Baby spruce cones at Fish Creek on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

Baby spruce cones at Fish Creek on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

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The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors Editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

A ruby-crowned kinglet at the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A ruby-crowned kinglet at the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A budding elderberry tree along the Airport Dike Trail on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A budding elderberry tree along the Airport Dike Trail on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A great blue heron takes flight near the Mendenhall Glacier on May 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A great blue heron takes flight near the Mendenhall Glacier on May 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A red-bellied sapsucker at Fish Creek on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A red-bellied sapsucker at Fish Creek on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

Paddleboarders enjoy a beautiful sunset from Lena Cove on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Paddleboarders enjoy a beautiful sunset from Lena Cove on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Curious cubs explore Steep Creek on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Gina Vose)

Curious cubs explore Steep Creek on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Gina Vose)

Two cubs traverse a log over Steep Creek on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Gina Vose)

Two cubs traverse a log over Steep Creek on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Gina Vose)

A peacock shows off its feathers at Swampy Acres on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A peacock shows off its feathers at Swampy Acres on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A group of shooting stars at Point Bridget State Park on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A group of shooting stars at Point Bridget State Park on May 22, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A marmot enjoys a sunny day on a beach rock along Cowee Creek Trail on May 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A marmot enjoys a sunny day on a beach rock along Cowee Creek Trail on May 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Allen Marine passengers reflect on the head of an orca near Funter Bay on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)

Allen Marine passengers reflect on the head of an orca near Funter Bay on May 18, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)

A raft of pigeon guillemots navigate the water on May 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A raft of pigeon guillemots navigate the water on May 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A female belted kingfisher along the Mendenhall River on April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Wendy Hamilton)

A female belted kingfisher along the Mendenhall River on April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Wendy Hamilton)

A black oystercatcher near Auke Recreation Area on April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

A black oystercatcher near Auke Recreation Area on April 19, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

Arctic terns return to Juneau on May 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Arctic terns return to Juneau on May 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A sandhill crane pauses to soak up the sun in Homer on May 9. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A sandhill crane pauses to soak up the sun in Homer on May 9. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A marmot at the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A marmot at the Shrine of St. Therese. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A family of brown bears at Glacier Bay on May 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A family of brown bears at Glacier Bay on May 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Colorful sea stars at low tide at Point Louisa on April 20, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Colorful sea stars at low tide at Point Louisa on April 20, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Harlequin ducks at low tide in Berners Bay on April 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Harlequin ducks at low tide in Berners Bay on April 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Club moss, a type of fern, seen on East Glacier Trail in Juneau on April 17, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Club moss, a type of fern, seen on East Glacier Trail in Juneau on April 17, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Sun rays at sunset over Shelter Island in Juneau on April 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Sun rays at sunset over Shelter Island in Juneau on April 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A fox sparrow on a spring day in Juneau on April 13, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A fox sparrow on a spring day in Juneau on April 13, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A river of water courses through the western edge of the Mendenhall Glacier on April 26, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A river of water courses through the western edge of the Mendenhall Glacier on April 26, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A greater white-fronted goose at Mendenhall Campground on April 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A greater white-fronted goose at Mendenhall Campground on April 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Stellar sea lions sunbathe on Benjamin Island in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Stellar sea lions sunbathe on Benjamin Island in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A pink sky dawns over the Mendenhall Glacier on April 25, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A pink sky dawns over the Mendenhall Glacier on April 25, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A pair of American wigeons take flight at Rotary Park on April 23. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)                                <strong style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></strong>

A pair of American wigeons take flight at Rotary Park on April 23. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A Sitka black-tailed buck grazes in a backyard in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

A Sitka black-tailed buck grazes in a backyard in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

A hooded merganser hen on the ice at Auke Lake in early April. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

A hooded merganser hen on the ice at Auke Lake in early April. (Courtesy Photo | Steve Hamilton)

A mallard shower at Rotary Park in Juneau, Alaska on April 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A mallard shower at Rotary Park in Juneau, Alaska on April 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A marmot makes an appearance at the Shrine of St. Therese on Easter on April 21. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A marmot makes an appearance at the Shrine of St. Therese on Easter on April 21. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Migrating trumpeter swans at Dredge Lakes on April 13. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Migrating trumpeter swans at Dredge Lakes on April 13. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Oyster catchers at low tide at Point Louisa in Juneau, Alaska on April 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Oyster catchers at low tide at Point Louisa in Juneau, Alaska on April 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Mr. and Mrs. Wood Duck grooming at Rotary Park in Juneau, Alaska on April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Mr. and Mrs. Wood Duck grooming at Rotary Park in Juneau, Alaska on April 16, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Dewey alder catkins glisten in the early morning sun at Twin Lakes on April 15. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Dewey alder catkins glisten in the early morning sun at Twin Lakes on April 15. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A cheery song sparrow in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A cheery song sparrow in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A belted kingfisher in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A belted kingfisher in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

Wood ducks at Rotary Park in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Wood ducks at Rotary Park in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A killdeer along West Glacier Trail in Juneau on April 7, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A killdeer along West Glacier Trail in Juneau on April 7, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

Alice Wanders rappels off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew Brown)

Alice Wanders rappels off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew Brown)

Greg Taylor rappels off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew Brown)

Greg Taylor rappels off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Matthew Brown)

A daring group of friends rappel off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Eric Lock)

A daring group of friends rappel off Nugget Falls in Juneau on April 6, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Eric Lock)

A trumpeter swan stretches in Juneau on April 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)

A trumpeter swan stretches in Juneau on April 11, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Scott Spickler)

A black oystercatcher at Bridget Cove in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A black oystercatcher at Bridget Cove in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A belted kingfisher at Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay in Juneau, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A belted kingfisher at Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay in Juneau, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

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