Regardless of the calendar, it’s winter in Alaska.  With several inches of snow on the ground and temperatures dipping below zero in Anchorage, the use of heavy coats and studded tires is in full swing.  While the days are getting very short, the low angle of the sun makes for dramatic scenery when clear skies prevail, like this view of Cook Inlet, Fire Island, and Mount Spurr and the Tordrillo Mountains in the background.

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