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Date: 3/12/2019 Album ID: 2231472
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Service's Meredith Schwartz skis up a hill during the girls 7.5-kilometer freestyle race on the first day of the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Skiing Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
Chugiak's Adrianna Proffitt gets a kiss from her mom, Stephanie, and a hug from her coach, Sarissa Lammers, following the girls race at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
Buildings in downtown Anchorage are illuminated by the setting sun Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in a view from Goose Lake. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
University of Alaska Anchorage athletes run up the Kincaid sand dune Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 during their All Athlete Sand Dune Sprint Sufferfest. The grueling workout is also a team-building exercise, bringing together athletes from the ski team, basketball, track, gymnastics and hockey. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Fall colors brighten the forest in Far North Bicentennial Park Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Detail of a bench outside Begich Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
The Buckner Building in Whittier, left, and Begich Tower, right, photographed on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
People watch Independence Day fireworks in Seward shortly after midnight on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
People fish for salmon Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the mouth of Ship Creek. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Downtown Anchorage, Alaska on June 12, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A trumpeter swan flies above Potter Marsh with the setting sun reflecting in the windows of a hillside home as swans are gathering to feed while on their migration south at Potter Marsh on Wednesday, October, 2013. 131009
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News 
The aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday, March 9, 2012.
The moon sets over Mt. Susitna in this view from Point Woronzof in Anchorage on January 30, 2018.(Marc Lester / ADN)
A narrow viewing tank allows students to examine juvenile fish captured in minnow traps on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Westchester Lagoon. Youngsters from College Gate, Inlet View and Nunaka Valley Elementary Schools were rotating through stations to learn how salmon complete their life cycle in the Chester Creek watershed. Over 300 students, mainly fourth graders, will participate in the Anchorage School District Watershed Education Program held Tuesday through Thursday at the lagoon. The students are analyzing water quality, examining macroinvertebrates, capturing juvenile fish and learning how the area where freshwater meets saltwater has been altered by human settlement. The district's program was developed in partnership with Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Geographic, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the 4-H program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Get Outdoors Anchorage, and the Anchorage Park Foundation. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
The sun casts a shadow of a steaming Mt. Redoubt volcano in this January 4, 1990 file photograph. 

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The setting sun lights up the buildings of downtown Anchorage beneath the Chugach Mountains as seen from Port Woronzof in west Anchorage, AK, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
A young bull moose wanders through a holiday lights display in Airport Heights while looking for food, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.  (Anne Raup / Alaska Dispatch News)
Bob Hallinen /Anchorage Daily News
A  female brown bear feeds on grass and sedge near the mouth of Mikfik Creek at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary on the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Department of fish and Game holds a lottery for permits to view the bears with the deadline for online application March 1, or they need to arrive in the Anchorage Office by March 1 for mailed applications. 060616
The full moon rises into view from Utqiagvik, the North Slope city that was known as Barrow until its name changed earlier this month, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  Sometimes known as a moon pillar, the orange light pillar under the moon is the light (reflected from the sun, bounced off the surface of the moon) is again reflected and refracted through ice crystals in the earth's atmosphere, according to National Weather Service's David Snider.  Because the ice crystals are flat, they channel the light vertically.   (Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News)
Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News
President Obama poses for a photo with the traditional Yup’ik dance group at the Dillingham, AK Middle School in Dillingham, AK on Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015. Obama Watched the group perform and then got up and danced with the group. 150902
Why I Live Where I Live

My high school physics teacher enjoyed quoting British scientist J.B.S. Haldane: The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer than we can suppose. Every now and then, Alaska presents you with something you could not suppose. A friend can call to summon you to her house, saying Bring your camera. We have a situation. Snow shoveled off a roof can create an access ramp for a moose. After several hours of contentment nibbling on the upper branches of a crabapple tree, a moose can make its way back down safely. Who knew? (Erik Hill)
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