• Michael O'Keeffe

Gallery: 2021 a Year in Review

It has been a whirlwind year, a year of big changes and new horizons. It that cliche and corny to say...yes. I don't care though because it is true. Chyna and I made the big decision to leave Seattle (I miss Fremont) and move to Colorado. Our new home in Loveland, CO has been such a fun adventure getting settled in. Being a relatively small town of about 70,000 people it certainly is a change of pace from the bustling streets of Fremont in Seattle. We have easy access to the mountains (Rocky Mountain National Park is a short 45 minutes away via a very scenic drive through Big Thompson Canyon) which has made getting outside easier than ever. We love our new home and are excited about what 2022 will bring! In the meantime as the end of the year approaches here is a gallery of some of my favorite photos of 2021. Enjoy!


Snowstorm Seattle February 2021
Wandering the streets of the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle after a record breaking snowstorm in Feb 2021.

Pacific Northwest Washington camping
The welcoming warmth of spring in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington camping river
Camping with friends along the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington.

Colorado mule deer wildlife
A mule deer poses in vibrant green prairie grasses on a stormy evening near Loveland, CO.

Colorado Devils Backbone
Devils Backbone Colorado

Colorado sunset Loveland
Surreal stormy sunset where the prairies meet the Rockies in Colorado.

Snowy Range Wyoming
Sun sets over the Snowy Range in Wyoming.

Colorado Indian Peaks Wilderness
The rugged wilderness of the Indian Peaks Wilderness in Colorado.

Indian Peaks Wilderness Colorado
Stormy skies in the IPW

Indian Peaks Wilderness Colorado
A pano looking towards the dramatic cliffs of Pawnee Peak.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
One of my favorite spots I visited this year deep in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
A true mountain kingdom.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
A dramatic cascade under towering peaks.

Deep forest, big mountains

Never Summer Mountains Colorado
Stormy skies over the Never Summer Mountains in Colorado.

Rainbow Rocky Mountain Colorado
Impressive double rainbow in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
My favorite photo of 2021! A clearing storm leaves behind a rainbow over the high peaks of RMNP.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
Mammatus clouds from a departing storm in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park
An incredible spontaneous moment that is everything I live for as a photographer!

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
Smoky sunrise from high above treeline.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
Sunrise filters onto dramatic cliffs with Longs Peak behind.

Elk Mountains Crested Butte Colorado
Smoky skies in the green Elk Mountains in Colorado.

Vedauwoos Wyoming
Scrambling in the Vedauwoos, WY

Hiker in the Vedauwoos Wyoming
Sunset in the Vedauwoos.

Colorado Poudre River
A hidden oasis in the prairie of northern Colorado.

Colorado Big Thompson Canyon
Big Thompson Canyon

Elk Mountains Crested Butte Colorado
Stormy sunrise in the Elk Mountains Colorado

Elk Mountains Crested Butte Colorado
Smoky sunset in the Elk Mountains Colorado.

Arkansas sunrise Bentonville
A misty humid sunrise in northwest Arkansas.

Nebraska sunrise
A stormy sunrise over the Missouri River as seen from a bluff in Nebraska.

Rocky Mountain National Park
A bull elk on a foggy morning in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wasatch Utah
Fall colors in the Wasatch.

Wasatch Utah
Hiking among the aspen in the Wasatch in Utah.

Zion sunset
Sunset over the rugged canyons of southern Utah.

Zion National Park Utah
Red Cone on a stormy evening in Zion National Park in Utah.

Zion National Park Utah
Hoodoos and spires on a remote area of Zion National Park in Utah.

Zion National Park Utah
Pleasant first light over the high country of Zion National Park in Utah.

Sunrise Zion National Park
Sunrise over Zion National Park

Zion National Park Utah
The rugged interior wilderness of Zion National Park, Utah.

Bristlecone Pine Nevada
Ancient bristlecone pine in Nevada.


I hope you enjoyed this gallery from this whirlwind year of 2021! Be sure to subscribe below to stay up to date on my latest adventures. Cheers!






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