A “fogbow” on a northbound ship headed for Juneau in late summer. (Courtesy Photo / Paul F. Merrill)

A “fogbow” on a northbound ship headed for Juneau in late summer. (Courtesy Photo / Paul F. Merrill)

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On the winter shoreline of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

On the winter shoreline of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the old dead tree pond along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows the old dead tree pond along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Tannin-tinted 8 ft. long icicles sharp as daggers on Treadwell Ditch trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Tannin-tinted 8 ft. long icicles sharp as daggers on Treadwell Ditch trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This past week’s warmer weather has AJ falls off East glacier trail rushing down over the rocks. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This past week’s warmer weather has AJ falls off East glacier trail rushing down over the rocks. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Winter frost covering stalks of Cow Parsnip, Mendenhall Wetlands Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Winter frost covering stalks of Cow Parsnip, Mendenhall Wetlands Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Water droplets on witch’s hair appear as diamonds in the sunlight on this evergreen tree. Boy Scout Beach. ourtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Water droplets on witch’s hair appear as diamonds in the sunlight on this evergreen tree. Boy Scout Beach. ourtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The Peak nearest Teardrop Lake peeks through the clouds. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

The Peak nearest Teardrop Lake peeks through the clouds. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Crashing surf and Lion’s Head mountain seen from Blue Mussel beach on Nov. 16. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Crashing surf and Lion’s Head mountain seen from Blue Mussel beach on Nov. 16. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Harbor Seal watch at the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Harbor Seal watch at the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Small group of Canada geese take flight from sandbank on the Mendenhall River on Nov. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Small group of Canada geese take flight from sandbank on the Mendenhall River on Nov. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Frost defines the leaf veins found near Point Bridget Beach on Nov. 16. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Frost defines the leaf veins found near Point Bridget Beach on Nov. 16. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken Saturday, Nov.19 along the Airport Dike Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken Saturday, Nov.19 along the Airport Dike Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This Nov. 7 photo shows a sunset between Craig and Klawock on Prince of Wales Island. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

This Nov. 7 photo shows a sunset between Craig and Klawock on Prince of Wales Island. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

Late departure - Canada geese move into the sundown at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Late departure – Canada geese move into the sundown at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Raindrops on a large mushroom in Hollis. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

Raindrops on a large mushroom in Hollis. (Courtesy Photo / Marti Crutcher)

This photo was taken Nov. 12 along the Nugget Falls Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken Nov. 12 along the Nugget Falls Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Boy Scout Beach Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Boy Scout Beach Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A bridge over an ice encrusted waterfall emptying into a glacial pool of water along Treadwell Ditch Trail on Nov. 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A bridge over an ice encrusted waterfall emptying into a glacial pool of water along Treadwell Ditch Trail on Nov. 9. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A lonesome cottonwood tree stands guard in the meadow near the Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A lonesome cottonwood tree stands guard in the meadow near the Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows a 3:39 p.m. sunset at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Amanda Ristau, Untamed Majesty Photography)

This photo shows a 3:39 p.m. sunset at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Amanda Ristau, Untamed Majesty Photography)

This photo shows Cohen Island with the Lynn Canal and the Chilkat Range, Southeast Alaska.(Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows Cohen Island with the Lynn Canal and the Chilkat Range, Southeast Alaska.(Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows a sunset from Douglas Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Erica Simonson)

This photo shows a sunset from Douglas Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Erica Simonson)

Sunrise of over the Southern Chilkat Range, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Sunrise of over the Southern Chilkat Range, Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Dawn on Douglas Island seen on Nov. 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Dawn on Douglas Island seen on Nov. 1. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). (Courtesy Photo / Erica Simonson)

This photo shows fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). (Courtesy Photo / Erica Simonson)

Auke Bay and the Chilkats seen from John Muir cabin on Nov. 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Auke Bay and the Chilkats seen from John Muir cabin on Nov. 2. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Alaska sled dogs with Alaska Icefield Expeditions Inc. rest by their houses on Norris Glacier Aug. 11, 2022. The company provides tours on different glaciers around Juneau every summer. (Courtesy Photo / Abbie Gressley)

Alaska sled dogs with Alaska Icefield Expeditions Inc. rest by their houses on Norris Glacier Aug. 11, 2022. The company provides tours on different glaciers around Juneau every summer. (Courtesy Photo / Abbie Gressley)

A bald eagle sits near Northstar Helicopter pad on Aug. 1, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Abbie Gressley)

A bald eagle sits near Northstar Helicopter pad on Aug. 1, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Abbie Gressley)

Three ravens enjoying a break in the weather in Mayor Bill Overstreet Park on Nov. 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Three ravens enjoying a break in the weather in Mayor Bill Overstreet Park on Nov. 3. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo, taken along Glacier Highway, shows a bald eagle in flight against a backdrop of jewel blues. (Courtesy Photo / Amanda Ristau, Untamed Majesty Photography)

This photo, taken along Glacier Highway, shows a bald eagle in flight against a backdrop of jewel blues. (Courtesy Photo / Amanda Ristau, Untamed Majesty Photography)

A colorful sky is seen from the end of Sunny Drive earlier this year. (Courtesy Photo / Carlita Garcia)

A colorful sky is seen from the end of Sunny Drive earlier this year. (Courtesy Photo / Carlita Garcia)

A cloud like a strip of cotton batting stretches across the mountains known as the three sisters on Oct. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A cloud like a strip of cotton batting stretches across the mountains known as the three sisters on Oct. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A red leaf brightens up the downtown sidewalk. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A red leaf brightens up the downtown sidewalk. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-covered Mount Olds gleams in the noonday sunshine as seen on Oct. 22. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-covered Mount Olds gleams in the noonday sunshine as seen on Oct. 22. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mount Juneau is illuminated by a shaft of sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)
Mount Juneau is illuminated by a shaft of sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mount Juneau is illuminated by a shaft of sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll) Mount Juneau is illuminated by a shaft of sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A porcupine peers over its shoulder near the Mendenhall Glacier. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A porcupine peers over its shoulder near the Mendenhall Glacier. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Water flows along the Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Water flows along the Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

The sun peeks through clouds at Eaglecrest.

The sun peeks through clouds at Eaglecrest.

A large mushroom is spotted on the Peterson Creek Trail (with shoe for comparison). (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)
A large mushroom is spotted on the Peterson Creek Trail (with shoe for comparison). (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A large mushroom is spotted on the Peterson Creek Trail (with shoe for comparison). (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll) A large mushroom is spotted on the Peterson Creek Trail (with shoe for comparison). (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This leaf was seen along the Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This leaf was seen along the Perseverance Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Looking back before trotting up the mountainside off Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Looking back before trotting up the mountainside off Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Reflections and pond lilies in Peterson Lake as seen on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Reflections and pond lilies in Peterson Lake as seen on Oct. 5. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A goat’s-eye view from Mount Roberts in early October. (Courtesy Photo / Dee Will)

A goat’s-eye view from Mount Roberts in early October. (Courtesy Photo / Dee Will)

“Ahhh… Remembering Juneau with blue skies.” writes Denise Carroll of this Oct. 2 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Ahhh… Remembering Juneau with blue skies.” writes Denise Carroll of this Oct. 2 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows old casings pounded into a stump. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows old casings pounded into a stump. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A tree lies across the ground in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A tree lies across the ground in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

The invasive species Japanese knotweed gone to seed along Glacier Highway. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The invasive species Japanese knotweed gone to seed along Glacier Highway. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken along the Treadwell Ditch Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Treadwell Ditch Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken recently along the Airport Dike Trail. (Courtesy Photo . Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken recently along the Airport Dike Trail. (Courtesy Photo . Deana Barajas)

Lion’s Head Mountain is seen on a clear day in late September. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Lion’s Head Mountain is seen on a clear day in late September. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Bear tracks on a muddy trail in Cowee Meadow are seen in late September. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Bear tracks on a muddy trail in Cowee Meadow are seen in late September. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A Saturday afternoon rainbow makes an appearance over Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams)

A Saturday afternoon rainbow makes an appearance over Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Sandy R. Williams)

Mist rises along the Auke Nu Trail to John Muir Cabin. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Mist rises along the Auke Nu Trail to John Muir Cabin. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Blooming black cohosh seen in the downtown flats area on Sept. 27. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Blooming black cohosh seen in the downtown flats area on Sept. 27. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Vividly pink astilbe blooms in a downtown garden. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Vividly pink astilbe blooms in a downtown garden. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A humback whale breaches near Shelter Island on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A humback whale breaches near Shelter Island on Sept. 22. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

What caused the interesting swirl on this tree trunk seen along the Treadwell Ditch? (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

What caused the interesting swirl on this tree trunk seen along the Treadwell Ditch? (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The Mendenhall Towers are topped with termination dust. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

The Mendenhall Towers are topped with termination dust. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Glacier reflections in Mendenhall River seen from the wetlands trail on Sept. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Glacier reflections in Mendenhall River seen from the wetlands trail on Sept. 17. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A red squirrel enjoys the fruits of its labor, eating a recently dislodged pine cone from high above. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A red squirrel enjoys the fruits of its labor, eating a recently dislodged pine cone from high above. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

“Further of the valley, the Mendenhall Glacier is still pretty impressive,” writes Denise Carroll of this Sept. 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Further of the valley, the Mendenhall Glacier is still pretty impressive,” writes Denise Carroll of this Sept. 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Tahku the Whale Sculpture blots out the sun. (Courtesy Photo / Alissa Noe)

Tahku the Whale Sculpture blots out the sun. (Courtesy Photo / Alissa Noe)

“Day is done, gone the sun…” writes Denise Carroll of this Sept. 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

“Day is done, gone the sun…” writes Denise Carroll of this Sept. 16 photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A flock of birds surrounds a bald eagle perched on George Rock. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A flock of birds surrounds a bald eagle perched on George Rock. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A yellow warbler feeding on insects amongst golden maple tree Out the Road. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A yellow warbler feeding on insects amongst golden maple tree Out the Road. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Sunset on snow-capped mountains between Anchorage and Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Sunset on snow-capped mountains between Anchorage and Juneau. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

An ornamental cabbage in a Fairbanks garden. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

An ornamental cabbage in a Fairbanks garden. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Three female mallards near the Chena River. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Three female mallards near the Chena River. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Alpine blueberries at their peak. (Courtesy Photo / Marsha Squires)

Alpine blueberries at their peak. (Courtesy Photo / Marsha Squires)

This photo shows a boat in the Gastineau Channel. (Courtesy Photo / Alissa Noe)

This photo shows a boat in the Gastineau Channel. (Courtesy Photo / Alissa Noe)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the East Glacier Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows Eagle River with forest in early winter. Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows Eagle River with forest in early winter. Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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