Odd corners

This photo brings back fond memories of a quiet corner of Allauch, France, May 2008.

This photo brings back fond memories of a quiet corner of Allauch, France, May 2008.

“It is not on mountaintops that the charm of life lies, for we are seldom there. It is in nooks and vales, in odd corners, that life is spent and finds its settings.”
Wallace Nutting

Your summer vacation might now be a pleasant memory, or maybe you didn’t even take one.  In any case, you can still enjoy one of the perks of travel by looking at your present surroundings with fresh eyes.  What is there in your everyday life that you are not seeing?  Perhaps you often walk, ride or drive past an appealing house you never noticed, or your neighbor’s begonias are in full bloom this week.

I love visiting friends in their homes, because there are always interesting artifacts and appealing snapshots of their life to be found.  These “snapshots” may be actual photographs, but really they can be most anything that gives me a glimpse into some interesting aspect of their personality that is new to me.  If I have my camera, I might even ask if I can take pictures of whatever catches my eye.  My question often meets with amusement that I think that particular “odd corner” is worth photographing.  Something about the commonplace doesn’t seem camera-ready to us.

You can prove that it is, though. Grab your camera or smart phone and look around your own home, inside or out.  The toys scattered by children or pets, the notes on the refrigerator door, the items sitting on your kitchen counter…all these are potential still life compositions that will someday bring back memories for you.

Of course, you can also shoot more traditional subjects such as flowers, gardens, people or animals.  Whatever you capture in a photo, look for the charms of today, the places your life is spent.  You’re not simply preserving a memory; you’re creating one, just by noticing.

One year ago today:

Waiting to be enjoyed

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Judy from PA

    The bright pink flowers on our front porch look even prettier following last night’s rain. I took a photo and will send it to you — thanks for reminding me to take pictures of the little things that brighten our day!

    • Thank you, Judy. Thanks also for your kind note to Matt. ❤ I so appreciate your appreciation of nature!

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