2021 was the second year of COVID stress. Most travel was restricted, early in the year. So, the first part of the year's photography was limited to Florida. At the Orlando Wetlands Park, we weren't allowed to do tours during Winter and Spring, but we were able to patrol, giving me the opportunity to continue my nature and wildlife photography. A couple of organized trips around town with the Orlando Camera Club, provided some opportunities to do more diversified photography.
Heading up to Maryland for the summer, I was able to do some photography at some of my favorite haunts: Howard Country Nature Conservancy, Ellicott City, the Shrine of St. Anthony, and some of the museum ships.
I was able to do a trip to the American Southwest. Landing in Las Vegas, on my first flight in two years, we went to the Mojave Desert, Twenty-nine Palms, and Joshua Tree National Park, all of which are in California. After driving back to Vegas, we started on an organized tour of Zion, Bryce, Glen Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. While the weather at Zion was wet and mostly overcast, the same storm covered Bryce with an early mantle of snow and very cold weather. Brilliant sunshine, pastel pink and orange geological features, and contrasting snow made for some magical photography.
We finished off the year back in Orlando, where there were lots of missile launches to photograph. Ironically, my first and last "keeper images" of the year were both nighttime, long exposure shots of missile launches.
While I didn't feel that this year was a particularly rewarding one for my photography, I did manage to progress (IMHO) in my photography and got some "keeper" images. I have posted a page with a little over 90 images from this year. Please take a look at The Best of 2021 and feel free to comment on the page.