The Orion Nebula as seen from Auke Bay on Oct. 26. Taken with a DSLR camera and a 300mm telephoto lens on a tracking device for timed exposures. Multiple 25-second exposures were taken and then stacked to gain more detail. (Photo by Mark Schwan)

The Orion Nebula as seen from Auke Bay on Oct. 26. Taken with a DSLR camera and a 300mm telephoto lens on a tracking device for timed exposures. Multiple 25-second exposures were taken and then stacked to gain more detail. (Photo by Mark Schwan)

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A swan and its reflection in the water shortly after takeoff near the Airport Dike Trail on Nov 3. (Photo by Tony Sholty)

A swan and its reflection in the water shortly after takeoff near the Airport Dike Trail on Nov 3. (Photo by Tony Sholty)

With all of the foliage gone, the highbush cranberries are much easier to see along Perseverance Trail on Nov. 4. (Photo by Deana Barajas)

With all of the foliage gone, the highbush cranberries are much easier to see along Perseverance Trail on Nov. 4. (Photo by Deana Barajas)

Fall colors beyond the trees along Perseverance Trail on Nov. 4. (Photo by Deana Barajas)

Fall colors beyond the trees along Perseverance Trail on Nov. 4. (Photo by Deana Barajas)

Gold Creek rocks wear icy blankets as temperatures drop on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Gold Creek rocks wear icy blankets as temperatures drop on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Frozen fingers of ice in Gold Creek seen on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Frozen fingers of ice in Gold Creek seen on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Icy fingers stretch to meet the ground along Perseverance Trail on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Icy fingers stretch to meet the ground along Perseverance Trail on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

The sun is not warm enough to melt the dagger-like icicles on Perseverance trail on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

The sun is not warm enough to melt the dagger-like icicles on Perseverance trail on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

The feathery look of fireweed in the Mendenhall wetlands on Oct. 22. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

The feathery look of fireweed in the Mendenhall wetlands on Oct. 22. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

A brand-new bridge along Perseverance Trail, built by Trail Mix, seen on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

A brand-new bridge along Perseverance Trail, built by Trail Mix, seen on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

A frozen creek from the ridge above Granite Creek Basin on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

A frozen creek from the ridge above Granite Creek Basin on Oct. 25. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

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