Looking ahead at this time last year, I was hoping by now we would be seeing more of each other’s faces again.

Looking back now, what I can see is that there were some challenges, but there were many more moments I was pleased to share with readers. It wasn’t all terrible. Here are some of my favorite pictures of 2021:

Since 1998, a black-and-white photo has appeared every Monday in staff photographer Tom Gralish’s “Scene Through the Lens” photo column in The Inquirer’s local news section. Here are the most recent, in color:

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