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Windows on Spring

Despite the fact that it’s not a Wednesday, I couldn’t resist posting today because it’s the first day of spring!  In this part of the world, it doesn’t always look like spring for a few weeks yet, but the vernal equinox is a window of hope that warmer, sunnier days are coming.  Spring is my favorite season, with all it’s sense of possibility and potential, so it’s a reason for celebration.

Windows are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  Windows are endlessly fascinating and full of symbolism.  I pulled some particularly welcoming, spring-like windows from my collection to share with you today and remind you of what is to come.  These windows are all in Switzerland where people take great pleasure in adorning their windows with color and pattern and, most often, flowers.

Happy Spring!

This window and flower box seem to be waiting for spring.   ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 1

This window and flower box seem to be just waiting for spring. ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 1

©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 2

Primrose and mini daffodils in lovely pots adorn this city window sill. ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 2

©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 3

Pansies and daffodils are some of the most delightful flowers. ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 3

Even with just one small flower pot, this homeowner created a happy window on the world.  ©GSHaile  Swiss-Window-04

Even with just one small flower pot, this homeowner created a happy window on the world. ©GSHaile Swiss-Window-04

Geraniums are by far the preferred choice for flower boxes.  ©GSHaile  Swiss-Window-05

Geraniums are by far the preferred choice for flower boxes. ©GSHaile Swiss-Window-05

©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 6

©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 6

Such a happy shade of blue!  They even included coordinating Lobelia in their boxes. ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 7

Such a happy shade of blue! They even included coordinating Lobelia in their boxes. ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 7

Even the trim on this window looks like a series of smiles. ©GSHaile  Swiss-Window-08

Even the trim on this window looks like a series of smiles. ©GSHaile Swiss-Window-08

More geraniums!  ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 9

More geraniums! ©Gail Haile_Swiss Windows 9

Even this old farmhouse had it's bit of flowers.  ©GSHaile  Swiss-Window-10

Even this old farmhouse had it’s bit of flowers. ©GSHaile Swiss-Window-10

Windows, windows, and more windows

Last weekI shared some of my images of doors from a recent visit to Switzerland and promised that this week you would see a few of the window images that I captured as well.

What is it that is so interesting about doors and windows?  Of course, the Swiss know how to make a window interesting,  Shutters are a rainbow of colors, and most window sills support at least one flower box, most often filled with geraniums. I love the colors and the textures and the shapes. But also there is that sense of what stories could those windows tell, both from within and without?  Windows are, by nature, full of metaphor.  Take a look at all the quotes that use a window metaphor here.

I’m going to make a point to look for interesting doors and windows in my everyday world. Maybe I have been guilty of not seeing what’s right in front of me?  Perhaps I need to remember one of my favorite quotes from Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ” Surely, the Swiss don’t have a monopoly on that sort of thing?  I’ll keep you posted.

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Windows of Germany: Second Look

Some of my family is visiting Germany this week, so I was inspired to take a second look at some of the images that I took while I was there in 2008.  We’d gone to Germany to attend the German reception for our daughter and German son-in-law who had been married the previous month in our home town.  We had a few days after the reception to hit some of the highlights of Germany but not much more.  When I returned home, I was in the middle of high school senior portrait season so didn’t have the time to review the thousands of images that I came home with.

Peak-a-Boo

We spent one day in Heidelberg, Germany and visited the Heidelberg Palace that dates from the 13th century.  It was an amazing piece of architecture and history and so vast that it was hard to know how to capture it in images.  In one corner of the property I spotted this little face peeking out of the window.  It appeared that the room he was in was a storage room for all sorts of architectural pieces that were waiting to be restored and put back in their proper place.  I wondered how long this sweet face had been peering out of that window.

I only had a few seconds to capture his face and always wished that I’d had more time to play with different angles and compositions.  So I had sort of dismissed this image,  but when I went back and took a second look, I decided that there was something there.   (You may remember from this post that SOOc stands for “straight out of camera”.)©Gail Haile_Peek-a-Boo_SOOC©Gail Haile_Peek-a-Boo_SOOC

With a bit of cropping to improve the composition, then enhancing the color and the detail, I really like this image.  It does make you wonder how long he’s been in there and conjures up stories of being held captive during during one of the many periods of unrest that the palace was part of.

©Gail Haile_Peek-a-Boo

©Gail Haile_Peek-a-Boo

Windows and flowers!

Whenever I’ve been in Europe, I come home with hundreds of images of windows and doors.  (Perhaps I should do a blog post about those?) The architecture represents so many different periods, back to the middle ages, that the diversity of styles is quite profound.  And Europeans love to adorn their windows with flowers, especially geraniums, much more than we do here in the US.

This is a simple window image that I brought home from that trip to Germany.  SOOC and soon after the trip, I wasn’t impressed and dismissed it.

©Gail Haile_Wall of Geranium_SOOC

©Gail Haile_Wall of Geranium_SOOC

Upon taking a second look, recently, I decided it just needed a bit of detail and color enhancement and a bit of straightening and it was no longer to be dismissed.  I “painted” in a bit more contrast and detail in the plant to give it more dimension as well.

©Gail Haile_Wall of Geranium

©Gail Haile_Wall of Geranium

 Pay attention for interesting and  unusual windows in your travels this week.  

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