Greetings from beautiful Colorado and welcome to the 17th installment of our Year in Photos.

As the 2021 roller coaster pulls into the station, we’re reflecting on the high points of the year. We spent a good bit of time outdoors, witnessed The Great Wild Mushroom Flush of the Century, celebrated our parents’ August birthdays in person, one of us turned 50, and the other became the Director of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy. The latter two are more milestones than high points, but we’re trying to pad the list. Our pack remains healthy, happy, and a little ridiculous. We wish the same for you.

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Fresh snow. Fresh start to the year. Jeremy and Yuki on the neighborhood Nordic trail. (January – Crested Butte, Colorado)

Signature Colorado: sun, snow, aspens, and mountains. (March – Crested Butte)

Jeremy silently glides through powdery glades. (March – Eldora, Colorado)

A final pink pre-dawn sliver of the eclipsed supermoon slips behind a band of clouds just over the Continental Divide. (May – Nederland, Colorado)

View from the lake: snowy whites give way to late spring greens under deep blue skies. (June – Crested Butte)

An old timer declared 2021 the best mushroom season since 1983. It was certainly one for the books. The abundance of porcini neared fun house levels and we encountered several fascinating new-to-us species. Left: a couple of perfect bouchons. Right: a rare (for Colorado) blue chanterelle. (July – undisclosed location)

When we weren’t stumbling upon mushroom after mushroom, glorious wildflower explosions stopped us in our tracks at every turn. (July – Indian Peaks Wilderness)

After the exhausting excitement of summer, Neva and Jeremy relish cooler weather and the start of fall colors. (September – Crested Butte)

Standing under sunlit autumn aspens as their leaves rustle in gentle breezes. 10/10 would recommend. (September – Gunnison National Forest)

Our love affair with mountain fall colors burns fast and bright. (September – Gunnison National Forest)

We waited a long time for the snow to arrive. Yuki made good use of fine hiking weather in the interim. (October – Nederland)

Let sliding season commence! (December – Crested Butte)

Sending love and good health in 2022,

Jen, Jeremy, Neva, and Yuki

We’ve got a few more photos on the 2021 Cutting Room Floor!

past years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

22 comments at “2021”

  1. Andrew says:

    Congratulations on the big milestones, and best wishes for what remains of 2021 (and a better 2022). Glad you are both (all?) staying happy and healthy!

  2. Bondy says:

    Happy Holidays Jen and Jeremy!

  3. Rob P says:

    Beautiful photos as always. Glad you all had a pretty good year. Much love from Virginia to you.

  4. M. K. says:

    Thank you for your sweet wishes accompanied by your heartwarming photos. Sending love and light from the flatlands up the mountain to you!

  5. Graham E Brew says:

    Fabulous photos, wishing you both a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy 2022.

  6. Mrs Ergul says:

    Happy Holidays to you, Jeremy, Yuki and Neva! Such gorgeous photos that instantly transport me to a place I have never set foot on but is clearly akin to heaven on earth. Wishing all of you happiness and good health in the coming years and many many more. Cheers!

  7. Kalyn Denny says:

    Hi Jen and Jeremy,
    Always fun seeing your gorgeous photos. Wishing you all the best in 2022. I hope our world can get back to something like normal this coming year.

  8. Mary Waggener says:

    Happy holidays to you both! Congrats Jeremy on your promotion and to you, Jen on the stunning photos! We sure miss you guys. Hope our trips to Pagosa overlap soon ! Mucho amor, Aunt Mary and Bill

  9. Twila Moon says:

    Love seeing your beautiful photos and those smiling human and dog faces! Congratulations on some big 2021 milestones (high point or not :) ) and glad to see good health is continuing. Here in Montana we are close to moving into our new home in Red Lodge and will commence with serious snow dances after that milestone – snow for all of the Rockies! Sending hugs, Twila

  10. Denise Sakaki says:

    I look forward to this Winter Wonderland (and all the other seasons) EVERY HOLIDAY!! Amazing photos, as always, and your adventures with the fuzzy bebbies are always inspiring. Especially since we literally have the most lazy dog in the world (glaring at a snoring Beeks that sounds like she’s sawing logs). Keep on keepin’-on in the new year, I love that it’ll be the Year of the Tiger, which just means I’m going to be playing Eye of the Tiger on loop until Brock strangles me. Oh, who am I kidding, he’s going to be rocking out right along with me.

  11. Amanda Hatfield says:

    Happy new year! Always look forward to your photo card every year. Wishing you, Jeremy and the pack good vibes in 2022!

  12. Y Lee says:

    Happy holidays to you and yours, and all the best for 2022 xx

  13. Michelle says:

    I look forward every year to your amazing year photos, thank you! Jen, your photos are so vividly beautiful! Happy new year to your sweet family!

  14. Kristin says:

    Oh, if you shared that photo of you and Yuki hiking earlier, I missed it. Love it! I love all of them. Thank you for sharing your year with us. I so enjoy seeing your photos every year. Happy holidays and here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2022!! xxoo

  15. Jackie Donnelly says:

    As always, I so looked forward to your digital Christmas card! It’s my absolutely favorite of each season! Happy holidays to you. :)

    And I hope you all have an absolutely phenomenal 2022!


  16. Cathy says:

    Happy, Happy, Merry,Merry! Enjoy your holidays!

  17. Squid Nash says:

    My daughter and I are planning a trip to Boulder in the safe future – because… if you are firm about not coming back home, then we have no choice but to go to you. ;-)

  18. Cathy Fontenette says:

    Dear Jen and Jeremy,

    As always, love your photos and your annual history in Colorado, etc. The dogs look great as do both of you. Miss your cooking photos, but maybe you’re into new delights! Beautiful country, beautiful people, beautiful animals, life looks healthy and enjoyable. My son and I are fine. I am enjoying the retirement life, even with the limitations.

    Wishing you health, peace, fulfillment in 2022!

    As always, Cathy

  19. Chat Uken Coble says:

    WOW – Amazing views. Thank you for sharing each year. Merry Christmas & Happy 2022 and many blessings to yall! – chat

  20. Eileen DuPre says:

    What a wonderful set of 2021 memories. You all look happy and healthy. And loved the mushroom pic – looked delicious!!

  21. Wendy says:

    Dear Jeremy and Jennifer, it is always such a pleasure to receive your exquisitely beautiful annual photos and news. Congratulations on your milestones – both well-earned! Hoping that 2022 brings you joy.

  22. Janine & George says:

    Dear Jen, Jeremy, Neva & Yuki,

    George and I wish you Happiness, Health and Joy in this New Year.
    More in the email.

    J & G

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