Welcome to our 16th annual Year in Photos. What a year.

How are you?

We recognize that while the pandemic has inconvenienced some, it has brought unbearable losses to so many and exacerbated already difficult situations. Our hearts are with you, friends. We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have cared for the sick and the dying, educated others, comforted or looked after someone, volunteered your time and skills, donated money or supplies, fed the hungry, sewed and donated face masks, provided essential services, rescued an animal, supported small businesses, gave more kindness than you received, and tried to be the best human being you could be. Thank you.

We made it through the year. And that is enough. Extra sprinkles: Jeremy was promoted to Full Professor this summer.

Your comments are always welcome at the bottom of the post. Visit previous years’ greetings linked in the sidebar.

When Yuki turned 2 in February, we celebrated with special birthday plates and homemade hats. Here’s the reaction to the hats.

Our pups are bona fide ski dawgs! Skate skijoring with the pack in the frigid cold of the Gunnison Valley. (February – Crested Butte, Colorado)

What better way to expand your sewing skills than making lots of face masks during a pandemic lockdown? The unearthing of the sewing machine also benefited the pups in the form of these long overdue dog bench cushions. (March – Nederland, Colorado)

Greeting the return of the green season. (May – Crested Butte)

Wild mushroom season evaporated in a dismally dry summer, but resilient pockets of wildflowers lit up small corners of the mountains. (July – Colorado)

We hiked less-frequented trails to avoid the surge of visitors this summer. (July – Front Range, Colorado)

Harbinger or not, Comet NEOWISE put up a gorgeous show in the night sky. You can see both the dust (white) and ion (blue) tails of the comet. (July – Crested Butte)

Lake reflection of Comet NEOWISE setting in the northwest. (July – Crested Butte)

Treasuring quiet places to exercise and cool off. (July/August – Gunnison National Forest, Colorado/Crested Butte)

A composite image of the Perseids meteor shower over Whetstone Mountain from our deck. (August – Crested Butte)

Colorado experienced a record-breaking and devastating wildfire season. A sadly common sight: thick smoke plumes choking out the sun and blue skies. (August – Nederland)

The pups pause in a brilliant huckleberry patch as autumn’s colors washed over the mountains. (September – Gunnison National Forest)

Double the gold. (September – Crested Butte)

Leaf peeping under a glowing cathedral of aspens. (September – Gunnsion National Forest)

Soaking up the warmth of autumn. (September – Gunnison National Forest)

Embracing snowy landscapes and fresh air. (November – Crested Butte)

May the new year make us whole. Wishing you all peace, health, and happiness.

with love,

Jen, Jeremy, Neva, and Yuki

Want more? Visit the 2020 Cutting Room Floor!

past years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

16 comments at “2020”

  1. Kathya says:

    Sending lots of love to you all!! Here’s to a good new year!! XO

  2. Rob P says:

    Beautiful as always.every Christmas and Happy new year to you and Jeremy and the pups.

  3. Rob P says:

    Merry, not every.

  4. Y says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. Much love to you and your family xx

  5. JoAnn says:

    Gorgeous, as always! Jen, I look forward to your holiday card every year! As you may remember, I ditched social media a few years ago, but The Casual Perfectionist is who I will always be at heart. Claire is 15 now, if you can believe it! She’s started an art channel on youtube, and she’s made some videos of her art as gifts this year. It’s a pretty clever idea, so I thought I’d share. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPO8j13a1qB-P3KcVWoQRbw

    Happiest of Holidays to you, Jeremy, and the pups!

  6. Alice Currah says:

    Wishing you guys a Happy New Year!

  7. Jennifer Martin says:

    Jen! So amazing! All of them! The dark sky ones, the aspen ones…the pups! You are so talented! Huge Congratulations to Jeremy!!!! Here’s to a better year!!!

  8. Jill Hyde says:

    Such a beautiful card…thank you for always sending! Congratulations to Dr. Darling! A huge accomplishment! Love each and every photo…espeically the pups in the huckleberry patch. Just something about their expressions. Stay well my survivor sister, let love rule this earth.
    xoxo Jill and Tom

  9. Mary-Karen Euler says:

    Am so grateful to you for all of your posts, Jen, but find that I especially savor your annual pictorial year-in-review. Besides reveling in the sheer artistic beauty of your photos, the captions and subject matter somehow give me a warm hug as well as a welcome pause for reflection. Thanks for being an inspiration in this crazy year. Sending Love, Love, Love to You…and all Creatures Great and Small!

  10. Martha House and Mark Simons says:

    Hi Jen and Jeremy! We love your cards….thank you so much for sharing. Here’s hoping for a kind 2021!

  11. Celia Adamec says:

    I enjoy your card every year – thank you for sharing your talent with us and brightening our holidays!! Love seeing those happy pups and all of the gorgeous wild places you frequent. Happy New Year to all of you!

  12. Cindy Fulton says:

    Wishing all four of you the best of New Years. And congrats to Jeremy!

  13. Jill from Detroit says:

    Exquisite photos as always. Your pups are so cute! Happy New Year and may 2021 bring better things.

  14. Kristin says:

    What a beautiful year you had! Happy new year to all of you!

  15. Julie Tufo says:

    You capture the rapture, my eyes are delighted to see the images you have highlighted.

  16. Rose says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to view the year through the lens of your camera. Helpedremind me that there was beauty in the dumpster fire of 2020.