As I sat at the dining table one morning earlier this week, glancing through the large half-circle window above the double-door front entry, I noticed something odd. The arch extending out over the entry-way into the house created the illusion of a window like that found in some churches, with a pointed top.
The photo here doesn’t do justice to what I saw with my eyes; the camera did not adjust for the light. What I saw, where the blinding white light appears above the doors (in the shape of the windows about which I am writing), were trees across the street, bare of leaves, tall and regal.
I’ve often appreciated those church windows, thinking they would look good in a house. But I’ve never known the term that describes such windows. After a bit of research, though, I now know: they are lancet windows, so-called because the shape with the sharp tip resembles a lance. The image to the left is closer to what my mind told me I was seeing as I glanced out the window above my front doors. This image is a graphic depicting a lancet window.