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







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

  1. WOW….these are just magnificent shots….walls of galilee just jumps out at me….can truly get lost in any one of these worlds!!

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