A Mid-Spring Photo Journey through My Corner of the World

Wild animal found in the woods

As you all know by now, I am a word person. Whether I’m reading words, writing words, or speaking words, I have an entire Webster’s Dictionary swirling around in my brain at any given time. But, there are times when I need to quiet my brain. To put all those words back in their alphabetical order and have them take a nap.

Photography quiets my mind.

In my endless search for the perfect light and subjects to photograph, looking through my lens helps slow me down and take notice of the tiny moments happening around me. Moments that don’t require words.

Yes, it’s true that there are those people who are so busy taking photographs that they don’t actually experience the moment they are trying to document. I’m sure I am guilty of that from time to time.

But mostly, photography has helped me be aware of the tiny changes that make up our seasons. Our lives.

What’s blooming now? Which trees are leafing out or dropping their leaves? Which kinds of birds are showing up and when? What shade of gray is the sky? Where is the light? How does it hang in the sky? At which angle? Where can I expect rays coming through the trees? And not only the seasons of nature, but what is happening in my town? Which team are we rooting for? What are the teenagers up to? The elementary school kids? What am I hauling around in my car? What do I feel like for lunch? Is it coffee or tea today? Or both?

And through photography, I can also get a glimpse into the tiny moments that make up your beautiful life.

I have a weakness for thumbing through Instagram. I love the way the photos there encapsulate moments of time around our whole lovely world. I will be posting photos more regularly over there that are just snapshots, taken with my phone, but ones that wordlessly capture a bit of life here in my corner of Portland, Oregon.

If you would like to join in on the photo journey, you can follow me on Instagram. I will be tagging the wordless moments with #cmmycorner. Absolutely no pressure, but it would tickle me to pieces if you joined in and posted your own bits of captured time and tagged them with #cmmycorner (cm standing for Carrie Minns and my corner meaning…my corner, your corner, our corner of the world.) Then we can search on #cmmycorner and thumb through our own lovely captured time together.

Whether you are my neighbor or you are stopping in from Australia, we each have a different take on which tiny moments make up a life.

To kick it off, I thought I’d share a photo journey here on today’s post that gives you a glimpse of my corner here in mid-spring as seen through my lens.

With love,

A Fort in the Woods

Cherry Blossoms

Pittock Mansion in Spring

Lovely girls

Old Town

Ferns Unfurling

Play Ball!

Steel Bridge

Go Timbers!

Street Scene in NW

Blossoms in the Rain

A dog and his ball



  1. Love! So very beautiful and moving!

  2. lovely!

  3. You are a natural- these photos are stunning.

  4. I love these. They are truly beautiful and very full of meaning.

  5. Just wanted to finally say I have enjoyed your posts for awhile. Probably a bit more than a year so I thought it would be nice to say something finally. Sometimes I don’t open your email for a few days, but I never just delete it with the junk because I know when I do finally open it, it will bring a few moments of quiet calm into my life. It’s always therapeutic to just slow down. Thank you!

    • Susan, your thoughtful note has made my day. Thank you for letting me come into your life a little bit each week.

  6. I so relate to this post. Through photography I see the world around me in greater detail than ever before. In January I started a photo blog called Snaps of Gratitude. It has been an amazing experience to look for something positive to capture each day–especially the days I don’t start off feeling so positive. I look forward to playing with you on Instagram 🙂

    • Lisa, I love your photo blog idea. What a great way to use photography. To slow down and capture just one bit of gratitude in each day. xo