Lens-Artists Challenge #79 – Windows With A View

“You have the ability to adjust the lens through which you view the world.”

Jeffrey G. Duarte

Chines wall, windows


Amy has given us a double challenge this week – not only are we to include windows but we’re also asked to feature their views. OK Amy, I’m going to give it a valiant effort 😊. I’ve opened with an image from our visit to Shanghai’s Yu Gardens. I love the way this beautiful wall of unique windows gives such a gracefully curved view of the gardens beyond.

Teapot window


“How you see the world may not be how others view it.”

Steven Redhead

Also in China, I couldn’t resist including the “I’m a little” teapot-shaped window from Beijing’s Summer Palace. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site as a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, it was built during the Qing dynasty in the mid-1500s. 

church, windows, Galilee


“Distance gives a clearer view.”

Michael Bassey Johnson

Moving to another corner of the world, the window above captures a view of Israel’s Sea of Galilee from a Christian church located on its shore. The church was built on the site where Christians believe the Apostle Saint Peter lived. 



“We tend to see what we are looking for.”

Toni Sorenson

Nearby, at the Mount of Beatitudes, I captured the very tropical scene above through beautiful scrolled windows. This sacred Christian site is where Jesus is believed to have delivered his sermon on the Mount.

ancient stone, windows, Angkor Wat


“If you want to change yourself, you have to change your point of view.”

Nina Hrusa

From Southeast Asia, I chose a set of windows from Cambodia’s amazing Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Using newly-discovered laser technology called lidar, archaeologists have only recently found that the complex of Khmer cities, temples and canals was actually the largest empire on earth in the 12th century.*

window, live oak


“Only a happy mind will see the beauty of a beautiful view.”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Finally, from right here on Kiawah, I’ve included a window reflecting its view of a magnificent live oak. In South Carolina these beautiful specimens are all around us. Our most famous example is the Angel Oak, about 20 minutes from my home. Estimated to be 400-500 years old. It produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 meters). 

Thanks to all of our participants in last week’s Special Spot Shots challenge – we enjoyed visiting each and every one of them. This week Ann-Christine, Amy, Patti and I are looking forward to seeing your windows as well as the views you’ve captured through them. Please remember to link them to Amy’s original post here, and to Tag them with the Lens-Artists Tag. I’ll be back to host next week’s challenge here at Travels and Trifles. Hope to see you then!


* Source: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scans-reveal-massive-khmer-cities-hidden-cambodian-jungle-180959395/  For more information about this fascinating discovery click on the link







113 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #79 – Windows With A View

  1. This is such a stunning collection, Tina! That teapot window is so creative and holds such a gorgeous view. I love the tropical views of the Sea of Galilee and from the Mount of Beatitudes. There is also something beautiful about aged architecture at Angkor Wat. It reminds me of the castle and abbey ruins that I visited in Scotland. I love the majestic oaks of the South. So old and wise and holding decades of stories. Thanks for the journey. 🙂

  2. A first visit back after sooo long Tina and I’m hooked Lol
    Peeping through windows often throws up surprises;) I love your selection from your far flung travels each one so meaningful and a visual delight.
    Closer to home I love the ancient Angel Oak … imagining lovely picnics underneath its impressive canopy shade . Does that ever happen ? Poppy x

    • Great to see you again Poppy, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. There are actually picnic tables at the Oak site but I’ve never seen anyone using them. I think the site is too mystical to add something so practical!

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    • Thanks so much for your multi-post visits Andrew! Life DOES get in the way doesn’t it?😊 hope all is well and my best wishes to you and your (happily) growing family as well.

  5. Wow, Tina – talking about getting around…but I recognized the garden in Shanghai – loved it too. That giant dragon was impressive. With all these wonderful images it is Impossible to have favorites – they are all favorites. If I have to choose it must be the oak – treelover.

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  7. All of your shots have wonderful vistas, Tina. Beautifully captured! One of my favorites is the teapot window. How perfect–especially for someone like me who loves tea. 🙂 🙂

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