Wild flowers with Echo Ranch horses on the edge of Berners Bay. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Wild flowers with Echo Ranch horses on the edge of Berners Bay. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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A Sitka blacktail deer munches on new greens along Treadwell ditch trail on May 25. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A Sitka blacktail deer munches on new greens along Treadwell ditch trail on May 25. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Canada geese stand on Eagle Beach tidal mud. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Canada geese stand on Eagle Beach tidal mud. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A field of lupine off West Glacier Trail on May 29. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A field of lupine off West Glacier Trail on May 29. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young Sitka Blacktail doe on the Mendenhall riverbank near Marion Drive on May 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A young Sitka Blacktail doe on the Mendenhall riverbank near Marion Drive on May 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

The Chilkat Range can be seen with Sentinel Island and Vanderbilt Reef. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

The Chilkat Range can be seen with Sentinel Island and Vanderbilt Reef. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Buckbean is in bloom in the Mendenhall Campground May 26. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Buckbean is in bloom in the Mendenhall Campground May 26. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A red squirrel sits on the hand rail of a porch on Tuesday, May 26. “He/she is very cute,” writes reader Gary Miller. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

A red squirrel sits on the hand rail of a porch on Tuesday, May 26. “He/she is very cute,” writes reader Gary Miller. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

Spaulding Meadow is still mostly covered with snow as of May 27. ( Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Spaulding Meadow is still mostly covered with snow as of May 27. ( Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A snowshoe hare seen near Mendenhall Lake May 24. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A snowshoe hare seen near Mendenhall Lake May 24. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

The toe of Mendenhall Glacier with Nugget Creek visible in the background. May 29. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The toe of Mendenhall Glacier with Nugget Creek visible in the background. May 29. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

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The toe of Mendenhall Glacier with Nugget Creek visible in the background. May 29. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

<strong></strong>An orca peers above the water near Point Retreat in Southern Lynn Canal. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

An orca peers above the water near Point Retreat in Southern Lynn Canal. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

An orca sends mist into the air near Point Retreat in Southern Lynn Canal. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

An orca sends mist into the air near Point Retreat in Southern Lynn Canal. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

Snow geese feed on tidal grassland out on Eagle Beach on May 15. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Snow geese feed on tidal grassland out on Eagle Beach on May 15. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Wilson Warbler sits in a Norwegian red maple Out the Road. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Wilson Warbler sits in a Norwegian red maple Out the Road. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

During early May ducks and other seabirds visited the north Shelter Island area to feed on small fish that were present in the area. This photo shows and male and female wood ducks taking a break from fishing in the near shore area. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

During early May ducks and other seabirds visited the north Shelter Island area to feed on small fish that were present in the area. This photo shows and male and female wood ducks taking a break from fishing in the near shore area. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

An Arctic tern flies near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

An Arctic tern flies near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

An eagle perches near the Juneau Empire office on Thursday. (Courtesy Photo | Dawn Keck)

An eagle perches near the Juneau Empire office on Thursday. (Courtesy Photo | Dawn Keck)

Dall’s porpoises swim in Southern Lynn Canal on May 11. Steve Parker said they were seen while returning to Auke Bay from St James Bay. “A group of about 20 Dall’s Porpoises escorted our sailboat for nearly 30 minutes on our way home,” Parker said. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Parker)

Dall’s porpoises swim in Southern Lynn Canal on May 11. Steve Parker said they were seen while returning to Auke Bay from St James Bay. “A group of about 20 Dall’s Porpoises escorted our sailboat for nearly 30 minutes on our way home,” Parker said. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Parker)

A bee pushes through the yellow flower clusters of a roadside dandelion in July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A bee pushes through the yellow flower clusters of a roadside dandelion in July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

An eagle grips a wooden beam with its talons. (Courtesy Photo | Karen Crane)

An eagle grips a wooden beam with its talons. (Courtesy Photo | Karen Crane)

A harbor porpoise and orca emerge from the water in Lynn Canal on April 18. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

A harbor porpoise and orca emerge from the water in Lynn Canal on April 18. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

A white-tailed red squirrel was hanging out in a Mendenhall Valley backyard on May 15. (Courtesy Photo | Dick Fagnant)

A white-tailed red squirrel was hanging out in a Mendenhall Valley backyard on May 15. (Courtesy Photo | Dick Fagnant)

Surf scoters scurry across the downtown boat harbor on May 12. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Surf scoters scurry across the downtown boat harbor on May 12. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A chestnut sided chickadee collects shed dog hair from last winter for its nest on the Tolch Rock Trail on May 10. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A chestnut sided chickadee collects shed dog hair from last winter for its nest on the Tolch Rock Trail on May 10. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

The silhouettes of a harbor porpoise and orca rise above the surface of the water in Lynn Canal on April 18. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

The silhouettes of a harbor porpoise and orca rise above the surface of the water in Lynn Canal on April 18. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

Marmots play on a warm, spring day near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Bruce Moore)

Marmots play on a warm, spring day near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Bruce Moore)

A sandhill crane takes off from the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 10. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

A sandhill crane takes off from the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 10. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

An adult bald eagle perches on an iceberg in Mendenhall Lake on May 8. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

An adult bald eagle perches on an iceberg in Mendenhall Lake on May 8. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Cherry blossoms remind us that spring and warm weather have arrived in Juneau on May 6. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Cherry blossoms remind us that spring and warm weather have arrived in Juneau on May 6. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Driftwood sculpture as seen along Eagle River on May 2. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Driftwood sculpture as seen along Eagle River on May 2. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A rufous hummingbird visits a feeder on May 3. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A rufous hummingbird visits a feeder on May 3. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

An invasive starling walks Mendenhall riverbank, May 7, 2020. “Mated pairs have been showing up for the last two weeks gathering nesting material,” writes David Athearn. “There goes the neighborhood.” (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn) David Athearn

An invasive starling walks Mendenhall riverbank, May 7, 2020. “Mated pairs have been showing up for the last two weeks gathering nesting material,” writes David Athearn. “There goes the neighborhood.” (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn) David Athearn

A yawning kit fox has a floppy puppy ear. Katmai National Park in September, 2016. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A yawning kit fox has a floppy puppy ear. Katmai National Park in September, 2016. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Alpine azalea grows along Juneau Ridge. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

Alpine azalea grows along Juneau Ridge. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

Scarlet colored lupine stands near Thunder Mountain. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

Scarlet colored lupine stands near Thunder Mountain. (Courtesy Photo | Gary Miller)

There were busy beavers along the bluff trail in North Douglas sometime before April 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

There were busy beavers along the bluff trail in North Douglas sometime before April 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

There were busy beavers along the bluff trail in North Douglas sometime before April 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Primula denticulata heralds in spring in a Blueberry Hills garden. (Courtesy Photo | Paul Dick)

Primula denticulata heralds in spring in a Blueberry Hills garden. (Courtesy Photo | Paul Dick)

A belted kingfisher perches May 1 near Eagle Beach campground. “We felt lucky to be so close,” said Carolyn Kelley, who took the photo, in an email. “Maybe 15-20 feet. That was taken through the scrub trees.” (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A belted kingfisher perches May 1 near Eagle Beach campground. “We felt lucky to be so close,” said Carolyn Kelley, who took the photo, in an email. “Maybe 15-20 feet. That was taken through the scrub trees.” (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

Mount Juneau and downtown as seen on a sparkling May Day. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carol)

Mount Juneau and downtown as seen on a sparkling May Day. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carol)

A pussy willow contrasts with the sky in this photo taken April 18 during a walk to Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A pussy willow contrasts with the sky in this photo taken April 18 during a walk to Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

Lion’s Head mountain looms above a thick morning fog bank as seen from Echo Cove on April 17, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Lion’s Head mountain looms above a thick morning fog bank as seen from Echo Cove on April 17, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A white-winged Crossbill perches near the Mendenhall Wetlands, Sunday, March 19. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A white-winged Crossbill perches near the Mendenhall Wetlands, Sunday, March 19. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A Dungeness crab wades in the shallow waters of Boy Scout Beach on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A Dungeness crab wades in the shallow waters of Boy Scout Beach on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Evidence of a Canada geese line dance is visible on Boy Scout beach sand on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Evidence of a Canada geese line dance is visible on Boy Scout beach sand on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Mountain goats stand near Nugget Falls on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

Mountain goats stand near Nugget Falls on April 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

An opalescent nudibranch seen on Yakobi Island July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roman Motyka)

An opalescent nudibranch seen on Yakobi Island July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roman Motyka)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

An opalescent nudibranch seen on Yakobi Island July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roman Motyka)

A river otter was on the move in September 2015 in Kowee Creek “Out the Road”.(Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A river otter was on the move in September 2015 in Kowee Creek “Out the Road”.(Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A kingfisher perches Monday, April 14, at the Airport Emergency Vehicle Access Road. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A kingfisher perches Monday, April 14, at the Airport Emergency Vehicle Access Road. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A robin sings on the top of an alder on April 17. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A robin sings on the top of an alder on April 17. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A squirrel along makes its way along a branch Monday, April 14, at the Airport Emergency Vehicle Access Road. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A squirrel along makes its way along a branch Monday, April 14, at the Airport Emergency Vehicle Access Road. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A view of Admiralty Island from the Hilda Divide can be seen in this photo taken Friday, April 10. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A view of Admiralty Island from the Hilda Divide can be seen in this photo taken Friday, April 10. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The sun sets on North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo | Joseph Sypeck)

The sun sets on North Douglas. (Courtesy Photo | Joseph Sypeck)

A heron stands in a pond on the wetlands airport trail in this photo shared March 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A heron stands in a pond on the wetlands airport trail in this photo shared March 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A large orca spy watches at Point Retreat in mid-July a few years ago. (Courtesy Photo | Kurt Kogita)

A large orca spy watches at Point Retreat in mid-July a few years ago. (Courtesy Photo | Kurt Kogita)

A pelagic cormorant can be seen near Coglin Island, on April 9, 2020 Coglin Island. ( Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A pelagic cormorant can be seen near Coglin Island, on April 9, 2020 Coglin Island. ( Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A porcupine enjoys eating spruce tips adjacent to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on April 5 (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A porcupine enjoys eating spruce tips adjacent to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on April 5 (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

An eagle is perched with its meal at Eagle Beach, March 17. Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

An eagle is perched with its meal at Eagle Beach, March 17. Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

Wildlife visits Denise Carroll’s backyard on April 5. “We don’t have any chickens,” Carroll said in an email. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Wildlife visits Denise Carroll’s backyard on April 5. “We don’t have any chickens,” Carroll said in an email. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A north wind kicked up big waves near the Shrine of St. Therese, the afternoon of Monday, March 30. (Courtesy Photo| Gwen Baluss)

A north wind kicked up big waves near the Shrine of St. Therese, the afternoon of Monday, March 30. (Courtesy Photo| Gwen Baluss)

The Chilkats can be seen through beached driftwood along Eagle River in this photo taken on on Wednesday, April 1. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The Chilkats can be seen through beached driftwood along Eagle River in this photo taken on on Wednesday, April 1. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Seabirds and Canada geese enjoy Eagle River with the Chilkats in the background. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Seabirds and Canada geese enjoy Eagle River with the Chilkats in the background. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Mallards making a spring visit to David Athearn’s yard in search of seed. Later in April, they nest across the river in a sheltered beaver pond and rear their young. “The cat gets lots of entertainment from the window, and we get free fertilizer,” Athearn said in an email. ( Courtesy Photo |David Athearn)

Mallards making a spring visit to David Athearn’s yard in search of seed. Later in April, they nest across the river in a sheltered beaver pond and rear their young. “The cat gets lots of entertainment from the window, and we get free fertilizer,” Athearn said in an email. ( Courtesy Photo |David Athearn)

A sunset seen from Mile 2 paints the sky on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A sunset seen from Mile 2 paints the sky on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A hairy woodpecker checks out a suet feeder in the Back Loop area on March 29. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A hairy woodpecker checks out a suet feeder in the Back Loop area on March 29. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A skunk cabbage shoot peaks out of the ground on the trail. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A skunk cabbage shoot peaks out of the ground on the trail. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A double row of trees stands at Point Bridget State Park’s Spaulding Meadows earlier this month. (Courtesy Photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A double row of trees stands at Point Bridget State Park’s Spaulding Meadows earlier this month. (Courtesy Photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A “fairy forest” forms on a conk mushroom. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A “fairy forest” forms on a conk mushroom. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

Three bald eagles take a spring bath on March 19. Photographer David Athearn says social distancing was observed. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

Three bald eagles take a spring bath on March 19. Photographer David Athearn says social distancing was observed. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

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A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

This March 11, 2020, photo shows the impression made by the feathers of a raptor that was likely hunting a small mammal. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

This March 11, 2020, photo shows the impression made by the feathers of a raptor that was likely hunting a small mammal. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

Gene Randall, who took this photo, says he enjoys tracking mice, squirrel, porcupine, mink, otter and deer through our winter lawn but have never seen such a display of the “Snow Phoenix” and the likely demise of a mouse. The photo was taken March 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

Gene Randall, who took this photo, says he enjoys tracking mice, squirrel, porcupine, mink, otter and deer through our winter lawn but have never seen such a display of the “Snow Phoenix” and the likely demise of a mouse. The photo was taken March 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)                                This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn) This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

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One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Forest reflections can be seen in the waters of Peterson Creek on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

Forest reflections can be seen in the waters of Peterson Creek on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A beach sculpture seen on a North Douglas beach on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A beach sculpture seen on a North Douglas beach on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A forest giant comes crashing down with a loud “crack” in a North Douglas forest as seen Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A forest giant comes crashing down with a loud “crack” in a North Douglas forest as seen Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

Herbert River, as seen on Feb. 26, meanders through a meadow and back into the woods. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Herbert River, as seen on Feb. 26, meanders through a meadow and back into the woods. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Right: A slough works its way through snow and ice along Windfall Lake trail on Feb. 26. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Right: A slough works its way through snow and ice along Windfall Lake trail on Feb. 26. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

A snow-shaped heart appears on a rock in Paris Creek, Douglas, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. (Courtesy photos | Sandy R. Williams)

A snow-shaped heart appears on a rock in Paris Creek, Douglas, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. (Courtesy photos | Sandy R. Williams)

Porcupine markings are seen on a tree on Dupont Trail at the end of Thane Road on Feb. 7. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

Porcupine markings are seen on a tree on Dupont Trail at the end of Thane Road on Feb. 7. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A raven perches on top of a tree in the Costco parking lot on Feb. 3. (Courtesy photo | Barbara Belknap)

A raven perches on top of a tree in the Costco parking lot on Feb. 3. (Courtesy photo | Barbara Belknap)

A raven flies past Gastineau Channel at Sandy Beach on Friday. (Courtesy photo | Machelle Bennett)

A raven flies past Gastineau Channel at Sandy Beach on Friday. (Courtesy photo | Machelle Bennett)

A short-eared owl lands on the snowy ground in Juneau on Jan. 30. (Courtesy photo | Gina Vose)

A short-eared owl lands on the snowy ground in Juneau on Jan. 30. (Courtesy photo | Gina Vose)

A thrush in a hawthorn tree. (Courtesy photo | Lisa Marie Tourtellot)

A thrush in a hawthorn tree. (Courtesy photo | Lisa Marie Tourtellot)

The line of demarcation: Deciduous, spruce and hemlock trees are seen Jan. 27 on Mount Roberts. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

The line of demarcation: Deciduous, spruce and hemlock trees are seen Jan. 27 on Mount Roberts. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Courtesy photo | Mary Larsen                                 Taku winds whip up water in Gastineau Channel during a sunrise earlier this month.

Courtesy photo | Mary Larsen Taku winds whip up water in Gastineau Channel during a sunrise earlier this month.

Beachgoers are silhouetted at Echo Ranch in Berners Bay, September 2019.                                Courtesy photo | Lera Jimmerson

Beachgoers are silhouetted at Echo Ranch in Berners Bay, September 2019. Courtesy photo | Lera Jimmerson

Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll                                The gossamer look of a dewy spider’s web, Jan. 8, at Eaglecrest.

Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll The gossamer look of a dewy spider’s web, Jan. 8, at Eaglecrest.

Early afternoon clouds descend upon Mount Ben Stewart, Jan 8. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Early afternoon clouds descend upon Mount Ben Stewart, Jan 8. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Winter view from John Muir cabin, Jan. 22. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Winter view from John Muir cabin, Jan. 22. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

The west and middle peaks of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts reflect on Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The west and middle peaks of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts reflect on Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Mount McGinnis glows in the afternoon light on Jan. 4. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Mount McGinnis glows in the afternoon light on Jan. 4. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

A spiky beach sculpture can be seen on Mendenhall Flats on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A spiky beach sculpture can be seen on Mendenhall Flats on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A bird waits to launch for a meal at Dredge Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bruce Moore)

A bird waits to launch for a meal at Dredge Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bruce Moore)

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