i can sit in and and read, though i have nothing like that. i'm happy for the natural light, at least i can still sit on the couch and read.

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  8. Good morning Valerie!

    Thank you :)

    " I liked that about dog art.... wow, I could have used that phrase when my dogs were alive."

    HA! Isn't that quote adorable? It totally made me smile when I read it :)

    "I agree with you that windows, like doors, are fascinating yet I never thought to take many pictures. I shall start looking more closely in future."

    I think because I live in a city (with a lot of building), I am forever looking UP and AROUND, so I seem to notice windows. And Philadelphia, having such varied architecture, you see so many different styles of windows.

    "I don't have so many opportunities to go out with the camera these days with having to spend most of the time taking Joe to the hospital. Maybe one day...."

    ((((((((( You and Joe ))))))))

    Have a lovely week, dear lady. And thank so much for stopping by!

    X to you and Joe!

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  9. Love the pics of the different windows. I personally love stained glass windows, though I don't have any in my house unfortunately. :)

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  10. Thank you :)

    " I'm especially a fan of windows that have a curve or unusual shape."

    Meeeeeee too!!!!!

    And what I love about the architecture of Philly is that they have a lot of those windows, being such an old city.

    "I like when I'm out at night and pass a house with an un-curtained window. It's like getting a little glimpse into someone's life."

    That is so funny because I think the SAME THING! Often, I will peek inside the windows while walking by a house!

    " And when I'm inside, I like all the light coming in through the windows."



    Me too! That why, even though my apartment is small, I have a lot of windows with a lot of natural light coming in. I face north, so I don't get direct sunlight, but my apartment is always brightly lit.


    Much thanks for stopping by and have a SUPER week!


    X

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  11. Thank you, Bijoux :)

    "We don't get to see such beauty everyday like those you posted."

    One of the things I really love about living in a city (especially an old city, like Philly) is the beautiful and diversified architecture.

    "We do have some neat windows here, including a small stained glass window in the front of the house."

    I LOVED stained-glass windows!!!

    "and the circular port hole window."



    Isn't that a stunning window? I spotted that while walking down a side street. It's a window in someone's home on the second floor.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous week!


    X

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  12. Thank you, Rob :)

    " Most people walk by these fabulous windows every day and never appreciate their beauty."

    I agree! And I know you understand this because you also live in a city, but most city dwellers never take the time to actually LOOK around and notice things because they become immune to their everyday surroundings.

    "I particularly like the one about the stained glass windows."



    Isn't that a great quote? I like that one too!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have SUPA' week!


    X

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  13. Thank you, Suzi :)

    "Love, love, love that last quote!"

    HA! Do you know what's ironic? I so thought of YOU when I spotted that quote, I kid you not.

    " I enjoy looking at unique ornate windows!"



    Meeeeeeee too!


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have glorious week!
    X

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  14. Hola Denise!

    Thank you :)

    "And I love that first quote by Robin Sharma."

    Isn't that quote AWESOME? That's actually the first quote I spotted when I was searching for windows quotes for this post and LOVED it! And isn't the dog's nose art quote adorable?

    "Where did you take that last shot of the dome? It's so beautiful!"



    That is the dome on top of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, here in Philly. I took that shot one day right after it snowed, which is why there are icicles hanging off the side. That cathedral is gorgeous on the inside as well.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week as well!

    X

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  15. Ron, what always impresses me about your photographs is the way you see an image and how you frame it. Some of them are centered and others are off-centered, which gives such an interesting feel to the image. Do you crop them that way or do you shoot them that way?

    I love that first shot of the building with all the windows. I also like 4, 8, 10, 11 and 12. Number 11 looks like a zig zag graphic.

    And dude, I love that final quote!

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  16. Good morning Val!

    "I always look at windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids; whether they're open, closed, or halfway closed."

    I swear, that's what I always think/see whenever I look at windows. Especially if there are a lot windows, like in the first picture I shared - a bunch of eyeballs with eyelids.

    " i love huge windows."



    Meeeeeee too! Which is why, although my apartment is small, I love that it has four HUGE windows. LOTS of natural light.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super week!


    X

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  17. Hey there Pearl!

    Thank you :)

    "I personally love stained glass windows"



    Meeee too! And we seem to have a lot of those in Philadelphia because it's such an old city. Many of the pubs here have stained-glass windows.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, m'dear. Have a lovely week!

    X

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  18. Hiya Matt!

    Thank you :)

    "Do you crop them that way or do you shoot them that way?"

    I actually do both. Sometimes when I take a picture I will crop it while editing, so that the focal point is off center. But then sometimes I will shoot a picture that way, like #'s 5, 10 and 12. Those three I shot that way.

    " Number 11 looks like a zig zag graphic."



    HA! Yes, it does! Those windows are on the Rittenhouse Square Hotel/Condominium building, right off the Rittenhouse Square park. I shot that with my zoom lens.


    Glad you like the final quote. I did too.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have an EXCELLENT week!

    X

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  19. Thanks for explaining, Ron. Cool! That last shot is so beautiful.

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  20. That last shot is the dome on top of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral. I took that right after it snowed one day, a couple of months ago.

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  21. Great photos Ron, love the red brick one especially.
    Have a fabulous week.

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  22. Ron, your window photos are spectacular, and I LOVE the quotes you've included with them! You have an artist's eye, my friend, and we're all the richer for your sharing it!

    We have some of those little winged angel-things decorating our church (like those pictured in #9). I don't know enough about art to determine which era they represent, but they're uncannily alike!

    And would you look at those icicles hanging off the dome in #12!! That makes me cold, just looking at them.

    Happy Monday to you!

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  23. Mark PetruskaApril 14, 2014

    "I always look windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids."



    I'm similar, Ron. I always look at roofs as the skulls of a building, and basements as the ass. Don't even ask about spigots and hoses, unless you want to veer off into a XXX direction...

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  24. Fantastic photos, Ron! You have such an eye! The first one with all the windows is incredible. I sat here and looked at it in great detail to see in each window. I love the ornate ledge in front and the masonry work. What building is that? It's beautiful. I also like 4, 9, and 12.

    Great last quote too!

    "I always look at windows like the eyes of a building. And I look at the shades or curtains as the eyelids; whether they're open, closed, or halfway closed."



    That is so funny. And now you're going to have me looking at windows the same way!

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  25. Hey there Dale!

    Thanks, buddy :)

    The one of the red brick is actually the windows on a home here in Philly. I can't exactly remember where I was when I took it, but I think I was around Pine Street, which has some stunningly beautiful and old homes.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a faaaaabulous week!

    X

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  26. Aw, thank you, Debbie :)

    "We have some of those little winged angel-things decorating our church (like those pictured in #9). I don't know enough about art to determine which era they represent, but they're uncannily alike!"

    Yes, they're little cherubs, aren't they cute? That is actually the front door of a house, can you believe it? I'm not sure what era/style they represent either.

    "And would you look at those icicles hanging off the dome in #12!! That makes me cold, just looking at them."



    HA! Aren't those icicles crazy? I took that photo about three months ago, right after it snowed.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week!

    X

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  27. "I always look at roofs as the skulls of a building, and basements as the ass. Don't even ask about spigots and hoses, unless you want to veer off into a XXX direction..."


    Bwhahahahahahaha! Mark, you crack me the hell up, man!


    I love that you look at roofs as skulls and basements as the ass!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  28. Hey ho Robert!

    Thank you :)

    That first building is call One City Plaza, and it's an office building. Isn't it GORGEOUS? I took that shot sometime last month while I was walking to the grocery store. And yes, I love ledge and masonry work as well. It's so GRAND!

    That last quote I found online yesterday, right before I published this post.

    "That is so funny. And now you're going to have me looking at windows the same way!"



    HA!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have an awesome week!!!


    X

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  29. Herman TurnipApril 14, 2014

    #11 is trippy. I found myself staring at that photo for a minute, wondering why my mind was making the pattern move. Very odd!

    This was a fascinating collection. Reminded me of your doors collection, which was amazing as well. It's pretty cool how many architectural styles a single city can house!

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  30. "#11 is trippy. I found myself staring at that photo for a minute, wondering why my mind was making the pattern move. Very odd!"

    HA! That's exactly what it did to me too, Herman! Isn't that a trip? It reminds me of something from the artist M. C. Escher!

    " It's pretty cool how many architectural styles a single city can house!"



    That's what I love about the architecture in this city, it's so diverse.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a spectacular week!


    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  31. Oh, they're all so wonderful! #11 grabbed my attention and #12, with the icicles made me happy LOL....sorry, but I didn't feel so alone when I saw that (20 degrees tonight...seriously schizophrenic weather!!). And how could ya not adore the shuttered windows and the arched brick...gorgeous architecture you have surrounding you. But look at all the hisory made there. LOL...don't ask what history got made in this wee town--undoubtedly had to do with criminal activity. ;-)
    Feel free to share more od the architure, door, windows....cool murals...flowers and store fronts. I've enjoyed all of them.

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  32. Hiya Mel!

    " and #12, with the icicles made me happy LOL....sorry, but I didn't feel so alone when I saw that (20 degrees tonight...seriously schizophrenic weather!!)"

    OMG...it's going to be 20 degrees there tonight!?! Schizophrenic is right! It's been so warm here lately, but I heard that tomorrow the temps. are dropping considerably and we're getting slammed with lots of rain.

    "...gorgeous architecture you have surrounding you. But look at all the history made there."

    Yes, exactly. LOTS of history made in Philly, so there is a lot gorgeous architecture here.

    "Feel free to share more od the architure, door, windows....cool murals...flowers and store fronts. I've enjoyed all of them."

    Aw...thank you. Glad you enjoy. I have some posts coming up in the next week or so with more photographs.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week!

    ((((((((((((( You )))))))))))))

    X

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  33. I love love love the dog nose art part because all my car windows are COVERED in dog art!!!!!

    The windows with orange.. WOW. And the icicle picture... DOUBLE WOW. And the blue kind of arch windows? The shadow kind of in the window reminded me of an animated mouse movie. Can you see the mice standing up?

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  34. "I love love love the dog nose art part because all my car windows are COVERED in dog art!!!!!"

    Isn't that quote priceless, Katherine?

    The icicle photo I took one day about three months ago, right after it had snowed. That's the dome on top of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

    "The shadow kind of in the window reminded me of an animated mouse movie. Can you see the mice standing up?"

    HA! Yup...I sure can!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Hope your weekend was awesome. It was gorgeous here. I even sat outside in the sun on Sunday and got a TAN!!!

    Have a great week!
    X

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  35. Ron, one more question. What's #4? It's beautiful.

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  36. That's the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. It's directly across the street from City Hall. It's beautiful inside too.

    Here's a link in case you're interested:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masonic_Temple_(Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania)

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  37. Geraldine H.April 15, 2014

    what a gorgeous place Philly must be! love all of these Ron. thanks for sharing another view of your world. happy tuesday. :-)

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  38. The windows and architecture are fabulous in these shots! I tried to pick a favorite, but kept changing my mind. I really love how you paired window quotes in and around the photos. I do have a favorite in the quotes and that's the one about stained glass windows. Great job!

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  39. BenzekneesApril 15, 2014

    The window treatment in #6 reminds me of something you don't usually share with the world! Happy week Ron!

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  40. Bwhhahahahahaha!

    And I know EXACTLY what you're thinking, Benze, because I thought the SAME THING!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaaabulous week!!!

    X

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  41. Hey there Lisa!

    Thank you :)

    "I do have a favorite in the quotes and that's the one about stained glass windows."



    Isn't that quote AWESOME? When I found it online, I knew I wanted to use it for this post.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a super-duper week!

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  42. Helloooooooo Geraldine!


    Thank you...glad you enjoyed :)


    The nice thing about Philly is the diversity in its architecture. It goes from one extreme to the other, which I love. But my favorite architecture here is the old, historical stuff because you can FEEL the history in it.


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Happy Tuesday to you too! And have a super week.


    X

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  43. Geraldine H.April 15, 2014

    and a super week to you Ron. I'm glad my comments are going through this time. :-)

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  44. I never thought about blinds and shades being eyelids. I love that analogy! And I love shades. I know mini blinds are the norm anymore but I have shades in my bedroom and it just gives the room a more romantic feel or something.
    These are stunning photos, Ron. And I love the quotes you choose. Of course, the dog one is near and dear to my heart. :)

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  45. Hey there Chrissy!

    "And I love shades. I know mini blinds are the norm anymore but I have shades in my bedroom and it just gives the room a more romantic feel or something."

    You're right, they do! Plus, the great thing about shades is that when pulled completely down, they block out more light when sleeping.

    "Of course, the dog one is near and dear to my heart. :)"

    HA! Isn't the dog quote precious??

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Happy Wednesday!

    X to you and the gang!

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  46. Thanks for sharing the link, Ron. I will check it out.

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  47. You're welcome. Enjoy!

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  48. I love that shot because it looks very GOTH and I'm a big Goth fan!

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  49. Great eye, Matt, because that's what I was hoping that photograph would resemble. Like you, I'm a big Goth fan, so I edited that photo to give it more of the Goth feel.

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  50. wow, Ron your blog is amazing! lol that dog quote was pretty cute :)

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  51. Hey there Laurie!


    Aw...thank you :)


    And thank you so much for stopping by. I'm SO GLAD I found your blog!


    I placed your blog on my feed reader to be sure keep up when you update. LOVE your blog!


    Again, thank you for helping me with Disqus.


    Have a super weekend!
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  52. Your window photography is stunning! I love the orange windows! Is that the glow from the sun, a warm light inside, or something else?

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  53. Hiya Jean!

    Thank you :)

    Yes, that's the glow from the sun. I took that shot in the early evening, so it's the glow from a sunset - my favorite time of the day!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a super weekend and Happy Easter!

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