Our hope is that everyone is well and enjoying the last days of 2013. It has been a big year for us. Jeremy turned 40 and was awarded tenure. I passed my 5 year mark since my cancer treatments ended. Our beloved Kaweah made it to her 15th birthday on frail legs, but with the same enthusiasm for food as ever. This was a year of staying close to home to care for our aging pup and to explore our new digs in Crested Butte, Colorado. We invite you to peruse some of our favorite photos from 2013.

Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom and visit previous years listed in the sidebar.

Getting out to ski in subzero temperatures despite Colorado’s second consecutive year of below average winter snowfall. (January – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

Our neighborhood fox. (February – Nederland, Colorado)

Jeremy takes advantage of fresh snow on our local trails. (February – Nederland)

Kaweah enjoying a sunny walk. (March – Nederland)

Cedar waxwings alight on aspen branches in a spring storm. (April – Nederland)

Jeremy pauses to admire the Colorado high country. (April – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

In May, we closed on a lovely home in one of the most stunning places on the planet: Crested Butte, Colorado. It is a birthday and tenure present for Jeremy, my second office, a base of operations, a slice of paradise.

A series of late spring storm tracks replenished our meager snowpack. Jeremy hikes into the backcountry to get some turns in June. (Indian Peaks Wilderness)

We split our time between Nederland and Crested Butte, exploring the new and savoring the familiar. Mount Crested Butte in late evening. (June)

Riding the aptly named lupine trail. (June – Crested Butte)

Jeremy’s tenure is official! Dinner at Frasca in Boulder, Colorado. (June)

Jeremy hikes the Oh Be Joyful trail at the height of the wildflower season. (July – Crested Butte)

A good year for the wildflowers in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. (July – Crested Butte)

Larkspur and Mule’s Ears blanket the hillsides in full bloom. (July – Crested Butte)

Penstemon. (July – Crested Butte)

Back in Nederland, foraging for porcini. (July – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

It became clear in July that Kaweah’s health was on a steady, yet slow decline. I began taking more pictures.

Summer’s volatile weather was in full glorious display in Crested Butte. Mammatus clouds billow over Mount Crested Butte after a torrential downpour. (August)

Colorado’s autumn sunsets never fail to impress. (September – Nederland)

Our mountain town of Nederland was mostly unaffected by the massive rains and floods that ravaged other mountain and Front Range communities like the city of Boulder. It all happened just as I was leaving for Crested Butte for the autumn shoot.

The fall colors had an unusually late start, but the aspens looked promising. Aspens and conifers. (October – Crested Butte)

The glow of sunset on the Beckwith Mountains and the largest aspen stand in the world. (October – West Elk Wilderness)

Golden aspens collide with early season snow on Whetstone Mountain. (October – Crested Butte)

The muted colors of winter’s domination over autumn. (October – Crested Butte)

Kaweah soaks up all of the morning warmth on the deck. (October – Nederland)

A little studio session with the pup. (October – Nederland)

We welcomed winter’s early arrival to Crested Butte with open arms. (November)

Celebrating Kaweah’s 15th birthday with much gratitude and beef. (December – Nederland)

Ringing in the winter solstice Colorado-style: a night ski to a yurt for a four-course dinner. (December – Crested Butte)

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season filled with wonder and love!

Jen, Jeremy, and Kaweah

There’s more over on The 2013 Cutting Room Floor.

past years: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

52 comments at “2013”

  1. Jackie Donnelly says:

    What a spectacular year you’ve had. I am still drooling over your new home. It’s just perfect. Have a great holiday, and perhaps we’ll see each other again in 2014. I’d love that!! <3

  2. Mrs Erg├╝l says:

    It’s been a few years since I first received “Jen & Jeremy’s photo card”. Thank you for including me in the circle.

    As usual, all the photos are stunning. And if I have to pick a favourite, it is the one of Jeremy riding through Lupine Trail. That is THE life I have envisioned I want to live.

    Thanks for sharing your year with us all! The new place in Crested Butte looks cosy where it sits!

    Happy holidays! And here is to an equally awesome year, if not better!


  3. Nikki says:

    Wishing you and your family, that includes Kaweah all the very best in the New Year. I have so enjoyed your wonderful posts, photos and recipes. I have just made your very delicious marinated mushrooms to share over the Christmas holidays with my family. I want to thank you for sharing your time and talents with so many of us, I continue to use your wise and delicious knowledge with those who I love, and you have contributed to our joys shared at the table over the past several years.

    With Gratitude,

  4. Irvin says:

    Looks like 2013 was quite the milestone filled one for you two. Happy New Year and congrats to both of you! I always love looking at your year end photo post. Simply stunning.

    Also, can I say is HOLY moly, why the heck did AJ and I not swing by Colorado to see you guys this summer?!? Dang it. Well, at least I got to visit virtually with these photos. When we hit the road again (and note how I say WHEN not IF) I will make sure that we make it over to see your beautiful state and your beautiful faces. Much love to you two!

  5. Kalyn says:

    Hi Jen and Jeremy,
    I love seeing your wonderful photos every year. Your zest for life is so inspiring, and it’s fun seeing the beautiful Colorado scenery. Now that I have a bigger house I am all set up for houseguests, so if you ever want to ski Utah, you always have a place to stay!

  6. Laura Levy says:

    Best holiday “card” ever! What a great way to look back on the year… and your photos are just stunning. Wishing you guys a fantastic, fun-filled and snow-packed holiday!! xo L

  7. marla says:

    Jen, this is such a beautiful capture of your year! Congrats on so many healthful & fantastic events. Its fun to see Crested Butte from your perspective ~ I’ve never been. Its stunning there! I am happiest in the mountains…any glimpse of them anywhere in the world thrills me.
    Best of luck taking care of that sweet pup. She is a doll!
    Wishing you all a great 2014! Hope to run into you at some point.

  8. Marin says:

    One of my favourite traditions of the holiday season.

    A cosy, joyous holiday to you, Dr. Darling and Kaweah!


  9. Katie C says:

    It warms my heart to see these beautiful pictures! Thinking about you all–Kaweah included, of course–and sending love. Perhaps this is the year for a powder-based rendezvous? xoxo

  10. Maia says:

    So beautiful. Congratulations to Jeremy, and I love the new Crested Butte digs! It is great down there. Love to you all this holiday season.

  11. Lael Hazan says:

    Stunning! Thank you for sharing your absolutely beautiful photos and year. May the new year continue to bring you love, beauty and light.

  12. merry jennifer says:

    Your photos of the year are simply stunning. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and I hope that Kaweah continues to bring you joy and comfort for as long as possible. xo

  13. Kathya says:

    So beautiful! Happy holidays and new year Jen, Jeremy, and Kaweah! XO

  14. Heather says:

    Thank you so much for the beautiful card! I look forward to it each year, your pictures are just amazing! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and please give Kaweah kisses for me! I miss her butt scoots at work! LOL XO Heather

  15. Susan says:

    Absolutely stunning, Jen. Wishing you and your family a glorious 2014.

  16. Roberto says:

    WOW!!! You guys live in paradise—except of course for the snow!!! Good to finally see updated pics of both of you. Love the house and the views. Congrats to Jeremy for getting tenure & turning the big 4 0.


  17. Cynthe Brush says:

    Wonderful 2013 images! Congrats on those milestones. Happy you three are enjoying life so fully and that your sweet fur girl turned 15 (all that good food & love). Three favs: Kaweah on her pillow and waiting like such a ‘good girl’ for her birthday treats, plus the last one. Happy Holidays!

  18. Jen says:

    Gorgeous pictures that capture a joyful, eventful year. Kaweah’s birthday pic is the best! Best wishes for a 2014 filled with good health and much love.

  19. farmerpam says:

    Lovely, lovely photos. Thanks again for sharing. Be well, stranger friends !

  20. Marisa says:

    Your year looks like it was a glorious one! I hope 2014 continues on the path of wonderfulness! Much love to you all!

  21. denise says:

    What an incredible year in photos — a delicate ballet of color, light and joy. Thank you for sharing this with everyone, as well as reminding us that time is not something we fight, but a companion that gives us opportunities to cherish our loved ones. Holiday love and new years wishes to you and your family!

  22. Sam Daly says:

    Beautiful photos, beautiful family. I love Kaweah puppy, she is such a good girl!

  23. Debra says:

    The photos are always stunning, and your words delightful. Just want to wish you, Jeremy, and Kaweah a very Merry Christmas and to also wish you the happiest of New Year’s in 2014. It is always a pleasure to read your blog and drool over your photos, even when they aren’t food. Thank you for sharing Jen.

  24. JoAnn says:

    As always, every single one of these photos is fantastic. You capture the magic of each moment in a way that is just beautiful.

    I look forward to your photo array every year, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. We hope you have a wonderful 2014!!

  25. Kristin says:

    What a beautiful year you’ve had! So glad to see some of these again, and some for the first time. Happy holidays & may you have just as wonderful a year in 2014.

  26. Bondy says:

    Happy Holidays Jen and Jeremy. As always, I love your images. Give Kaweah a big, wet, sloppy kiss for me.

  27. Emily says:

    Such beauty and joy. Thank you for sharing with us. Much much love.

  28. Flavia says:

    Happiest of Holidays to you, Jeremy and Kaweah! Sienna sends love to Kaweah too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

  29. Ellen says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love getting this every year!

    Happy Holidays and congratulations on the new house, tenure, 5 years cancer free. You guys are the best! — Ellen, Lily, and Maddy

  30. Amy says:

    Donna and Charles sat on the couch with me as we scrolled through the photo year. LOVE every single one. Thanks for sharing your lives with us. Big hugs.

  31. diane and todd says:

    So much love, health and success in 2013 for you both. All of it was truly deserved. Couldn’t happened to two nicer people. And Kaweah, of course, always comes out as a winner. Excited that we were able to spend a little part of it with you all!

  32. Denise Dewire says:

    Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful photography, fantastic stories & delicious recipes. Had fun looking at years passed. I have to plan a trip to Crested Butte for the flowers in June or July. Spectacular. And the way you capture those eyes in Kaweah! Just makes me smile.

    Continued happiness and health in the coming year!

    Denise in SoCal

  33. Trent says:

    great stuff Jen and Jeremy. The photo of the mammatus clouds over Crested Butte is beautiful. I channeled my inner Use Real Butter last night, cracking Alaskan King Crab legs. I kept thinking about those California Roll Burgers. But we went the easy route and just dipped them in butter! Paloma loved it!

    Hope to see you soon, maybe on the slopes of Eldora.


  34. Trish says:

    Thank you yet again for the joy you regularly bring into all of our lives. The photo card is spectacular (as always), but even more appreciated is the bit of yourself that you send out to us with each and every newsletter. Congratulations on being 5 years cancer free. As a fellow survivor, I know that 5 is a huge milestone. And congats to Jeremy on his tenure, and to Kaweah on making the big 15. May 2014 be an equally good year!

  35. angelitacarmelita says:

    Thank you for taking us along with you on this glorious ride of life. And congratulations on a wonderful year of accomplishments (5 years!!), and grace for your love and devotion to Kaweah. Our family’s puppy marked her 15th year this year as well, and we continue to spoil her to pieces! We love and thank you for the beautiful images you share w/us. Continued happiness to everyone in 2014!

  36. Melanie says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Congrats on so many milestones…. Tenure, 40, 15, 5, new home. Wonderful! Love and good health, Melanie

  37. Brynnie says:

    A spectacular year in pictures. Thank you for sharing your special lens on life with the world, Jen. Love, health, and prosperity to you, Jeremy, and Kaweah in the New Year! <3

  38. Judy says:

    Have a wonderful holiday! Themes for the pictures, recipes, and rundown of what’s going on!

  39. janine says:

    A slice of paradise indeed, Jen!
    Hugs to all three of you!


  40. Fiona says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your joy in the things that matter – family, food and fun – with us in far-flung parts of the ether-world. All the best to you and yours for 2014 – and may Kaweah live long(er) and prosper!

  41. GwenO says:

    As one who reads and immensely enjoys all subjects covered in your blog, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the superb year in pictures. You are a treasure and always bring joy as I read. Best wishes to you, Jeremy and Kaweah in 2014….from a former Coloradoan, currently having to live in Arizona.

  42. Kimberly C says:

    Such lovely memories, Jen. I’m so grateful that we met and that I continue to have the privilege of sharing in the joy (and fun!) of your family. Thank you for reminding us that each moment counts. To the beauty that awaits us in 2014…!

  43. Yun says:

    This is lovely. I’ve been reading this blog since 2009 when I was a student doing my dissertation like 24 / 7. It’s become a habit since then to read your wonderful words alongside the beautiful pictures. You are amazing. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a brilliant 2014!

  44. Moe and Kathy Escoto says:

    Jen/Jeremy, thanks for sharing each Christmas! We look forward to the beautiful pictures and updates each year! The pictures are so peaceful and your comments make them even more enjoyable. Congratulations on the the many blessings in 2013! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  45. ARC says:

    Thanks for including me! I LOVE the photo of Kaweah enjoying her birthday plate. Merry Christmas and best wishes to you both in 2014. Definitely let me know if you come to Seattle, ok? :) Anandi

  46. Ingrid says:

    Had to share. Just showed your pics to my kids, saying that my friend took these. Jack (my 10 yr old) says, “Are you sure this is your friend? She seems like a professional.” :-)

  47. Margie says:

    Forever in awe…those mountains, and all that they hold, are as spectacular as ever, and then there’s that pup. Precious!

    Happy New Year! And thanks for making the world a bit brighter. Your brilliance weaves it’s magic.

  48. Maura says:

    Wow – these are the most gorgeous photos I’ve seen in a while! And the new home looks so wonderful – congrats! Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

  49. Samantha says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours Jen. You’ve captured the glory, beauty and majesty of God’s creation in your photos – they brought tears to my eyes. Appreciate you…your hard work, posting and sharing (your talent)…with sincere and humble thanks :) May 2014 be the best yet!

  50. Aimee Giese (and the boys) says:

    Loved every pic! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to see you again 2014! LOVE YAS!

  51. Cindy says:

    A big smile and some tears. Your photos leave me speechless. What a wonderful year the three of you have had. If you get a hankering for some rock skiing, come see me in Tahoe.

  52. Dawn Cauble Vermette says:

    Hi Jen, thanks for keeping me in the loop on your lovely life and adventures. Just wanted to say I think of you often and am glad ya’ll are doing well. I have a new email, as am no longer a corporate slave. I work from home, semi-retired, and am enjoying my grandchildren. Take care!