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Winter Sunrise Over Southeast Alaska

This was around 10 AM in December of 2020. I had braved the plane flight home in the pandemic to visit my parents and sister for the first time in about a year, due to the pandemic. I woke up one morning to go to our local ski area, Eaglecrest, to do some snowboarding and enjoy being back home. After getting off the chairlift, I saw that the sun was rising and creating an amazing glow. I hiked up to a ridge at the top of the resort, which is not actually accessible by a chairlift, to get a better view. At the top of the ridge you can look over the backside of the mountain and see the fjords beyond. What I saw was an amazing combination of the golden glow of sunrise over a marine layer of clouds. It was such breathtaking beauty, and for a few sublime minutes, I felt all the stress I had been holding for all of 2020 lift away from me, as if I was seeing the dawn of a new era coming. I even heard another skier on a nearby cliff shout for joy at the same view.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2020
Date Uploaded: 09.2021
Photo Location: Juneau, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: moto z4
Copyright: © Philip Dierking