Window Photos

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anacapa Archway
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Anacapa Archway

One of the most famous views in Santa Barbara, the County Courthouse from the Anacapa side offers veiws of the beautiful archway and clock tower. The tower is the location of many weddings and is just an amazing place to see a panoramic view of the city.


Bridge of Sighs
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Bridge of Sighs

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful buildings in California. This wing, unlike the others, is much more beautiful on the outside. The tower and the rest of the wing on the right of this photo were the former county jail. The bridge connecting the main part of the courthouse to the Jail wing is called the "Bridge of Sighs" after a bridge (Ponte dei Sospiri) in Venice, Italy. It was the bridge that was said to be the last view prisoners would have of beautiful Venice before they were led to their cells, and so they would sigh as they saw the last glimpse of the beautiful city. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a California Historical Landmark NO. 1037.


Carmel Doorway
Friday, August 29, 2008
Carmel Doorway

When I was taking this photo last week I was thinking of the last time I took pictures of this doorway. I was really surprised to find out it was more than three years ago. I need to get out more often!


Carmel Lamp
Friday, August 22, 2008
Carmel Lamp

As if you couldn't tell already, I'm still going through the photos from our recent trip to Carmel. This was actually across the street from yesterday's photo of the day. They like vines there. And I can't blame them, it's a beautiful place.


La Purisima Room
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
La Purisima Room

I like this room, just simple and plain. This mission has been destroyed and rebuilt at least once in it's history. Fortunately it is in pretty good shape now. It's a beautiful place.


El Paseo Bench
Saturday, June 11, 2005
El Paseo Bench

This photo was taken at the same time as the photo of the day for February 5, 2005. I like them both, this one is just a little simpler. Brings out the curves in the bench.


Lucky Window
Friday, February 11, 2005
Lucky Window

I really love these windows. They are common enough around California that I realized there must be something behind the design. This one is from a church in La Jolla, near San Diego.

After a little poking around Google I found out that this four sided circle design has a long history in Moorish Architecture and Celtic design. It is called a Quatrefoil. [Quatre: "Four" in French, foil: Old English meaning "leaf"]. Not a large leap then, once you know the root of the word, to realize why these designs are common.