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My Love of Windows

Updated on March 22, 2013
Window in Granada, Spain
Window in Granada, Spain

My Favorite Windows

Windows, for some reason, have always held a special interest for me. Sometimes it's the shape of the window such as an arch. Other times it's the color of the window frame with contrasting walls around the window. Often I love the vibrant colors in the flower pots on the window sill. Sometimes what interests me is the story behind the window...who lives there? What kind of life do they have? Do they get along? Are they happy? Don't get me wrong, I'm not a peeping tom! I guess my love of people watching has something to do with my interest in windows. I love people and I'm infinitely curious as to the story of each person's life. Maybe this is why I love my profession of Counseling. I think a great movie could be made about just about every person who has ever lived.

Windows represent life. Life on the inside and life on the outside. They represent protection from the elements as they keep out rain, wind, dust and snow. The also represent protection from those who might want to hurt us or take what we have worked so hard to create. Windows are an important aspect of a decorator's job: making the window stand out and lend beauty to the home. Window sills are used for decorating with flower pots, vases, photos and frames, and books. Window seats are people's favorite places to sit and read a book or daydream. Sometimes a window sill makes a good shelf and is useful for placing things we need on hand, such as a sponge, soap, razor, or a bottle of shampoo or lotion. In hot climates, windows are a must! I regulate the temperature of our apartment with the window-open a little more when it's hot, and almost closed when it's cool at night.

For me, windows symbolize a person's world, their heart, soul and mind. They tell us what each person chooses to share with the world, and what they want to keep private.

I want to share some of my favorite windows with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Afternoon sun in Pereira, Colombia
Afternoon sun in Pereira, Colombia
The Alhambra, Granada Spain
The Alhambra, Granada Spain
Barcelona Spain, gothic area
Barcelona Spain, gothic area
A storm brewing in Colombia coffee country
A storm brewing in Colombia coffee country
Buchanan Dam, TX
Buchanan Dam, TX
I was in the bathroom in a colonial hotel in Los Frailes, Venezuela. Looked up and a cat was staring at me. Glad I carry my camera everywhere I go.
I was in the bathroom in a colonial hotel in Los Frailes, Venezuela. Looked up and a cat was staring at me. Glad I carry my camera everywhere I go.
Flower pots in window in Granada, Spain
Flower pots in window in Granada, Spain
View from the window in the Christ statue inside Belalcazar, Colombia
View from the window in the Christ statue inside Belalcazar, Colombia
Blue window in cottage in Los Frailes, Venezuela
Blue window in cottage in Los Frailes, Venezuela
Red window, La Florida, Colombia
Red window, La Florida, Colombia
Colorful window in Salento, Colombia
Colorful window in Salento, Colombia
Windows in San Francisco, CA
Windows in San Francisco, CA
Three green windows in Granada, Spain
Three green windows in Granada, Spain
Windows as seen from our building in Pereira, Colombia
Windows as seen from our building in Pereira, Colombia
Window in the Alhambra, Granada Spain
Window in the Alhambra, Granada Spain
Windows and a few walls are all that's left of a palace near Valencia, Spain
Windows and a few walls are all that's left of a palace near Valencia, Spain
Windows of the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, in Bella Vista, Arkansas
Windows of the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, in Bella Vista, Arkansas
Finca Pedro Alejandrina in Sta Marta, Colombia, where Simon Bolivar died.
Finca Pedro Alejandrina in Sta Marta, Colombia, where Simon Bolivar died.
This is the window that was used to pass food to the slaves, at the Finca Pedro Alejandrina in Sta. Marta, where Simon Bolivar died.
This is the window that was used to pass food to the slaves, at the Finca Pedro Alejandrina in Sta. Marta, where Simon Bolivar died.
Happy Venezuelan boys on bus
Happy Venezuelan boys on bus
Deep in thought
Deep in thought
Lone bird
Lone bird
High window at the Hotel Boutique San Jose, in Pereira, Colombia
High window at the Hotel Boutique San Jose, in Pereira, Colombia
Window and lamp at Hotel Boutique San Jose, Pereira, Colombia
Window and lamp at Hotel Boutique San Jose, Pereira, Colombia
Window and clay pots at Hotel Boutique San Jose in Pereira, Colombia
Window and clay pots at Hotel Boutique San Jose in Pereira, Colombia
The afternoon sunset seen from our apartment in Pereira, Colombia
The afternoon sunset seen from our apartment in Pereira, Colombia
Cathedral windows in Colombia
Cathedral windows in Colombia
Stained-glass dome in cathedral in Colombia
Stained-glass dome in cathedral in Colombia
Old window in Apia, Colombia
Old window in Apia, Colombia

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    • marwan asmar profile image

      Marwan Asmar 

      5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      What a beautiful piece, so insightful. There are indeed plenty of lives behind the windows and outside it that quite simply we forget exist but look at windows as part of a concrete structure. The pics are great too!

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      msgrits 

      6 years ago

      Great collection of windows. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Keep it up!

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Dr. Cil, thank you! Glad you enjoyed them. My husband sometimes gets irritated because I'm always stopped everywhere to take photos! I really can't resist sometimes because of the beauty or interesting detail of the window.

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      Dr Cil 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed your display of windows and how they represent life. Great hub! Thank you.

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      Dbro 

      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Thank you Debbie, for sharing your lovely photos and interesting observations about windows. I think the happiest people are the ones who can find meaning and beauty in the ordinary things that surround us everyday. It is a gift to find the great qualities in the things most people take for granted.

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you so much! I also love doors, archways, pathways, etc...so probably a future hub topic!

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      clintonb 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, Australia

      Sucha beautiful hub that was! :):)

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      I'll look up your hubs!

    • debbiepinkston profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thanks, no you're not over complicating it! You actually put into words what I was trying to say! Thanks!

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      ALUR 

      6 years ago from USA

      A insightful hub and beautiful array of windows. Such interesting parallell to life and the wonders of opportunity based on whether your window is open to the mouth of wonder or shut from the light that life has to offer. Or am I over complicating the symbolism???

      You're welcome to read my versatile hubs as well:)

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