Windows and Doors Travel Photography Books

Windows and Doors

My favorite subject to photograph when I travel is windows and doors. It started in 2002 on a spur-of-the-moment impulse when I was in Skagway, Alaska, and it has been a personal tradition ever since. The reason is not quite clear to me as to why I am attracted by windows and doors. Perhaps it is the mystery of what is behind them. Perhaps it is the variety. Maybe it is the art and architecture. It might be the beauty and uniqueness. Regardless of the reason, as I am sure it is all of them, I make it a point to focus on taking pictures of windows and doors. From the Camino de Santiago in Spain to the Cotswolds in England, from Porvoo in Finland to Île d’Orléans in Canada, and from 10 countries in between, I have put together six travel photography books (so far) with the theme of windows and doors, each described below.

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My most recent book, “Windows and Doors of the Camino de Santiago,” is from making a personal pilgrimage by walking on two Camino de Santiago routes, the 775-kilometer Camino Francés across northern Spain, and the 28.5-kilometer Camino Finisterre to Muxía along the Atlantic Coast. Including Spanish translation, this book is a collection of 285 photographs (chosen from 1,300), in 102 unnumbered pages. Some pictures include symbols that anyone who has walked the Camino would be able to relate to – scallop shells, yellow arrows, stone markers, even backpacks and encouraging words of wisdom. Whether you have walked any of the many Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes, or are preparing to make a journey, or have an interest in the Camino, Spain, or windows and doors, may “Windows and Doors of the Camino de Santiago” bring back enchanting memories, or be an inspiration to you. Buen Camino! Ultreïa et suseïa!

Windows and Doors of the Camino de Santiago


In 2013, I became one of the few who has walked the entire 42 miles of Chemin Royal on Île d’Orléans, a small island near Québec City, Canada. It is a fantastic island filled with over sixty food specialty shops, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. It is an island with a 350 year-old New France history, culture, religion, and architecture. There are over 600 historic buildings and monuments. And the island presents very picturesque scenery. This book is a collection of photographs that not only includes windows and doors, but also the grand porches of Île d’Orléans. Including French translation, “The Porches of Île d’Orléans” contains over 100 photographs in 118 pages. The years of construction of many of the homes are also included, some dating back to the 19th, 18th, even 17th centuries.



Many of my travels are solo. And some are with friends and family. In 2014, my husband and I spent 12 days walking in the Cotswolds in England, an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” With 3,000 miles of public footpaths, we ambled through 100 of them. This book is a collection of over 375 photographs, in 192 unnumbered pages. As my lengthy subtitle states, the “Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds” reflect the quintessential contrasting and complementary colors of the flowers and plants that literally grow on and climb the walls of the honey- and golden-colored Cotswolds Stone of the buildings, homes, and churches. May this book take you on a journey through the beautiful and timeless Cotswolds through its windows and doors.

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds


In October 2014, my husband and I went to the 19th Annual “Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival” in northeastern Michigan, centered near Alpena. In 4 days we visited or saw 14 lighthouses. Photos of windows and doors of the lighthouses, along with some of my favorite pictures that I took of the lighthouses themselves, the towers, the Keepers’ Quarters, Fresnel lenses, spiral staircases, reflections, and views are included in this book. They say that someone who studies lighthouses, who has an interest in, or is inspired by lighthouses is a pharologist. For years, I have loved to visit them, and read about them and the people that grew up on them. Therefore, I consider myself a pharologist. I hope that this book might somehow inspire the pharologist in you. As I was finishing up this book, I was told that unfortunately the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival has been dissolved, so I am glad that I had the chance to go.

Michigan Lighthouses Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival


 In 2007, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could circumnavigate the Baltic Sea, visiting the capital cities of 7 countries in only 15 days. Using ferries, buses, trains, and walking, I traveled through four Scandinavian countries and three Baltic countries. I had time to explore each capital city for about two days, including a side trip to Porvoo, one of the most photographed towns in Finland. While wandering through the small cobblestone site streets of Old Town Porvoo, the colorful rainbow of window and door frames contrasting against the siding of the buildings grabbed my attention. Reds, grays, blues, oranges, browns, pinks, rusts, yellows, peaches, golds, and greens became the subject of “Windows of Porvoo (And a Few Doors).” This is a smaller book with 26 pages and 24 pictures.

Windows of Porvoo


“10 years. 5 continents and 34 countries visited. 10 countries represented. Thousands of photographs taken. 249 photographs included. One book.” That is my summary of “To Open and Unlock,” published in 2012. With 100 pages, this book spans ten years of travel from that first spur-of-the-moment impulse when I was in Skagway, Alaska, to my travels in the Baltic Sea Countries, Vietnam, Italy, Québec City, Quito, my favorite country Bhutan (picture of front cover), and more. This book also includes humorous and inspirational quotes about windows and doors, such as, “Opportunity knocks at the strangest times. It’s not the time that matters, but how you answer the door.” Steve Gray. While all my other books were created through CreateSpace, and have “Look Inside” previews on the links, this book was created through Blurb, so the link for “To Open and Unlock” is to Blurb so you can see the preview there, and then purchase on Amazon.

To Open And Unlock

Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.” – Brooke Shields