Posted by: kerryl29 | December 27, 2021

Favorites of 2021

Favorite images of the year: I haven’t done this sort of thing religiously, but I’ve posted something similar at least once before on this blog. What follows is a set of some of my favorite images made during 2021. Were they my best images of the year? Who knows. What does “best” even mean? But I digress…

In keeping with the casual spirit of the exercise, I didn’t spend a ton of time making the selections. I tried to reverse engineer the process; I tried to focus on what I felt were my most memorable moments and endeavored to find images that were evocative of those instances.

I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum.

My first photo opportunities of the year involved satisfying a longstanding urge to photograph the Texas spring wildflower bloom, which produced many memorable moments, including those captured below.

Bluebonnet Field at Sunset, Ellis County, Texas
Bluebonnet Field, Ellis County, Texas
Bluebonnet Field at Sunset, Ellis County, Texas
Bluebonnet Sunset, Ellis County, Texas
Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush Intimate, Ellis County, Texas

In the spring, a trip to the desert southwest provided another set of memories.

Prairie Dogs, Potter County, Texas
Prairie Afternoon Black & White, Union County, New Mexico
White Pocket Black & White, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Clay Beds, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Willow Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Blue Valley at Dawn, Skyline View, Wayne County, Utah
The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Capitol Wash, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Sunset Arch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Spooky Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Canyon Abstract, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Little Cut, Coconino County, Arizona

And then, at the end of the summer in the Lower 48, it was already well into fall in the Alaska interior.

Atigun Pass, Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Alaska
Moose, Grayling Lake, Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Alaska
Brushkana River, Denali Highway, Alaska
Tundra and Spruce, Denali Highway, Alaska
Autumn Mist, Denali National Park, Alaska
Forest Floor, Denali Highway, Alaska
Meadow Morning, Hatcher Pass, Alaska
Birch Forest Fall, Hatcher Pass, Alaska
Aurora Borealis, Maclaren River, Denali Highway, Alaska
A Room with a View, Savage Alpine Trail, Denali National Park, Alaska

For all the troubles that reared their metaphorical heads over the past 12 months, 2021 was a memorable photographic year

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Responses

  1. I really like your pictures of the Prarie Dogs, and the Rock Formations!!

    • Thanks very much!

  2. Great roundup of images — I’m sure there are plenty more that could have made the cut just as well! We also found that it is possible to travel safely, especially to remote destinations, as long as we take reasonable precautions. Here’s to more safe (and photographically satisfying) travel in 2022!

    • Thanks, Steve.

      Yes, there were plenty of other photos that I could have selected. (In truth, this wasn’t a very a careful selection process. It was designed to be more representative than conclusive.)

      Agreed, with a careful, considered, detail-oriented approach, it is possible to travel safely, at least some of the time to some places. One of the benefits of the kind of photography I like to engage in is that it’s not only possible, but likely, that there are few people around. It’s also, by definition, outdoors, and that’s a big part of why this activity remains viable–with precautions, as you noted.

  3. Looking back, you really had a pretty robust photographic year! Happy New Year to you and best wishes for 2022!

    • Thanks, Andy!

  4. Always fun to look back and savor the moments…and the photographs. And to look forward to what you find in 2022. Happy new year.

    • Thanks, Ellen!

  5. I really like your selections and to start with the Texas photos is a great beginning. Wish you and your family a happy healthy new year.

    • Thanks very much, Jane!

  6. Hands down favorite is Prairie Dogs… seems their numbers are declining.
    Though there’s what I consider to be best shot ever of the Aurora Borealis!
    Happy Holidays, Kerry!

    • Thanks, Gunta!

  7. Really enjoyed these. Love the flowers and of course the colours in the Canyons

    • Thanks very much!

  8. Kerry, what a joy to see such a spectacular group of photos – it is truly a feast for the eyes. I’ve been planning to explore your posts for the year, this is a great teaser. Have a wonderful new year!

    • Thanks very much, Lynn. Have a great New Year!

  9. You can be proud of the results of the year! Incredible set of pictures. Congratulations.

    • Thanks very much!


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