This photo shared on May 19, 2021, shows a rainbow forming near Sawmill Falls. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shared on May 19, 2021, shows a rainbow forming near Sawmill Falls. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

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Running along the bank of Mendenhall Lake, this little guy was moving on May 16, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Running along the bank of Mendenhall Lake, this little guy was moving on May 16, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shared on May 19, 2021, shows skunk cabbage in a meadow. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo shared on May 19, 2021, shows skunk cabbage in a meadow. (Courtesy Photo / Deborah Rudis)

This photo taken in early may during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer shows a moose. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo taken in early may during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer shows a moose. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo shows an American Pipit in the Juneau Community Garden on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo shows an American Pipit in the Juneau Community Garden on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

Mendenhall Lake reflections as seen on May 16, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mendenhall Lake reflections as seen on May 16, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A deer poses for a picture near Breadline Bluff Trail on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A deer poses for a picture near Breadline Bluff Trail on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A beaver plays in the pond near Juneau Community Garden on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

A beaver plays in the pond near Juneau Community Garden on May 19, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo taken in early may during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer shows an otter. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo taken in early may during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer shows an otter. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This composite image shows some delights from the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum on May 13. (Courtesy Photos / Deborah Rudis)

This composite image shows some delights from the Jensen-Olsen Arboretum on May 13. (Courtesy Photos / Deborah Rudis)

A Juneau sunset seen from Mile 2 on May 17, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A Juneau sunset seen from Mile 2 on May 17, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A seal contorts into a yoga-like pose. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A Juneau sunset seen from Mile 2 on May 17, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Love is in the air” Marmot being affectionate to each other near the Shrine of St. Therese on May 1, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

“Love is in the air” Marmot being affectionate to each other near the Shrine of St. Therese on May 1, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A seal contorts into a yoga-like pose. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A seal contorts into a yoga-like pose. (Courtesy Photo / Virginia Kelly)

A Lady’s Mantle leaf catches raindrops in a Glacier Avenue garden on May 13, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A Lady’s Mantle leaf catches raindrops in a Glacier Avenue garden on May 13, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Dew drops on a daffodil as seen on a downtown walk on May 10, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Dew drops on a daffodil as seen on a downtown walk on May 10, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The word “welcome” shines amid a shadow cast by a decorative sunflower. (Courtesy Photo / John C. Wynne)

The word “welcome” shines amid a shadow cast by a decorative sunflower. (Courtesy Photo / John C. Wynne)

Ravens like to shop at Fred Meyer as seen on May 12, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Ravens like to shop at Fred Meyer as seen on May 12, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken May 5 along the Boy Scout Camp Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Doug Sanvik)

This photo was taken May 5 along the Boy Scout Camp Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Doug Sanvik)

A porcupine dines along Perseverance Trail on May 2. “Porcupine: What’s up? Just hanging out, having a few buds,” writes Randy Burton. (Courtesy Photo / Randy Burton)

A porcupine dines along Perseverance Trail on May 2. “Porcupine: What’s up? Just hanging out, having a few buds,” writes Randy Burton. (Courtesy Photo / Randy Burton)

View of Middle Creek from Middle Point on Douglas Island on May 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

View of Middle Creek from Middle Point on Douglas Island on May 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mushrooms feed on dead wood on May 2 on Admiralty Island. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Mushrooms feed on dead wood on May 2 on Admiralty Island. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

A grouping of spruce cones near Middle Creek on Douglas Island on May 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A grouping of spruce cones near Middle Creek on Douglas Island on May 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Called pussy willows when their furry catkins are young in early spring as seen on Nugget Falls trail on May 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)
Called pussy willows when their furry catkins are young in early spring as seen on Nugget Falls trail on May 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Called pussy willows when their furry catkins are young in early spring as seen on Nugget Falls trail on May 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll) Called pussy willows when their furry catkins are young in early spring as seen on Nugget Falls trail on May 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Small glacial erratics and pulverized rock are deposited by the retreating Mendenhall Glacier creating a barren landscape. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Small glacial erratics and pulverized rock are deposited by the retreating Mendenhall Glacier creating a barren landscape. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken on Dan Moller Trail on April 24. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken on Dan Moller Trail on April 24. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A beaver has been at work on Dredge Lake trail as evidenced by this April 26 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Scott Novak)

A beaver has been at work on Dredge Lake trail as evidenced by this April 26 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Scott Novak)

Flowering Glory of the Snow as seen in a downtown garden on April 6. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Flowering Glory of the Snow as seen in a downtown garden on April 6. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken on Douglas Island on Saturday, April 17. (Courtesy Photo / Joseph Sypeck)

This photo was taken on Douglas Island on Saturday, April 17. (Courtesy Photo / Joseph Sypeck)

This photo was taken on North Douglas on a warm Saturday, April 17. (Courtesy Photo / Joseph Sypeck)

This photo was taken on North Douglas on a warm Saturday, April 17. (Courtesy Photo / Joseph Sypeck)

A small bear track marks the ground at Boy Scout Beach on April 17. Maybe an orphaned black bear cub seen in the area over winter is still alive, writes Denise Carroll. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A small bear track marks the ground at Boy Scout Beach on April 17. Maybe an orphaned black bear cub seen in the area over winter is still alive, writes Denise Carroll. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Springtime finds creek tributaries running hard while partially covered with ice at Point Bridget State Park on April 14, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Springtime finds creek tributaries running hard while partially covered with ice at Point Bridget State Park on April 14, 2021. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The edge of the Mendenhall Glacier, as seen on April 21, is black from scouring the side of the ridge as it moves down the valley. Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The edge of the Mendenhall Glacier, as seen on April 21, is black from scouring the side of the ridge as it moves down the valley. Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Was this crab, or unlucky?” asks Deana Barajas. “I didn’t see the rest of its body nearby, so it’s possible it got away.” The photo was taken April 17 at Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

“Was this crab, or unlucky?” asks Deana Barajas. “I didn’t see the rest of its body nearby, so it’s possible it got away.” The photo was taken April 17 at Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A bee visits a flowering crocus in a downtown garden on April 15. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Was this crab, or unlucky?” asks Deana Barajas. “I didn’t see the rest of its body nearby, so it’s possible it got away.” The photo was taken April 17 at Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A deer peeks through some trees in a Juneau yard the week of April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

A deer peeks through some trees in a Juneau yard the week of April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Aurora borealis can be seen over the Mendenhall River in this April 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

Aurora borealis can be seen over the Mendenhall River in this April 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Jack Beedle)

An eagle takes off from a Gastineau Channel marker on April 3. (Courtesy Photo /Logan Rahn, @roamingalaska)

An eagle takes off from a Gastineau Channel marker on April 3. (Courtesy Photo /Logan Rahn, @roamingalaska)

This photo of a cornice was taken outside the Eaglecrest ski boundarie in mid-April. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

This photo of a cornice was taken outside the Eaglecrest ski boundarie in mid-April. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

This photo shows a winter sunset over the Chilkats in mid-April. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

This photo shows a winter sunset over the Chilkats in mid-April. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Luminescent patches of green show the start of the herring spawn on April 11 in Craig. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

Luminescent patches of green show the start of the herring spawn on April 11 in Craig. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

A very tall Sitka spruce towers among slender saplings in Switzer Creek meadow on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A very tall Sitka spruce towers among slender saplings in Switzer Creek meadow on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Some hardy flowers bloom downtown despite the snowy weather as seen on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Some hardy flowers bloom downtown despite the snowy weather as seen on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Sea stars and clams share a spot on a north Douglas beach at low tide on March 31. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Sea stars and clams share a spot on a north Douglas beach at low tide on March 31. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Day is done, gone the sun at Mile 2, Glacier Highway on April 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Day is done, gone the sun at Mile 2, Glacier Highway on April 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Sunshine on Spaulding trail, but weather looking ominous towards town on April 7. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Sunshine on Spaulding trail, but weather looking ominous towards town on April 7. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A lone feather rests upon dead grass with the Klawock Range in the background near Klawock on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

A lone feather rests upon dead grass with the Klawock Range in the background near Klawock on April 11. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

This photo was taken April 3 in the Amalga Meadows near the Eagle Valley Center. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken April 3 in the Amalga Meadows near the Eagle Valley Center. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A seal enjoys a day that put the sun in Sunday on March 28. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

A seal enjoys a day that put the sun in Sunday on March 28. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

A seal looks upward during a sunny day in late March. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

A seal looks upward during a sunny day in late March. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

Seals enjoying the sun on Sunday, March 28. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

Seals enjoying the sun on Sunday, March 28. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

This photo was taken March 29 at Point Bridget State Park on March 29. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R.Williams)

This photo was taken March 29 at Point Bridget State Park on March 29. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R.Williams)

This photo shows a northern flicker in March. (Courtesy Photo / Jim Hauck)

This photo shows a northern flicker in March. (Courtesy Photo / Jim Hauck)

This photo taken on the Dredge Lake trail shows a cozy bench with a soft snow pillow. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo taken on the Dredge Lake trail shows a cozy bench with a soft snow pillow. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

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