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My Favorite Photographs of 2021

My Favorite Photographs of 2021

With Covid out of control and travel restrictions in place, 2021 could be described as boring.  And yes, it might have been if I didn’t ride a bicycle or travel to Los Angeles, and take a six week cross country road trip with Bruce.  Riding a bike gets me outside in nature and keeps me in shape, so despite the regulations, I didn’t spend much time indoors. Most of the year we stayed close to home in Redwood City and dreamed about countries we hoped to visit and people we wanted to see.


Considering most of my photography is travel related, I surprisingly took more than 7000 photographs in 2021.  This made choosing 20 favorites challenging.   

Some of you may have seen these pictures on social media like Facebook, Instagram or Flickr, but it’s time they are on my website.  Enjoy!



Dale and Gloria watch the world go by. Labor Day Weekend, Sac City, Iowa, 2021


Harley Russell, Erik, Oklahoma has been collecting Route 66 Memorabilia for years.


Scooter lives in Carthage, Missouri


Eugene sells tie-dyed clothing at the Hollywood Farmers Market.


O-Zero hails from New York and has a rock band.  I took this picture at the Hollywood Farmers Market.


I met Gracie on the street in Salt Lake City right after her marriage to Graham.  I became their wedding photographer.


As she walked past me on Hollywood Boulevard, all I said was “You’re Gorgeous.” She smiled and kept moving.


On the street, Oakland, California


These septuagenarians swim a mile in 52 degree water every morning. Capitola, California 2021


Noise Pop Street Fair in the Mission, San Francisco


“Oh, Beautiful, For Spacious Skies.” Winslow, Arizona


A serious observor of a serious backgammon game, Redwood City, 2021


Flying High at the Oklahoma State Fair, September 2021


Oklahoma State Fair


Twentieth Anniversary of 9/11,  Chautauqua, New York


Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, California


Somewhere in Carroll County, Maryland


Texola, Oklahoma, a Contemporary Ghost Town.


The Badlands, South Dakota


Somewhere in Texas on I-44




Pam Perkins

  • Cindy Lougheed

    February 16, 2022 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Pam, Thanks for sharing these photos…we too, have been dreaming of the day we can get back out into the world, and yet, if I look at my collection of photos for 2021, there are more than I thought there would be as well. Love the pic of the Ferris Wheel…the colors are amazing! Thanks for taking us on your trip with you!

  • Don Christie

    February 16, 2022 at 5:04 pm Reply

    As always, Pam, great portraits of people and of the land! I did a “double take” for a second when I clicked on the Pigeon Point lighthouse photo. Except for the different buildings at the base, ‘thought I was seeing Portland Head Light!

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      Pam Perkins

      February 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm Reply

      Thanks, Don. I must get to the Portland Lighthouse sometime. Would love to see the similarity.

  • Teddi Fritts

    February 16, 2022 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Hello Pam….loved all the photos. You find the most interesting people to photograph. Great Ferris Wheel photo with wonderful colors, but my favorite one…..the swings flying high into those beautiful clouds. I’m really partial to black and whites. Hope all is well with you and your family and Happy New Year.

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      Pam Perkins

      February 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm Reply

      Thanks, Teddi. Glad you like the ferris wheel.

  • carla newton

    February 16, 2022 at 8:06 pm Reply

    It was so wonderful to experience your outstanding viewpoint in radically different locations. Just loved your perspective and final result. Thanks for sharing.

  • Phil Kidd

    February 17, 2022 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Very well done, Pam! I appreciate being included on your list!

    Happy travels! Phil

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      Pam Perkins

      February 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm Reply

      Glad you liked it, Phil. Thank you.

  • Rob Thomson

    February 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm Reply

    Hi Pam. Loved all of the photos and captions and especially Mr O-Zero..

    Ciao Rob

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      Pam Perkins

      February 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm Reply

      Thanks, Rob. O-Zero was something else.

  • Dongping QIU

    April 26, 2022 at 2:43 am Reply

    These photos are so beautiful. Looking at them, I feel like I have experienced them. Wish you all the best. I have been working in Beijing for 4 years now and look forward to keeping in touch with you.

    • Pam Perkins

      May 31, 2022 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Hi Donping, Bruce and I were just talking about you a few days ago. So good to hear from you. We are fine, staying healthy and still traveling. We would love to know more about your life in Beijing. Please write when you have time. Pam (aka Mom) and Bruce

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