What Are You Seeing From Quarantine?

Most of us can’t travel right now. So please send your views to us.

A window with many plants on the windowsill.
Oakland, California

Earlier this month, someone tweeted out a picture of the New York Times’ Sunday travel section. What, they asked, was the point of having a travel section over the next two months?

An understandable reaction. Yet the point of travel journalism right now may be what the point of travel journalism always was: fantasizing about places you may one day get to see yourself—or never visit at all, but still marvel at, from a distance.

Most of us can’t travel now. We are staying at home, or as close to home as possible, to help protect others and ourselves. We are rediscovering—or noticing for the first time—things about our immediate surroundings: the shape of a tree on the corner, the way the light cuts through a room around 3.


And we are doing a lot of gazing out windows.

A window to a fire escape facing an ochre courtyard on a rainy day.
Brooklyn, New York
A window onto a fire escape facing a grass courtyard on a sunny early spring day.
Brooklyn, New York

Which made us think of “The View From Your Window,” an old feature from Andrew Sullivan’s blog the Dish. And of Matteo Pericoli’s book The City out My Window. There seemed to be new comfort in the possibility of seeing more of the world through others’ eyes. With that in mind, we want you, Slate readers and listeners, from around the world, to send us pictures taken from your home. Show us what you’re looking at outside while you’re working or what you see when you open your bedroom shades each morning. Slate staff have kicked it off with their own views, from New York to Wisconsin to California. Contribute a photograph or, if you’re so inspired, a drawing of the view.


Let us do a little traveling.

Update, March 27: Thanks to the many of you who sent photos! We’re overwhelmed by the response—and your beautiful views. We’ll publish our favorites in a post early next week.

The mesh of a window screen gently blurs a view of a blooming cherry blossom tree.
Brooklyn, New York
A window with white curtains in a dark room looks out onto a tree.
A window facing a brick wall with a windowsill filled with colorful things in the foreground.
Brooklyn, New York
Window facing a grassy lawn and blue house.
Arlington, Virginia
A window facing a cherry blossom tree.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
A window in a warm yellow room with a fig tree.
Brooklyn, New York
A windowsill covered in books.
Window with windowsill filled with plants.
Hartland, Wisconsin
Laptop on a desk next to a window
Charlottesville, Virginia
Window facing lawn with lamp in foreground.
New England
A dog looking excitedly out of a window.
A window behind a cat on a cat tower.
Silver Spring, Maryland
A dog looking out the window at a forest.
Ludlow, Vermont
A window facing two blue homes brings sunlight onto a vase of flowers indoors.
Los Angeles