A brown bear stands at Sweetheart Creek on Aug. 9, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Skippy Wilsonová)

A brown bear stands at Sweetheart Creek on Aug. 9, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Skippy Wilsonová)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos for July 2020.

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Large bear bread, or artist’s bracket, acts as an umbrella for little forest creatures along the Cedar Lake Trail on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Large bear bread, or artist’s bracket, acts as an umbrella for little forest creatures along the Cedar Lake Trail on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows Fireweed Pond by salt chuck on Aug. 6, 2020(Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows Fireweed Pond by salt chuck on Aug. 6, 2020(Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A small colony of intricate mushrooms commonly, but not officially, called blue knight or blue denim mushrooms as seen on the trail to Akiyama Bight on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A small colony of intricate mushrooms commonly, but not officially, called blue knight or blue denim mushrooms as seen on the trail to Akiyama Bight on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A destroyed paper hornets’ outer nest and hive on the trail to Cedar Lake on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A destroyed paper hornets’ outer nest and hive on the trail to Cedar Lake on Aug. 7, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A bear cub crosses Glacier Spur Road in early August. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

A bear cub crosses Glacier Spur Road in early August. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

Pacific wren feeds a fledgling in Dredge Lakes in late July. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

Pacific wren feeds a fledgling in Dredge Lakes in late July. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Shaw)

Early morning fog hangs over Auke Bay on Aug. 6, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gilfoto)

Early morning fog hangs over Auke Bay on Aug. 6, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gilfoto)

Eaglecrest ski slopes as seen in July from the top of Mount Troy on July 31, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Eaglecrest ski slopes as seen in July from the top of Mount Troy on July 31, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The last pull to get to the top of Mount Troy on July 31, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The last pull to get to the top of Mount Troy on July 31, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo taken July 30, 2020, shows the salt chuck with no visible fish. “Maybe they’re late this year, I’ve only counted a handful in my four visits this week,” writes Kenneth Gill. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo taken July 30, 2020, shows the salt chuck with no visible fish. “Maybe they’re late this year, I’ve only counted a handful in my four visits this week,” writes Kenneth Gill. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This dragonfly at the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in the last week of July 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This dragonfly at the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in the last week of July 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

This photo shows Dan Moller Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams)                                This photo shows Dan Moller Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams)

This photo shows Dan Moller Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams) This photo shows Dan Moller Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams)

A raven waits at a downtown picnic table for someone to offer a tidbit, July 27, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A raven waits at a downtown picnic table for someone to offer a tidbit, July 27, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A local seine boat brings in the purse net by the salt chuck near Amalga Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A local seine boat brings in the purse net by the salt chuck near Amalga Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the view of downtown, Gastineau Channel and all the way to Taku inlet from the top of Mount Juneau on July 29, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows the view of downtown, Gastineau Channel and all the way to Taku inlet from the top of Mount Juneau on July 29, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mushrooms were seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)                                Mushrooms were seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Mushrooms were seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas) Mushrooms were seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A mew gull enjoys a tasty snack along the Kenai river. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

A mew gull enjoys a tasty snack along the Kenai river. (Courtesy Photo / Carolyn Kelley)

Ground cones were among the sights seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Ground cones were among the sights seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Ground cones were among the sights seen during a July 25 hike along Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

“These are some pictures I’ve taken out at North Douglas, Lena Beach, and Eagle Beach,” writes Joseph Sypeck. (Courtesy Photos/Joseph Sypeck)

“These are some pictures I’ve taken out at North Douglas, Lena Beach, and Eagle Beach,” writes Joseph Sypeck. (Courtesy Photos/Joseph Sypeck)

(Courtesy Photo/Joseph Sypeck)

(Courtesy Photo/Joseph Sypeck)

(Courtesy Photo/Joseph Sypeck)

(Courtesy Photo/Joseph Sypeck)

Cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds over Gastineau channel on July 23, 2020.(Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

Cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds over Gastineau channel on July 23, 2020.(Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

“The Dead Forest” is seen on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier, July 23, 2020 (Courtesy Photo/Photo Barbara Belknap)

“The Dead Forest” is seen on the way to the Mendenhall Glacier, July 23, 2020 (Courtesy Photo/Photo Barbara Belknap)

This photo shows a jelly mushroom near Sandy Beach.(Courtesy Photo/Deana Baraja)

This photo shows a jelly mushroom near Sandy Beach.(Courtesy Photo/Deana Baraja)

This photo shows the view across the water from the Middle Creek estuary, July 24, 2020. (Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

This photo shows the view across the water from the Middle Creek estuary, July 24, 2020. (Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

Belted Kingfisher with fresh catch, by the Salt Chuck Amalga, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo/Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Belted Kingfisher with fresh catch, by the Salt Chuck Amalga, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo/Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Bear bread, also known as bracket fungi, grows within the wood of living or dead trees as seen on the bluff trail, North Douglas on July 24, 2020. (Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

Bear bread, also known as bracket fungi, grows within the wood of living or dead trees as seen on the bluff trail, North Douglas on July 24, 2020. (Courtesy Photo/Denise Carroll)

A hermit thrush is in a garden out by Lena. (Courtesy Photo/Kenneth Gill,gillfoto)

A hermit thrush is in a garden out by Lena. (Courtesy Photo/Kenneth Gill,gillfoto)

Black cod scraps attract the attention of the bald eagle, “Yardbird,” on July 13, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

Black cod scraps attract the attention of the bald eagle, “Yardbird,” on July 13, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

Young Porcupine feeds in meadow of Steep Creek, by the Mendenhall Glacier on July 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Young Porcupine feeds in meadow of Steep Creek, by the Mendenhall Glacier on July 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A white admiral butterfly lands on a branch in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)                                A white admiral butterfly lands on a branch in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A white admiral butterfly lands on a branch in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley) A white admiral butterfly lands on a branch in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

Blooming foxglove along twin lakes invites hummingbirds and bees alike to feast on nectar on July 10, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Blooming foxglove along twin lakes invites hummingbirds and bees alike to feast on nectar on July 10, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A geranium and friend are seen in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A geranium and friend are seen in this July 11 photo. (Courtesy Photo | Carolyn Kelley)

A lady’s mantle leaf catches morning raindrops on July 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A lady’s mantle leaf catches morning raindrops on July 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

A lady’s mantle leaf catches morning raindrops on July 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Flies visit a yellow pond lily in this photo shared July 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

Flies visit a yellow pond lily in this photo shared July 16, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

Yellow pond lilies are in full bloom on Auke Lake on July 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Yellow pond lilies are in full bloom on Auke Lake on July 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A hoary marmot lounges along Fish Creek Road on July 2, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A hoary marmot lounges along Fish Creek Road on July 2, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A marmot suns near marmot the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A marmot suns near marmot the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A brown bear eats grass on tideline by Grave Island, Tenakee Springs. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A brown bear eats grass on tideline by Grave Island, Tenakee Springs. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A squirrel snacks on seeds near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A squirrel snacks on seeds near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A bear walks near Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A bear walks near Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo | Eston Jennings)

A great blue heron takes off near Tenakee Springs. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A great blue heron takes off near Tenakee Springs. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Pink fairy barf is the fruity body of this pale green lichen growing on a rotting stump on the Mount Roberts Tram trail on July 8, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Pink fairy barf is the fruity body of this pale green lichen growing on a rotting stump on the Mount Roberts Tram trail on July 8, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

“Green, green, it’s green they say on the far side of the hill…” writes Denise Carroll of this photo taken on the Mount Roberts Tram trail on July 8, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

“Green, green, it’s green they say on the far side of the hill…” writes Denise Carroll of this photo taken on the Mount Roberts Tram trail on July 8, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A Himalayan poppy grows in Glacier Avenue garden on July 2, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A Himalayan poppy grows in Glacier Avenue garden on July 2, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Like plumes against the blue sky, goatsbeard thrives along North Douglas Highway on July 1, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Like plumes against the blue sky, goatsbeard thrives along North Douglas Highway on July 1, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Farewell Ridge with formations of mackerel clouds above as seen on July 3, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Farewell Ridge with formations of mackerel clouds above as seen on July 3, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

An immature Bonaparte’s gull happily rests on July 7 in Fritz Cove. (Courtesy Photo | Richard Fagnant)

An immature Bonaparte’s gull happily rests on July 7 in Fritz Cove. (Courtesy Photo | Richard Fagnant)

Slime mold grows at Point Bridget on June 27,2020. (Courtesy Photo | Deana Barajas)

Slime mold grows at Point Bridget on June 27,2020. (Courtesy Photo | Deana Barajas)

“I am visiting my brother with my family,” writes Bill Sauerteig. “We have been watching this hairy woodpecker enjoy sugar water from the hummingbird feeder the past few days.” (Courtesy Photo | Bill Sauerteig)

“I am visiting my brother with my family,” writes Bill Sauerteig. “We have been watching this hairy woodpecker enjoy sugar water from the hummingbird feeder the past few days.” (Courtesy Photo | Bill Sauerteig)

An immature bald eagle dries its plumage over a beaver dam in Steep Creek. Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

An immature bald eagle dries its plumage over a beaver dam in Steep Creek. Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

An immature bald eagle takes bath before the beaver dam in Steep Creek on June 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

An immature bald eagle takes bath before the beaver dam in Steep Creek on June 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A curious porcupine pays a visit to Denise Carroll’s home on June 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A curious porcupine pays a visit to Denise Carroll’s home on June 30, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

”I was heading south toward Angoon with my son and grandson when we were treated to this amazing show,” writes Paul Taintor of this photo showing multiple whales breaching. (Courtesy Photo | Paul Taintor)

”I was heading south toward Angoon with my son and grandson when we were treated to this amazing show,” writes Paul Taintor of this photo showing multiple whales breaching. (Courtesy Photo | Paul Taintor)

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