Photos: Alaska Winter Solstice 2011

Winter solstice sunshine! Photo taken from Lisa's front deck about 11:15 a.m. on solstice in Houston, Alaska.
Lisa Johansen
Breaking trail on winter solstice, Dec. 21, 2011, in the backcountry near Homer, Alaska.
Jeff Szarzi photo
Winter solstice sunrise over Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska
Christopher Constant photo
The morning sun colors the Talkeetna Mountains and Hatcher Pass on December 21, 2011.
Stephen Nowers photo
Winter solstice sun in Healy, Alaska
Bob Lype photo
Winter solstice sun at high noon in Bethel, Alaska's old cemetery
Joe Prince photo
The sun rises over the Chugach range on the 2011 winter solstice. Pioneer Peak is on the left.
Stephen Nowers photo
Winter solstice sun in Akiak, Alaska
Chris Grooms photo
Winter solstice sunrise in Midtown Anchorage, 2011
David Snyder photo
2011 winter solstice sun rises behind Pioneer Peak in Palmer, Alaska
Alaska Dispatch reader-submitted photo
Winter solstice sun tries to rise at Alpine Oil Field on Alaska's North Slope
Photo tweeted by @LEANNAak
Sunrise about 10:15 a.m. on winter solstice 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska
Photo tweeted by @TheMenu12
Sun comes up on winter solstice in Palmer, Alaska
Alaska Dispatch reader-submitted photo
Sunset hues bouncing off of frigid tidal flats on winter solstice 2011 at Chapel by the Sea.
Dave Harbour photo
Eric Christopher Adams

Learn more about winter solstice science

What does winter solstice look like in Alaska? Sure, it's cold. And it's very, very dark across most of the state. But this year, for a few precious hours, the sun came out, shining brightly and offering reassurance that the worst is over for most of us, and the countdown to summer can begin again.