This photo shows Point Louisa at Auke Recreational Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows Point Louisa at Auke Recreational Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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This photo was taken near Mendenhall Lake on a recent Saturday. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken near Mendenhall Lake on a recent Saturday. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

The Three Sisters reflect in Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The Three Sisters reflect in Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Roots stretch over a large rock in order to survive. Outer Point trail in late January. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Roots stretch over a large rock in order to survive. Outer Point trail in late January. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows the 2023 Face of the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the 2023 Face of the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows Eagle Beach on a wintry day. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Buckley)

This photo shows Eagle Beach on a wintry day. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Buckley)

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

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

Receiving little sun, spindly evergreen branches unsuccessfully reach for light. Boy Scout Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Receiving little sun, spindly evergreen branches unsuccessfully reach for light. Boy Scout Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A chestnut-backed chickadee visits a bird feeder. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A chestnut-backed chickadee visits a bird feeder. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows frosty alder cones and a green shoot. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Buckley)

This photo shows frosty alder cones and a green shoot. (Courtesy Photo / Linda Buckley)

This photo shows the view from Ptarmigan Lift at Eaglecrest Ski Area. (Courtesy Photo / David Villarreal)

This photo shows the view from Ptarmigan Lift at Eaglecrest Ski Area. (Courtesy Photo / David Villarreal)

Low clouds rest on the Douglas range while high clouds reflect the setting sun. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Low clouds rest on the Douglas range while high clouds reflect the setting sun. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This distinctive peak overlooks Herbert Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This distinctive peak overlooks Herbert Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Morning sunshine causes fog along the Douglas Range to dissipate. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Morning sunshine causes fog along the Douglas Range to dissipate. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows the Chilkat Range looming behind Eagle Beach sand ripples. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill)

This photo shows the Chilkat Range looming behind Eagle Beach sand ripples. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill)

Pink winter oyster fungus grow on a railing near Outer Point. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Pink winter oyster fungus grow on a railing near Outer Point. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

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)

This photo was taken along Rainforest Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Felina Villarreal)

This photo was taken along Rainforest Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Felina Villarreal)

Snow buntings form a small flock on Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Snow buntings form a small flock on Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the view from Eaglecrest Ski Area’s Hooter Lift. (Courtesy Photo / Felina Villarreal)

This photo shows the view from Eaglecrest Ski Area’s Hooter Lift. (Courtesy Photo / Felina Villarreal)

Fog creeps up and over Heinzelmann Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Fog creeps up and over Heinzelmann Ridge. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

After days of rain, the capital city is bathed in sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

After days of rain, the capital city is bathed in sunshine. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A frozen icy meadow with Mount Roberts in the background. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A frozen icy meadow with Mount Roberts in the background. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Robert Barron Peak and Lone Mountain, Admiralty Island National Monument with Boy Scout Meadow in the foreground. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Robert Barron Peak and Lone Mountain, Admiralty Island National Monument with Boy Scout Meadow in the foreground. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows the view near the Seawalk. (Courtesy Photo / Monica Wafford)

This photo shows the view near the Seawalk. (Courtesy Photo / Monica Wafford)

Frozen raindrops cling to bare branches in the downtown flats. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Frozen raindrops cling to bare branches in the downtown flats. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo was taken along the Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail). (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken along the Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail). (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Dramatic icy falls frozen in time. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Dramatic icy falls frozen in time. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A lovely mourning to play in the water at Sandy Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

A lovely mourning to play in the water at Sandy Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Bill Andrews)

This photo shows a downy woodpecker at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows a downy woodpecker at Eagle Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Admiralty Island National Monument with coastal fog and cloud on Jan. 7, 2023. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Admiralty Island National Monument with coastal fog and cloud on Jan. 7, 2023. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

On a gray January day the sun shining across the water is most welcome at the Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

On a gray January day the sun shining across the water is most welcome at the Boy Scout Beach. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Looks like winter at John Muir Cabin. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Looks like winter at John Muir Cabin. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Five curious harbor seals frolic in the downtown boat harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Five curious harbor seals frolic in the downtown boat harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows a winter scene at Auke Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows a winter scene at Auke Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Looking down on the frozen wetlands near the Juneau runway on Dec. 21. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Looking down on the frozen wetlands near the Juneau runway on Dec. 21. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows a snowy New Year’s Eve scene on the Auk Nu Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows a snowy New Year’s Eve scene on the Auk Nu Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken Dec. 31 along the Auk Nu Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken Dec. 31 along the Auk Nu Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

Snow-laden mountains from Juneau to Seattle. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-laden mountains from Juneau to Seattle. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Branching out icicles from major ice flow, Auke Recreation Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Branching out icicles from major ice flow, Auke Recreation Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Culvert ice flow at Auke Recreation Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Culvert ice flow at Auke Recreation Area. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Overlooking Auke Bay on a Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy Photo / Susan Johnson)

Overlooking Auke Bay on a Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy Photo / Susan Johnson)

Sunset skate on Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Sara Stekoll)

Sunset skate on Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Sara Stekoll)

Frost crystals along the Auke Lake Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denice McPherson)

Frost crystals along the Auke Lake Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denice McPherson)

Ice berg exploration at sunset. Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Sara Stekoll)

Ice berg exploration at sunset. Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Sara Stekoll)

Glass stands between a raven and snacks. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Glass stands between a raven and snacks. (Courtesy Photo / Gary Miller)

Thunder Mountain as seen from the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Thunder Mountain as seen from the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Christmas holly in a Gold Street garden downtown in mid-December. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Christmas holly in a Gold Street garden downtown in mid-December. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Auke Recreational Area beach with ice cold water outflow. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Auke Recreational Area beach with ice cold water outflow. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows sunset at Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows sunset at Twin Lakes. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Both rushing and frozen water can be seen on Nugget Falls in this late-November photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Both rushing and frozen water can be seen on Nugget Falls in this late-November photo. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

This photo shows a mountain scene reflected in the waters of Auke Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Felina N. Villarreal)

This photo shows a mountain scene reflected in the waters of Auke Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Felina N. Villarreal)

“Depending on where you stood, this iceberg resembled a wave or a shark,” writes Deana Barajas of this photo taken at Mendenhall Lake. “This is the best angle, which almost matches the mountains. The sun shining behind it made some of the iceberg appear to glow.” (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

“Depending on where you stood, this iceberg resembled a wave or a shark,” writes Deana Barajas of this photo taken at Mendenhall Lake. “This is the best angle, which almost matches the mountains. The sun shining behind it made some of the iceberg appear to glow.” (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A cyclist makes their way past the Mendenhall Glacier at sunset. (Courtesy Photo / Andrea Watts)

A cyclist makes their way past the Mendenhall Glacier at sunset. (Courtesy Photo / Andrea Watts)

This photo shows a first winter long-tailed duck in Don D. Statter Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo shows a first winter long-tailed duck in Don D. Statter Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

This photo was taken recently along the Dredge Lakes Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo was taken recently along the Dredge Lakes Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

A black bear is seen near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo / Felina N. Villarreal)

A black bear is seen near the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo / Felina N. Villarreal)

Mountain reflections are seen from the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Mountain reflections are seen from the Mendenhall Wetlands. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-topped spruce tower above the mossy green understory along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

Snow-topped spruce tower above the mossy green understory along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The setting sun creates a bright sky over the Three Sisters (mounts Tabletop, Saddle and Anderson) on Nov. 27. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

The setting sun creates a bright sky over the Three Sisters (mounts Tabletop, Saddle and Anderson) on Nov. 27. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A large iceberg reflecting blue light sits in the sunshine along Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A large iceberg reflecting blue light sits in the sunshine along Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo / Denise Carroll)

A sunset paints a golden strip on the horizon. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

A sunset paints a golden strip on the horizon. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

This photo shows what appear to be old angel wing mushrooms along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows what appear to be old angel wing mushrooms along the Salmon Creek Dam Trail. (Courtesy Photo / Deana Barajas)

This photo shows Salmon Creek Reservoir. (Courtesy Photo / Gene Miller)

This photo shows Salmon Creek Reservoir. (Courtesy Photo / Gene Miller)

A couple of first winter long-tailed duck join with common merganser in line to exit harbor passage, Don D. Statter Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

A couple of first winter long-tailed duck join with common merganser in line to exit harbor passage, Don D. Statter Harbor. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Crashing into Lena Cove northernly winter storm. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

Crashing into Lena Cove northernly winter storm. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto)

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