An arctic fox explores fresh snow.
An Alaskan brown bear sow and cub cross a stream in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, in this undated photo.
AURORA BOREALIS: The aurora borealis, or the northern lights, are seen above Bear Lake in Alaska in January 2005. The lights are the result of solar particles colliding with gases in Earth's atmosphere.
In Alaska, groundhogs don't have their day on Feb. 2, but marmots do – thanks to a local senator and former Gov. Sarah Palin. (Hey, what's a marmot, anyway?)
High prices led to a $3,269 state payout for each resident. But rural areas slumped on $9.20-a-gallon gas.