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Last Thoughts: Window (The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)


Cable Car Windows, San Francisco, CA – © 2013 Karina Chapman
Views reflected in the windows: Left – The Cannery. Middle – Angel Island. Right – Hyde Street Cable Cars.

“Never have more children than you have car windows.” – Erma Bombeck

As always, the Friday Edition combines a quote with a favorite photo. I tailor these to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme which, this week, is “Window”.

I love travel.

We went on many car trips when I was a kid. There were short day trips, long multi-hour drives, and even an epic cross-country journey from California to Georgia when I was all of five years old, when my dad went to a military training program at Fort Benning. I spent a lot of time on those trips with my face pressed up against the window, watching the scenery fly by. It was a fascinating, almost hypnotic, feeling to watch the shapes, patterns, and shadows flash past.

The scene below, from the Disney movie, Cars, captures that old “going on a trip” feeling perfectly. Whoever created this scene clearly spent as many hours plastered to a car window as I did!

Rascal Flatts – “Life is a Highway” scene from Disney’s CARS

Of course, there were plenty of airplane rides as well, most notably back and forth between Oahu and California, and several trips to Europe. But the view out those windows wasn’t nearly as enticing.

This past Christmas on our trip to California, my kids were the ones in the back seat, faces to the windows (at least, they were when I made them shut down the Nintendo DS and the iPad!). They were the ones watching as we drove through the Redwood forests between Eureka and San Francisco. And I was in the wrong spot–up front, in the seat where my parents used to ride.

It was nice, in a way, to have the front-window view. But I must admit, I missed being in the back seat, watching it all go by, not having to think about gas and potty stops, or whether a deer might leap out in front of the car!

On this page are a couple of the photos I took out my parental front window on the 5-hour-plus road trip back from Eureka to San Francisco on December 30…and one out the plane window as we flew home to New England the next day.

Oh…and the top? Even though it doesn’t match the theme of the others, I had to include it, and make it the centerpiece, simply because of those awesome reflections in the cable car windows.

I shot the cable car photo on December 21 in San Francisco. We had parked nearby, and I saw the cable car all decorated for Christmas. Once again, my family had to wait patiently while I leaped out of the car and ran over to plant myself directly in front of the (thankfully stationary) cable car to shoot this picture. It wasn’t until later that I saw those reflections in the windows. That was a nice, unexpected bonus!

Anyway, the next time you’re in the car, put away the iPhone and Kindle, and just watch outside the windows.

Trust me.

And if Rascal Flatts happens to be playing while you drive…so much the better!



The View Outside My Window #1: Traveling through the Redwoods – © 2013 Karina Chapman


The View Outside My Window #2: Southbound on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco – © 2013 Karina Chapman


The View Outside My Window #3: Goodbye, San Francisco! – © 2013 Karina Chapman

About AlohaKarina

AlohaKarina (aka Karina Chapman) is a Writer, Photographer, and Educator who teaches middle school Science and Social Studies in Southern Maine. A cohort of the Maine Governor's Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, and a National Endowment of the Humanities Scholar (Abolitionism studies), she is credentialed to teach K-8 (all subjects) in both Maine and California. Karina has worked as a photographer, weekly columnist, and reporter for the Eureka Times-Standard daily newspaper in Northern California. She has also written for both and (as K.M. Chapman). Karina's superpower is speed-pouring killer margaritas. If she had to choose where to live for the rest of her life, she would choose Kennebunkport, Hawaii Kai, and San Francisco.



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