Orcas swim near the the shore of Kupreanof Island on April 26. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

Orcas swim near the the shore of Kupreanof Island on April 26. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

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This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday, April 30, along the Nugget Falls Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday, April 30, along the Nugget Falls Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A golden-crowned sparrow visits garden out at 15 mile. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A golden-crowned sparrow visits garden out at 15 mile. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Dewy poisonous baneberries seen in the meadow off the Horse Tram Trail on April 27 . (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Dewy poisonous baneberries seen in the meadow off the Horse Tram Trail on April 27 . (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“That time of year - Slow down for Wildlife,” writes Kenneth Gill of this photo taken near the Auke Recreation area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

“That time of year – Slow down for Wildlife,” writes Kenneth Gill of this photo taken near the Auke Recreation area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A Steller’s jay on Chicken Ridge seen on April 28. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A Steller’s jay on Chicken Ridge seen on April 28. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Orcas swim near the the shore of Kupreanof Island on April 26. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

Orcas swim near the the shore of Kupreanof Island on April 26. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

This photo shows a mountain bluebird on the Wetlands on April 19. (Courtesy Photo / Cynthia Donaldson)

This photo shows a mountain bluebird on the Wetlands on April 19. (Courtesy Photo / Cynthia Donaldson)

This photo shows the pre-dawn view from Kupreanof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

This photo shows the pre-dawn view from Kupreanof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

This photo was taken along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

The beavers are busy on the shore of Mendenhall lake. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The beavers are busy on the shore of Mendenhall lake. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The ski run coming down from the Ptarmigan Chairlift on April 20. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The ski run coming down from the Ptarmigan Chairlift on April 20. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Western gulls on Rock Peninsula overlooking lightly frozen Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Western gulls on Rock Peninsula overlooking lightly frozen Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the northern lights over Juneau. Photo taken April 13,2022. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

This photo shows the northern lights over Juneau. Photo taken April 13,2022. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

This photo shows the North Douglas forest with Admiralty Island National Monument snow covered peaks. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the North Douglas forest with Admiralty Island National Monument snow covered peaks. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Bergman)

This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Bergman)

This photo was taken on the Bluff Trail at the end of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken on the Bluff Trail at the end of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A pigeon guillemot paddles in between docks, Gastineau Channel, Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A pigeon guillemot paddles in between docks, Gastineau Channel, Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows “snow creatures at Eaglecrest,” writes Deborah Rudis. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shows “snow creatures at Eaglecrest,” writes Deborah Rudis. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

Blushing spring crocus seen near Centennial Hall on April 10, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Blushing spring crocus seen near Centennial Hall on April 10, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken in early April on the Point Bridget Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken in early April on the Point Bridget Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Two swans in Cowee Creek pause to have their photo taken on April 8, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Two swans in Cowee Creek pause to have their photo taken on April 8, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows reflections as seen from the Mendenhall wetlands trail on March 27. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Two swans in Cowee Creek pause to have their photo taken on April 8, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken April 6 at Eaglecrest. (Courtesy Photo / Ben Ng)

This photo was taken April 6 at Eaglecrest. (Courtesy Photo / Ben Ng)

This photo shows a pair of mallards on the bank of the Mendenhall River on April 6. (Courtesy Photo / David Athearn)

This photo shows a pair of mallards on the bank of the Mendenhall River on April 6. (Courtesy Photo / David Athearn)

Spring is in the air, a crocus from out the road. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Spring is in the air, a crocus from out the road. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

“Wow! Juneau sure is beautiful when the sun shines,” writes Bill Andrews of this April 4 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

“Wow! Juneau sure is beautiful when the sun shines,” writes Bill Andrews of this April 4 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

A riot of color among the crocus at Centennial hall seen on April 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A riot of color among the crocus at Centennial hall seen on April 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows Kettle Pond on a recent sunny day. (Courtesy Photo / Larry Johansen)

This photo shows Kettle Pond on a recent sunny day. (Courtesy Photo / Larry Johansen)

This photo was taken along the way to Point Bridget. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo was taken along the way to Point Bridget. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shows the view from Kupreanof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

This photo shows the view from Kupreanof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Joe Sebastian)

This photo shows a Lapland longspur, (breeding color) on the Mendenhall Wildlife Game Refuge, Juneau, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows a Lapland longspur, (breeding color) on the Mendenhall Wildlife Game Refuge, Juneau, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

The sunrise is reflected off the water at the North Douglas boat ramp on March 27. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

The sunrise is reflected off the water at the North Douglas boat ramp on March 27. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

A spiral of stones lies in front of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo / Shammy Perdon)

A spiral of stones lies in front of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo / Shammy Perdon)

Skunk cabbage: The first sign of spring as seen at Norway Point on March 30. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Skunk cabbage: The first sign of spring as seen at Norway Point on March 30. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A sprinkle of rain on a seemingly blue sky day brings a rainbow to the Lemon Creek area on March 26. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A sprinkle of rain on a seemingly blue sky day brings a rainbow to the Lemon Creek area on March 26. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Jack Beedle snapped this photo of the aurora borealis over Thunder Mountain on Monday. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

Jack Beedle snapped this photo of the aurora borealis over Thunder Mountain on Monday. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

Canada geese fly on March 9 at Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

Canada geese fly on March 9 at Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo taken on a recent weekend shows layers of snow along a creek at Eaglecrest. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo taken on a recent weekend shows layers of snow along a creek at Eaglecrest. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

A sudden break in the cloud cover highlights the top of snow-capped Mount Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A sudden break in the cloud cover highlights the top of snow-capped Mount Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Swabs were seen at the Eagle Beach picnic area on March 25. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Swabs were seen at the Eagle Beach picnic area on March 25. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

“It was good to see the top of Mount Jumbo after so many days of grayness and rain,” writes Denise Carroll. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“It was good to see the top of Mount Jumbo after so many days of grayness and rain,” writes Denise Carroll. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Early blossoming butterbur is a shrub whose leaves grow to the size of elephant ears on March 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Early blossoming butterbur is a shrub whose leaves grow to the size of elephant ears on March 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The USCGC Cutter John F. McCormic, docked in Juneau on March 17. (Courtesy Photo / Rob Welton)

The USCGC Cutter John F. McCormic, docked in Juneau on March 17. (Courtesy Photo / Rob Welton)

From the trail up Mount Roberts we hear and see a long narrow avalanche cascade down Mount Juneau on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

From the trail up Mount Roberts we hear and see a long narrow avalanche cascade down Mount Juneau on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Lichens offers a warm winter coat to this conifer located near the tram on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Lichens offers a warm winter coat to this conifer located near the tram on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A Canada goose keeps watch as others rest, Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A Canada goose keeps watch as others rest, Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the waterfront by Outer Point Trail on North Douglas on March 6. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the waterfront by Outer Point Trail on North Douglas on March 6. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Pussy willows abound on the trail to Nugget Falls on March 5. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Pussy willows abound on the trail to Nugget Falls on March 5. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A large group of Sea Lions (15 of which did not fit in picture) Fritz Cove by North Douglas, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A large group of Sea Lions (15 of which did not fit in picture) Fritz Cove by North Douglas, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Snow-capped mountains and ridges seen from Point Bridget State Park on March 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-capped mountains and ridges seen from Point Bridget State Park on March 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Crocus are up in a Gold Street garden on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Crocus are up in a Gold Street garden on March 12. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken on March 8 on the Kingfisher Pond trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken on March 8 on the Kingfisher Pond trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken on March 8 on the Kingfisher Pond trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken on March 8 on the Kingfisher Pond trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows the view from the Ptarmigan Lift at Eaglecrest on a recent sunny day. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shows the view from the Ptarmigan Lift at Eaglecrest on a recent sunny day. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

“Lovely morning to be out on the Mendenhall Wetlands,” wrote Bill Andrews of this March 3 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

“Lovely morning to be out on the Mendenhall Wetlands,” wrote Bill Andrews of this March 3 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

This photo shows a sunny day at Eagle Beach State Park. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shows a sunny day at Eagle Beach State Park. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

A surf scoter cruises through the downtown boat harbor on March 4. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A surf scoter cruises through the downtown boat harbor on March 4. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snap, crackle, pop! As temps warm, ice on Twin Lakes begins to fracture on March 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snap, crackle, pop! As temps warm, ice on Twin Lakes begins to fracture on March 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken in the mud flats area of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Elizabeth Jennings)

This photo was taken in the mud flats area of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Elizabeth Jennings)

This photo was taken along the Switzer Loop Trail on Feb. 19, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Switzer Loop Trail on Feb. 19, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken in the mud flats area of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Elizabeth Jennings)

This photo was taken in the mud flats area of North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo / Elizabeth Jennings)

This photo was taken along the Switzer Loop Trail on Feb. 19, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Switzer Loop Trail on Feb. 19, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows the view from Eagle Beach looking across to Mount Golub emerging through the cloud, with Lincoln Island in the foreground. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the view from Eagle Beach looking across to Mount Golub emerging through the cloud, with Lincoln Island in the foreground. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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