The View Outside This Window

When I began blogging, one of my great joys was stumbling upon the WordPress weekly photo challenge. The prompts encouraged me to think creatively about my photography. When it went away, I was disappointed, but also busy so I didn’t seek out any other photo challenges. However, the Lens-Artists photo challenge has been on my radar for some time.

This week I’m joining in! Amy, over at The World is A Book is the host this week with the theme of “A Window With A View” (photos captured through windows).

Let’s take in some views, shall we?

Room With A View

Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.

-Edith Wharton


This is the view from the Nelson Monument in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s located on Calton Hill. For more views from Calton Hill, check out the post: National Monument of Scotland.

Glaciers of Greenland

One learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation; that mountains long conceived are now being born, channels traced for coming rivers, basins hollowed for lakes.

-John Muir


After my first visit to Scotland in 2017, I captured this photo from the airplane after our layover in Iceland. This was after learning one of my favorite photography tips from Marcus at Streets of Nuremberg. His photography tip for shooting through windows was to place the camera against the glass as it cuts down on the window reflection. It works much better than expected!

You can see more photos of these glaciers in the post: Glaciers of Greenland.

I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.

-Melody Truong


This photograph was taken on my trip to the UK in 2018. I am not sure of the town as it was a view from the train window while traveling from Edinburgh to London. I think it must be in the Northumberland region since that’s where the line appears to be near the coast. If anyone recognizes the bridge or what appears to be a lighthouse in the upper (land mass area) right or the tower to the left, be sure to share and I’ll update.

London opens to you like a novel itself. … It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, door, passsage, door.

 -Anna Quindlen


The photo above and the two below were taken from the London Eye while visiting London in 2018. I haven’t yet shared many posts from my two days in London but if you like doors, you can check these out: Doors of London I & Doors of London II.

And so we readers walk, and dream, and imagine, in the city where imagination found its great home.

-Ann Quindlen

It is the glory of London that it is always ending and beginning anew, and that a visitor, with a good eye and indefatigable feet, will find in her travels all the Londons she has ever met in the pages of books, one atop the other, like the strata of the Earth.

-Anna Quindlen

Reflections are beautiful illuminating souls they give window to every other thing.

-Suyasha Subedi

Isle of Skye.

This photograph was taken during our bus tour of the Isle of Skye. I loved the way the mountains were reflecting into the water.

For more on the Isle of Skye check out these posts: Sneak Peek at the Isle of Skye & Day Tour of the Isle of Skye Part 1 & Day Tour of the Isle of Skye Part 2.

Airplane Ride from Inverness to Stornaway. Scotland

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

-Jimi Hendrix.

Isle of Lewis.

This photograph was taken from the airplane window on our day trip over to the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. It was an early morning flight since we were returning to Inverness that evening. You can see the sun beginning to come above the horizon.

For more on my day on the Isle of Lewis check out this post: What to see with One Day on the Isle of Lewis.

The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but it’s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.

-Chris Van Allsburg

Urquhart Castle.

A view onto Loch Ness.

In searching for this photo, I found some excitement to edit photos once again and have a series that I will be sharing once they are completed.

Did I find Nessie? You’ll have to wait to see!

Paris is always a good idea.

-Audrey Hepburn


Our first overseas family trip was in 2017. We traveled to Amsterdam and Paris. In Paris, we had adjoining room for us and our three teens. This is the view out my window up the street of Paris while my daughter is looking out her window.

Our hotel was at the corner of Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George and Rue Duphot in the 1st arrondissement. You can read more about the hotel and the surrounding area in this post: A Corner of Paris.

That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.

-Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones


After that whirlwind tour, there’s nothing like a cold pint of beer and taking in the view of the world passing by. This photo is taken in Charleston, South Carolina where my husband and I had our 20th anniversary getaway last spring.

I’m working on a post about places to eat and drink in Charleston that should be out by this weekend (update, here it is: Where to Eat + Drink in Charleston). For more on Charleston check out this post: 11 Things to do in Charleston.

Have you noticed any lovely views outside the windows you peer through?

I recently sat staring out my living room window into the backyard at a cardinal sitting on an evergreen branch while the snow flurried down around it. No time to grab a camera, but time to soak it in nonetheless.

Let your light shine!


32 thoughts on “The View Outside This Window

    1. Thank you, John! The Greenland shot always makes me smile. My mother and aunt had fallen asleep for the long flight home and I was excitedly waking them up for the “can’t miss” sight. πŸ™‚

  1. Loved your post Amy – really well done. The Greenland shot is exquisite and Marcus is a wonderful photographer so it was good advice! I live about 30 minutes outside of Charleston so I hopped over to your post re your visit which was also very well done and does a great job of netting it out. The only thing you missed was a visit to the Angel Oak (and maybe one of two of the plantations – Magnolia Gardens is my favorite) so you’ll have to come back. Would love to meet you if you do. Hope you’ll continue to join us!

    1. Thank you so much, Tina! Yes, Marcus is a wonderful photographer and I love all the advice he offers. I definitely want to come back for the plantations. It was a last-minute and short getaway so we just parked our car and visited everywhere within walking distance. I love the majestic oaks. I had a few complete with Spanish Moss at my last house in Florida. It would be great to meet when I get back down that way. I hope to be able to continue to join in! πŸ™‚

  2. Yay!! You did it! Ok, Tyrion and I are on the same page. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Love the shot of Greenland the best (can’t believe that was from the plane) but they are all fabulous. Lots of great memories packed in one post!

    1. Ha!Ha! Last Christmas, I bought my husband a mug that said the quote. Yes, lots of memories. I was surprised​ at the detail in the Greenland shots because most I take from a plane are not that great. πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi Amy, I see many bloggers who I really like to follow participate in photo challenges. You are one of them. I love all of your photos! I seem to gravitate to photos of reflections. Great tip on placing the camera against the glass. A beautiful post!

    1. Thank you, Erica! I’m so glad that you love my photos. πŸ™‚ I’ve met a lot of wonderful photographers/bloggers through the photo challenges. I love to capture a nice reflection! I was so happy to learn about placing the camera against the glass. It makes a big difference! πŸ™‚

  4. So many lovely views! It’s always nice to view the world from different perspectives, whether it be different places or merely different angles of familiar places. πŸ™‚

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